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Giffords Circus celebrates its 21st year

Giffords Circus is launching its highly anticipated 21st year touring show next week with a distinct Irish flavour.

The Hooley, which opens on Wednesday, May 19, in Stroud, comes from the imagination of Giffords Circus director Cal McCrystal who has written and directed this year's show that is dedicated to the late Nell Gifford.

Cal McCrystal said: "There will be flying fairies, naughty leprechauns, wild horses, Celtic music and dancing that will create the most joyful Irish shindig. 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."

Giffords Circus continues to push the boundaries of circus artistry by combining high production value with creative flair and attention to detail, with acclaimed production designer Takis bringing his magical touch to the production with our biggest set ever.

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.

Following the show Giffords unique travelling restaurant, Circus Sauce, will be open serving three-course hearty locally-sourced seasonal feasts and new for this year - there is a licensed bar and all socially distanced.

Giffords Circus The Hooley UK tour runs until September 26, beginning and ending at Fennells Farm, Stroud, and taking in venues such as Sudeley Castle, Daylesford Organic Farm and Minchinhampton Common.

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