Gloriously bizarre

Circus of Horrors is back

Prepare for a spine-tingling explosion when the celebrated Circus of Horrors returns to Bridport in all its live, fast-paced glory on 16 August.

Not for the faint hearted (and definitely for 16+), this year’s spectacular features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre, brave and beautiful acts, all woven into a Alice in Horrorland-type story, driven by a mainly original soundscape and performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek.

Find more details about the show and how you can get advance tickets on our event page but only if you’re over sixteen…

The Circus was born in 1995 at Glastonbury music festival when frontman Doctor Haze partnered with Britain’s leading showman, Gerry Cottle – they’d met at a funeral – to stage the Circus of Horrors in a big top.

In this article for The Stage, Haze recalls: “Gerry’s daughters had a show called the Cottle Sisters’ Circus. So we used their tent and all his family, plus my rock’n’roll band. By the third day, we were packed to the rafters.”

The Circus of Horrors has shifted shape since then, with tours in theatres up and down the country and around the world. In 2011, they reached the finals of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.

Haze was born in a travelling circus. He grew up eating fire and performing fakir acts. When he was 20, he left the big top to form a rock band. But while you can take a man out of the circus, you can’t take the circus out of a man. Before long, he’d added juggling, fire-eating and illusions to his rock show – and the seeds of the Circus of Horrors were sown.