Family circus returns to Collier Row with a spectacular experience

PUBLISHED: 15:35 10 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:35 10 October 2018

Santus Circus is coming to Collier Row this week. Picture: Andrew Payne.

Santus Circus is coming to Collier Row this week. Picture: Andrew Payne.

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A family circus is bringing some daring acts to Collier Row this week.

Santus Circus is coming to Collier Row this week. Picture: Andrew Payne.Santus Circus is coming to Collier Row this week. Picture: Andrew Payne.

Santus Circus will be performing in the Whalebone Lane boot fair site from Wednesday, October 10 to Tuesday, October 16 for their 2018 tour of the UK.

Ruby Santus performs foot juggling and hula hooping in the show.

She told the Recorder: “I was born into the career. I started in the ring when I was four years old and I’ve been learning as I go along.

“I’ve tried so many different things. I orginally started working with various farm animals and then I eventually clicked with juggling and the hula hoop.

Santus Circus is coming to Collier Row this week. Picture: Andrew Payne.Santus Circus is coming to Collier Row this week. Picture: Andrew Payne.

“You really have to work hard at what you do. You’re constantly working on how to improve your act.”

Santus Circus - Le Cirque De France has toured the UK for more than 20 years and been in the circus industry for more than six generations with its famous juggling and unicycling acts.

“It’s a brilliant life, but it’s also quite difficult. You have to believe us that when we say it takes blood, sweat and tears, we really mean it,” said Ruby.

“We get to see so many beautiful places all over England.

Santus Circus is coming to Collier Row this week. Picture: Andrew Payne.Santus Circus is coming to Collier Row this week. Picture: Andrew Payne.

“I don’t think I could choose one place [as a favourite] because they’re all pretty much on equal footing.

“There’s something amazing in every place we go to.”

A returning act this year is the thrilling Globe of Death which will now feature three Romeros riders from Brazil instead of two, and the globe will split in half during the performance.

Ruby said: “We change the show every year.

“We have got [acts from] Mongolia, Brazil, Portugal, France, Switzerland and Spain - really from all over the world.

“One of the most amazing things is that you’re seeing so many different cultures coming together to create the performance.”

Santus Circus brings an array of wonders from Ethiopia and the world famous Wheel of Death from Hungary.

The foot juggler added: “It’s such an amazing experience. We have had so many people come back to us with good feeback this year who have never been to the circus before.

“The circus is a unique experience because it’s so different to the theatre or the cinema. It’s live and these people are risking their lives right in front of you.

“It really is a spectacular and magical show.”

The circus company is originally from the south of France and Ruby described the group as “one big family”.

“It’s hard not to be close because we’re living in each others pockets,” she added.

“We support each other and we’re always there for each other.”

For anyone thinking of running away to join the circus, Ruby has some good advice.

She said: “It’s a very big step. Firstly, I think it’s amazing for anyone who wants to try to start a new skill.

“My advice is to go to a show not just to watch it, but also try to talk to the performers.

“You need to know that you can handle the lifestyle and discover what circus life is actually like.”

Also returning for the 2018 show with their 18 years of experience in clowning, is the dastardly duo, Lucien and Sancha Santus.

Audience members are warned as the duo regularly pull members of the public from their seats to join in with their act.

Speaking about being part of the circus Ruby said: “I’m not going to lie, it’s incredible. It’s one of the most amazing lives you could have.

“But we do work very hard to create the show.

“When the audience applauds to show their appreciation, it just fills you with so much joy.”

Performances take place at 5pm and 7.30pm from Wednesday, October 10 to Friday, October 12 and at 3pm and 6pm on the weekend.

For tickets call 07843 884 787 or visit their website at santuscircus.com.

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