About Circus Antics

Circus Antics was established in 1998 by Alice Newton. Over the last 26 years the business has grown and so has the pool of performers, workshop leaders, costume makers, event coordinators.

Over the 7 years she has collaborated with Merlin Bolton-Smith and now works alongside a fantastic team of people. We have been producing a wide range of high quality entertainment to suit all types of events for many decades.

Our extensive experience booking acts and working with both small and large scale events makes us very versatile, we are always happy to discuss your requirements.

Alice Newton (Miss Firefly)

Alice NewtonCreative Director, Circus Performer and Costume Maker

Alice is a professional multi-skilled circus performer, teacher and experienced entertainment consultant. She has been working professionally in the industry for over 20 years. Alice wows her audiences with her stylish stilt walkabout characters, fiery feats and circus antics.

Her training consists of MA in Arts Management at Bath Spa University, BA Hons in Theatre Practice and Contemporary Circus at The Circus Space, London, a HND in Physical Theatre in Brighton and a Foundation in Circus Arts and Physical Theatre at Circomedia, Bristol. She has performed both solo and collaboratively in small and large scale events worldwide.

Merlin Bolton-Smith (Ms Merlin)

Ms MerlinShow Producer, Circus Performer and Costume Maker

Ms Merlin performs like no other. Her shows are beautifully presented and tightly choreographed ranging from comic genius and cheekily sexy to awesomely skilled and breathtakingly beautiful. She hula-hoops like no other, plays with fire, walks on stilts and glides on skates. Her rich variety of entertaining character acts offer something for everyone and for every occasion.

Other People in our team:

Matthew Dawkins

Prop and Set Designer/maker, Stilt Performer

Emily Redsell

Circus and Aerial Performer, Workshop Leader

Charlie Finney

Choreographer, Performer, Singer

Jemma Okapie Smith and Pete Thomas

Photography and Media

Harry Love

Webdesign and Media