Steve Grainger
Grande Fromage
Shooting Stars Circus Skills was conceived through my passion for juggling over 20 years ago. From its humble beginnings as a hobby, it has since grown into the largest circus skills workshop in the UK.

After university I became more interested in the educational benefits that circus skills has to offer children, which led me to develop specialist resources combining circus skills and the curriculum.

In my spare time I like to go walking/hiking, photography, reading, golf and, of course, juggling.
Paul Grainger
Circus Skills Teacher/Instructor
I have been juggling since the age of 11 and have worked with Shooting Stars Circus Skills since the very beginning.

I learnt to juggle at a summer fete in Birmingham and it was a hobby for many years. I have performed at many shows and events over the years but now concentrate on passing circus skills onto children (and adults) with the hope that they will get as much enjoyment out of it as I do.

I enjoy physics, eating apples and gadgets.


Jebb Christie
Circus Skills Teacher/Instructor/Performer/Jester
Juggling and other circus skills were my hobby, Then, I realised that I wanted to perform, so I started busking on the streets whilst travelling. In 1996 I became the manager of a circus shop in Oxford, then London.

In 2000 I gave up the “day job” to become a full time performer and teacher of circus skills, and I’m still living the dream.

Love juggling! Love teaching!
Nick Putz
Circus Skills Teacher/Instructor/Performer
A friend taught me how to juggle 3 balls when I was a teenager on a beach in Cornwall. Years later, determined to start a career in showbusiness, I got a job as an actor in a small circus company and learnt other circus skills while 'on the job'!

I began teaching circus workshops in 1992 and have taught a wide variety of classes: from a pre-nursery group of 2 year olds to a year long circus module at a drama school; from a group of street children in Kabul to corporate training sessions in the Home Counties; from young offender institions to centres for extreme special needs; and, of course, schools and youth groups all over country.

As a performer, I am a stiltwalker, unicyclist and juggler.
Winston H. Plowes
Circus Skill Teacher/Instructor/Performer
I learnt to juggle in 1984 (good grief thats 28 years ago) and have been a professional entertainer and circus skills teacher since 1994.

My experience over this time has taken me to every corner of Europe and enabled me to work at hundreds of major Festivals and events. On Monday I might be filming an advert for the BBC then on Tuesday it might be a Greek Wedding! I have taught almost every age and client group imaginable but never tire of seeing the shock, surprise and reward that comes at that magic moment someone learns to juggle for the first time.

I became part of the Shooting Stars team over 3 years ago and it has been a great experience which has further expanded my teaching and given me added enthusiasm to work alongside such a professional outfit. (PS. The boss has even taught me a thing or too but don't let him know that! Shhhh...)
Stuart Hill
Circus Skills Teacher/Instructor/Performer
I have been involved with juggling and circus skills for over 20 years now and what started out as a hobby soon changed into a passion for performing and teaching.

I have been working professionally for 16 years and in that time have performed and taught all over Britain and Europe and even further afield. To me, the teaching of circus skills is especially rewarding as i work with people of all ages and abilities and I find that there's always at least one skill that everyone can learn and excel in.

I started working with Shooting Stars over two years ago now and have thoroughly enjoyed working with such a great team of performers and teachers who share my love of passing on skills to all.
Phil Blackmore
Circus Skills Teacher/Instructor/Performer
I am delighted to be working with Shooting Stars Circus Skills to pass on the skills I have learnt to the next generation.

Over the past fifteen years I have been a full time professional entertainer and have run workshops in schools for the past five years.

As a performer I have appeared in cabaret worldwide, onboard luxury cruise ships, and at holiday centres and hotels throughout the UK. I also work in the corporate sector performing at venues such as Wembley Stadium, Wentworth Golf Club, Fortnum and Mason, Harrods and Hampton Court Palace, and around the world in Monte Carlo, Amsterdam, Lapland and Singapore.

Leanne Willetts
Circus Teacher/Instructor/Performer/Jester
I first began juggling and stiltwalking at the age of 12 when I was in the circus musical 'Barnum'. After graduating from drama school, I auditioned at Warwick Castle where I have spent the past 5 years entertaining both children and grown ups alike as the castle's resident jester!

I am very passionate about passing on the skills that I have learnt as a performer to children in a fun, hands-on workshop that is achievable for all ages and all abilities.
Steve Welford
Circus Skills Teacher/Instructor/Entertainer
I got hooked on juggling after being determined to get a plate spinning during a Butlins have-ago-session 9 years ago (I managed it after an hour I think!)
I started to practise ball juggling and moved onto other props buying more and more equipment. Through having children and teaching them juggling, I discovered a natural talent in teaching. I developed this and started providing workshops for parties and again, found another talent I didn't know I had in entertaining.
I get a great buzz from workshops when I hear cries from kids (and adults alike) of 'I did it !, I did it !' or 'I can do it !, I can do it !', especially from those who have just said 'Oh I'll never do that!'
Jem Maynard-Watts
Circus Skills Teacher/Performer
The great thing about circus skills is how the different activities can be shared with all ages and abilities. Some props take minutes to learn, others take months but everyone can achieve something impressive in any workshop. Sometimes the skills I have learnt prompt an 'ooh' from the audience, sometimes a teenager knows more diabolo tricks than me - annoying but true!
I started learning circus skills at university where I was studying for a degree in drama, film and television. After specialising in comedy and street theatre, I left university and have been performing and teaching circus skills ever since (alongside other work in the entertainment industry including organising festivals).
I have performed all over the UK and in the Middle East. Experiences have included working with big companies (Microsoft, BP, Rolls Royce), at major sporting and cultural events (Cheltenham Gold Cup, Bahrain F1 Grand Prix) and numerous festivals (Glastonbury, Wychwood).