Brett Jackson’s earliest memories are set against the rhythmic background of Africa, trains of blue-black swathed Bedouins on camels, giant hyena rocks, peanut fields, dust and the juice of paw paws.
After leaving school, Brett worked as a hod carrier and with a sore back and some money in his pocket started a journey that saw him hitch-hike around the world.
He started making documentary films and worked for the BBC before starting a career as a street artist that led to mime school and then National Circus School in France.
He started Swamp Circus in 1985 with a collective of dancers, filmmakers and ecologists that has now performed in big tops, theatres and outdoor arenas in over 30 countries.
Brett’s life has included living (unwillingly) in a top security prison, a double-decker bus in France, television appearances, building an art centre, starting a fruit farm, and enjoying a great family life in Cornwall where he lives now with his wife and two daughters.