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Have you seen or heard of the incredibly exciting and inspiring award-winning documentary film, Invisible Circus, No Dress Rehearsal?


The film tells the compelling story of a group of Bristol-based artists who overcome prejudices, stereotypes and frustrations with the law to put on some of the most amazing performances ever seen. Turning derelict high streets and buildings into wonderful artistic community spaces, is this the future for buildings that once housed HMV, Jessops and Woolworths?

With the arts group The Invisible Circus under threat from self-interested landowners, the group has to change tactics and explore alternative ownership of empty urban buildings to help restore open spaces to their creative world, and produce some of the biggest, most spectacular performances ever seen.

The audience is invited to discover a professional arts collective whose live, awe-inspiring shows threaten to blow even Punchdrunk out of the water; yet are miles away from the “norms” of high-brow theatre. We are instead taken on a 4-year journey with the Circus, in just 98 minutes.

Director Smyth on her film: “I would hope that the film provides a window into the squatting world that I know- filled with practical, self-reliant people who hate waste and have a mission to creatively use things somebody else has discarded- from a building some property developer is keeping empty for commercial reasons to a truckload of theatre flats or shop dummies or even food from a skip.”

The film is filled with larger-than-life people like Dougie, the unofficial spokersperson, who live on the fringes and squat in a breathtaking, disused cathedral that they transform – with no arts funding whatsoever – into spectacular pop-up performance and audience-friendly hubs.

In a startling deconstruction of the film, we see the director is challenged by Circus member Cat as to the ownership of the material she’s recorded – and we find out that Naomi quits her job and goes freelance to follow the circus full-time.

“It took a lot of work to build up trust with some people but I had to be honest about the fact that I considered it my film, not the property of the group. So the editorial control would be mine and I was making a documentary not a promo for the project or a ‘community film’ to serve the project’s needs. That is what Cat refers to in the meeting. She is making a doc now herself and totally gets that distinction,” says Smyth.

“A lot of ‘activist’ films are simply about cheering people on against the state and corporations. Often people in that scene expect to see either that or a ‘mainstream’ hatchet job. I wanted to be more creative than that, especially as the group started working with corporations and it wasn’t a black and white issue.”

A handheld affair and boldly shot, Invisible Circus gives a unique insight into the alternative communal world of performers whose refusal to sell out makes for a gripping documentary experience.

Future Artists will be working with Naomi Smyth to distribute and promote the film for the premiere screening at The Watershed, an independent arts and film venue in Bristol.

A very real and modern documentary, Invisible Circus: No Dress Rehearsal challenges our apathy of empty, disused urban spaces, dilapidated shop fronts and ultimately gives uplifting tale about how the power of persistence, creativity and passion brings about an amazing reversal in the audience’s – and the big property developers’ –perception of circus art.



This stunning film has already enjoyed great success, having been presented with a Dynamo Doc award, invited to a Channel 4 HQ screening, selling out its launch screening at Bristol’s Watershed, as well as an official screening at the 2012 Olympics.


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Invisible Circus : No Dress Rehearsal

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Carpe diem! 26 Sep 2011
I found this well-crafted and beautifully shot documentary inspiring. It gave me the feeling that I must immediately leap off the sofa, grab my life by both hands and shake it into submission and towards a beautiful and glittery future.

Invisible Circus: No Dress Rehearsal shows how a groups of friends with a shared love of performance, circus, music and art (and with an ideology that empty buildings are all latent big tops and theatres to be used with imaginative vigour for the common good) pool their efforts and meagre resources, and manage to create a legacy in Bristol of stunning accomplishment.

The depiction of the adversities that the group go through show clearly that it is not all juggling and chorus girls; and that some extremely hard work from all parties happens in order to make this shared vision work. But in all, this film is about how believing in the strength of your imagination, yourself and your friends can combine to prove that really, anything is possible.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun insight into a secret world 21 July 2011
Everyone loves the circus and its performers – now you get to be intimate with them. Really fun, revealing doc giving insight into a hidden society of strange and wonderful circus people


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5.0 out of 5 stars Theatre of Life 19 July 2011
A must see for anyone who is interested in DIY culture, the big society and the change of the modern urban landscapes through guerilla arts. This is an unusual account of ‘the other side’ of what in first instance could be mistaken for a film about squatting and alternative lifestyles, but what is in fact, a film about how a small group of people can really have an impact on a city without using the standard channels. The film celebrates the success of a diverse group of artists who take over long-term abandoned buildings and transform them into a social theatre of life, putting on complex pieces of installation, circus and physical theatre (eventually enjoyed by audiences of 1000 per night). Most interesting about the film is, that the director (Smyth) has somehow managed to infiltrate this culture for over 3 years and is therefore able to offer us a rich insight to the struggles, mechanics and spirit which is driving the Invisible Circus forward. The balance between film maker’s narrative and subject is comfortable and at no point did I feel that the audience was forced into a point of view. Worth watching!


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If you think your customers would be interested, we are also happy to provide a pre-screening Q&A session with the film producer, subject to availability. We are offering this at no extra fee, just an expenses cover for the train fare and perhaps a complimentary beer!


As you can probably tell, we are pretty enthusiastic about Invisible Circus. We have already built a wide media following and will be promoting our screening tour extensively across broadsheet newspapers; film magazines; local radio stations and we’re already all over Facebook and Twitter. If you would like to see more information about the film, please visit

We would love you to get in touch so we can discuss these fantastic prospects in further detail. All bookings must be made by Friday 1st March in order to benefit from the discounted screening price,

email at your earliest convenience to avoid missing out!


We look forward to hearing from you.



Best regards


Carla Freeman

Of the Future Artists On Demand Team

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