SJP (Stirling Juggling Project) ran off and on from around 1991-2007. It had many members during this time and I ran the club from around 2003-2006. Many of its members have went on to have very successful juggling careers, and many others enjoyed it as a hobby and a chance to get together once a week to meet their mates. We also attended many Scottish, British and European Juggling Conventions together and fundraised for various local Charities and Community Projects. We even organised a European Exchange with a group from Holland which was awesome!
Members (in no particular order):
|Captain Duncan Smith
||Ran the club for many years.Â He has “many years of teaching experience with all age groups, involved in one off workshops and ongoing youth circus projects. Duncan is an experienced performer who trained with ‘The Ringworm Brothers Circus’. He has produced shows from simple clown skits to complex circus based drama tackling mental health issues, and performed for audiences ranging from primary schools to adult cabaret. Now based in Dundee.|
|George the Juggler
||“Often seen in Port Street, George has worked on pavements in many places. He has also worked for a year in a community circus in England, where he made a mean cup of tea. He was British Diabolo throwing champion of 2001, and won the 2002 UK National Busking Competition Circus Skills section with David Dogstar on percussion.”|
||“He’s that weird bloke riding the unicycle around town. When he’s not weaving in and out of startled pedestrians he does workshops teaching circus skills for local community groups. He also tries to transform Off The Record (an information and advice centre for young people) into a circus, under the pretence of being a volunteer advice worker.
|Steve the Juggler (me!)
|You can find out all about me by viewing the rest of the site!|
|Noeleen Breen aka Silly Tilly
|Noeleen ran Kablitz Entertainment Agency and was an agent to many of the professional jugglers who attended over the 15+yrs the Juggling Club ran for. She ran the Kablitz juggling shop in Broad Street opposite the Boys Club which was home to the Juggling Club.|
|Kate, Emma and Amber
3 lovely ladies studying at Stirling University who joined the club back in January 2005 a few months before they all graduated. Here’s some text from Emma…
||“I may be 52 but I’m not dead yet! I started learning to juggle on 2nd February ’05 and have now learned loads such as juggling balls, rings and clubs.”|
||“Never having been to a Juggling class before, I find it very rewarding, interesting, sociable, entertaining and I now have a little more confidence each week through the enjoyment of practice.”|
|Mick aka Bobo the Clown
||“I really enjoy the art of juggling and performing and putting smiles on peoples faces. Basically i’m a right show off!”|
||“Gordon gained experience in theatre and circus skills at ‘Fool Time’ in Bristol, and has gone on to perform at events across the country. He has wide ranging experience in workshops for adults and young people.”|
||“Started Juggling in VERY late 2003 and so far, has attended the Scottish Juggling Convention and is intending to go to the European Juggling Convention – summer 2004. Learned to juggle through boredom and the teachings of Lee, Jo-Jo (the Lovely Jo-Jo) and George.”|
||“I have been juggling since 1989 and have been for several years on the entertainments circuit until 1999 when I decided to move over into computers. I still juggle 2-3 times a week if I can and any insidious rumors that I do it only for the pub will be handled accordingly!”|
||“Stephen only started juggling in March 2002 and has already surpassed everyone’s expectations as he is a very fast learner. “I am now learning more 4 ball juggling and I have been learning firestaff, 3 ball tricks eg mills mess, unicycle, diabolo, rings, clubs etc.”|
||“Stazi (full name Anastasia) only started juggling in June 2002 and is progressing well. She is now learning Poi, club juggling and fire staff.”|
||“is a full time student who spends half his life going to school and the other half volunteering at “Off The Record” and juggling (even when he sleeps he dreams of juggling!). He enjoys teaching others to juggle, passing on what he’s learnt, and helping them to excel.”|
||“I started juggling at the same time as Stephen and have progressed well. Now I am doing 4 ball, club juggling, fire staff and poi. After going to European Juggling Convention in Bremen, Germany, I aim to continue improving on my skill set. “|
||“The Wonder from Down Under”.
This plucky youngster regularly travels between Australia and Scotland to juggle with the Stirling juggling project. A 15 year old who has graduated from basic three ball juggling to fire clubs in less than 12 months with the Stirling posse.
Aren’t they lovely?
I hope one day that the club will start up again, although many of the people who have organised it over the years are now based elsewhere in Europe (including myself in Northamptonshire, so I won’t be attending regularly)! This page is to provide a bit of history on SJP and keep the memories alive.
If you were a member of SJP and would like to provide a better description or photo for your profile then get in touch – it would be great to hear from you!