Participation Families - Upswing


Our participation work with families has informed and driven the research and development phase of our touring production Bedtime Stories

With the support of Appetite in Stoke, Upswing has carried out a series of workshops with families using aerial and acrobalance to engage carers and children to work in partnership, drawing on this exciting artform to explore themes of trust and adventure. These workshops continue to support the development of the show, and will accompany the production while on tour.


Goldsmiths College, University of London

We are currently collaborating with a research team from the Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies at Goldsmiths on a research project called “Family Stories” which will involve an assessment of the impact of a series of 6 family circus workshops with long-term foster and adoptive families (in which they master pairedĀ aerial and acrobatic skills) on the parent-child relationship, both short term and long term.We are currently fundraising for this exciting piece of research and looking for interested partners in the field of fostering and adoption.






  Family WorkshopAlbany-mother and daughter in pod double star Family Workshop man and boy on silks