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VIDEO: Billy Smart’s Circus pitches up in Sheffield

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Roll up, roll up - the famous Billy Smart’s Circus has pitched up at Hillsborough Park, Sheffield.

Grandparents may well remember the first time Billy Smart’s Circus took to the road in 1946, wowing crowds across he UK with its ‘new world’ acts.

Parents meanwhile might recall when the circus ceased touring in 1971 in favour of televised performances, which pulled in millions of viewers up to 1983.

Now the popular circus is back on the road with a new generation of performers ready to dazzle, thrill and shock audiences across the country.

And Sheffield families have plenty of time to see the magic first hand, as Billy Smart’s big top will remain at Hillsborough Park until June 1.

Yasmine Smart, the granddaughter of Billy Smart, said: “Our 2014 tour sees award-winning artistes from around the world combine in a fast-moving two-hour show that has something for all the family.

“The acts provide a sensational mix of acrobatics, comedy, juggling, illusion and aerial feats that literally have people on the edge of their seats - after all this is a live show,so there’s always an element of risk.”

Born into a family of performers it was only natural Yasmine would want to join the family circus.

At just 11-years-old she was performing her renowned Liberty act with horses in the ring and at 15 she became the youngest ring mistress in the world.

Now after several years performing with circuses across Europe and The States, Yasmine has returned to her UK roots to assume the role of ring mistress, complete with red tailcoat and sparkling top hat.

“My mother was a high wire artiste,” explains Yasmine. “So we had a wire outside our caravan growing up and she would teach us different disciplines.

“I was a little girl who loved working with horses, though the ring mistress is a great role too. I just love to perform.”

This year’s artistes, who will perform up to three shows a day, include acrobats, dancers, jugglers and all round entertainers.

The Assadulin Troupe, made up of ten strong Russian men will wow audiences with their spectacular springboard act while the Flying Aces will take to the flying trapeze to entertain onlookers.

The Extreme brothers, a handsome trio of young Romanian men, are another talking point of the show, as is foot juggler Germaine Delbosq.

And as no circus is complete without a clown, Jonny Bogino will be on hand to provide lots of laughs.

“Older generations say coming to the circus brings back fond childhood memories while the youngsters leave with smiles on their faces that stretch ear to ear,” says Yasmine. “You just have to see the magic of Billy Smart’s Circus for yourself.”

 

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