First Night Design | Interval at the Circus


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Interval at the Circus
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Forget Ancient Rome, often cited as the origin of circus entertainment. A certain Englishman, Philip Astley (1742 – 1814), who had been a sergeant major in the Cavalry, was responsible for the entertainment we know today. It was Astley who found that if he galloped in circles he could produce such a centrifugal force that it enabled him to perform extraordinary stunts upon the horse and thus outdo other trick riders of the day.

Philip Astley
Philip Astley

Astley performed in public for the first time on 9th January, 1768. He was so successful that he gathered other equestrians to him and, later, acrobats, musicians…

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7 thoughts on “First Night Design | Interval at the Circus

    1. Only by turning off the news has it been free of politics. Too depressing for words that there are so many Brits who don’t realise the Tories are destroying the country and its people. Beginning to wish the SNP had had enough seats to unseat ’em all! 🙂

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      1. I am one that realises just how much they are destroying this country. It’s obscene to see the extreme gap between rich and poor…
        However, I think they have more on their hand than they bargained for. Millions of people didn’t vote for them….
        Meanwhile keep smiling:)x

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