The Hooley

Starring Tweedy the Clown, Nancy Trotter Landry, Lil Rice, and Duo Imagine, Giffords Circus returns in 2021 with new show The Hooley. There will be fairies, trolls, pixies, leprechauns, wild horses, Celtic music and dancing and all the madcap magic for which Giffords is synonymous. The Hooley is directed by Cal McCrystal, who returns to Giffords Circus for his tenth year.

Live music from the Giffords Circus band directed by musical director James Keay and Giffords Circus biggest and most lavish set to date, designed by Production Designer takis.

The live show has an approximate running time of two hours, including a fifteen minute interval.

“Nell and I had a great time planning this show and being an Irishman I can’t wait for rehearsals to start to create what promises to be a most magical and poignant show.”

Cal McCrystal
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Giffords Circus Reviews

“the performers are no woozy hippies but formidable athletes.”

Michael Billington, The Guardian




Does Giffords Circus teach circus skills or run classes?

We currently don’t do any classes, but if you are local to us we highly recommend the School of Larks, a really great Cotswold based circus school. Some of our artists past and present may teach or be available for hire, but you would need to contact them directly.

Do you do birthday shout outs?

If you are celebrating a birthday when you come to Giffords Circus, we are more than happy to give you a birthday shout out. Please write the name and age of the person celebrating on a slip of paper and give it in to the box office when you arrive at the circus. We usually do shout outs straight after the interval so don’t be late back to your seat.

How can I get a job with Giffords Circus?

When we have a position available we advertise here on the careers page of the website and on our social media sites. You can also send your CV and/or show reel to us at 

Can I do work experience with Giffords Circus?

Unfortunately we are unable to take any work experience students under the age of 18.


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