Stevenage's Fairlands Valley Showground to transform into Circus Wonderland next weekend

Clowns are in on the act when Circus Wonderland comes to Stevenage next weekend. Picture: Circus Wonderland.

Clowns are in on the act when Circus Wonderland comes to Stevenage next weekend. Picture: Circus Wonderland.

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Clowns, jugglers and acrobats will abound at Circus Wonderland in Stevenage next weekend.

The Big Top will be set up at Fairlands Valley Park – just one stop on its 37-week tour of the UK – until Sunday.

This is Circus Wonderland’s sixth year on tour. It was launched in 2012 by performer Kriss Freear, Paul Carpenter and Grace Arnett.

As well as running the show, all three directors also appear in the ring, Kriss and Paul as clowns Kakehole and Popol, and Grace with her fabulous foot juggling fiesta.

This will be the third consecutive year that the trio have brought their circus to Stevenage – taking over the showground car park opposite Stevenage FC’s stadium in Broadhall Way.

The performance is hosted by ‘whiteface’ clown Mr Popol. The authority figure of the whiteface clown in his glittering costumes and white heeled shoes was once a familiar figure at every major circus, but Mr Popol is the only remaining British whiteface clown.

His sparkling coat contains 180,000 sequins that were individually hand stitched over a period of 18 months.

Chaos ensues with the arrival of ‘auguste’ clown Kakehole with his more familiar attire of red nose, baggy trousers and oversized boots. He continually upstages Mr Popol as he tries to keep the show running smoothly.

Miss Grace Olivia will dazzle the audiences with her foot juggling or ‘antipodist’ skills, in which she lies back and manipulates seemingly impossible objects with her feet.

The stars of the Casablanca troupe of Moroccan acrobats are appearing in the UK for the very first time. Their incredible tumbling and pyramid building acrobats have traditional talents that have become a world-renowned Moroccan circus speciality.

From Moldova, Ruslan Arlanov presents an unusual act, stylishly spinning around the circus ring in his revolving Cyr Wheel which takes its name from its inventor Daniel Cyr, who created the large aluminium ring and perfected its use as a circus art just 20 years ago.

There is one show at 7pm on Wednesday and Thursday, October 18 and 19, two shows at 4.30pm and 7.30pm on Friday, October 20, at 2pm and 5pm on Saturday, October 21, and at 12 noon and 3pm on Sunday, October 22.

Prices are split into different bands, dependant on where you would like to sit. There are discount vouchers and special offer family tickets available from the circus website www.circuswonderland.com.

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