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The greatest show on earth
Fiery limbo at Gifford's Circus
Fiery limbo at Gifford's Circus
Last updated: 05 August 2004 1103 BST
lineThe legendary and fabulously entertaining Gifford’s circus amazed audiences when it travelled to Frampton–on–Severn last week, writes Nicky Hendy...
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The family run circus uses unique and breathtaking skills to entertain and amaze its audiences as it works its way around the Cotswolds.

'Dream of the Pearl', which entitles the current production by the circus, combines exquisite circus skills with a love story, humour and music that kept all of the audience entertained from the very young, to the more mature!

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Oleg the Strongman
Breathtaking weight lifting from the circus' strong man Oleg shocked the audience, who could only cover their eyes as Oleg lifted weights volunteers could only dream of!

The humour was simply undeniable with the circus clown, disguised as anything but, undertaking a variety of carefully choreographed routines to amuse and entertain all generations, in between breath taking acts such as the strong man.


In keeping with the circus tradition, the interval contained the purchasing of alcohol and popcorn from traditional caravans which add to the unique atmosphere that Gifford’s circus offers its audiences. The image of this, set amongst the backdrop of a sunset over the beautiful village of Frampton – on Severn, gave the entire experience a magical quality, unrivalled.

Tightrope walking
The acts continued to amaze, with tightrope walking whilst playing a violin and flame throwing becoming a memorable part of the show, alongside the outstanding routine performed by gymnasts with the aid of a seesaw! The introduction of frog, whose outstanding costume dazzled the expectant audience, alongside exquisite work with horses, provided something for everyone.


The musical accompaniment was nothing short of fantastic, rousing the audience into emotions of jubilation and sadness, and inspiring all to clap their appreciation to the variety of acts.

Among the best was the fast paced and unique act of the Kenyan Troupe, who performed a variety of difficult gymnastics and wowed audiences with their limbo dancing!


An unusual circus clown

And above all, the reaction of the audience to the overall work of the performers gave justice to the circus itself, the thundering which I’m sure could be heard along the entire length of the village green.

Gifford’s Circus will be appearing at Minchinhampton Common until the 16th of August 2004.

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Article by Nicky Hendy

This article contains user-generated content (ie external contribution) expressing a personal opinion, not the views of BBC Gloucestershire.

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