How things change … and plans for a second screening!


Three years ago we launched this blog.

Last year we won Best Blog in Wales.

And yesterday, we premiered the documentary we made about Cardiff at Chapter Arts Centre.

It was a brilliant day and a great event – thanks to everyone who came along and also to: Claire and all at Chapter for supporting our event, Cardiff Uni for sponsoring the film, Tom Betts for being on  hilarious compere duties, everyone who helped out on the day (Adam / Alice / Simon / Leanne).

Adam and his pretty posters at the launch yesterday….

Adam at the launch

Cinema One – from the rear!

Cinema one - from the rear!

I did a little Q and A with Tom Betts (who very ably introduced the film and facilitated afterwards….). Director Dave (who made an AMAZING film) hid at the back, but I still forced him to stand up and wave. He made a great film!

We Are Cardiff - Helia Q and A

A photo of the crowd! (sorry to everyone who was missed off the edges!)

Audience in cinema one



(sorry for the lo-fi photos, they were all off our phones!)

We really hope everyone who came along enjoyed themselves. If you have any comments about the film, please feel free to leave them in the comments space below.

Due to the number of folk who couldn’t make it yesterday, we’re doing another screening! This Thursday night (11 July), 7.30pm at Porter’s (on Bute Terrace, next to the Big Sleep Hotel and opposite the CIA). No tickets necessary – just turn up and roll into their cinema room!

We Are Cardiff – Thursday 11 July screening Facebook  event 

Thanks again for making the event something really special – and hopefully see some of you on Thursday night!


“I came to Cardiff because of NoFit State Circus and their great community” – George


I came to Cardiff because of NoFit State Circus and their great community and fantastic training facility. I have lived in Splott and Grangetown in the city. Which is my favorite? I love my Splott friends, but I like the diversity of Grangetown and seeing the Taff every day.

I am a circus performer. The thing I’ve always liked about sport is the single-minded focus on physical agility and dexterity (but not so much the competition). What I’ve always liked about making art is the dissection and analysis of the human condition. Circus is a joyous mash up of these two.

To relax, I enjoy cycling around the city and visiting car boot sales. My perfect day in Cardiff would be spending a Sunday at Bessemer Road market and car boot, and then on to the Riverside Market for lunch.

George Orange is a performance artist, circus performer, outdoor theatre-maker, former mascot, ex-drag performer, co-founder of the Mary Bijou Cabaret and Social Club, but most of all, and without any doubt – he is a clown. Past work includes Parklife and Mundo Paralelo (NoFitState Circus), Facade (Crashmat Collective) and ten seasons with Chicago’s Midnight Circus. Catch Mary Bijou on Facebook or Twitter @themarybijou or on their website. George currently lives in Grangetown.

Mary Bijou’s show Hitch premieres in their purpose-built Spiegeltent in Cardiff Bay outside the Wales Millennium Centre between 31 July and 4 August 2013.

George was photographed at the New York Deli by Ffion Matthews