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Thursday, August 25, 2011


Circus in hunt for new clowns

Caernarfonherald.co.uk

Aug 25 2011

by Kevin White, Caernarfon and Denbigh Herald

A TOP circus, which returns to Gwynedd this bank holiday weekend, is on the look-out for local clown talent.
John Lawson’s Circus returns to Pwllheli from tomorrow (Friday) to Tuesday, August 30, boasting some of Europe’s top circus talent – but bosses will soon have to fill a few vacancies, as their star clowns Kakehole and Popol are looking to move on to pastures new.
The circus organisers are now hoping to recruit a local with a knack for falling over or throwing a custard pie, although according to one of the stars of the show this is not an easy role to fill.
Ringmaster Atilla Endresz said: “Good clowns are actually very hard to find. There are many circus schools both in the UK and Europe, but these mainly produce gymnasts and trapeze artistes. We are finding it increasingly difficult to hire clowns!”
Kakehole and Popol are currently in their third year with Lawson’s Circus, where they regularly create a chaotic kitchen catastrophe with exploding eggs and a runaway chicken. They have now decided to spread their wings and travel abroad, so the circus has decided to look for new comic talent during it’s tour of the UK.
Attila added: “Many people have a romantic dream of running away with the circus, so now we are offering them the chance to be part of the show.”
The circus is holding auditions for anyone over 16 with an ability to play the fool. Any potential candidates will be invited to appear in one of the performances in Pwllheli and appear alongside the Deltai Troupe, who somersault through the air to land on a four inch bar, and high flying trapeze daredevil Angelo.
Popol the clown warned: “Anyone can wear a red nose but that will not necessarily make them funny. You have to have a good sense of comic timing, and a personality that seems natural in the ring. Both Kakehole and myself draw on our own characteristics and exaggerate them when we perform.”
When the circus finishes its tour in October, the best applicants from around the UK will be offered contracts to star in next year’s show.
John Lawson’s Circus appears on Abererch Road, Pwllheli, from Friday until next Tuesday, with two shows daily at 3pm and 7pm.
Tickets costs £8.00, or £6.00 on the first day. To book tickets or enquire about a clown audition, contact the ticket office on 07860 498833.

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