28 June 2011
Circus Of The Orient here from 14th-17th July

A spectacular, fun-packed, world-class circus for all the family, the likes of which can only be seen by audiences in major cities - is coming to Orkney.  The Big Top will be at Corse West Field, Muddisdale Road, Kirkwall, for 4 days from July 14 to 17.

Featuring a galaxy of international circus stars from China, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Bulgaria, Romania and France, Circus Of The Orient has been specifically designed to visit towns and locations normally considered beyond the reach of circuses of an international standard.

Yet its creators, Carol and Phillip Gandey say there will be no compromise in the size or quality of its world-class performance.

Audiences can witness the amazing world famous Shaolin Wu Shu Warriors appearing by kind permission of the Abbott of the Shaolin Temple and the Chinese Ministry Of Culture. Blink and you could miss it, such are the lightening reactions of the greatest exponents of martial arts, they stretch the limits of human achievement in this dazzling new production where east meets west.

Phillip Gandey Artistic Director said “This production is a brilliant mix of oriental and western elements to create a thrilling, entertaining and laughter-packed show which will appeal to all the family. The deliberate mixture of cultures is due to oriental humor not being easily appreciated by western audiences, so our clowning Duo from Romania and France bring a modern twist to guarantee laughter.”

Other world class artist’s include the sensational springboard acrobatics from the amazing ‘Julio Troupe’, combined with supreme aerialists, ‘Trio Serik’, who will be on hanging straps high in the roof of the Big Top. The beautiful ‘Monalisa’ will provide an element of grace with her aerial showcase.

Encounter the unbelievable somersaults performed on Chinese poles and watch artists dice with death on the cloud swing trapeze, all whilst the spectacular Big Top is echoing with laughter from the antics of our crazy clowns ‘Duo Delbosq’.

Carol and Phillip Gandey, the creators and producers of the internationally acclaimed Chinese State Circus, were acutely aware that many smaller towns were denied the thrill and excitement of a world-class show.  Having created Circus Of The Orient specifically to fill that gap and bring the show to the audiences’ doorstep, Carol and Phillip are taking a huge financial gamble by going even further – they’ve set the admission prices starting at only £8.

But because the size of audience is strictly limited to 500, people are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

“We know that people in the smaller towns and communities frequently feel they are left out of things” said Phillip.  “So here’s their chance to experience what real entertainment is.  We have invested a great deal in this show and now we will be depending on local people for their support.”


July 14- 17

Circus of the Orient
Corse West Field
Muddisdale Road,
Kirkwall  KW15 1LR

Box office open on site July 14 - 17 from 11am  

Performances :

Thursday July 14 -   2.30pm & 7pm.
Friday July 15   -     2.30pm & 7pm
Saturday July 16  -    2.30pm & 7pm
Sunday July 17  -      2.30pm & 6.00pm

Telephone bookings:    0871 705 5507
Website:  www.circusoftheorient.co.uk


Ringside: Adult £19, Concession £16.
Grandstand: Adult £17, Concession £14
Side Tier: Adult £15, Concession £10.
Rear Tier: Adult £12, Concession £8 (only available from Big Top Box Office)

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