Gwen Hales


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Gwen is a circus director – choreographer – advisor – mentor.
From large-scale aerial crane shows to intimate cabaret acts, and from traditional touring circuses to zoo compere, she has “Hammock Consultant’ and ‘Flying Instructor’ on her CV. Gwen’s probably been there and got the leotard.
And the scars.

Gwen has worked as an aerialist, a street performer, a fire-eater and a clown.

She now works as a freelance circus director, choreographer and mentor, collaborating with UK circus & theatre companies, and specialising in work that crosses the boundaries between skills and narrative.

Theatre / previous work

Angels in America, National Theatre, 2017 (aerial director)

La Strada co-production from Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Kenny Wax Ltd, Cambridge Arts Theatre and Bristol Old Vic, 2017 (circus consultant)

Peter Pan, National Theatre, 2016/7, Olivier-nominated (aerial director) – and originally 2012 for Bristol Old Vic

Hetty Feather, 2014-17 West End & touring, Olivier-nominated, winner of Cameo Award (aerial director)

Life on Wheels by Bella Kinetica, 2015 (aerial consultant)

Tobacco Factory Theatre’s Sinbad, 2014 (aerial consultant)

Flown by Pirates of the Carabina, 2011-15 winner of the Total Theatre Award for Physical Theatre (performer/co-creator)

Current / future productions

Betwixt & Between/Contra-Diction by CirqOn the Seam, 2017-8 (director)

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, West Yorkshire Playhouse, 2017-8 (aerial director)