Clown scarcity reported in Northern Ireland amid COVID-19 lockdown

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It might appear to be the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed many clowns, however Northern Ireland circuses are literally experiencing a scarcity of performers that’s no laughing matter, one knowledgeable says.

David Duffy, co-owner of Duffy’s Circus in Northern Ireland, told the BBC his enterprise is in dire want of clowns as a result of many performers in his circus returned to their dwelling international locations after the preliminary lockdown within the spring of 2020. 

Duffy’s Circus has been closed for greater than 500 days because of lockdowns. With different close by international locations having reopened a lot earlier up to now few months, lots of the clowns have returned to work elsewhere whereas Duffy tries to prepare a brand new staff in anticipation of the nation reopening.

Now he’s interesting to new native recruits to attempt on the massive purple sneakers.

“Because all the circuses in Europe and in England have been up and operational for the past six months, that huge pool of EU artists are already back at work and up until last week we haven’t been able to even get visas issued for non-EU artists and entertainers,” Duffy informed The BBC.

“That’s why we’re trying to reach out for any of our folks at home who feel that they can give it a go.”

Duffy stated that his new recruits must be very “adaptable,” and fast on their ft, making selections as whereas they’re the focus for a whole lot of individuals.

“When you go into the circus ring and you’ve got 700 to 800 people looking at you, no matter what sort of mood you’re in you have to light up that circus ring,” he stated.

“A clown actually can be the loneliest place because you’re in there on your own and you have to be able to read your audience, in a short couple of minutes you have to be able to get a rapport going with them and interact and feed off them.”