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Zachariah Fletcher, a 21-year-old actor whose parents were circus performers, travels to Kharkov in Ukraine where he joins Russian circus family the Averyushkins on tour. Zach spends time rehearsing with 15-year-old Artem Averyushkin, who has been performing in the circus since he was two years old and now works with his parents Andrei and Olga and his older brother, who is a juggler and musical performer. This explores the challenges that children face from the intensive training required and how that is balanced with their education and social lives.
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23 March 2012

Classroom Ideas

Pupils could compare their lives with that of child circus performers and give their answers to the following questions: Are child performers being exploited? Are the rights of circus animals being considered? What could pupils expect to see if they attended a circus in the UK?