Mechanical Circus Theatre
The Mechanical Circus Theatre provides an affordable and flexible facility with technical and physical standards for circus performing activities. It has committed to offering something innovative, transformative and engaging in the heart of Bristol. It explores the manipulation through the theories, themes and different zones established on Fun Palace by Littlewood and Price. These being:
University of the streets
The overarching scheme of the Mechanical Circus Theatre is to develop a centre for ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture, entertainment and education that welcomes people of all ages and social classes.
Architecture of Transience
The ‘mechanical’ representation of the Circus was not only an aesthetic treatment but the basis of its form; its structural armature executes the interactive and fluid programme.
Laboratory of Fun
Provoking the hedonistic joys of utilising the circus building into endless possibilities by incorporating three different zones: pulsating, imploding and exploding.
Cybernetics makes the Circus’ facades that respond to external environments. These elements transform the building into a performing living creature. It creates an ‘accidental spectating’ which draws in public and creates a spirit to the surrounding site, specifically the Millennium Square.