31st August 2013
A NEW circus is coming to Chelmsford and it promises audiences a magical experience.
Kriss Freear and Paul Carpenter, also known as Kakehole and Popol, have toured the country for a decade as part of different circuses, but now they are launching their own show.
They’ll be appearing at Central Park from September 4-8.
The duo, who both ran away from home to join different circuses before forming their act together, have always dreamed of owning their show, but they are finding that the romance is very different from the reality of life on the road.
“Our biggest problems used to be aiming a custard pie in the right direction or not losing our rubber chicken,” said Kriss, otherwise known as Kakehole.
“Now we are worrying about paying the wages, losing our ground deposits with the mud and generally how to get people in through the door.”
Now we are worrying about paying the wages, losing our ground deposits with the mud and generally how to get people in through the door.”
Kakehole and Popol have toured the length and breadth of the UK and twice been named Best Circus Comedy Act in the annual circus awards.
As well as his own comedy routines, Kriss has booked in a host of international circus acts including the daring Duo Stefaneli who fly into the roof of the Big Top in their glittering spaceship, and the fearless Miss Klaudia, who perches at the top of a 20ft pole which is balanced on her husband’s head.
“The circus is special because with such a mix of acts, there is something for everybody,” he added.
“The kids like the clowns and puppets, there are glamorous young ladies for the dads and the mums enjoy seeing our trapeze star Alejandro flying about wearing very little costume.
“In spite of all the hard work involved, we all love what we do and believe the circus is still the greatest show on earth.”