Friday, 1 July 2011
The Further Adventures of Ted and a Visit to the Circus.
That was until yesterday when he came to Gifford's Circus with me.
After Fish and Chips for tea it was circus time!
This is the second time I have seen Gifford's Circus. The first time was in 2008 on the 'Caravan' tour and it was such a magical experience I was thrilled to finally see them again.
Seriously I waxed so lyrical the first time, I convinced 4 work collegues to go with their families and they all loved it too!
The idea is one of an old fashioned travelling show that goes from village to village telling stories to music with jugglers, tumblers and acrobats, as well as singing and dancing.
My favourite character by far in 2008 was the bear. Shows of old would have had a live bear to entertain and this one came loping in chained to his master as you would expect. He then broke free and a classic slapstick, keystone cops type chase took place, this was followed by some nifty John Travolta-esque disco moves by said bear and a sit done for a nice cup of tea whilst all around him panic still ensued!
I laughed until I cried, I laughed much more than anyone else around me, I laughed and people started starring at me but I just couldn't stop, you know how it is sometimes right?
My other favourites in 2008 were Bichu and Bibi the jugglers, please take the time to watch the below clip it is well worth it to give you an idea of just how jawdroppingly good they are!
Bichu and Bibi
The story this year was War and Peace. It is a very long book as you know but the story was condenced in such a way that it fitted the 2 hour or so long show and still made sense. There was a lot more dialogue and singing in this show which made it more like a musical thetre production in some ways.
Tweedy the clown had a bigger role this show, entertaining the crowd whilst equipment was set up or taken down and he was just superb. He reminded me a lot of the comedian Ross Noble (who I love, and who as it turns out also used to work in a circus before he did stand-up!)
I think one of the things that is so magical is that it is a small tent by circus standards so it makes everything so much more intimate and breathtaking when you are literally inches from someone jumping through a burning hoop on a trapeze, or spinning through the air on just a piece of material.
* Edited to add if you would like to learn more about Ted or have him come and visit you all the details are on his Mum's blog DaisyDonut *