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Bringing the circus to life for youngsters with visual impairments


Thirty blind and partially sighted young people in Coventry and Nuneaton, along with their families, are being offered the opportunity to experience all the fun of a Big Top Circus for free. 

Two in every 1,000 children and young people in the UK have a vision impairment and can find it challenging to take part in arts events.

To bring to life the thrills and spills of traditional circus, community interest company Circus Starr has arranged two audio-described circus shows at Pingles Showground on Friday 6th October.

A trained Vocaleyes audio describer will provide live commentary, given through headsets, on the set, props, costumes and all the circus action making sure none of the performance is missed.   

Show-times are 4:45pm and 7pm. The 90 minute show has an amazing line up including the Havana troupe with their daring act on parallel bars, the UK’s only female clown Andreea Delbosq and aerial contortionist Romy Bauer in a globe suspended high in the roof of the Big Top.

For more details contact Rachel Oliver 01260 288690 or email rachel@circus-starr.org.uk. 

The project is being funded by Big Lottery and the MFPA Trust Fund for Disabled Children in the Arts and the shows are generously supported through donations from local businesses.


Notes for Editors:

Circus Starr (www.circus-starr.org.uk) is a Community Interest Company with a 30 year history of touring relaxed and inclusive circus events for children who struggle to access and participate in mainstream arts events.

Vocaleyes (http://vocaleyes.co.uk) is the UK’s audio description charity. Their mission is increase opportunities for blind and partially sighted people to experience and enjoy art and heritage, raise awareness of these opportunities and that the arts and heritage sector know how to create them, and welcome blind and partially sighted people as a core audience.

For more information, interviews, and images please contact Rachel Oliver

rachel@circus-starr.org.uk / 01260 288690

By Rachel Oliver on 18th August, 2017

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