Super 8 Stories: Fossett's Circus



Ballycastle, Belfast


1950s, 1970s



07min 13sec




Super 8





BBC NI, Columb McBride, Doubleband Films

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Eddie Fossett recalls the glory days of the travelling circus with the help of two of the performers who worked in his family show and archive footage of the circus visiting Ballycastle in the 1950s and Belfast in the 1970s. This clip appeared in Series 3, Programme 1 of 'Super 8 Stories'.

Shot List

Circus vans arriving in field and images of performers. Collage of performers including clowns, acrobats and dancing dog. Interview with current circus owner holding a vintage poster from time of the footage. Cowboy and Indian act. Team of men erecting the big tent. Circus performers on van driving through Ballycastle to advertise the circus. More setting up of the tent. Queues of people arriving to get into the circus. Clowns outside the tent and a team of girl acrobats inside. Another vintage poster held up to the camera during interview. Exterior of Grove Theatre, Belfast. Various scenes of dancing girls performing in ring. Bomb damaged shop fronts and army vehicle in Belfast. Close up of Circus van. Some performers outside and more shots of queues. Clowns larking about outside the tent. Brief final shot of dancing girls.


Narrator: Maire Jones; Programme Accountant: Anne Hegarty; Production Assistant: Gillian Halliday; Camera: Michael Quinn; Sound: Paul Maynes; Music Consultants: Jim Meredith, Ralph McLean; Graphics: Alan Perry; Dubbing: One Zero Zero; Online Editor: Jonathan Fetherston; Researcher: Ben Price; Archivist: Evan Marshall; Assistant Producer: Jenny Waugh; Editor: David Gray; Executive Producers: Alex Johnston, Michael Hewitt; Producer: Diarmuid Lavery; Director: Brian Henry Martin



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