Apr 19 2012
by Janine Yaqoob,
ROLL up, roll up – the circus is in town!
One of the country’s most spectacular and exciting big top shows Circus of the Orient will be entertaining youngsters and adults alike this week.
Performers opened the show on Monday and will remain opposite The Lakeside Adventure Centre on Cambridge Road until Sunday (April 22).
Children are being asked to become clowns to join in a global celebration to mark the third annual World Circus Day on Saturday.
By dressing up as clowns – or any other recognisable style of circus performer – they will be admitted free to the 2pm Saturday performance (when accompanied by a full-paying adult and subject to availability).
Featuring a galaxy of international circus stars from China, Mongolia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and the UK, the production is a mix of oriental and western elements creating a thrilling and laughter-packed show which will appeal to all the family.
There will be crazy clowns, breathtaking aerialists – and, making their first appearance in the UK, the multi-talented Red Dragon Chinese Acrobats. They will be performing an incomparable array of jaw-dropping acts.
Under the royal patronage of Her Serene Highness Princess Stephanie of Monaco, World Circus Day was set up three years ago to celebrate the magic of circus, and to promote its international importance as a performing art.
A Circus of the Orient spokesman said that by asking children to dress up it would make the occasion feel even more special for them and would focus attention on celebrating circus as an art form.
“The youngsters don’t have to be just clowns – they can dress up as any recognisable circus performer from glamorous aerial artiste to muscular acrobat,” he said.
“Because it is such a special occasion the producers felt that many girls – and perhaps boys too – would want to wear a more glamorous costume reflecting the colour and spectacle of circus.
“We hope that through events like this on World Circus Day, circus will always occupy a small place in the hearts of all the youngsters who join the celebrations.”
Performances take place at 4.45pm and 7.30pm on weekdays, 2pm, 5pm and 7.30pm on Saturday and 2pm and 4.30pm on Sunday.
There are no shows today (April 19).