PODCAST #7 – Little Stars Circus: The Science of Entertainment

The Essex 2020 podcast

In this series, we go behind the scenes of the UK’s biggest celebration of science and creativity.  In each episode, Essex 2020 project director Richard Freeman meets some of the brilliant people and organisations who are working to create, inspire and discover Essex’s past, present and future. 

In this episode: Dr Diana Entwistle from Little Stars Circus



Little Stars Circus is a team of professional aerialists who want to spread the fun and fitness that learning aerial arts brings to people – both young and old(er).

From their fully-equipped studio in Chelmsford, Little Stars give children an alternative way to develop physical, mental and social skills, through gravity-defying activities like aerial hoop and trapeze.

The training is rooted in core principles of biology and physics, developing the fundamental physical skills of risk, balance, stamina, strength, flexibility, and body awareness.

In a special project for Essex 2020, Little Stars Circus will be delivering Circus Science – a series of digital resources for home education and use in schools. Each programme comprises of a 15-20 minute video demonstrating scientific principles through circus demonstrations edited to include dialogue and explanations, a work sheet for students to summarise what they learnt in the video, a teacher pack identifying the principles covered.

Richard Freeman talks to biologist, figure-skater, aerialist and Artistic Director of Little Stars Circus, Dr Diana Entwistle, about the origins of Little Stars Circus and her ambitions for circus in Essex. Please note that this interview was recorded before the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic.


Useful links

Little Stars Circus online

Little Stars on Instagram

Little Stars on Facebook


Dr. Entwistle is a perfect example of a pioneering Essex woman. Do YOU know any incredible women in Essex? If so we’d love to hear from you.
Read our story to find out how to nominate your #PioneeringEssexWomen and they might be in with the chance (if they want to, of course) to be photographed by a professional photographer as part of Mark Massey’s Essexism project.


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Essex 2020 is an Essex Partners initiative. This is an always possible podcast.

The interviewer was Richard Freeman for always possible and the producer was Chris Thorpe-Tracey for Lo Fi Arts