Interview with Jess O’Connor from NoFit State’s circus spectacular BIANCO!
As No Fit State’s spectacular BIANCO returns to London for a festive run at the Southbank Centre, we caught up with stunning aerialist Jess O’Connor to talk swinging for a living, great chips, Limerick and more!
Hey Jess O’Connor, wanna give our readers a quick swing through your CV?
I’ve performed all over the world as a soloist and as part of an ensemble. Circus has taken me to Europe, South America, North America, Asia and I hope it will take me many more places in the future! Highlights have included performing in the Chinese New Year Night Parade in Hong Kong with an amazing Irish company called LUXe and of course being in BIANCO is a dream come true.
So, BIANCO – we love the show! How did you get involved with NoFit State, and how will you be wowing audiences?
I saw NoFit State Circus in the Roundhouse years ago when they first toured BIANCO. I loved the show, the performance, the music, the atmosphere; it was like nothing I’d seen before. I knew right then that this was a company I wanted to work for and now here I am!! I’ll be performing swinging trapeze and counterweighting the Straps Act, among lots of other things.
What else can audiences expect to see in the Big Top?
Lots of talent, loads of mayhem, buckets of madness, impossible feats and more! We all live on site together next to Southbank Centre, so you might see some our caravans behind the Big Top. We’re like a big family.
What are your favourite places to go to in London (to go out/relax/eat)?
We’ve been so busy since we arrived that I’ve hardly had time to get out and about in London yet! Fishcoteque near Waterloo do some great chips, and the Biddle Bros. bar on Lower Clapton Rd is a guaranteed good night – particularly on a Friday or Saturday.
But really, the best spots in London are all right here on the NoFit State Circus site: Simon Wall’s kennel is pretty cosy for a midday nap, the Big Top is good for a social, Blaze Tarsha serves great breakfast, and Uncle Lyndall’s place is perfect to unwind with a drink for a catch up after a long hard day of training.
If anyone wants to show me some more places around London that I should go just meet me at the bar in our tent after the show 😉
Do you get back to Limerick often? What delights should lure Londoners across the Irish Sea?
Not as often as I’d like. Tour life brings you all over the world so it’s sometimes difficult to get home. The warm Irish welcome, the beautiful people and the wild west coast are just some of the great reasons to visit Ireland. It is a stunning, mystical place and the Irish cannot be beaten on craic! I highly recommend everyone takes at least a trip if not two across the pond.