Cimera are a contemporary circus, theatre and arts company founded in 2013. Like our namesake the dazzling hybrid of Greek Mythology we are a company of many parts. We bring together artists from diverse performance and design perspectives to create a powerful artistic voice for north Wales.

We work in Welsh and English. 

We produce original works of street theatre, walkabout stilt characters, touring circus theatre productions, fire shows, arts engagement and education projects, community parades and lantern events, puppet shows, circus and interdisciplinary arts training and workshops for children and adults.  

Our network of contacts, partners and artists stretches along the north Welsh coast, throughout Gwynedd and Anglesey down to Ceredigion and beyond.  

We have created, designed and produced work for festivals, events, venues and companies, including Pontio, Bangor, Galeri Caernarfon, Venue Cymru, Arad Goch, Cwmni’r Fran Wen, Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru and Yr Urdd, Community Parades, Big Sexy Circus City- Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Mentrau Iaith Conwy and Fflint, Greenwood Forest Park, Green Man Festival and Gwynedd Council Children’s Services. 

We have worked in partnership with other Arts organisations / Charities including Organised Kaos, Citrus Arts, NoFit State Circus, Theatr Genedlaethol and Anno’s Africa in Malawi and Kenya 

Our bi-lingual circus theatre production Drudwen, funded by the Arts Council of Wales, toured nationally in 2019 to Pontio, Y Ffwrnes, Riverfront, Wales Millennium Centre, Venue Cymru and Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

The Circus Village is coming to Wales!

From 13 Aug – 25 Sept circus practitioners from Wales, England & Scotland can join the village to live, learn, and work together.

Find out more:

www.thecircusvillage.org

The Circus Village is funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council England and Creative Scotland.

Project Partners: Articulture, Cimera, Citrus Arts, Hannah Darby, Ellis Grover, Elle Kate, Zoe Munn, NoFit State Circus, Organised Kaos, Syrcas Byd Bychan, Up Side Down Circus.

Meet the Team

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A group photo of the Cimera team

Kate Jones

Artistic Director

Kate Driver, Artistic Director

Kate trained in Drama at UCW Aberystwyth and Theatre Design with Motley at the National Theatre, London. She is a founding member of Cimera. She has worked for over 30 years as a Theatre Designer, Playwright and Creative Director/ Producer for professional and community arts projects all around these islands. 

She wrote ‘Drudwen’ and ‘Mi Glywais Gan Aderyn Bach’ for Cimera and has developed concepts, co-devised and designed performances, walkabout characters, and parades for the company including ‘Let them eat cake’, ‘Mari Llwyd’, ‘Commedia Masquerade’ and ‘Scylla, Charybdis and Poseidon’. 

Kate’s other recent work includes Theatre Designer for many productions at the RCSSD including ‘The Wonderful World of Dissocia’, ‘Blue Stockings’ and ‘Lear’. Co-Writer and Designer ‘Aphrodite in Flippers’, Bold and Saucy Theatre Company. She currently works with Anno’s Africa Malawi as a mentor in circus and theatre arts. 

A cultural and genetic hybrid with a dark sense of humour, Kate is a Welsh speaker, lives in the mountains, was born and raised in South London and has equally divided Carmarthenshire and Norfolk roots.


Iago Morgan Jones

Circus Director, Performer

As one of the founders of Cimera, Iago has been performing, creating characters and performances with the company since 2013.  He most recently played Ogi / Trystan in the National tour of ‘Drudwen’.  He has a wide range of circus and performance skills, most notably acrobatics, acrobalance, aerial and physical comedy. 

He got involved in circus aged 15 turning his love of fire and being bendy into artistic creation and performance.  He trained in acrobatics with Polichinello circus in Sheffield, toured with No Fit State as a trainee on Bianco, and performed in Bodies in Urban Spaces in Bangor and Swansea. Other acting and circus performing credits include; ‘Y Crincod’ – Llwyfan Gogledd Cymru, ‘Coppelia’, ‘Troi a Throsi’, ‘Y Goeden Annwn’ and ‘Tri’ – Syrcas Circus. 

Iago travelled to Malawi with Anno’s Africa in 2017 to teach aerial to children in Nhkata Bay.  Iago is a first language Welsh speaker, loves growing plants and looking after his ducks.


Lauren Bracken

Devisor, Director, Performer

Lauren as Scylla

Lauren has been working with Cimera Since 2013 and loves being a part of our exciting and ever growing company. She is a trained Actor who has embraced some skills as a circus performer. Including stilts, fire, aerial. She teaches circus skills workshops and loves community engagement events. You may also see her direct projects in the near future.  

She loves working with children and families, and believes performing is about having fun and playing characters, trying out ideas through dance, acting, using physicality and you will always hear her promoting the arts!! She is also a stunt woman for film and Tv and work with animals in film! Some of you may have seen the lovely cats and owls on CBBC the Worst Witch, or stunt Work Gangs of London and the latest Bollywood films. The skills she has developed through her own personal practice all go hand in hand. Her passion is to provide entertainment and bring joy to those who get to be part of our shows and events.

She is a life long animal lover and a mother of two.  She has played international Rugby and lived in some unusual places such as Borneo, Malaysia and The United Arab Emirates. She is looking forward to welcoming lots of new faces to our exciting outdoor events.


Daisy Williams

Aerialist performer and Instructor

Daisy Williams, Aerialist performer and Instructor

Daisy’s passion lies in aerial arts. Her main discipline is aerial hoop, but she is also trained in static trapeze, aerial silks, straps and Spanish web.  

Daisy started out her circus journey while training to be a journalist in university, attending static trapeze classes at Black & Blue Circus in Liverpool. After working as a journalist in London until the age of 25, Daisy decided she would rather write her own story than follow other people’s, so she joined a travelling circus and performed throughout the UK. 

Returning to North Wales in 2018, Daisy joined Syrcas Cimera and has been teaching and performing with them ever since, as well as working as solo performer. Daisy also works in community engagement, working on a literature for wellbeing project around North Wales.


Manon Prysor

Creative Director and Actor

Manon Prysor, Creative Director

Following a Drama degree at Aberystwyth University, Manon became a professional actress in TV, Film and theatre. She worked on several T.I.E projects with the Fran Wen, National Museums Wales and St Fagan, and Outreach, Theatre Clwyd, co-devising shows and workshops for primary and secondary schools. She has toured with theatre companies in Wales and Europe with companies such as Bara Caws and E.L.A.N Wales and worked on large scale theatre/circus community projects under the direction of Firenza Guidi and No Fit State Circus. Amongst her early acting experience she appeared in the Oscar nominated film, Hedd Wyn. Recent credits have seen her in Pobol y Cwm, Rownd a Rownd and Hidden for S4C and BBC Wales. 

Manon spent four years as a performing arts lecturer at Trinity College, Carmarthen on the B.A course, Theatre, Film and Music. Whilst raising a family she has integrated educational work to her acting career as a Welsh language tutor and Youth theatre Tutor; as a Creative Agent and Creative Practitioner for the Arts Council of Wales. Through partnership with CADW and Conway Archives, she also delivers story-telling and workshops based on local and national history implementing the Donaldson practice of Mantel of the expert and creative learning theories. 

Manon has collaborated with Cimera in the past as an outreach artist with the Welsh learning audience. She is now a fully- fledged member of the company contributing to the companies many projects as a co-director and creative practitioner. Birds of a feather flock together. 


Raine Williams

Business Development Manager

Raine has over 35 years’ experience in business administration, project finance and internal audit. During her career she has worked for many local organisations including Plas Menai National Outdoor Centre, Natural Resources Wales and is currently working for Bangor University as a Finance Administrator on two projects. 

She has a long association with community arts and has been involved in several Cimera events. Over the years, she has taken time out of her career to travel abroad and work at various festivals in the UK including Glastonbury, Big Green Gathering and the Northern Green Gathering. More recently she has performed at Festival No 6 and many other local carnivals and festivals with Bloco Sŵn - a local samba band. 

Raine has recently become a grandmother and enjoys drumming, rowing and regularly sails locally. However, in 2017 she had her greatest sailing adventure yet crossing the Atlantic from Pwllheli to Bermuda (and back again) in a 54’ trimaran. 


Alex Haycock

Circus Workshop Leader

Alex grew up in the beautiful North Wales countryside and has been involved with Cimera since his early teens. Working for Cimera has enabled him to do the things he loves – travel, teaching and preforming.  

He travelled to Malawi with Cimera and the charity, Annos Africa, on an enrichment program to educate local artists on creating a sustainable business for producing young talent, acts and opportunity for some of the most naturally talented people in the world. Working alongside the locals in Mzuzu was a great insight into different cultures and was a brilliant learning opportunity for him as a young man just out of A levels.  

He has also had the opportunity to be part of an array of performances, in front of hundreds of people all over the country, from fire juggling to stilt walking, from festivals to street carnivals. You name it, he’s done it!  

He is a jack of all trades but especially enjoys juggling and has recently conquered the elusive 5 ball cascade and he doesn’t plan on stopping there!


Claire Hughes

Community Development Leader

Claire is a mother of four originally from Nantlle. She has been involved with community circus and theatre arts since 2007 when she first volunteered on a project in Talysarn. Claire and her kids have been active participants in Cimera’s work since its beginning in 2013. Claire is a workshop leader, stilt and fire performer.      

Claire has many years’ experience of working with socially excluded and marginalized young people. Including as a support worker at Treborth, Brynllwyd and Porthmadog special units/ schools and is dedicated to supporting vulnerable members of the community through the Arts. She is a first language Welsh speaker and loves walking the mountains, photography and fire poi. 

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Meet the Team

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A group photo of the Cimera team
Kate Jones – Artistic Director 

Kate Jones

Artistic Director

Kate Driver, Artistic Director

Kate trained in Drama at UCW Aberystwyth and Theatre Design with Motley at the National Theatre, London. She is a founding member of Cimera. She has worked for over 30 years as a Theatre Designer, Playwright and Creative Director/ Producer for professional and community arts projects all around these islands. 

She wrote ‘Drudwen’ and ‘Mi Glywais Gan Aderyn Bach’ for Cimera and has developed concepts, co-devised and designed performances, walkabout characters, and parades for the company including ‘Let them eat cake’, ‘Mari Llwyd’, ‘Commedia Masquerade’ and ‘Scylla, Charybdis and Poseidon’. 

Kate’s other recent work includes Theatre Designer for many productions at the RCSSD including ‘The Wonderful World of Dissocia’, ‘Blue Stockings’ and ‘Lear’. Co-Writer and Designer ‘Aphrodite in Flippers’, Bold and Saucy Theatre Company. She currently works with Anno’s Africa Malawi as a mentor in circus and theatre arts. 

A cultural and genetic hybrid with a dark sense of humour, Kate is a Welsh speaker, lives in the mountains, was born and raised in South London and has equally divided Carmarthenshire and Norfolk roots.

Iago Morgan Jones – Circus Director, Performer

Iago Morgan Jones

Circus Director, Performer

As one of the founders of Cimera, Iago has been performing, creating characters and performances with the company since 2013.  He most recently played Ogi / Trystan in the National tour of ‘Drudwen’.  He has a wide range of circus and performance skills, most notably acrobatics, acrobalance, aerial and physical comedy. 

He got involved in circus aged 15 turning his love of fire and being bendy into artistic creation and performance.  He trained in acrobatics with Polichinello circus in Sheffield, toured with No Fit State as a trainee on Bianco, and performed in Bodies in Urban Spaces in Bangor and Swansea. Other acting and circus performing credits include; ‘Y Crincod’ – Llwyfan Gogledd Cymru, ‘Coppelia’, ‘Troi a Throsi’, ‘Y Goeden Annwn’ and ‘Tri’ – Syrcas Circus. 

Iago travelled to Malawi with Anno’s Africa in 2017 to teach aerial to children in Nhkata Bay.  Iago is a first language Welsh speaker, loves growing plants and looking after his ducks.

Lauren Bracken – Devisor, Director, Performer

Lauren Bracken

Devisor, Director, Performer

Lauren as Scylla

Lauren has been working with Cimera Since 2013 and loves being a part of our exciting and ever growing company. She is a trained Actor who has embraced some skills as a circus performer. Including stilts, fire, aerial. She teaches circus skills workshops and loves community engagement events. You may also see her direct projects in the near future.  

She loves working with children and families, and believes performing is about having fun and playing characters, trying out ideas through dance, acting, using physicality and you will always hear her promoting the arts!! She is also a stunt woman for film and Tv and work with animals in film! Some of you may have seen the lovely cats and owls on CBBC the Worst Witch, or stunt Work Gangs of London and the latest Bollywood films. The skills she has developed through her own personal practice all go hand in hand. Her passion is to provide entertainment and bring joy to those who get to be part of our shows and events.

She is a life long animal lover and a mother of two. She has played international Rugby and lived in some unusual places such as Borneo, Malaysia and The United Arab Emirates. She is looking forward to welcoming lots of new faces to our exciting outdoor events.

Daisy Williams - Aerialist performer and Instructor 

Daisy Williams

Aerialist performer and Instructor

Daisy Williams, Aerialist performer and Instructor

Daisy’s passion lies in aerial arts. Her main discipline is aerial hoop, but she is also trained in static trapeze, aerial silks, straps and Spanish web.  

Daisy started out her circus journey while training to be a journalist in university, attending static trapeze classes at Black & Blue Circus in Liverpool. After working as a journalist in London until the age of 25, Daisy decided she would rather write her own story than follow other people’s, so she joined a travelling circus and performed throughout the UK. 

Returning to North Wales in 2018, Daisy joined Syrcas Cimera and has been teaching and performing with them ever since, as well as working as solo performer. Daisy also works in community engagement, working on a literature for wellbeing project around North Wales.

Manon Prysor – Creative Director and Actor

Manon Prysor

Creative Director and Actor

Manon Prysor, Creative Director

Following a Drama degree at Aberystwyth University, Manon became a professional actress in TV, Film and theatre. She worked on several T.I.E projects with the Fran Wen, National Museums Wales and St Fagan, and Outreach, Theatre Clwyd, co-devising shows and workshops for primary and secondary schools. She has toured with theatre companies in Wales and Europe with companies such as Bara Caws and E.L.A.N Wales and worked on large scale theatre/circus community projects under the direction of Firenza Guidi and No Fit State Circus. Amongst her early acting experience she appeared in the Oscar nominated film, Hedd Wyn. Recent credits have seen her in Pobol y Cwm, Rownd a Rownd and Hidden for S4C and BBC Wales. 

Manon spent four years as a performing arts lecturer at Trinity College, Carmarthen on the B.A course, Theatre, Film and Music. Whilst raising a family she has integrated educational work to her acting career as a Welsh language tutor and Youth theatre Tutor; as a Creative Agent and Creative Practitioner for the Arts Council of Wales. Through partnership with CADW and Conway Archives, she also delivers story-telling and workshops based on local and national history implementing the Donaldson practice of Mantel of the expert and creative learning theories. 

Manon has collaborated with Cimera in the past as an outreach artist with the Welsh learning audience. She is now a fully- fledged member of the company contributing to the companies many projects as a co-director and creative practitioner. Birds of a feather flock together. 

Raine Williams - Business Development Manager

Raine Williams

Business Development Manager

Raine has over 35 years’ experience in business administration, project finance and internal audit. During her career she has worked for many local organisations including Plas Menai National Outdoor Centre, Natural Resources Wales and is currently working for Bangor University as a Finance Administrator on two projects. 

She has a long association with community arts and has been involved in several Cimera events. Over the years, she has taken time out of her career to travel abroad and work at various festivals in the UK including Glastonbury, Big Green Gathering and the Northern Green Gathering. More recently she has performed at Festival No 6 and many other local carnivals and festivals with Bloco Sŵn - a local samba band. 

Raine has recently become a grandmother and enjoys drumming, rowing and regularly sails locally. However, in 2017 she had her greatest sailing adventure yet crossing the Atlantic from Pwllheli to Bermuda (and back again) in a 54’ trimaran.

Alex Haycock – Circus Workshop Leader

Alex Haycock

Circus Workshop Leader

Alex grew up in the beautiful North Wales countryside and has been involved with Cimera since his early teens. Working for Cimera has enabled him to do the things he loves – travel, teaching and preforming.  

He travelled to Malawi with Cimera and the charity, Annos Africa, on an enrichment program to educate local artists on creating a sustainable business for producing young talent, acts and opportunity for some of the most naturally talented people in the world. Working alongside the locals in Mzuzu was a great insight into different cultures and was a brilliant learning opportunity for him as a young man just out of A levels.  

He has also had the opportunity to be part of an array of performances, in front of hundreds of people all over the country, from fire juggling to stilt walking, from festivals to street carnivals. You name it, he’s done it!  

He is a jack of all trades but especially enjoys juggling and has recently conquered the elusive 5 ball cascade and he doesn’t plan on stopping there!

Claire Hughes – Community Development Leader 

Claire Hughes

Community Development Leader

Claire is a mother of four originally from Nantlle. She has been involved with community circus and theatre arts since 2007 when she first volunteered on a project in Talysarn. Claire and her kids have been active participants in Cimera’s work since its beginning in 2013. Claire is a workshop leader, stilt and fire performer.      

Claire has many years’ experience of working with socially excluded and marginalized young people. Including as a support worker at Treborth, Brynllwyd and Porthmadog special units/ schools and is dedicated to supporting vulnerable members of the community through the Arts. She is a first language Welsh speaker and loves walking the mountains, photography and fire poi. 

Associate Artists

Zoe Munn – Creative Producer

Gwen Scott – Theatre Director

Annie Kelly – Theatre Designer

Bee Gilbert – Photographer

Company Members

Fergus Lovatt

Eleri Turner

Jordan Eade

Sarah Williams

Keith Jones

Adrian Humphreys

Duncan Cunningham

Eaden Cunningham