Nell Gifford joined the circus when she was eighteen and instantly fell in love with this forgotten art form.
She read English at New College Oxford and then joined the first circus that came to town.
Since then she worked on a number of shows in the UK before joining Circus Roncalli in Germany. This circus inspired Nell and her fiancé, Toti Gifford, a farmer’s son from Cheltenham, to start their own circus, which they called Giffords Circus. The show first appeared at Hay on Wye arts festival in 2000 and has toured the South West ever since, entertaining up to 100,000 people a year and beloved of locals, farmers, rock stars, royalty and runaways everywhere.
In conversation with Principal Ed Newell, Nell will be discussing her exciting life in the circus; how she and Toti created Gifford’s Circus which has travelled to Paris, Moscow, rural Hungary, Romania and beyond in search of talent and for people who are prepared to give up their own life temporarily and bring their mastery of a certain skill to their show.
Nell is a fellow of Gloucester and Hereford University, and has published three books about circus life and history – Josser: The Secret Life of a Circus Girl, Who was…Philip Astley? The Inventor of the Circus and Giffords Circus: The First Ten Years.
This event will be held in The Mews at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park SL4 2HP.
Doors open 5:45pm.
Admission is free of charge, by must be booked in advance.
To book, please call Emma Albery on 01784 497790 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.