Performer and Workshop Facilitator

Poppy Avison-Fell: Director of Poppins Presents

Growing up in Yorkshire Dales Poppy has always loved creating shows, costumes and visual art in the countryside. She left Settle to study BA Drama at the University of Manchester, specialising in community theatre and workshop facilitation. It is here that she fell in love with circus and interactive children’s theatre.

She joined a Manchester fire troupe, where she learnt and performed fire poi and fire fans. Combining her love for the outdoors and art, she began creating outdoor theatre for festivals. She graduated in 2017, this is when her passion for circus and theatre joined forces. She toured India with the social circus Performers Without Borders, performing circus shows and delivering circus workshops at charity organisations across India.

On her return, she moved to Leeds and set up her own entertainment company Poppins Presents. Poppins Presents all things playful, providing shows and workshops for all people in every place. Poppy creates interactive street theatre and delivers workshops in circus, drama, crafts and guided storytelling. Through interactive acts, silly circus and mindful meditations Poppy creates stories that discover the power of our imagination and the endless possibilities of play.

We have travelled globally delivering workshops and performances to ensure that everyone can access play. We set up the company in June 2018, since then we have performed and delivered workshops globally in a variety of places and communities.

We have delivered circus and crafts workshops for the Elderly (Leeds Playhouse, Chorlton Neighbours) and Special Needs Groups (Aware UK, DIY Theatre Company. Our show Hippy Poppins has visited the whole of the UK from Scotland to the South of England. In September 2019, we provided the family entertainment area for Goulash Disko, Vis Croatia.

We provided a programme of creative activities for the local families on the Island of Vis to enjoy. They were overjoyed to experience a range of activities they have never had the opportunity to try. Play is a universal language, it provides a safe space for sharing and learning for all ages, abilities and communities.

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