The circus is attracting newcomers as Ireland faces a clown shortage

The circus is attracting newcomers as Ireland faces a clown shortage

The circus attracts recruits because there are no clowns in Ireland.

David Duffy, co-owner of the Duffy Circus, said the circus is reaching out to people across Ireland who “seem to be trying” as the Kovid pandemic is declining.

When the first lockdown came into effect in early 2020, many clowns returned to their home countries, Duffy told the BBC’s Good Morning Ulster program.

With Duffy returning to the circus tour after more than 500 days of closure, family business recruiters are finding it hard to find.

As all circuses in Europe and England have been operating for six months, many EU artists have already returned to work, and until last week we could not even get visas for other artists from the EU, ”he said. Duffy.

“That’s why we try to get in touch with people in the house who think they can try.”

Clown skills

Duffy says that to be a clown, you have to be able to “really, really fit in” and think hard.

“When you walk into a circus arena, 700 to 800 people look at you. Whatever your mood, you need to illuminate that circus track,” he said.

“The clown can be a really lonely place because you’re all there, and you need to be able to read to your audience, and in two minutes you can connect with them and feed them.”

Those unsure of their clown skills can apply to truck drivers, builders, mechanics, electricians and general circus operators.

Anyone interested can see Duffy Call here for action Or via email [email protected]

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