If your boss accuses you of clowning around at work it would usually mean you were in big trouble – but for the team being led by Paul Carpenter and Kriss Freear it is the highest compliment as the pair are not only directors of their own circus but they are also the show’s clowns.
Paul and Kris – known on stage as clowns Kakehole and Popol – have performed in other shows in the Leeds area before, but this is the first time their own venture – Circus Wonderland – will visit the city.
Circus Wonderland will entertain crowds at Woodhouse Moor from tomorrow until Sunday June 1.
For the last 12 years Paul, 39, has appeared as Popol, the UK’s last remaining traditional whiteface clown. The whiteface is the elegant, sophisticated foil to the mischief and chaos caused by Kakehole, who is the typical ‘auguste’ clown with his red nose and big boots. Together they have toured the UK with various circuses, and twice been named ‘Best Circus Comedy Act’ in the annual circus awards.
Now the duo are facing their biggest challenge to date, as Circus Wonderland takes to the road.
Paul said: “The circus is special because with such a mix of acts there is something to everybody.”
Visitors to the big top can expect not only laughs from the clowns, but feats from trapeze artists, rope walkers, acrobats and more. Performances will be staged from Wednesday to Friday at 4.30pm and 7.30pm, Saturday at 2pm and 5pm, and Sunday at noon and 3pm. Tickets cost £12 for adults and £10 concessions, or £7 on the first day. For more information contact the box office on 07531 612240.