Taking Broken to Cyprus


The Company has just returned from a short tour of Cyprus as part of the month long Kypria International Festival 2015.

We performed our current touring production Broken to full houses in Nicosia and Limassol. The reception we had in Cyprus was amazing, so thank you to all of our fantastic audiences who came to see us. We would love to go back!

The first theatre we performed in was the Strovolos Municipal Theatre in Nicosia…what an amazing venue…

Sam catches up with some emails between shows

 Full house in Nicosia

All hands on deck in Nicosia before moving to Limassol

Team dinner in Limassol…at that point we had not yet tasted the amazing Kleftiko…

38 degrees…thank goodness for air conditioning

Arriving at the Rialto Theatre in Limassol old town

Rehearsing in Limassol

Production Manager Austin Lawler in the lighting box in Limassol

Richard Old from the production team

The audience begins to arrive in Limassol

Ready for the off

Leaving Cyprus – hope we can come back soon!

Dance Teacher Claire BensonI am super excited to start a new term of classes with my fabulous group of dancers – the summer seems to have flown by but I have certainly missed my Wednesday nights with the gang.

Each week I endeavour to push participants with exciting and challenging choreography, working hard for that buzzy warm contented feeling you get after a satisfying workout!

Everyone has come with different experiences but we all share the same passion: we love to dance. We work hard but we also like a laugh. For me, adult class is a safe place to just ‘be.’ I want everyone to feel that they can enjoy moving and this is what I love most about teaching: the feeling of responsibility for my students, taking them out of the weekly grind and celebrating the sheer joy of moving without fear of judgement.

“For me adult class is a safe place to just ‘be’…celebrating the sheer joy of moving without fear of judgement.”

I find a lot of people come with a real fear of not being good enough to start dancing, or that they have lost confidence over years of not taking class. I try to help participants overcome that voice inside saying they can’t do it.

Dancing may be demanding physically and mentally but it should most definitely be fun and not to be taken too seriously! Who cares if you go wrong? I certainly won’t mind! My philosophy is to ease the pressure we put on ourselves and allow ourselves to make mistakes because, when we do get it right, it feels so good! Life is hard enough right? Why make it harder? Dancing is escapism at its best – the ultimate pleasure!

Our brand new Thursday night class for beginners is starting up this term. I really hope I can encourage more people to join me in the studio so that, with rosy cheeks and a contented glow, we can all say goodbye and look forward to next week’s antics..!

I hope to see you soon!


Motionhouse’s Claire Benson has taught extensively throughout the UK and overseas, from professional to community dance classes. Claire currently heads our Youth Company and Classes Programme as Lead Artist responsible for Creative Projects and Participation.

Motionhouse adult dance classes take place on Wednesdays at 8.15pm-9.45pm, and Thursdays at 7.00pm-8.00pm. For more information or to sign up for one of our adult classes, please call Sam on: 01926 887052 or visit our website at the following link: http://bit.ly/1Kfn2Zf


What a brilliant weekend we had at bOing! Festival! The University of Kent’s Canterbury campus was packed full of wonderful performances and activities. We very much enjoyed being part of it and it was a pleasure to perform ‘Fragile’ to some fantastic audiences across the weekend.

We absolutely loved looking at the photos you shared with us over the weekend – thank you very much to everyone who took to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to show us the performances from your viewpoint! You can still share images with us using #Fragile15

Thank you to everyone in Canterbury who worked so hard to make this happen and made us feel right at home: co-commissioners Gulbenkian, University of Kent, Conflux and Merchant City Festival, Creative Scotland, Glasgow City Council, Arts Council England and sponsors Scot JCB and AB 2000. All the staff, event team and volunteers did a fantastic job of looking after us. Thank you!

Once again, a huge well done to all the team involved. No amount of mud was going to stop you! You all did another brilliant job… Go Team Fragile!


in Fragile,