Clacton Pier circus off to flying start

  • 25 June, 2018
  • Entertainment
  • On the pier


Top circus performers from around the world
thrilled the fans as they packed into the Jolly Roger on Clacton Pier over the

Circus Fantasia is presenting a whole new
line-up of exciting and spectacular acts through until June 3.

It is the second year that they have put on
the Clacton Pier Circus and it is proving just as popular with all ages.

With two shows daily – 2pm and 4.15pm – the
action comes fast and furious and there is hardly time to draw breath.

Two of the major highlights are the Garcias
from Spain with their amazing magic, mystery and illusion as well as the
Mexican Marco Polo on the high wire. The 61-year-old has been performing in the
roof above the audience since the age of 11 and has no safety devices.

Miss Reka from the Hungarian State Circus is
on the silks with the UK’s own Miss Ellen another star of the show. Foot
juggler Miss Romy, also from the UK, Mexican Raul Rodriquez on the trampoline
and Miss Kelly from Spain on the aerial spiral complete with line-up.

Clown Lord Sawdust (who has changed his name
from Clown Phillipo last time around) is the gel that sticks the whole
programme together and his non-stop slapstick and humour provides a bucket full
of laughs.

There are no animals involved in the Clacton
Pier circus.

Matthew Wingate, owner of Circus Fantasia
which is based in London and appears all over East Anglia, said he delighted
that the show has been so well received again this season.

“We have got off to a flying start and
everyone is having a great time back in Clacton,” he said. “The intimacy and
historical setting of the Jolly Roger provides the ideal venue.”

The Jolly Roger was built in 1881 and was the
very first entertainment building in the town.

It was home to a circus in the 1980s for one
season but up until last year had been used for storage purposes before being
brought back to life.

There is seating available for about 300
people for each 90 minute performance, which includes a ten minute interval,
and tickets at £7 are available from the Pier and online at

The circus will be returning later in the year
for the whole school summer holidays.

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