THEY'VE dropped their lions and they're back, Stardust Circus has arrived in Manly for the first time in more than quarter of a century.
The family run show may no longer feature exotic animals, due to difficulties with council rules and getting insurance for lions, but its non-stop action will still keep every member of the family happy, Stardust's Shannon West said.
"We've got a really good working dog act and a goat act, there's also flying trapeze, aerials on silks," she said.
"You've got to be really strong to hold your own body weight on silks and you have to have really good core strength. You have to have the confidence you can fly up there for three minutes.
"You will also witness a large flying trapeze troupe, a spectacular 10 person Hungarian trained teeter board [springboard] act, dynamic aerialists high above your head, acrobatic comedy and, of course, crazy clowns."
Dolores the clown is a firm family favourite, especially during a spectacular arrival in the clown car.
New in Stardust's line-up are magic tricks and dancing girls. Outside the big top there's rides, showbags and games - laughing clowns and pluck-a-duck among them.
COVID restrictions forced the family troupe of performers off road for 13-months and Manly is just the third town they've visited since they resumed performing in April.
"We're so excited to be back, we've been doing lots of training to get our strength back," Ms West said.
Stardust Circus is on at Hinkler Park, off Pittwater Road, in Manly from May 7-23. Grab your tickets online or buy them at the box office an hour before each show time.
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