Friday, 4 July 2008

the circus is in town

the circus is in town, originally uploaded by Emma Bradshaw.

I adore Giffords Circus and took this polaroid of one of the girls selling sweets in the interval, her costume is just fantastic. Toti Gifford - husband of circus creator Nell, caught me taking the picture and when I explained how much I loved the outfits said they were made from his mother-in-laws curtains - how great is that? I wish I could of taken more pictures to show you as the circus is just magical, it is an old fashioned 'village green' circus, but with fantastic artists and the only animals are a few horses.

This way of life is under threat and a few years ago the government brought in a new Licensing Act. Circuses could find themselves paying up to six times more than originally expected for permits, because of varying interpretations of the law by local authorities.

It is a shame that part of our culture and heritage is under threat and I for one hope that Gifford's Circus goes from strength to strength. We should encourage and enjoy performance art and expose our children to the joys of live entertainment rather than a TV screen!

1 comment:

  1. We went to see Giffords when they were at Tackley this year. The performance is outstanding, and the costumes are absolutely divine. Tweedy & stick selling::


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