Zippo’s Circus is a circus in the grand old tradition. A travelling company of acrobats, horse-trainers and clowns entertaining audiences across the country with misplaced humour and always mildly disappointing – but still fun – acrobatics. I went seven times as a child. In the interim years, we have become more disapproving of circus animals and more scared of clowns. The horses are there, but Zippo’s Encore – a new show for the circus currently showing at Brockwell Park – doesn’t have an old-school clown. Surprisingly little else has changed. There is something bizarrely comforting in the fact that, despite changes of government and unknowable leaps forward in technology, Zippo’s will probably still be making its regular visits to Brockwell Park in another few decades.
Photos: Damon Hope