Gandeys returns with a sensational new production for 2021!
With the Gandey Premiere of “The Double Acrobatic Swing” from the sensational Didyk troupe from the Ukraine, fearless acrobats being thrown up from one giant swing to another, somersaulting across the ring – This act will truly have you on the edge of your seat.
Andreea returns with her clown antics, ready to runrings around Ringmaster Ryan
This production has it all! It’s the heart-stopping spectacular dreams are made of, where – fearless artistes perform death-defying acts hand-picked direct from each corner of the earth, including high wire, trapeze, The exhilarating motorcycles in the Thunderdome & the introduction of the roller-skating Duo Eclipse performing incredible hand-to-hand skills topped off with a daring neck-spin!
And to finish, the large and most magical suspended carousel seen in a Big Top!
The show that will create those all-important cherished memories!
From our Family to yours!
Seats at all shows from only £9.99!
Family tickets for up to 4 People from only £48*
Don’t miss out onthe opening night special offer where all tickets are £9.99 each!
*Circle Family ticket - £48/Premium Circle Family Ticket £56/Ringside Family Ticket - £68
Gandeys Circus was the first to reopen after ‘lockdown 1’ in July 2020 at Butlins, following strict covid protocols which Gandeys worked on with the U.K. government (D.C.M.S.). Tests on airflow and ventilation were carried out and enabled circus to reopen ahead of indoor venues.
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Performance artist Laura Murphy fuses aerial rope, stand up, theatre and live art in this groundbreaking, feminist solo-work.
Written and performed by Laura Murphy | Directed by Ursula Martinez
Drawing from circus, stand-up and live art, Contra is a solo-cabaret of contradictions. Fierce, witty and uncompromising, this highly physical show interrogates personal, social and historical occupations of the female body and explores, literally, where such bodies are positioned and how we are meant to look at them. Expect scenes of nudity, aerial acrobatics, and explicit references to mythical reptiles and female sexuality.
Created in part as a contribution to the #metoo movement, Contra is an intervention into perceptions of gender, femininity, queerness & consent:
“In Contra I use my body as a relatable starting point for discussing wider social issues, and use layers of humour, text and physicality to make the critical perspective more accessible. Bringing my naked body into the room puts social and political occupations of that body visually on the table for discussion: I embody Eve tempted and then let loose, billboard advertisements, pleasant faces, bodies packaged and consumed...you see vulnerability, a victim, a retaliator, a strong-woman acrobat and a feminist. In confronting my own experiences of these embodyments and particularly of gendered violence, I hope to inspire feelings of solidarity & encourage audiences to do the same” - Laura Murphy
Fresh to the Uk from a European tour, Contra is a highly physical, funny and thought provoking work of contemporary performance. Laura's methodology involves asking her circus technique to serve the work rather than lead it, helping her to push the boundaries of what is expected from aerial work and what aerial disciplines are able to communicate within a theatrical context. Through lip sync, spoken text, dance and aerial rope choreography, Laura juxtaposes her autobiographical accounts with the voices of comedians, preachers, pop vocalists and strangers on public transport. Delivered with humour, honesty and poignancy, Laura shares stories of bodily functions, heartbreak and family discussions of lesbian sex. Beautifully surreal and comically astute, Contra unpicks the absurdity and contradictions of female identity in the present day.
Audience comments: "...thought provoking, entertaining and progressive...unapologetic" | " Contra provides the pleasures of spectacle and deconstructs itself neatly in the process " | "... a radical overturning of conventional expectations of aerial performance and performers. "
Laura Murphy is a genre-defying queer performance maker from Bristol who makes text-driven and dynamic physical work about things that she thinks need to be talked about. Her work is cross-disciplinary fusion of theatre, live art, aerial choreography, dance and verbal explosions, which integrates intimacy and spectacle. Laura is a CircusNext Laureate 2018-19 (European programme coordinated by Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe and supported by the European Union) and PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield, researching aerial work as critical performance.
Ursula Martinez is a theatre maker (writer, performer and director). She co-directed the award-winning Office Party, and directed Victoria Melody’s Northern Soul, Leah Shelton’s Bitch on Heat and Lucy McCormick’s Triple Threat. She is an original cast member of the Olivier Award winning contemporary circus/variety phenomena La Clique and La Soiree, and is an associate artist with performance provocateurs ‘Duckie’. Martinez’s solo shows include A Family Outing, My Stories, Your Emails, and Free Admission, in addition to Wild Bore an international collaboration with Adrienne Truscott (US) and Zoe Coombs Marr (Australia). For all her theatrical accolades, Martinez is probably most well known for pulling red hankies out of her vagina!
Producer - Nicole A’Court Stuart
Lighting design - Katie Davies
Early Stage mentoring - Terry O’Connor
Choreographic support - Madeleine McGowan
Supported by Arts Council England, CircusNext (Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe), Jacksons Lane and Carré Magique
Circus Big Top,
Merry Hill Shopping Centre
Our show is opening in line with all Covid and Social Distancing measure and has been awarded a "Good to Go!" Mark from Visit England.
A specially selected international cast of skeletons, vampires, Jack o’lanterns and not forgetting Circus Artistes, have been brought together for this year’s sensational extravaganza. From the thrill acts to the big production numbers Gandeys are famous for, it’s all here and you will be on the edge of your seat with excitement, rolling in the aisles with laughter, and hiding under your coats from the spooky thrills.
We look forward to welcoming you back with our brand-new production, from our family to your family...
This event gets more popular every year so its advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
‘Human’ - a story about the small moments that shape us.
This new live show by Extraordinary Bodies is a poetic record of our time,
based on real life stories from our company and performers, and told
through circus, music and film.
Intimate, funny and celebratory, ‘Human’ looks into the heart of birth,
love and change. It reminds us that as humans, we have the extraordinary ability to move forward together by taking the time to really understand each other.
At a time when the world’s been cracked open, we invite you to spend
an hour with us, imagining how we can make sure no one is left behind.
‘Human’ is BSL interpreted and audio described, and all performances