Unusual Bespoke Entertainment

This week, I met up again with one of my favourite circus performers after about 10 years.  Steve Grindle Aka Dingle Fingle.

We first met when he was dressed as a Pierrot clown juggling fine china in the front window of Thomas Goode’s in Mayfair and we since have shared the spotlight with human gorillas, 8 foot penguins and terrifying oversized robots.

Unusual Bespoke Entertainment

Dingle has 30 years’ experience as a multi-skilled clown and a character actor with multiple faces who works in traditional environments like Zippo’s Big Top, as Ring Master and as compere working with hundreds of people.

He also pops up in unexpected places like on top of the O2 and at the London Eye to wow passers-by.  He is part of a network of many innovative and unusual entertainers and circus performers for whom he choreographs solo and group performances at both private and corporate events.  He fits into themed celebrations and gives energy and interest to hospitality events.

We share favourite acts from over the years especially multi-skilled performers who can take on several different disguises during one event by using a mix of circus, dance or performance skills.  The success of an event is often clinched by using entertainers who have proved to be a hit in a different environment and occasion.  Innovative and unexpected mix and mingle or staged entertainment in a fairly simple context can have just as impactful an effect as the biggest extravaganza.

Innovation is a winning formula with dance, circus, body art, gymnastics etc mixed, but physical skills that seem impossible to the spectator/guest are often the most mesmerising and popular.

The Olympics have had a significant impact on the level of physicality that is chosen as entertainment at for events enhanced by the massive scale of showmanship and the use of theatre skills, live television, projection and the astounding magic of The Opening and Closing Ceremony of the Olympics has raised the bar on content and scale in live entertainment.

Diversity - Entertainment

It is no wonder that currently ITV’s Saturday Night show “Splash” which is based on Olympic diving training for celebrities by Tom Daley has Perry the gymnastic and fearless street dancer from Diversity the favourite to win. Already popular at private and corporate events he is up for anything.  Win win.

About Eleanor Belfrage

Eleanor Belfrage, spent her early career at the BBC working in production on light entertainment, drama and soaps. She then worked on fundraising galas and private themed parties with Bentley's Entertainments. Eleanor was in charge of ITV's event portfolio for 12 years at a complex and busy time in the company’s history. She event managed the commemorative 50th anniversary banquet at the Guildhall hosted by Her Majesty the Queen and events around the expansion of a single channel into the multi-channel broadcaster. Summer and Christmas events were focal points in the calendar. 20-2,000 guests were entertained creating a high level of guest care and a great book of contacts in entertainment and services. She now runs Eleanor Belfrage Events as a sole proprietor allowing a hands on and uniquely personal service to people wanting to produce a special private function or corporate event. Her talented colleagues across the event world with whom she has worked for nearly 20 years provide complimentary skills to the mix.


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