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The Widow Stanton interviews Carol Gandey

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   Carol Gandey, circus director: Gandeys Circus and Gandey World Class Productions An inteview by The Widow Stanton Circus director Carol Gandey – of  Gandeys Circus  – was The Widow’s  2020 Person of the Year , chosen for her for sterling efforts to keep touring circus as a viable artform in the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic, and also for the inspirational work she undertook in securing a large grant from the Arts Recovery Fund with what it termed an “exceptional” application. She has worked in what is a male-dominated industry for 45 years. Carol chats to Liz Arratoon about the problems Gandeys faced last year during the lockdown, and its plans for 2021.  The Widow Stanton: Which shows did you have running or in the pipeline? Carol Gandey: Gandeys had produced three shows pre-lockdown – we had shows in Hong Kong and Singapore, but in December 2019 word was filtering in about Wuhan. Hong Kong closed early because of it. The third show,  Gandeys Circus Unbelievable Tour , started t

The Lady Boys of Bangkok highlights of 2019!

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When our fabulous Lady Boys thought about their highlight for 2019, they couldn't settle on just one and frankly, this year has been an incredible one for our wonderful cast! Not only have we celebrated our 21st year at the Edinburgh Fringe festival (it felt oh-so good to be 21 again), we also had the pleasure of returning to locations we had visited in a while and made our mark in towns and cities we'd never performed in before. After 21 years we're still able to grace new places with our glitz as well as returning to the cities we know and love! Based on all our Sabai Pavillion venues, we've decided to include a highlight from each individual place! We really did have that good a year:   Derby The Greatest Showgirls Tour kicked off with a bang in Derby! Whilst a lot of familiar faces returned to the cast, we welcomed new members Lily, Dew and Arthur to a little family and it's safe to say they've made quite the impression with Lily taking t

Gandeys Circus & Cirque Surreal: Our 2019 Highlights

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We've finally come to the end of our touring season and what a year it's been! Our Gandeys cast have been rather busy touring the UK, including another summer at Butlins and bringing The Greatest Halloween Spooktacular back to Dudley. Meanwhile, Cirque Surreal made a grand return to the big top at Manchester's INTU Trafford Centre with a weirdly, wonderful show. It's safe to say, we've had a jam-packed year and we've loved every second of it! In honour of the end of another spectacular year of touring, here are just some of the highlights of our 2019. Photo credit: Pop Studios    Gandeys Circus Back at Butlins We made another return to Butlins Minehead, Bognor Regis and Skegness and what an amazing summer we had! One particular highlight of ours was when Chico Rico made his directorial debut in 'A day in the life of a clown' for International Clown Week. If you haven't seen Chico's first feature yet we suggest you grab the popco

How to spend your night in Belfast with the Lady Boys of Bangkok

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We're coming to the end of our 2019 tour and what better place for our last Sabai Theatre Venue to be than the beautiful Belfast. This year we have been so fortunate to grace new locations with our glitz, but we particularly look forward to returning to the places we know and love. Whether you're a first time explorer or veterans to this fabulous city like we are, here are a few places where you need to spend your night out in Belfast. Tipsy Bird 90-100 Ann St, Belfast BT1 3HH If you're planning a night out with the Lady Boys of Bangkok then there's only one staple beverage to accompany your evening and that's champagne! The Tipsy Bird's  champagne Sundays are the perfect antidote to the humdrum Sunday lunch.  View this post on Instagram CHAMPAGNE SUNDAYS 🐦🍾 Every Sunday at The Tipsy Bird we host Champagne Sundays aka bottles of @pol_roger for £45 all day! What are you waiting for?