Carlos Trower escaped slavery to become one of the world’s greatest tight rope walkers and used this platform to promote the emancipation of enslaved people. A Fine Balance explores the remarkable story of ‘The African Blondin’ who once lived on Christmas Steps and performed with a Victorian Panorama show at Bristol’s Colston Hall (now Bristol Beacon) for over 3,000 people.
With funding from Heritage Schools and The University of the West of England’s Community Fund, Local Learning has been working with primary school and university students to create an exhibition and live show in collaboration with actors, activists, archivists, aerialists and acrobats.
Who was ‘The African Blondin’? – Click here to read more about the life of Carlos Trower in this blog piece by Dr. Paul Green.
A Fine Balance is a collaboration, a coming together of talented artists sharing their expertise and creativity.
Free but ticketed for either the presentation or a timed session at the exhibition.
This is to control numbers for the presentation and exhibition – FOH can adjust numbers for show night and exhibition accordingly.
Public Performance – Wednesday 26th May 2021
Art Exhibition – Saturday 29th to Saturday 5th June 2021
Cover image: Bray, Rachel Hemming., ‘Portrait of Carlos.’ (Reproduced with permission of the Artist)
Main image: Willis, J. of Manor Road, ‘African Blondin at Rosherville Gardens,’ Gravesend, Kent, 1881-1882. (Reproduced with permission of the local studies collection at the Gravesend Library)
The venue will be employing specific measures to ensure it can operate safely in the current circumstances.
These measures include:
Quartet Community Foundation
UWE Community Fund
Myers-Insole Local Learning
On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.
Our new name is just the first step, it is about more than the sign above our door. Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.