Roll up to the Big Dutch Circus in Kingsbury
PUBLISHED: 20:09 08 October 2015 | UPDATED: 20:09 08 October 2015
Roll up roll up, the Big Dutch Circus has arrived in Kingsbury.
The Netherlands National Circus has bought its big tent to Roe Green Park in Kingsbury Road, for some exhilarating shows set to end on Sunday.
Yasmine Smart, the show’s ringmaster, said: “Kingsbury is our first stop in London. I came to Kingsbury in my childhood but I can’t remember where or which field, we travelled so much.”
She is the granddaughter of Billy Smart, whose travelling circus recorded a TV show every Christmas after the Queen’s Speech in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
She is also the only British artist to have received three highly coveted Monte Carlo festival awards on three separate occasions for her circus work.
She said: “This is a top class show, there are no animals but everything that is humanly possibly is there. There’s excitement and danger and a lot of comedy. We also have a live orchestra which nobody has in England. That makes a big plus as there’s nothing like live music to get the atmosphere going, when people come in, you see it in their faces.”
“We have illusion acts – the traditional lady being sawn in half, and a flying act where the group use the whole tent which is quite spectacular,” she added.
“We also have clowns, a slapstick act who are very funny. I can be difficult with clowns but I have to admit they are funny.
“It’s a show for all ages, from toddlers to 90-year-olds. We’ve had people come who have never been to the circus. There is nothing like a live performance.”
There are two shows a day and three on Saturday.
Prices range from £12-£26 for adults and £10-£18 for children aged two-twelve with discounts if you prebook online.