Originally from Adelaide, Australia, Alex Frith trained as a professional ballet dancer at The Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne and performed throughout the country for five years before relocating to London in 1998.
He joined The Circus Space (now known as the National Centre) and expanded his skills to include acting, harness, acrobatics, trapeze, stilt walking and clowning. He gained a place at The Millennium Dome as an ensemble performer for the coveted Central Show where his main skill was bungee stilts at 40 metres!!
In 2001 he founded AirCraft Circus, his aerial acrobatic theatre company and training space at The Hangar in Stratford.
Relocated by the Olympics to Greenwich, South-East London in 2008 the phoenix rose from the ashes as The Hangar Arts Trust where AirCraft Circus lived until 2017. It was a professional Circus company, full-time circus school for adults, children and professional circus artists. He was Chairman of the Charity until 2017 when he left for his homeland to bring his own brand of circus to Byron Bay.
Alex is an expert in performer flying rigging, creating flying effects, working with circus artists, dancers, actors and children. Alex’s Dance background has set him up well to create choreographic sequences in the air or on the ground.
Alex is a well rounded package of creative whirlwind and technical know-how, with a vast knowledge of the equipment available to create effects required for large scale performances.
Alex has consulted, choreographed aerial acrobatics and directed widely on many large projects in Europe and Londons West End, including:
Model Citizens - Circus Oz, Resident Director
Lord of the Rings in Londons West End and Canada - Circus Skills Consultant and Choreographer
City of Dreams and The House of Dancing Water - Franco Dragone, Acrobatic Coach
The Shakespeare Globe London (Circus Choreographer)
Scattered - Motion House , Aerial Choreographer
Punch Drunk - Aerial Stunt Co-ordinator
Ghost - Londons West End - Aerial Stunts and Illusions
Matilda - Londons West End - harness development and kids acrobatic coach
Desperately Seeking Susan - Londons West End - Stunt Effects
The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe - Londons West End - Children's Aerial Choreographer
Billy Elliot - Londons West End, Acrobatic Coach
Dystopic Dreams - Sadlers Wells, Head Rigger/Stunt Designer
Hypemestra - Glyndbourne Opera House, Stunt Designer
The Hole Show - Madrid Price, Choreographer
Madame Pain’s Boudoir Circus - Download, Director (with 52 performers!!)
Midnight Circus - Director, Jacksons Lane
Damaged Goods - Director, AirCraft Circus London
Shipwrecked Circus - Director, AirCraft Circus London
A Circus Life for Me - Director, AirCraft Circus London
Sensory Circus - Director, AirCraft Circus London
Alex’s role is as an Artistic Director of circus skills on the fulltime course at AirCraft Circus he devised, directed and produced no less than 17 student showcases and numerous in-house cabarets and youth circus shows. His consulting work specialises in flying performers, fall effects and creating rigging solutions.
He is married to Moira Campbell who he works, teaches and performs with. They have a 10 year old daughter called India-Rose who has grown up in the circus world.
His most recent gig was Directing Circus Oz in their 2018 Model Citizens tour.
In his spare time he likes to make leather goods, such as wallets and knife sheaths.
Madame Pains Boudoir Circus, Download, UK, 2011