Strangebird Zirkus formed in 2009, it is a creative partnership between Lucy Deacon (Scotland) and Moritz Linkmann (Germany).

Lucy Deacon – Performer / Artistic Director

Lucy is a graduate of Rogelio Rivel Circus School in Barcelona, she is specialised in aerial hoop, silks and Chinese pole. Lucy worked from a Barcelona base for 6 years,  freelancing for larger companies in Spain and in the UK. She gained a diverse stage experience whilst developing a unique style in Barcelona’s performance subculture scene. Lucy’s aerial monologue Felicity Pivot debuted at theatre, “Ateneu Nou Barris” and went on to play at festivals “Caravanes De Cirque”, France, “Trapezi” Spain, & “Ladyfest” ,London in 2008. Her performing work has now taken her from the UK to Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Bosnia, India and Hong Kong.

Moritz Linkmann – Technical Manager / Performer

Moritz started out as a mathematician, completing a masters degree in pure mathematics at the University of Vienna. Later changing course and developing an interest in circus, his unusual stage presence and natural aptitude for dynamic movement saw him enter the prestigious “Centre National des Arts du Cirque” in Chalons, France where he specialised in Chinese pole and acrobatics/dance. Moritz comedy solo Boxhead has played at various European festivals, winning an award at the International Circus Festival at Duesseldorf Airport in 2009.


In 2012 Strangebird Zirkus toured UK theatres with Ornithology...

“In a remote tropical place a travelling salesman stumbles across an abandoned estate with a sole untamed inhabitant. His enthusiasm quickly upsets her delicate balance of memory, ritual and hard liquor. Unknown to them, the encounter is being observed, scrutinised, analysed, until the natural order is truly disrupted.”

An encounter of absurd comedy, acrobatics, Chinese Pole, Aerial Hoop and ill-fated gardening.

The show uses silent disco technology.

Creative ScotlandOrnithology has received support from Creative Scotland, Wired Aerial Theatre, North Edinburgh Arts Centre, Cumbernauld Theatre, The Palace, Kilmarnock and Lochgelly Centre.


Uncharted Waters

Strangebird in partnership with All or Nothing completed a highly successful 16 venue tour of Scottish theatres with their full length show Uncharted Waters in 2011. Uncharted Waters takes the audience through three short stories of contemporary circus Spokes, Youkali  and 1,2,3 here we go , featuring live music and song. The tour included a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a nomination for a Total Theatre Award.

Asides from performing, Strangebird act as aerial choreographers/ acrobatic consultants for other companies. Shows in which Strangebird have been involved in the choreography/acrobatic co-ordination have included:

Grid Iron’s Decky Does A Bronko
Ramesh Meyappan Snails & Ketchup
Common Wealth Games Delhi Flag Handover Ceremony

Photos by Maria Falconer, Chris Gillies & Albert