Durham Juggling Convention 2012 Review

The convention was organised as a cooperation between Durham City Jugglers, JUST (Juggling and Unicycling Stockton on Tees).  It created one of the biggest and most viberent juggling events of the year.

One of the highlights of the weekend was the cabaret show that was pulled together by Steve from Five Ring Circus.  It has some of the freshest and brightest talent about in it.

The show was be presented in a cabaret style and served by the now famous Dr.John’s themed bar.


  • Todd Various (USA) – From a small city in the American Midwest comes Todd Various. The most famous entertainer you’ve never heard of.

Todd amazing us with his cup and ball skills.


  • Gail O’Brian (Ire)Gail has created a name for her unique contemporary hooping style. She brought her superb skills and cheeky nature to The North East for the first time,

Gail O’Brian demonstrated her unique hooping skills.

  • The Five Ring Circus Troupe – A culmination of three years worth of circus training has lead to the Five Ring Circus Performance Troupe, the North East’s Youth Circus of Excellence. Ranging in age from 12-22, the troupe bring their comedy act “Unicycle Wars”.

  • Top Secret Surprise International Act (Ger) – They were introduced as a two-piece act, they were German and that they were going to do amazing things. There will be black clothes, there was heavy metal and there was no mention of David Hasselhof.



Vid Warren was joined on stage by Tess Cartwright forming “Beatrick”. on combination of slick juggling, awesome beat boxing and possibly making the recorder cool in the process.

Suspended Motion, Ian Henderson and Danuta Ramos did some amazing acrobalance whilst reading a book.

  • Sam GoodburnShowing the depth of juggling, unicycling and circus arts skills bubbling up through the UK youth in 2012, Sam is both an inspiration to other young performers and the bain of the old guard. This year’s BYJOTY winner, tomorrow’s international circus entertainer.

This years BYOTY (British Young Juggler of the Year) performed some very spectacular tricks both on and off his Unicycle.

  • Lee Scott Tinnion – Former local boy and graduate of the Five Ring Circus (Newcastle), self-taught Lee is now working with No Fit State Circus – the UK’s premiere contemporary circus. Equally at home with acrobatics as he is with numbers juggling, Lee brought his latest club routine to the show.

To end the show Graduate of the Five Rings Circus, and No Fit State Circus performer Lee Scott Tinnion showed us just how good he really is.

Youth Circus Cabaret

 On the sunday the Youth Circus Cabaret held a youth circus show.
Acts featured were from the Youth Circus’ across the UK, the cabaret showcased what’s going on in the world of youth circus – solo acts, duos and group numbers.
Curated by Rebecca Mackley
Compered By Kernel La Bonche