Roll up, roll up, roll up ... for not one, but three circuses
The circus is back in town - Circus Gerbola’s first shows since March 2020 will be at Slane Castle Estate from Friday 8th to Sunday 17 October. For the first time ever, Circus Gerbola combines with the two other Irish circuses, Duffy’s Circus and Fossett’s Circus to present a brand new show ‘A Celtic Voyage’. It’s a unique diverse and entertaining show that combines traditional circus with ultra modern lighting, dancing, and special effects. Audiences will see a dizzying display of circus performers – high wire trapeze artists, acrobatics, roller skating, the wheel of death, Laserman and of course some crazy clowns. Giving it an Irish twist, The Celtic Experience also has Irish dancing and live traditional music.
The Gerbola family are steeped in circus tradition and this is the eighth generation of the family to perform in the Big Top. After the enforced break, they are keen to get back on stage.
"We are delighted to be back after the longest break in our history and can promise a performance you will never forget in the unique surroundings of prestigious Slane Castle," says Tara Gerbola, co-founder of Circus Gerbola.
The fun doesn’t stop at the Big Top. The Vintage Carousel Company will be on-site providing favourite funfair attractions for all ages to enjoy. McCarthy’s Circus Bar Travelling Exhibition is a fascinating insight into the history of the Circus in Ireland. It’s an extraordinary archive including 400 historical posters and over three hundred vintage photographs, along with fascinating circus memorabilia dating back as far as the early 1900s.
This is the first time Circus Gerbola have performed since before lockdown so to say the excitement is building would be understating things completely. Circus Gerbola is a human circus.
The 90-minute show is suitable for friends, families and children of all ages. Advance booking is essential. Tickets cost from €17.50 and both seats and private seating pods are available.