Roll up, roll up ... as circus comes to Ballymoney

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TOM Duffy’s Circus returns to Ballymoney with an action-packed show next week.

The Blue and Red big top will be at Ballymoney Showgrounds on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th April.

Following on from the huge success of the 2006 association with the Chinese National Circus, Tom Duffy’s has once again in 2011 engaged a world famous Chinese Circus Troupe. This amazing Euro-Asiatic production combines the best of Circus from both the East and West.

Nine members of the Nan Le troupe from the famous Nan Le Circus School will be performing breath-taking feats for the first time in front of audiences in Ireland.

It is rare for artists from the Nan Le Circus school to appear outside China. Fu, the troupe leader, has appeared at Blackpool Tower Circus but the remaining eight performers have never performed outside China. See the awesome Chinese wheel where members of the Nan Le troupe become part of a human wheel.

The opening of the show is a vibrant array of colour with human skipping, hoop jumping and horse riding. The exotic troupe follows featuring Llamas, Alpacas and Zebras, before clown Davide has fun with Spaghetti so you’d better watch out.

High in the roof of the big top, Tamara eloquently performs on the trapeze as the large steel cage is erected heralding the arrival of everyone’s favourite – Tigers.

Tom Duffy’s Royal Bengal and Siberian Tigers make a grand entrance as the audience look on in awe. Following the tigers it is time to meet the Chinese Lion as he makes his way through the audience.

Tom Duffy’s troupe of Palomino Stallions bring the first half of the show to a close.

After the interval the second half of the show opens with the Chinese wheel featuring all nine members of Nan Le Troupe.

The Michael Jackson tribute is followed by Miss Oyunna’s breathtaking Cloudswing high above the circus ring. The members of the Nan Le Troupe bring the 2011 show to a close with what can only be described as a unique feat of balance, strength and dexterity on the trampoline.

Tom Duffy’s really is the Circus not to miss.

Circus critic Pat Foley said: “It’s the must see show for 2011, you won’t be disappointed. It is a thrilling show from start to finish”.

Tom Duffy’s Circus will be at Ballymoney Showgrounds on Mon 4th and Tue 5th April. Tickets are available for every performance from duffyscircus.com, Camerons – Ballymena, Easons – Donegall Place Belfast, Ticketmaster or by calling 0844 4870208.