A life of adventure, passion and community
told from behind the scenes of the circus
I have spent two thirds of my life travelling with circuses, as a ringmaster, manager, publicist...and as a fascinated observer of the circus lifestyle. This website is dedicated to offering and sharing knowledge which leads to understanding. Welcome...!
Some things I'm sure you will know already, and some will be new to you. I hope you'll stay, as I have done...for life.
The Classic circus is a multi-sensory world, brimming with a unique mix of sights, sounds, and smells. Its history has many facets. Its presentation has many styles, including the opportunity provided by some circus companies to witness people and animals working together in partnership
The Centre for Circus Culture (Centre pour la Culture Circassienne / CCC) was founded in 2015 by Chris Barltrop BA (Hons), a circus professional for 45 years. The Centre exists to promote knowledge and understanding of the circus in all its forms as a historic and valuable aspect of popular culture and as a ‘people’s art-form’ across the world.
The CCC is happy to offer speakers on the history of the circus and the way of life of the circus people, as well as performances of ‘Audacious Mr Astley’, a one-man play in which the ‘father of the modern circus’ tells his own story and reveals the personality which started a world-wide art-form and entertainment. Awarded five stars at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
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