Circus

Fresh from the Festival: Lessons Learnt At Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Ella Kemp | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK Comedy
Ella Kemp

Home to some of the best performers and shows in the world, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival also allows for a number of stumbles, struggles and serious ...

Israel and the Kafkaesque

Neil Durkin | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

To paraphrase Kafka's most famous line, one might almost say that one day the country of Israel awoke to discover it had been transformed into a gigantic security state which routinely sets aside basic human rights. Except that no such sudden metamorphosis has taken place. In truth Israel has been acting this way for a very long time.

Can an App Open Up the World to Children on the Autism Spectrum?

Rachel Oliver | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Tech
Rachel Oliver

That's how a child at the Rowan School in Sheffield, whose pupils all have a diagnosis of autism, described our circus show. The pupils attended, as do all of our audiences, free of charge and with their entire family so that they can enjoy the show as a family group.

The Circus Act: The Archaic Use of Animals for Entertainment

Stephanie Allen | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Stephanie Allen

Zebras, camels, a fox and a raccoon are among the animals being used in two licensed circuses in England at the moment. In Ireland, elephants and big cats are being used again this year and at present it is legal to use any animal in English circuses as long as the circus is licensed.

What Can We Learn From the Circus?

Emily Morgan | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Morgan

Rooted in gypsy community, there is more than just a thing or two that circus can teach us about the way we live and work. Yes, my experiences with circus may have been with an award-winning contemporary circus company, but behind the veil of cutting edge aesthetics and performance, exists a parallel universe imbedded with the cultures of traditional circus. A world that operates on a completely different set of rules.

Watch Circus Clown Knock Out Audience Member When Trick Goes Horribly Wrong

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK

A man was knocked unconscious by a clown in a circus stunt the victim said could have left him paralysed. Ben Garnham, 37, was left motionless on the...

Mocking Justice: Israel's Jailing of Palestinian Circus Trainer Mohammad Abu Sakha

Neil Durkin | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Neil Durkin

As with around 600 hundred other Palestinians, a six-month "administrative detention" order has been served on Abu Sakha by the Israeli military. With these scandalously unjust orders, no reason needs to be given and lawyers for those held have no real means of contesting the rulings which can be based on secret evidence. In Abu Sakha's case, the Israeli military have been quoted as saying the circus trainer poses a "danger ... to the security of the region". So that's supposed to be that.

Book Review: When Clowns Attack - A Survival Guide

Douglas McPherson | Posted 07.02.2016 | UK Comedy
Douglas McPherson

This is a silly book, of course - a bit like those guides to surviving a zombie apocalypse. I mean, clowns are harmless bringers of joy, aren't they? They wouldn't turn on us... er, would they? Surely they don't pose the same threat to our civilisation as a plague of zombies. But then again...

The Saddest Show on Earth - A Circus Memory

Douglas McPherson | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

My journey into the circus world began at the Great Yarmouth Hippodrome where I interviewed aerial silk artiste Eva Garcia, just a week before she fel...

Death of a Lion Tamer's Wife: Mai Stephens 1924 - 2015

Douglas McPherson | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

Mai Stephens, who has died aged 91, brought glamour to the act of Ireland's most famous lion tamer, her husband, the self-styled 'Captain' Bill Stephens. Her most dangerous stunt was bending over a rack of sharp knives while a lion leapt over her.

Why Sherlock's Dr Watson, Martin Freeman, Is Wrong About Circus Animals

Douglas McPherson | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

An earlier 18-month study by animal behavourist Dr Marthe Kiley-Worthington found circus animals suffer no stress during performance, training or transportation. Kiley-Worthington found circus training methods to be no harsher than those in riding stables, kennels or other animal husbandry environment...

Book Review: The Enemy Within by Gary Nott - a circus adventure with a 70s twist.

Douglas McPherson | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

Do you remember the Bay City Rollers, Look-In magazine and the Six Million Dollar Man? Gary Nott's circus adventure The Enemy Within is about a gang...

15 Facts About Clowns for International Clown Week

Douglas McPherson | Posted 30.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

(Photo: D McPherson) Every day is something day, but forget clown day, because clowns have an entire week, from Aug 1 - 7 every year. It was even wr...

What is the Definition of a Circus?

Douglas McPherson | Posted 02.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

Zippos Circus (Photo: Piet-Hein Out, courtesy Zippos) A recent article of mine on whether contemporary circus needs a new name to separate it from ...

Bobbo Roberts - The Life of a Clown (Part 2)

Douglas McPherson | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Comedy
Douglas McPherson

Bobbo was born into one of the world's oldest circus families and on July 8 will make a guest appearance in Simon Thompson's 'clown noir' adaptation of Shakespeare's Love' Labour Lost at the Britannia Panopticon in Glasgow.

Bobbo Roberts - The Life of a Clown (Part 1)

Douglas McPherson | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Comedy
Douglas McPherson

The most enjoyable part of writing Circus Mania, for me, was talking to the clowns, sword-swallowers and showmen who make their life in the big top. Every one of them had fascinating stories to tell about their unique vocation, informed as it is by years of tradition.

Fifteen Juggling Facts for World Juggling Day

Douglas McPherson | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

Grab your balls, because this Saturday, June 20, is the 20th World Juggling Day. To celebrate here are 15 facts about juggling.

A Circus School That Brightens Up the Townships

Aloïs Angebault | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Aloïs Angebault

Yes, inequalities are not a myth and unmovable townships are still facing wealthy residential neighborhoods. But many other things have changed and successful projects have been blooming for a longer time than you may think.

Giffords Circus - The First Ten Years, Book Review

Douglas McPherson | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

In October 1999, Nell Gifford was invited to give a talk at the Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival the following May. She suggested that they book her circu...

How to Market a Circus - The Advance Man Book Review

Douglas McPherson | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

Most circus memoirs are written by performers or showmen. But it doesn't matter how good a show is if there's no audience to see it. The Advance Man ...

Edinburgh Fringe Gets Circus Hub But I'd Rather See Some Lions

Douglas McPherson | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

It's the traditional circuses that have always existed on box office takings alone while most new circus relies on sponsorship and public funding.

Brighton Fringe 2015 sees 50% sales increase in opening weekend

Julian Caddy | Posted 07.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Julian Caddy

[Camille O'Sullivan - Credit: Peter Williams] There were already high hopes, but the scale of the first weekend's ticket sales took us all by surpris...

20 Circus Facts for World Circus Day

Douglas McPherson | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

This Saturday, April 18, is the sixth World Circus Day. To celebrate, here are 15 fabulous facts about the sawdust circle.

The Circus of Parenthood

Hannah Clarke | Posted 07.06.2015 | UK Parents
Hannah Clarke

There are no sick days as a parent no matter how cruddy or sleep-deprived or manic you may feel. In said state of cruddy, sleep-deprived mania, I decided that being a parent is like being a one-man circus for both mums and dads. Here's why.

Can Robot Elephants Replace Circus Animals?

Douglas McPherson | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Tech
Douglas McPherson

In an increasingly sanitised and digitalised age, the interaction of trainer and animal in the sawdust circle provides something real and raw that no other form of entertainment can offer. Rather than demeaning animals, it impresses all ages with their skill and intelligence, and enhances our relationship with nature.