Travelling circus brings magic to audience

The Fantastic Grifizzi Brothers and their carnival of friends have opened their magical animal-free travelling circus and winter garden of delights at the Athletics Club in Fish Hoek.

A cast of performers leads audiences on a magical journey in The Story of the Moon, a tale about the Moon and her quest to be happy like the circus folk she sees below.

The show is presented in a traditional Italian Big Top tent and is MCed by Lilian Khumalo as Mama Circus, alongside singer Carmen Maarman and the hilarious Strongman and his Clown sidekick. The star cast of performers from South Africa and abroad transport the audience through a magical world of song, acrobatics, drumming, Argentinian boladeros, contortion, slapstick comedy and a mesmerizing quick change act.

Children can also enjoy bungee trampolining, a fire truck and face painting, while adults can pass the time at one of the bars and enjoy the homemade soup and cuisine offerings at the on-site food trucks. Halaal options are available. The classic double-decker Bohemian Bus has a full service restaurant.

The Fantastic Grifizzi Brothers will travel in true gypsy style between towns and cities in Cape Town and the rest of South Africa. The inaugural season at the Athletics Club on Nelson Road in Fish Hoek will run until the end of the winter school holidays on Sunday July 23.

The Story of the Moon is presented Thursdays at 6pm, Fridays at 5pm and 7pm, Saturdays at 11pm, 2pm, 5pm and on Sundays at 2pm and 4pm. Tickets, costing R120 each online or at the entrance, will allow visitors access to the two-act Moon show and the circus garden, and include a complimentary glass of bubbly for the adults and a balloon and a sweetie for the little ones on arrival. Additional activities like the popular bungee trampoline costs R40 a child (age three to 12) for five minutes, and face painting costs R30. Book at www.thegrifizzibrothers.com and for group bookings and special package deals, call the Box Office on 071 400 2250.