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Behind the scenes at Giffords Circus


Final rehearsals are underway for Giffords Circus’ latest show, The Hooley, which opens in Stroud next week.

Giffords Circus
Tweedy with Gigi Rivelino and Apple the dog, Alice Remneva aged 3, and musicians Alice Cade (blue top) with whistle and Seth Bye (accordion) and Nancy Trotter Landry.

The Hooley comes from the imagination of director Cal McCrystal who has written and directed this year’s show that is dedicated to Nell Gifford, co-founder of Giffords Circus, who died in 2019.

Jonny Grundy and Manuel Artino.
Aerial artistes Jonny Grundy and Manuel Artino.

“There will be flying fairies, naughty leprechauns, wild horses, Celtic music and dancing that will create the most joyful Irish shindig.

Director Cal McCrystal.
Giffords Circus Director Director Cal McCrystal.

“Nell and I had a great time planning The Hooley and as an Irishman I am delighted with our theme this year. It promises to be the most magical and poignant show to celebrate our 21st year,” said Cal.

Manuela Fleming – head of costume.
Manuela Fleming – head of costume.

The Hooley stars Tweedy the Clown, Nancy Trotter Landry, Lil Rice, Rebecca Musselwhite, and Duo Imagine, with live music from the Giffords Circus band directed by musical director James Keay.

Tweedy the clown
Nancy Trotter Landry is ‘photobombed’ by Tweedy.

Following the show Giffords’ unique travelling restaurant, Circus Sauce, will be open serving locally-sourced food, as well as a licensed bar – all socially-distanced.

Tweedy the clown
Hitting the right note: Tweedy the clown. Pictures by Matt Bigwood.

The Hooley UK tour opens on May 19th and runs until September. Full details can be found on the website: Giffords Circus

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