Family fun at Hudson's Circus
LOTS of laughs echoed from the big top at Ipswich Showgrounds as Hudson's Circus delivered its first weekend of colourful entertainment to Ipswich families.
From spectacular trapeze and the world's largest hula hoop performance to a heart-stopping performance by daredevil Ashley Brophy, as Jack Sparrow on a tight-rope, crowds lined the showgrounds to get a taste of the action.
The vibrant production, combining circus traditions with modern theatre, is on show in Ipswich until March 9.
Spearheading the fast-moving performance is ringmaster and Lennon Brothers Circus descendent Shane Lennon.
Together with his wife Nancy, a trapeze artist from Canada, they have drawn on their knowledge of international circus to put together a new touring show, which started on December 27 in Tweed Heads.
"My family's history goes back 100 years in circus," Mr Lennon said.
"My son Hudson, who the show is named after, is sixth generation in the circus industry, and is already starting to perform at two years.
"My family is quite big.
"We're Australia's largest circus family and I had a different idea for a show...made up of a cast of people who have worked world wide.
"We've come together to put on a world class tradition circus, something that is quite upmarket compared to your run of the mill circus."
The show features world record breaking, tight rope artist Ashley Brophy who, defying gravity, skips on a high rope between the peaks of the big top.
Renowned aerial trapeze artist Clive Lotah, 79, performs a comedy skit on top of a 12m sway pole.
Mr Lennon leads one of the largest performing animal acts of four camels, two llamas and two water buffalo, as well as special skits by two macaws and six stallions.
Hudson's Circus is at Ipswich Showgrounds until March 9.
For more information or to book tickets, visit hudsonscircus.com.au/