The Rony Roller travelling circus hasn’t been travelling anywhere lately amid the coronavirus outbreak, which has resulted in nationwide lockdowns in many countries around the world. The performers, ranging from clowns to acrobats, are stuck parked in an empty field on the borders of Rome with dozens of animals — including donkeys, lions and tigers.
Their last performance was on March 7 and even now, with the pandemic persisting, circus members don’t know when they’ll next be able to perform.
Circus director Rony Vassallo, 46, says: ‘It is strange for me to be with the lions in this silence, this darkness. I miss my audience. I miss them. I miss the big top, the applause.’
Meanwhile 23-year-old clown Maverik Niemen, who’s with the Romina Orfei circus which is currently parked in a field outside Naples, says: ‘The entertainment sector will be the last to reopen. I have heard rumors about December.
‘Our only hope is that they find a vaccine…’
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