Zoe Jones, circus performer

 25 October 2012

Former gymnast Zoe Jones studied at London's Circus Space, working other jobs to pay the bills in between performing opportunities.

"Don’t ever think that you’re too old."


I was born in France and have lived there and in California. I'm currently living in London.

What job do you do?

I'm a circus performer.

What previous jobs in theatre have you done?

Not many – I worked for two years as a cocktail bartender in some of the most exclusive clubs in London, and hated it!

What qualifications do you have?

I studied at the Circus Space in London. To pay the bills, I worked sporadically as a cocktail bartender for various events companies.

Before that, my first circus training was a three-month intensive course at Greentop Circus in Sheffield.

Previously, I had trained as a gymnast for 11 years. For quite a while when I was younger, I thought I was going to be an Olympic gymnast. 

My course at the Circus Space was full-time. We started at 9am and finished at 4pm.

Throughout the week, we did a variety of things, including theatre work, dance, juggling, corde lisse (acrobatics on a vertically-hanging rope) and trapeze. Not to mention plenty of conditioning and stretching!

What’s the best thing about your job?

It’s great to be able to use my body in such a physical way.

And the worst thing about the job?

Since I have to use my body like a machine, I have to make sure that it is well-tuned.

This means I always have to make sure I’ve had enough sleep. I also mustn't drink too much alcohol or eat the wrong things, or else I suffer the next day!

How do I get into theatre?

Go for it! Don’t ever think that you’re too old, or that you have to get a 'proper' job. 


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