Founded in 1998 by Ken Fanning and Tina Segner, Tumble Circus are Ireland & Northern Irelands’ only non-traditional big top touring circus. In their 21st year they were proud headliners at the Glastonbury Festival. They have developed their unique style of revolutionary Irish circus based in Belfast; and played a vibrant role in creating the fabric of the artistic community in the city and beyond.

The company has led the way as an artistically ambitious and resourceful arts organisation, dedicated to breaking boundaries and borders globally, and have earned an exemplary national and international reputation.

Tumble Circus provide a unique experience of innovative and contemporary Irish circus, specializing in high skill circus – theatre – comedy (indoors and outdoors). Their shows are an absurd jaunt into the soul of man, alive with the endless possibility of the human body, the joy of performing, and the humanity of success and failure. Ordinary people, doing extraordinary things!  At the core of Tumble Circus is a dedication to training, learning and constantly pushing the boundaries of their own work. It is their desire and life’s work to create new and exciting circus that entertains, amazes and is accessible to all.

The company being run from caravans, hotel rooms and a Ford Transit van, they have toured extensively throughout Ireland, Europe and The World, and have successfully produced and promoted national and international circus shows, at events including Queens Arts Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Adelaide Fringe festival, London Southbank Festival, Winter Circus, Eastside Arts Festival, Belfast and many other festivals throughout Ireland and abroad.

They have won many awards, received huge praise and great reviews!

Tumble Circus is a company limited by guarantee and the Board of Directors are Paul Malone, Mat May, Liz Cullinane, Stuart Campbell and Justine Doswell.

The versatility of our performers enables us to provide anything from large scale aerial work (indoors or outdoors) to individual circus artists working in smaller venues.

We can provide additional programming options; Honest, we know loads of people who also live like this! We love doing this stuff!

Ken Evil

Ken  was raised in the grubby Dublin suburb town of Balbriggan.

He entered the world of entertainment at a very early age. By the time he was 13 he was watching at least 7 hours of television a night. In 1995 Ken began traveling with his juggling equipment on the continent, bumbling through Holland, down to France, and settling for a time in Spain. On his travels he met up with buskers, street performers and artists and became inspired with their work and their way of life. He began believing he could live the way they did. In April of 1997 Ken met Tina Segner on Grafton Street in Dublin; they have been working together ever since.

Ken and Tina formed Tumble Circus in 1998 and moved to, and are now based out of Belfast. They believe in a commitment to their work and training, and this ideology has help them surpass their own goals of becoming street performers to now touring internationally as a professional street theatre company and circus performers.

Tina Machina

Tina was brought up in and quickly became bored of the comfortable picturesque university town of Lund, Sweden. With nothing to look forward to but horse, homework and the promise of a pleasant grave in utopia suburbia, she would spend every night dreaming of living a life less ordinary.

One day Tina and her friend agreed that Lund was to small for people with big dreams, enough they decided and left. They were restless teenagers, eager to taste adventure so with a backpack each they hitch hiked their way to see the world. In 1995 Tina came to Ireland and got involved with a street theatre company. It was here that she was first introduced to circus.  Tina was immediately hooked, and this passion for physical skills was to take her to Circomedia in Bristol.  Since then she hasperformed nationally and internationally from fields in Sligo to deserts in Australia


Bookings and information

UK, Europe and Australia

Tina Segner

Tel: +44 (0)7779 226508

e-mail: tina@tumblecircus.com

Ireland and the rest

Ken Fanning

Tel: +44 (0)7805 936872

e-mail:  ken@tumblecircus.com