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I can still remember my first visit to a circus. It was Wirths and was set up on then vacant land opposite the Canberra railway station with all the exotic animals, trapeze artists, clowns, tumblers, jugglers and glamour of those good old days. Copious amounts of fairy floss as well.
But times were changing, laws started to restrict the use of exotic animals and the public wanted more. More daring, more excitement, more international acts to engender the ‘awe’ of the moment, and spectacles to enjoy.
Then along came Eric Edgley and the Great Moscow Circus. As father of Michael Edgley and grandfather of the current Edgley at the helm, Mark, the family company toured , produced and created amazing and exciting shows. Now 50 years later the Big Top sits amongst the mighty emporiums of bulk buying, flat pack heaven and avgas aromas in Majura Park. The Great Moscow Circus village is neatly spread around the grassy space like a bunch of wild west wagons protecting the women and children but with today’s conveniences and not a horse in sight. But all the accoutrememnts of what makes a circus great are front and centre in the giant blow up ‘castle’ that encases the ring.
Today’s circus has not a wiff of manure, despite the pretty ponies, camels, buffalo and perky llamas who do circuit work with a determined mien. The only pervading aroma comes from the show’s finale when six handsome Brazilian boys on bikes do their circuit work in the dome - sometimes advertised as the Globe of Death- all thankfully surviving. But there is the wiff of popcorn and fried stuff on sticks and the sugar fix of everyone’s favourite fairy floss.
And that’s pretty much what this show is about. Memories and moments to ooh and aah about. Spine tingling trapeze work, bouncing and juggling real people into the air and a tightrope walker with perfect leather boots and a sense of fun. He did double duty welcoming guests at interval with a chat about his experiences. Now he’s not a Muscovite, he certainly looked like a Cossack but in the international world of today’s circus it’s not all about where you come from but absolutely about the family. And that was very evident as Mark Edgley carried his five month old daughter Maya around to welcome guests for the opening night and media the next day. Fourth generation and already happily swinging her legs to the music as she was happy to be passed around the willing minders.
The Great Moscow Circus is at Majura Park until 25 April. Bookings online at www.thegreat moscowcircus.com.au, on site box office or phone 1300 667 269