to The Circus
I last went to the circus in the mid 1980s,
drunk, with some friends. It was an instantly sobering experience.
I came away with disturbing images of caged tigers, performing
monkeys and sinister-looking clowns. I remember feeling extremely
sorry for the ‘star of the show’ a stressed young
elephant cajoled in to performing mind-numbingly repetitive
tricks. I wanted to set him free; but figured life in a two-bed
house with a small garden and two cats probably wouldn’t
be much better – and anyway they didn’t have an
elephant flap in the pet shop.
Clearly, I wasn’t the only one uncomfortable with the
performing animal routines, because a new breed of circus
came to town. With the animals out of the picture, its just
the circus folk now, as the Jay Miller Circus offers us an
‘all human production’. Inside the Big Top, events
will be masterminded by Miss Lindsay Stockley, the UK’s
only Lady Ringmaster, and amongst those waiting to cry "let
me entertain you," will be the apparently enchanting
Miss Charlotte and her range of ‘vertical skills’.
Expect daring acts on the solo trapeze, expect ‘whirlwinds
on wheels’ and expect, ‘more spectacular artistes,
surprises and comedy than any other production to date’.
Acts from Moldova, Romania and Hungary will perform alongside
the UK’s own circus talent. Hey, the Circus sounds fun
nowadays - if we could just do something about those clowns.