Giffords Circus Pulls In The Pounds For Charity

Giffords Circus Pulls In The Pounds For Charity
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The very last performance of Giffords Circus' sell out Moon Songs tour will donate its entire proceeds to Hop Skip and Jump Cotswolds.

Sales from tickets to the 5pm performance on Sunday 27 September at the circus’ HQ, Fennells Farm, will support the charity’s work in the Cotswolds. Hop Skip and Jump provide care and support to families and carers of young people with disabilities and special educational needs.

Nell Gifford, Giffords Circus founder and producer, said: “We are deeply passionate about supporting the phenomenal work of Hop Skip and Jump Cotswold, the care and encouragement that they offer is invaluable and we couldn’t be prouder to be contributing towards their continuing work.  When a family member is in some way disabled, life can become at times unimaginably tough and if we can help ease that at all then we are honoured to do so. We hope our final performance will raise a great figure for Hop Skip and Jump Cotswold and we feel privileged to end our 2015 summer tour supporting them.”

Hop Skip and Jump offer flexible and immediate respite care for children and young adults and run five centres across the country. Locally, a large centre in Cheltenham provides a variety of indoor and outdoor activities to engage and inspire children with disabilities and special educational needs.  

Clarissa Mitchell, Hop Skip and Jump founder trustee, said: “It is so wonderful to have the support of our friends at Giffords Circus. Their generosity will make such a huge difference to the families we care for in Gloucestershire. Hop Skip and Jump Cotswold provide thousands of placements every year to children and young adults with disabilities and special educational needs. The performing arts are very close to our hearts and have significant therapeutic benefits to the young people we look after, so we are really looking forward to working with the magical Giffords Circus team.”

Giffords Circus is truly for families, which makes this collaboration with Hop Skip and Jump Cotswold a perfect fit.  Their unique blend of circus theatre fusion engages dance, comedy, acrobatics, juggling and live music engages all who experience it, without prejudice of ability.

Directed by the critically acclaimed Cal McCrystal, Moon Songs invites audiences to enter the world of the Victorian Lunar Park, a fairground run by larger than life illusionist and man of magic and mystery, Odoroff, and his Little Man assistant, David.  Firm favourites and exciting newcomers form the company who have circusgoers in awe with a host of highly skilled acts.

Famous jugglers, Bibi and Bichu bring their cousins from Ethiopia, all 13 of them, and magician Odoroff tries and fails to command this giant troupe of dancing gymnasts. Clown Tweedy is shot from a cannon and then turns himself into the man in the moon, the bear gallops past on a pony, the carousel horses come to life, the weather in the tent turns wintry, the jugglers are suddenly upside down, the little man laughs and chaos reigns in this topsy turvy lunatic world.

Moon Songs comes to a close in September. Giffords Circus’ charity performance will take place on Sunday 27 September at 5pm at Fennells Farm, Lypiatt, Stroud. Tickets are priced at £22 for adults and £14 for children, under 3’s go free if sitting on a lap. This includes a hog roast for which donations can be made. All proceeds from this performance go to Hop Skip and Jump.

Tickets are still available for the final two grounds in the Giffords Circus Moon Songs Tour. To book tickets for Stratton Meadows, Cirencester and Fennells Farm, visit the Giffords Circus website at www.giffordscircus.com or call the Box Office on 0845 459 7469. Tickets are priced at £22 for adults and £14 for children. Children under 3 are free at all shows if sitting on a lap. 

For more information about Hop Skip and Jump, please visit www.hopskipandjump.org.uk