Gosford is hosting Hudson's Circus at the Leagues Cub Field, sadly the last circus at this location. Redevelopment of the site will swallow up the precious public playground. Let's hope another location can be found so Gosford can still welcome what is always be referred to as 'the greatest show on Earth', if not, August 25th will be the last circus performance for Gosford.
Hudson's Circus offers a balance of jaw-dropping daredevils, wonderful animals, acrobats and clowns that delight the whole family. Acts from Brazil and Chile, a total of 45 people work together to bring to life thrills, laughs and unique animals on stage. Calm and collected camels, skittish llamas and regal buffalos all on the stage at the same time, a credit to their very capable trainer.
Shane Lennon is a fifth generation of circus performers in Australia. He is the big boss, sometime ring master, truck driver, fixer-upper of daily running, husband and father. He met his wife Canadian gymnast, trapeze flying wife Nancy on a blind date. They married and decided to start this wonderful traditional circus, which has proven to be a triumph. Why Hudson's? Hudson is the name of their first son of 3 children. The children have already got their sights on joining in the fun of circus life; Hudson at 5 is a remarkable member of the globe of death.
The costumes have just the right amount of glitter to dazzle the eye. The music is just the right level and well-chosen to complement the performers. Nancy shows her amazing gymnastic skill on a rope to Adele singing 'We could have had it all'.
The tent pounds to drumming as the Wheel of Death is slowly moved to centre stage. The roar of the bikes introduce the 2 daredevils as they enter the ring. Defying gravity, they spin inside the globe. Make no mistake, the riders need skill and guts for this almost impossible death-defying stunt while a very brave girl stands at the bottom of the globe. As a finale, one of the daring young men stands inside the globe as 5 year old Hudson whirls around the side of the globe. A collect 'wow' is audible from the crowd.
The first globe of death was built in a garage in South Australia in the 1930 by Herby, Frank and Stan Durkin. Known as the 'Daredevil Durkins' they travelled the show grounds of Australia until 1965. The first globe rotated as the riders spun around the globe. Today this is still one of the most thrilling acts of a circus and not often performed.