The Hooley – synopsis

The Hooley comes from the imagination of Nell Gifford who dreamt up the show with Director Cal McCrystal.

Starring Lil Rice, Tweedy the Clown, Nancy Trotter Landry, Rebecca Musselwhite, and Duo Imagine. With live music from the Giffords Circus band directed by musical director James Keay. Following the show Giffords unique travelling restaurant, Circus Sauce, will be open serving three-course rustically extravagant feasts and new for this year – we have a licensed bar.

There will be fairies, trolls, pixies, leprechauns, wild horses, Celtic music and dancing and all the madcap magic for which Giffords is synonymous. So join the dance to the timeless Celtic rhythms and drums and get down with the fairy folk.

Meet the creatives behind Giffords Circus. 

“Nell and I had a great time planning this show and being an Irishman I can’t wait for rehearsals to start to create what promises to be a most magical and poignant show.”

Cal McCrystal
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Giffords Circus Reviews

“the performers are no woozy hippies but formidable athletes.”

Michael Billington, The Guardian




Does Giffords Circus teach circus skills or run classes?

We currently don’t do any classes, but if you are local to us we highly recommend the School of Larks, a really great Cotswold based circus school. Some of our artists past and present may teach or be available for hire, but you would need to contact them directly.

Do you do birthday shout outs?

If you are celebrating a birthday when you come to Giffords Circus, we are more than happy to give you a birthday shout out. Please write the name and age of the person celebrating on a slip of paper and give it in to the box office when you arrive at the circus. We usually do shout outs straight after the interval so don’t be late back to your seat.

How can I get a job with Giffords Circus?

When we have a position available we advertise here on the careers page of the website and on our social media sites. You can also send your CV and/or show reel to us at 

Can I do work experience with Giffords Circus?

Unfortunately we are unable to take any work experience students under the age of 18.


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