A circus troupe is surviving on savings and the kindness of strangers while they’re stranded in a paddock in Melbourne’s outer east, six months after their last performance.
Circus folk are hardy by nature but Circus Royale owner and ringmaster Damian Syred said the COVID-19-imposed hiatus has been the toughest period he has seen in 19 years in the business.
The circus’s last performance was on March 15, on the corner of Dorset and Canterbury roads in Bayswater.
And thanks to COVID-19 restrictions, 33 of its staff, including 22 foreigners, have been stuck there ever since, unable to go home. Just two staff are receiving JobKeeper benefits…
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