Wimbledon hair hanger spills secrets of 'shock n' roll' Circus of Horrors

Wimbledon Guardian: Hair hanger spills secrets of 'shock n' roll' Circus of Horrors Hair hanger spills secrets of 'shock n' roll' Circus of Horrors

Sword swallowers, hair hangers and demon dwarfs will descend on Wimbledon next month for an evening of "shock n’ roll".

To celebrate 18 years of the weird and wonderful The Circus of Horrors will be bringing their one off ‘London After Midnight’ show to the New Wimbledon Theatre.

Georgina Walker caught up with one of the shows leading acts, outrageously hair raising Joanna Sawicka.

Georgina Walker: Your show is debuting for one night only in January. Why did you want to join the Circus?

Joanna Sawicka: "There is something really romantic about running away with a circus and there just isn't a better circus to run away with than the Circus of Horrors.

"The plan was to only do it for one year but whilst I was taking a break from my studies but I loved it so much I stayed on and been a part of it for the last six years.

"I have also attended the Circus of horrors a few years before and thought I could really find my place between the bizarre and wonderful."

GW: What aspect of that fateful show you watched, inspired you to join the Circus of Horrors?

JS: "Circus of horrors is a real amalgamation of different acts form dislocating contortionist, demon dwarfs to some outstanding aerial performances that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat if not falling off of it laughing. "There is something for everybody here and it is a huge pleasure to be a part of it.

"There is only one Circus of Horrors and I am in it.

"To me its not just a show its a way of life and all the performers became like family to me."

GW: After touring all over the UK, how do you feel about returning to your home town, as a performer, rather than a spectator?

JS: "I am really excited to play the New Wimbledon Theatre and be able to walk to work for a change.

"Its a great venue visited by many international stars and I am happy to tread the boards on very same stage.

"I hope all the neighbours will came and support us."

GW: What made you choose hair hanging as a circus act?

JS: "Hair hanging is a very old circus act and originates in China, in fact it used to be Chinese men who used to do it.

"When I first joined the circus of horrors I was doing what I would now consider to be smaller ‘freak show’ type stunts, but we play big venues and although it all looked great up close I felt I wanted to move on to something bigger, and I find hair hanging combines the freak show and the circus perfectly.

"It is also quite unpleasant to learn therefore there isn't much competition out there.

"When I was a kid back in Poland boys used to always pull on my hair and it never bothered me so I knew I would be good at it."

GW: What secrets could you share as to how you keep your hair so strong?

JS: "I use a LOT of conditioner."

GW: You’ve currently been entered in to the Guinness Book of Records, have your achievements brought you any local fame, among family, friends or neighbours?

JS: "Being in the Guinness Book of Records was a big achievement for me.

"It is just a great feeling to know that you are the best in the world at something.

"Having said that though I am far of from being famous so I can still enjoy my quiet life in Wimbledon."

The Circus of Horrors: London After Midnight; New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon; Tuesday, January 14; 7.30pm; £19.90 to £28.90


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