17 Nov 2017

Lady Boys of Bangkok: Performer of the Year 2017

It's that time of year again... 

The days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, and The Lady Boys of Bangkok is in its final exhilarating week of this year's tour. 

Which can only mean one thing... the time has come to vote for this year's Lady Boys of Bangkok Performer of the Year!

It's a great award to win, and one that our performers all take very seriously - so it's up to us to ensure the award goes to the person who we all believe has earned it. So we made it as fair as possible and went around everybody we could think of to gather their votes.

We asked our wonderful crew who work hard behind the scenes, our fantastic office team, our fabulous front of house staff, our amazing box office squad, and of course the LadyBoys themselves to submit their choices for Performer of the Year.

If there is one thing that everybody unanimously agreed on, it was that this year has been one of the hardest yet to decide on just one person to take home the prize. Every single performer has been incredible, and they have given their all on stage for each and every show - which is no easy feat.

The votes have now been cast, the polls have been counted, and the top 3 performers are...

3rd: Nicole

2nd: Jennifer

1st: And the winner is... Sonya

Phillip Gandey presenting Sonya with the Performer of the Year award

Congratulations to Sonya, Jennifer and Nicole! And a huge well done and thank you to all of our wonderful performers! It's been a fantastic tour this year... and you've answered the question that was on everybody's lips:

Who Runs the World?... The Lady Boys of Bangkok!!!

The Lady Boys are performing nightly in Belfast with their spectacular 'Who Runs the World' show until Saturday 18th November, followed by one final theatre show in New Brighton on Tuesday 21st November before wrapping up until next year.

10 Nov 2017

The Great Circus of Europe

Christmas is getting closer! Some families like to spend a traditional Christmas at home around the fire every year, whilst others prefer to get away and spend the festive season somewhere new - whether it be a warm beach or a cold ski slope.

Well our circus family will be leaving on a jet plane this December and heading away (a long way away) to Hong Kong!!

You heard us right! We will be appearing in Hong Kong this winter to entertain and thrill audiences across the globe - as The Great Circus of Europe!

With a carefully chosen galaxy of its greatest international Big Top stars, the show with the “too-good-to-miss” factor opens on 20th December 2017 at Central Harbourfront Event Space and runs through until 25th February 2018.

From the breathtaking thrills of high wire walkers forming a human pyramid as they balance more than 8 metres above the ring … to the side-splitting antics of the UK’s most popular clown. From the jaw-dropping high speed motorbike action of the Globe of Death … to the remarkable pyrotechnic balancing skills of the globe walkers … it’s a show packed with excitement and entertainment. 

The Great Circus of Europe will be performing in Hong Kong as part of The AIA Great European Carnival. Find out more here.

1 Nov 2017

The Philip Astley Project - an evening at The Rotary Club

Andrew Van Buren and Carol Gandey took the stage last night to speak to the Rotary Club about The Philip Astley Project that will be coming to Newcastle-under-Lyme and throughout the UK next year, in what turned out to be a very interesting and entertaining evening. 

The Philip Astley Project was formed in 2015 to celebrate Philip Astley as part of the nationwide Circus250 celebrations that will be taking place next year. 2018 is the 250th anniversary of the modern circus and thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, and sponsorship from businesses, people will be able to get involved in workshops, talks, an exhibition, and performances. Activities began in 2017, leading up to AstleyFest - a one-day festival to celebrate Astley in August 2018.

Gandeys Circus is proud to be supporting The Philip Astley Project and working closely with Andrew Van Buren to celebrate the life of this Newcastle-under-Lyme born man known as "the father of modern circus". 

The wonderful Circus Starr would also like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the many generous members of the Rotary Club who donate tickets to their shows. Carol had several Rotarians approach her last night to say how many years they have been supporting Circus Starr and how strongly they believe in the incredible work that Circus Starr does.

Click here to find out more about the project, and here to stay updated on Facebook.

In the meantime, take a look at the amazing Philip Astley opening that Gandeys Circus dedicated to the great man in 2016:

31 Oct 2017

Happy Halloween!

The spookiest day of the year is here again! It's time to don your witch's hat, apply your ghoulish makeup and eat enough sweets to see you through til Christmas!

Whether you've spent months crafting your perfect handmade Halloween outfit, or simply popped on your normal clothes and called yourself a Muggle from Harry Potter – we love to see all of your fancy dress costumes!

We like Halloween so much that we even dedicated our latest Gandeys Circus show to it – the incredible Halloween Spooktacular that featured at intu Merry Hill!

Here are 6 facts that you may not know about this haunting holiday:

6. Turnip Carving

The tradition of carving pumpkins was originally done with turnips.

When Irish immigrants arrived in America, they started using pumpkins, because they were cheaper than turnips.

5. All Hallows' Eve

“Halloween” is short for “Hallows’ Eve” or “Hallows’ Evening”.

4. Samhainophobia

It's no surprise that some people find Halloween spooky, but some people actually have an irrational fear of Halloween - also known as Samhainophobia.

3. Giant Pumpkin

The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed an astonishing 2,624.6 lb! This world record was set in 2016 by Mathias Willemijns from Belgium.

2. Trick or Treat

Trick-or-treating came from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits during Samhain – a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.

1. An ancient tradition

Halloween is thought to have originated around 4000BC, which means Halloween has been around for over 6,000 years!

From all of us at Gandey World Class Productions... we wish you a Happy Halloween!!