THE circus is rolling into town – and it features death-defying acts and record-breaking stunts.
Planet Circus is set to arrive in Sea Road, Seaburn, next week.
The show, which runs from Wednesday, May 6, to Sunday, May 10, includes the record-breaking Globe of Death, which sees up to seven people riding Yamaha TRT bikes around a 4.4-metre globe.
The performers appeared on Britain’s Got Talent last year, and wowed judges when Emilia Pavlov climbed inside the globe and stood there while two bikers whizzed around her.
The act, which includes eight riders, has since developed and sees up to seven riders in the globe at one time.
Emilia, 19, said: “Now that I’m used to it, it’s not scary at all, but it was breathtaking when I first did it, and quite shocking.
The Globe of Death is the number one act in the show and it’s amazing to be part of it.Emilia Pavlov, Planet Circus
“The Globe of Death is the number one act in the show and it’s amazing to be part of it.
“It always gets an amazing reaction and people come up to us afterwards to talk about it.
“Going on Britain’s Got Talent was really scary. We really shocked the judges, but we didn’t go through in the end because it was too dangerous.
“The riders could fall at any time or break something.”
The circus also features the Faltyny family, from the Czech Republic, who perform a variety of stunts and tricks, like juggling, riding a unicycle and ladder walking.
Emil Faltyny is travelling with the circus until November with his wife, Vlastia, and their children Vanessa, eight, Emil Jnr, seven, and Adriana, five.
Emil, who is the eighth generation of a circus family, said: “It’s very interesting travelling around England. I haven’t been here for a long time, but I love English breakfasts and car boot sales.
“I started performing when I was eight, while I was in school, and we’re teaching our children now how to juggle, ride the unicycle and all those sort of things.
“When they’ve finished their education they can decide what route they’d like to go down.”
Tickets for Planet Circus cost from £5.99. To book, go to www.planetcircus.net