Circus brings traditional fun to town

From left: Dante Ashton, Rikki Ashton and Colt Bullen with dogs, Badger, Tasha and Makena and horse, Trojan, in Butler. Picture: Emma Reeves d406783
From left: Dante Ashton, Rikki Ashton and Colt Bullen with dogs, Badger, Tasha and Makena and horse, Trojan, in Butler. Picture: Emma Reeves d406783

Trucks carrying the traditional stars of Circus Joseph Ashton and their equipment rolled up Connolly Drive on Monday, coming to a stop on vacant land on the corner with Lukin Drive.

The big top will fill for the first performance this Friday, August 30, with several afternoon and evening shows scheduled until mid-September.

Joseph Ashton said the circus would team up with developer Satterley Property Group to treat members of the North Side Grandparents Support Group and the grandchildren they raise to a show on September 6.

‘When we set up the big top, we’re becoming part of the community, even if it is only for a short time,’ he said

‘It’s wonderful to be able to give back.’

Pre-performance demonstrations will include Mr Ashton and his niece, 12-year-old flyer Dante Ashton, reviving an old family tradition of trick-riding, and animal trainer Zelie Bullen showing her training methods with dogs, Belle the Shetland pony and Merlin the Baby Mule.

‘Feats of derring-do on horseback are the foundation of the modern circus,’ Mr Ashton said.

‘I am absolutely thrilled to be bringing classic circus acts such as these back into the circus ring.’

The Ashton brothers’ will entice laughter from the audience during their knockabout routine, Jordan Ashton will spin through his legendary triple somersault on the flying trapeze and Mr Ashton will perform the forward somersault on the outside of the Wheel of Death.

This series of shows will be the first time the circus sets up camp north of Joondalup.