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It all began in West Wales.
For the past 22 years The Circus of Horrors has become the World leader in Alternative Circus and without compromise has taken the Extreme to the Mainstream to become a household name - but where did it all begin. Well the answer to that is a small West Wales town of Llandeilo and its nearest neighbourgh the rock city of Swansea.
Back in 1979, Dr (John) Haze left the Circus and 'ran away' to form his first band in Llandeilo!!!!
It was a case of the age old adage of running away to join the Circus in reverse, Haze commented, 'I was born & bred in the Circus, my mother who was Welsh and married a former Lion trainer, joined a circus and had me. My first sortie in circus didn't last long however when my Dad ran away & left myself, my mum & our Dog in a Van in Wick, Scotland, I was only 6 months old at the time'. His mum then returned to Preston where John went to School. However when he was 11 his Mum tried to sue his Dad for maintenance only for the courts to advise them to try again.
This happened with a reunion on Euston Station and shortly after back to a circus in Ireland as a Fire Eater!!!
John continues 'My Mum would never let me light a match let alone eat fire & I found myself standing in a sawdust ring learning to eat fire in a day & at the same time pretending to the Circus owners that I had been doing it for years'.
2 years later and his father did a runner again but this time John now with sawdust running through his veins decided to stay in the Circus, he always had a rock n roll dream however. He loved T-Rex and Marc Bolan became a real influence so in 1979 he left the Circus, moved to Llandeilo & formed his first band Flash Harry.
But why Llandeilo. A journalist called Mike Gilmore had interviewed 'Haze' when the circus he was working in was in Ammanford, the two became friends and Mike who saw himself as a rock Svengali invited him to form a band with him. Haze commented, 'I loved Wales, it was my spiritual home, my Mum was Welsh & we visited Wales every year with the circus so I decided to give it a go & never really looked back, Llandeilo was great but I always considered Swansea as a 'Rock City, even back then there were loads of pubs playing Rock Music & I saw a very early Adam & the Ants play in a club called Circles.
From then on I only wanted 1 thing & that was to be in a Rock band'.
He moved to London later that year and continued his ambitions in the big smoke.
It was a few years later when he combined his Rock n Roll dream with his theatrical upbringing & created The Circus of Horrors.

New Show - Voodoo.
Awoken by a Ouija board the curse of the Voodoo is causing devastation.
The spectacular features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre & fantastic circus acts act’s all woven into a sensational shock / horror storey and the darkest of magic – taking the show to a whole new level, it’s powered along by a Devil driven soundscape & performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek, you’ll certainly Die Laughing.

The Circus of Horrors now part way through its UK tour, taking in around 100 theatres, 2017 was hugely successful for the show, performing in more Theatres than virtually any other show, featured in huge music festivals around the World & once again becoming front page news.
The brand new show, Voodoo includes an amazing amalgamation of bizarre, brave & beautiful acts, a rock n roll sound scape of mainly original songs & performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek.

2018 will be a huge time for Circus as we celebrate 250 years since its birth in London. The brain child of Sergeant Major Philip Astley, the father of modern circus. Astley's vision & invention went on to become a major art form throughout the world ever since.

However circus has changed more in the past 30 years than in its proud 250 year history, with the emergence of Cirque Du Soleil, Circus Archaos & from the UK The Circus of Horrors.
It is certain that 'Circus', and its relevance in 2018 will become a talking point throughout the year and The Circus of Horrors, the UK's front runner in contemporary / alternative circus is sure to feature heavily.

Did you know. In 2017 Dr Haze stood as a parlimentoiary candidate in Brighton, preferning to be known as a Alternative as opposed to an Independant candidate.

Celebratory Quotes:-
‘Totally Unbelievable’ Scott Mills, Radio 1

‘You have to go & see this if, one day something will go wrong & you will be able to say I was there’ Graham Norton.

'Thats what I call entertainment' David Hasselhoff

'I loved it' Simon Cowell

'Like Rocky Horrors on acid' Amanda Holden.
The first 22 years

In addition to the 100 venue UK theatre tour the COH has recently performed in Festivals throughout the World including Download, Reading, Leeds, Isle of White, T in the Park etc in the UK, Fuji Rock Festival in Japan (twice), Wacken festival in Germany plus shows in Chile, Uruguay, Holland, Belgium, Argentina, France, Italy, Ireland, Finland, Hong Kong and Moscow where it created history by becoming the 1st UK Circus ever to perform in Russia. And an astounding 10 nights in London's O2.

It is not the 1st time however that The Circus of Horrors has created history, it became the only circus ever to reach the finals of Britain's Got Talent and the 1st Circus to perform in London's West End for over 100 years, & the only Circus to perform in a single venue in London (The Roundhouse) for an astounding 24 weeks, (previous record was 17 weeks).

In addition to BGT it's appearances on various other TV shows have turned what set out as a cult show into a household name, without compromise – taking the extreme to the mainstream, Its TV credits now also boast The X Factor, The Slammer, Daybreak, Fairground Attractions, Who wants to be a Millionaire, Body Shockers, Fake Reaction, This Morning, Ant & Dec, The One Show & A Royal Command Performance.

The Circus of Horrors started it’s gruesome begging's at the 1995 Glastonbury Festival and became an instant hit, touring all over the world from Chile to Chatham, Argentina to Aberdeen, Japan to Jersey including festival appearances with Alice Cooper, Eminem, Motley Crue, Oasis, Iron Maiden, The Manic St Preachers, Foo Fighters, Rammstien and many more.

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If Quentin Tarantino had directed Cirque Due Soleil then you would be only half way there.
Media Quotes:-

‘The Circus of Horrors completely WOWED the audience’ The Daily Mail.

‘A Bloody Great Night Out’ The Times

‘Freaking Awesome’ The Sun

‘Bloody Good Fun - Barnum Would be proud’ Time Out

‘Circus Without A Condom’ The Telegraph

‘Bloody Marvellous’ Edinburgh Festival

‘Blood Thirsty & Burlesque’ The Independent

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Asia Sawicka
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