LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, BOYS AND GIRLS... welcome to the big top blog of Douglas McPherson, author of CIRCUS MANIA, the book described by Gerry Cottle as "A passionate and up-to-date look at the circus and its people."

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

It's Circus Sunday in Exeter

Extraordinary Bodies, with Dave Toole foreground,
who will be presenting the finale to
Circus Sunday in Exeter

If you're in striking distance of the West Country this weekend, don't miss Circus Sunday (Sept 22) the closing day of Exeter's Unexpected Festival which brings six hours of circus entertainment to the city.

Kicking off at noon, Princeshay Square will be host to six hours of FREE circus, including a new show by Bicycle Ballet called Everyday Hero and a performance by Mattress Circus.

In Exeter Shopping Centre the afternoon's entertainment will include acrobatics by the Black Eagles.

Circus in the streets
as part of  Exeter's
Unexpected Festival
If you have young kids, head for the RAMM/Rougemont Gardens where there will be a pop-up Circus Museum for the under-5s.

If you're feeling acrobatic yourself, head for Southerhay Gardens where Circomedia circus school will be hosting have-a-go sessions on the flying trapeze!

Finally, conclude your day's activities at 5pm at Cathedral Green where new company Extraordinary Bodies will be presenting a FREE show, Weighting, that mixes aerial performances, dance and live music with a cast that includes Dave Toole, who famously flew on a line across the stadium in the opening ceremony of last year's Paralympics.

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And if the day makes you wonder what it might be like to run away and join the circus, read about many who did in Circus Mania - The Ultimate Book For Anyone Who Dreamed of Running Away with the Circus by Douglas McPherson.

Order Circus Mania direct from Peter Owen Publishers for the special offer price of £10 including postage. Send cheques to:

Peter Owen Publishing
81 Ridge Road
London N8 9NP

Tel: 020 8350 1775

And may all your days... be Circus Days!

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