A Circus of unimaginable acrobatics and shocking stunts will be arriving in Stoke-on-Trent this Saturday, and it is a show not to be missed. The Circus of Horrors, as seen on Britain’s Got Talent, are coming to show off their incredible skills, stunts and death-defying tricks for your squirm-in-your-seat pleasure. I had the chance to speak with the undead ringmaster, creator and director of the show, Doktor Haze, and this is what he had to say…
What is the Circus of Horrors?
It is an alternative Rock n Roll Circus, encompassing amazing and bizarre circus acts and fusing them with Rock Music and performed with a forked tongue in each cheek.
When was Circus of Horrors formed?
I am the creator and originally I teamed up with UK circus impresario Gerry Cottle to present the show at the 1995 Glastonbury Festival. I was born and bred in a Circus but left Circus life when I was 20 to pursue a career in Rock Music, the shows with the band however became more theatrical and eventually I added my 3rd passion – Horror.
Where are you guys from originally?
Well I’m a Circus boy but spent a lot of my childhood in Preston. I did live in Stone as a kid for a while and found my first love in Uttoxeter when I was 14, I only knew her for 4 days but she told me all about T-Rex and that was enough to turn me into a lifelong Marc Bolan fan.
What kind of stunts can people expect to see from the show?
They will see Sword swallowers swallowing everything from a curved cutlass, to the leg of a chair and even a lit neon tube. There’s a girl who hangs from her hair, a demon dwarf, Whirlwind Roller-skaters, astonishing acrobats, a girl in the bottle, brilliant aerialists and great music.
Have you toured in Stoke-on-Trent before?
Yes we come every year.
What was it like competing in Britain’s Got Talent?
Horrible, far too much stress.
Why is your show one night only?
We do it like the big rock bands, one night then move on.
What would you like to say to the people of Stoke-on-Trent to convince them to come and see your show?
It’s the sort of stuff you only normally see on your TV screens, to see it live and before your very eyes is a great experience.
Clearly this is a show that you have to see to believe. Tickets are still on sale and can be bought here. Check out the Circus of Horrors website for more details about upcoming tours and merchandise! Who wouldn’t want to take away an awesome memory of this show?
Images provided by Victoria Hall.