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September 27th 2021

Read what people are saying about Giffords Circus and The Hooley

“It is a joyous whirligig of fun and naughtiness. There is a huge amount of goodwill and love for the company. It is such a beautiful jewel of a thing.” – Flora Watkins – Town & Country Summer 2021

**** four stars from The Daily Mail “With a talking dog and pony muscling in on a microphone using ventriloquism, it’s all done with an Irish twinkle and set to the whistle, violin and piano tunes of the Joyce Country Ceili Band. I pine to be locked up with them in a pub on the Emerald Isle – as soon as Covid allows.”

**** four stars from Quentin Letts reviewing for The Times “This affectionate cod-Irish effort has quirky tumblers, an amazing dove-tamer, Tweedy the clown and a jaunty ceilidh band.”

“Circus magic and beauty move me close to tears.” Matthew Parris The Times

“Tonight we were all Hooley-gans… and it was marvellous. Never have I wanted more to be part of this beautiful, bohemian, wildly dysfunctional family. With the incandescent light of Nell Gifford shining brighter than ever – tonight’s show was summoned into being by Nell herself with friend and director Cal McCrystal before her death in December 2019 – the energy is electrifying.” – Candia McKormack, Cotswold Life May 2021.

***** five stars from A Spy in the Stalls “a carnival of fun, silliness and breathtaking skill and enchantment.”

Book It Now – Waitrose Weekend “Although Giffords is distinctly English, this year’s touring show, directed by Cal McCrystal, has a comic Irish theme. It is an affectionate send up of Emerald Isle fairy sagas, complete with pixie ears and crock of gold.”

“Director Cal McCrystal delivers a show that is celebratory, funny and enthralling. There is an innocence here that sets Giffords apart from other circuses.” Neil Norman reviewing in The Daily Express

“Mud and sequins,” says Nancy Trotter Landry, sitting amid the sawdust in the Giffords big top at Fennells Farm in the Cotswolds, where only 20 minutes ago she was performing an intricate dance with eight hoops in front of a rapturous (socially distanced) audience. “That’s what sums up the circus for me. And probably what I’ve missed the most. Well, the sequins at any rate.” – Claire Allfree – The Daily Telegraph May 2021