The Circus family name La Bonche was created in March 2012. It describes the participants of a North East of England-based youth Circus called Five Ring Circus. In March 2013 the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a Young Roots grant to support the Five Ring Circus to research the Arthur Fenwick Collection of Circus ephemera at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, and to collect material from 1960 - to date on North East of England circus.
Five Ring Circus came into being as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Funding came from Legacy Trust UK in 2010 as a featured project. At its first Festival it worked with the Australian youth circus, Spaghetti Circus in July 2010. The ethos of the Five Ring Circus has been well described in the NE-Generation annual report of 2011. That report noted that "Five Ring Circus are passionately promoting youth circus across the (North East) region with weekly open access clubs".
Circus Training Centre
Five Ring Circus is based in Circus Central in Christ Church, Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne. Situated between the city centre and the artistic quarter of Ouseburn. Christ Church dates from 1861 and has in a partnership with Circus Central been awarded an English Heritage Grant to help preserve the building. "This Grade II* parish church dates from 1859-61 and was built by A.B. Higham."
Core Members of the La Bonche Family
Helen Averley Aka Madame La Bonche and Co - Director of Five Ring Circus.
Brothers La Bonche are 2 young performers specialising in Juggling yoghurt, knives and compering.
- Five Ring Circus profile by Regional Youth Work Unit.
- The young people from the Five Ring Circus Troupe describe what circus means to them.
- The La Bonche Family Twitter Feed.
- Matilda Neil's assessment of Five Ring Circus in Cuckoo Review published 16 May 2013.
- http://www.tyneandweararchives.org.uk/DServe2/dserve.exe?dsqIni=Dserve.ini&dsqApp=Archive&dsqDb=Catalog&dsqCmd=show.tcl&dsqSearch=(RefNo==%22DF.FEN%22) Archive service guide to the remarkable Fenwick collection
- http://www.hlf.org.uk/aboutus/decisionmakers/committees/Documents/DdecisionsFebNE.pdf sourced from HLF confirming award of grant.
- http://www.legacytrustuk.org/programme/action/showfeatured/stripped_name/five-rings-circus/ featured project on Legacy Trust UK website
- http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/theatre/preview-five-ring-circus-festival-1417187 Evening Chronicle profiles Five Ring Circus Festival 14 July 2010
- http://issuu.com/rywu-ne/docs/annual_report_final2 pages 18 & 19 of annual report.
- http://issuu.com/rywu-ne/docs/annual_report_final2 quote from page 18 of annual report
- http://www.hlf.org.uk/news/Pages/LotteryfundingforNorthEastchurches.aspx#.UZuO96WIxFQ Details of English Heritage Award
- http://www.hlf.org.uk/news/Pages/LotteryfundingforNorthEastchurches.aspx#.UZuO96WIxFQ Confirms date of building.
- That independent review offers this verdict "This wonderfully bizarre community has performed all over the North East and the UK, flaunting their passion and energy in a manner that will leave you with a grin as big as a giant human pyramid."