Well this is us. We are a family enterprise. All of us are working to make the project move along and we are all multi tasking!
Directors l Team
Lehla Eldridge FRSA - Founder and Director @ JFF
Who I truly am is a creative who loves working to help, comfort and inspire other people. From performing in hospitals to writing a book for wonderful women to supporting self directed learners. Doing work with meaning is where I get the most joy.
I am so excited to be a part of Jump, Fall, Fly and I aim to inject my best self in to this project so that I can add something exciting, new and upbeat to this challenging and fast changing world.
- Performer I Director l Author I Illustrator I Workshop facilitator I Occasional Stilt Walker
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Anthony Eldridge-Rogers FRSA - Founder and Director @ JFF
I believe we are living in astonishing times. I have worked in a number of fields across creative industries. I am a passionate starter and I love to lead new projects. I have a deep interest in behavioural, emotional and spiritual health. All I have learned and experienced I am now using to make whatever contribution I can to human well being in my family, friends and community.
- Social Entrepreneur l Executive Coach l Performer I Director l Producer l Author I Workshop facilitator l Pretty good Stilt Walker l Working on it acrobat L Coach
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Samantha Holland FRSA - Director @ JFF
Samantha creates work in multiple mediums - events, theatre, film, television and radio. The majority of her career has been spent in theatre as an actor and in more recent years also as a director, writer and theatre practitioner. As an artist she has exhibited photography, illustrations, animation, and short films. As an illustrator, three books. She also lends her skills as a creative director to innovative companies following a sustainable ethos.
- Performer I Director l Writer l Artist l Creator
My Name is Amari Eldridge, I am a co-founder of Jump Fall Fly. I have trained with ‘Piccolo Nuovo Teatro’ in Italy, with ‘Swamp Circus’ in England and I am part of Vagabond Youth Circus. I have performed with Swamp Circus at The Eden Project, The Great Estate Festival, board masters Festival, The Bearded Theory Festival amongst many others. I have performed with Piccolo Nuovo Teatro in Perugia and with Jump Fall Fly in England. Alongside circus I have a deep interest in Philosophy and Psychology having just studied them at A level. Furthermore, I love teaching and I teach circus skills and aerial. I a self-directed learner and a passionate artist, writer, dancer, and performer.
Mostly I love exploring new things and gaining new experiences. I am excited for the future.
Aerial artist l Acrobat l Stilt Walker l Teacher and Performer
I am a circus and theatre performer, aerial artist, acrobat, teacher and stilt walker. I studied to be a performer and an aerial artist with Piccolo Nuovo Teatro in Perugia, Italy. I then went on to train, perform, and teach with Swamp Circus. I have performed at The Eden Project, The Great Estate Festival, Boardmasters Festival and the Bearded Theory Festival amongst others. I have also performed with Piccolo Nuovo Teatro in Perugia Italy. I also have modeling experience for the BBC and Netflix.
I am a founding member of Jump Fall Fly. I have also acted and co-directed a short film on mental health as a commission for the Exeter Northcott theatre.
I am passionate about art, drama, music, singing, writing, and dance. I spent the first 7 years of my life in South Africa and have travelled a lot. I speak fluent Italian and am a curious open-minded individual.
- Circus and Theatre Performer l Aerial Artist l Acrobat l Teacher l Stilt Walker
We are honoured and delighted that our mission and vision is supported by our board of advisers who bring their experience and independent perspectives to the Jump Fall Fly path.
Federay Holmes is a theatre director, actor and an Associate Artist at Shakespeare’s Globe where she directs and teaches acting, and is also an Associate of the experimental London theatre company, The Factory, for whom she writes and performs.
An actor for over twenty-five years, she has worked extensively in theatres around the UK as well as many London theatres. She has made many television appearances and performed in innumerable radio dramas for the BBC.
Richard Layzell is a London-based artist affiliated to ResCen at Middlesex University. His work in performance, video and installation – and with industry and communities – has been recognised internationally.
He held the Arts Council’s Video Art Bursary in 1980 and the resulting videotapes Floor, Power and Guide were extensively shown in Europe and N America.
Bruno’s Leg was commissioned by the Tate Gallery in 1987, The Revolution-You’re In It! by Kettles Yard Cambridge in 1989.
His interactive installation Tap Ruffle and Shave, commissioned by Glasgow Museums in 1995, toured to London, Manchester and Newcastle and was seen by 100,000 people.
Sanchia Hylton-Smith is a songwriter, vocalist and performer. She works as a senior manager in the third sector and has a passion for using the arts as a tool for personal development with socially excluded groups, both in her charity role, and as a self-employed trainer.
Gregory Thompson is a theatre director (AandBC, Royal Shakespeare Company, Young Vic) and UCL Creative Entrepreneur in Residence.
Brett Jackson trained at Lecoq in Paris and Centre National Arts Du Cirque at Chalon, building skills as a mime / acrobat.
Having directed projects in France he returned to England to work with Swamp Circus’ tented touring productions.
Brett has worked as a mime since 1984 and with Swamp has toured original contemporary circus productions since 1986.
Though working for dance, film and theatre companies Brett’s love is the travelling circus.
Eliza Chadwick is a UK based professionally trained Actor and Voice Artist. She regularly records for radio, television, commercial, gaming, corporate and e-learning, IVR and telephone communications and has over 20 years industry experience in Theatre, TV, Drama Coaching and Voice-Over.
Sophie Heydel is a storyteller and theatre director and runs theatre workshops. She was born in London, England, and studied acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has worked as a professional actress for many years in the UK and Europe. Since she has been a storyteller, she has told stories all over Catalonia, the Basque Country, Valencia and Zaragoza. She is a qualified English teacher (with the title CELTA) and has taught at all ages and levels.
Sophie also directs The Drama Factory , English theatre classes for children.
To create positive social change through circus,
theatre arts, creativity & coaching psychology
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