Hundreds of local disabled, disadvantaged and vulnerable children and their carers will be able to enjoy all the fun of the circus free of charge in Stockport in May. Known as ‘the circus with a purpose’, Circus Starr – a not for profit company – creates inclusive shows for children who are new to live theatre and who may struggle to sit and concentrate. This friendly and relaxed circus show is funded by donations from local businesses who want to support local families.
At the start of the show the Ringmaster welcomes the audience to the Big Top, and what follows is a dazzling musical extravaganza of acts including rolling globes, parallel bars and low cradle, roller skating, low wire, an aerial globe and a clown called Chico Rico.
The company says they do it because: “nearly 1.5 million UK families can’t afford a single day out together. We do it because 50% of families with disabled children say that the stigma and discrimination they face makes them feel isolated. We create a magical world, harnessing the power of the circus, and invite families with all kinds of different needs to have fun together in a safe, welcoming, unique atmosphere”.
Circus Starr will perform two shows at Torkington Park in Stockport on Wednesday 8 May. Free tickets are given to children through a network of charities, hospitals, schools, support groups and hospices, although families can also apply directly.