THE circus has rolled into town – and it features death-defying acts and record-breaking stunts.
Planet Circus has arrived in Bents Park, South Shields.
The show, which travels the country and runs at the Sea Road site until Sunday, includes the record-breaking Globe of Death, which sees up to seven people riding Yamaha TRT bikes around a 4.4m 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 also 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.
“It always gets an amazing reaction and people come up to us afterwards to talk to us 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, it really is very dangerous.”
The Globe of Death is the number one act in the show and it’s amazing to be part of it.Emilia Pavlov, circus performer
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 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 kids now how to juggle, ride the unicycle and all those sort of things so that when they’ve finished their education they can decide what route they’d like to go down.”
Tickets for Planet Circus cost from £6.94. To book, go to www.planetcircus.net