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Special fairground performance has been inspired by David Almond's fishy tale

The Fairground of Fantastic Fishy Feats promises a family-friendly theatrical circus performance as Will Turner reports

The Fairground of Fantastic Fishy Feats is a family-friendly theatrical circus performance which is being staged as part of the JUICE festival
The Fairground of Fantastic Fishy Feats is a family-friendly theatrical circus performance which is being staged as part of the JUICE festival

Apart from being a great springboard for me to make numerous fish puns (which I will resist), The Fairground of Fantastic Fishy Feats looks to be an interesting show, or ‘family-friendly theatrical circus performance’, to give it its Sunday name.

The Juice Festival event, inspired by David Almond’s book The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas (which is also this year’s Big Juice Read), sets out to follow the trials and tribulations of Stanley Potts as he traverses the world of the circus in a truly spectacular way.

A troupe of young performers will engage in high-octane acts that laugh in the face of danger, eagerly push past the laws of physics and blindfold gravity. Prepare to be impressed.

They’ll kick out onto a tightrope and somersault more times than the audience’s stress levels can take.

Now don’t get me wrong, the show will contain more than just acrobatic life-endangerment. Classic circus treats, such as unicyclists, clowns and dancers, will also make an appearance alongside musical acts, gymnasts, human pyramids and hula-hoopers. Presented by Madame La Bonche’s Wonder Circus, The Fairground of Fantastic Fishy Feats looks to be a delight. The classic Big Top will be absent; Newcastle’s Discovery Museum, where it is taking place on October 29 and 30, will be much less draughty.

:: The Fairground of Fantastic Fishy Feats will be at the Discovery Museum at 12pm and 3pm on October 29 and 30...and it’s free! For full details of the Juice Festival programme, which runs from October 24 to November 2, visit www.juicefestival.co.uk

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