Sharing things

4.1 Dea and Alex - listen now

Season four of Sharing things is here! In our opening episode, guests Dea Birkett and Alex Lewthwaite talk about running back to the circus, performing and seeing the potential in everything.

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About our guests

Dea and Alex
Dea and Alex

Dea Birkett

Chosen object: ringmaster's jacket

Recording location: London

Dea is a former circus performer and current Ringmaster of Circus250, established in 2018 to celebrate and showcase circus to new audiences.   

As a student in the late 1970s, Dea studied Politics and Philosophy at the University and went on to do a PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, also studying in Ibadan, Nigeria.  

Alongside her work in Circus250, Dea is also Creative Director of Many Rivers Films and former Director of Kids in Museums, a charity dedicated to making museums more inclusive of families. 

Throughout lockdown, Dea has taken up cold water swimming ... sometimes in a paddling pool in the garden.   

Dea’s website  

Visit the Circus250 website 

Alumni news - The joy of circus 

Alex Lewthwaite

Dea's ringmaster jacket and Alex's wooden frog instrument
Dea's ringmaster jacket (image credit: Malcolm Hart) and Alex's wooden croaking frog instrument

Chosen object: wooden croaking frog instrument

Recording location: Edinburgh

Alex is a 2nd year student at the University studying Medicine. He has just completed a group project which involved blogging (and vlogging) about life as a medical student during the pandemic.  

When he’s not busy with online lectures and tutorials, you’ll find Alex exercising his musical skills. Obtaining a diploma on the violin in 2019, he is a multi-instrumentalist and is currently in the throes of his lockdown project: producing his debut album. Watch this space.  

Life as a medical student group project  

Alex's YouTube channel 

Listen to Alex's first single 

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Host: Kate Stewart

Theme music: Nathan Webb

Producer: Kate Stewart