I'm Sam Stark, performer and event manager. I offer a range of services and I can provide a team of performers or event staff, but my main two packages are Classic Circus Workshops and stilt-walking. I produce high-quality, bespoke stilt-walking costumes that are tailored to a client's theme or requirements. I also have a standard wardrobe of options to choose from.
I've been stilt-walking for 4 years, and have worked alongside stilt manufacturers to design and offer certified stilt-walking courses. I also trained in many circus skills at FLIC Circus School in Turin, Italy, which has allowed me to offer such a diverse range of services.
Paul Steffenson• April 29, 2017
Sam Stark's stilt walking and work shops were fantastic -- really fun for kids and adults alike. Her costume was really impressive as well. Really can't recommend her enough!
phil daniels• April 15, 2017
"I saw Sam entertaining guests at a friends wedding and was impressed enough to book her for my own!
The outfit was fantastic and fitted well with the theme of the day. Her warm personality engaged the people and helped create a truly special day."
How long do you need to set up?
Depends on the service and exact package. Anywhere between 15 minutes and 1 hour. Some services, e.g. costumed services, will require a private room we can safely leave belongings and use as a dressing room.
Do you have Public Liability Insurance?
Yes - Equity.
What experience do you have working with children?
I have worked with children for many years as an entertainer and teacher of circus skills, art and English. I taught children when I was a child myself - around 12 years old I briefly lived in The Gambia and taught English at a school in an impoverished area.
How long is your performance?
Stilt-walkers work in sets - so, for example, we may do an hour walkabout, break, an hour walkabout and then finish. Our workshops on average last for 2 hours, but we have also catered to whole day events and offered e.g. 5 hour workshops. We also do shows, which naturally will be much shorter! Generally we work to your requirements!
What age range do you work with?
We can provide entertainment for all ages and for all purposes, e.g. corporate, weddings, public, charitable etc.
What venues can you work in?
We can work in all venues, although different services will have different restrictions e.g. ceiling height for stilt walkers and fire eaters, or bad weather.
Can you work outdoors?
Yes - but some of our services may become unsafe in bad weather. This is a risk you may have to take, and we will always try to substitute activities with the next best thing if we find we are unable to perform in current weather conditions.
Is the show safe?
Yes - I have Equity public liability insurance and a risk assessment for all services.
Any special requirements for the show?
Depends on the service and exact package we've made for you! Get in touch.
Are you DBS checked?
As I am self-employed, I cannot request a DBS myself - a client must put in the request as a 'sponsor' under the new system, and it is event specific. Therefore, I am very happy to be DBS checked but I cannot acquire one myself. I have recent, clean (albeit expired) DBS checks that can be viewed.
Do you limit the number of children that we can invite to our child's Birthday party?
No, we advise on the number of entertainers/workshop leaders you should hire dependent on the number of kids, and their age.
Do you make stilt-walking costumes?
Yes - I make all my own stilt-walking costumes in partnership with Purple Hare Designs. We work to the highest standards and hope this is evident in the pictures of our costumes. We even make all the corsets ourselves!
------Stilt Walking services:
I specialise in high-quality, bespoke costumes that are tailored to your event theme or requirements. You are welcome to have as much or as little design input as you prefer, either way, we will put time, care and hard work into every project (working in collaboration with Purple Hare Designs).
I thoroughly plan and cater to any event - we never show up without creative ideas on how to make your event more magical. Whether you are a business requiring a marketing boost, running a family-friendly event for children, or you're an event planner needing an outstanding team of entertainers to represent your brand - we won't let you down.
--------------For Corporate hire:
Stilt-walkers have an enormously greater success rate of engaging the public and passing out marketing materials.
We can make branded costumes with your logo, deliver sales pitches, and advertise your company. If you're looking for creative, high-impact solutions, you should get in touch to speak to our think-tank! We can incorporate stilt-walkers in to treasure hunts, themed events, teambuilding exercises and more.
--------------For family friendly events and private hire:
The most popular stilt-walking experiences are our 'princess and prince' packages, all with themed activities/walkabout entertainment for families and children. Some examples include:
--------------------------Cinderella and Prince Charming - we have a stilt-walking Cinderella and a ground-based Prince Charming, who asks the participants if they will try on the glass slipper, with entertaining results! If anyone suggests the stilt-walking Cinderella, he claims she must have far too large feet! Occasionally, he will find a participant fitting the shoe. In the past, the client has incorporated this into the day activities - e.g. they enter a raffle to try on the shoe, and win a prize if it fits, or a participant gets a crown provided by the client should a shoe fit.
--------------------------Alice and the Mad Hatter - Alice, the stilt-walker, has eaten the cake which makes her grow, and asks the participants to help her search for the potion that will make her shrink back to a normal size! The ground-based Mad Hatter is running around elsewhere with the potion and can e.g. require a series of tasks (sometimes a full event treasure hunt) in order to produce the potion.
Our Classic workshops make an excellent addition to any stilt-walking package, or as a standalone service. We can keep roughly 100 participants busy at all times with the amount of kit we bring! Our activities include: juggling, hula hoop, spinning plate, rolla bolla, pedal-go, diablo, poi, devil stick, flower stick and more.
We can provide any number of workshop leaders depending on the size of your event.
This service also integrates well with hiring a performer who can walk through the crowds juggling and performing tricks for participants.
Aerial workshop (e.g. trapeze, silks)
Group acrobatics workshop
Fire eating workshop
bed of nails
Generally, we can cater to any weird and wonderful requirement, and we'll try to fit everything into a cost-efficient package. I hope to hear from you soon!