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Preston hosts circus for disabled and disadvantaged children

Posted on - 13th June, 2024 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Business, Charities, Deepdale, Kid's stuff, Preston City Centre, Preston Locations, Preston News, Proud Preston, Schools, What's On in Preston
The Circus Starr crew. Pic: Wes Webster Photography
The Circus Starr crew. Pic: Wes Webster Photography

An inclusive circus-inspired show for disabled and disadvantaged children was held in Preston on Monday.

Circus Starr, ‘a circus with a purpose,’ hosted two performances on 10 June at The Crossgate Centre on St Mary’s Street.

Unlike a commercial circus, the events are adapted to suit the audience by lowering the volume, toning down the lights, providing sensory packs and offering free tickets.

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The performances are aimed at disadvantaged and disabled children. Pic: Circus Starr
The performances are aimed at disadvantaged and disabled children. Pic: Circus Starr

The performances are made possible by donations from businesses in the area.

This year, the event was held indoors rather than in the Big Top Tent due to rising costs and logistical challenges.

Monday’s production saw the return of Ringmistress Mariska Gandey who was joined on stage by Brazilian clown, Lukinha and an acrobatic.

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Preston's event saw acrobatics and a clown. Pic: Circus Starr
Preston’s event saw acrobatics and a clown. Pic: Circus Starr

Michelle Crossley, fundraising director said: “We love sharing our magical art form with those who usually miss out.

“I am so happy that we can still share a fabulous show with the community, despite the challenges we are currently facing. 

“Thank you so much to all the businesses who have helped us continue our valuable work in their city.”

Circus Starr has been touring the UK with their accessible shows since 1987. Tickets for the events are distributed to local schools, charities, organisations and individual families.

To find out more you can visit their website.

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