Press Release June 2022
‘FROM WAR TORN UKRAINE TO A CIRCUS RING IN BAKEWELL’
Circus Cortex has the largest percentage of Ukrainian cast members of any Circus in the UK, 16 in total, all of which have been successfully brought to the UK under the 'Homes for Ukraine scheme. They all would like a chance to share their story.
Each and every one of them has spent the last 3 months hiding from Russian forces, seeking shelter from bombs going off, going days without proper food or sleep and walking through the night in the hope that they could reach safety.
We are a very unique circus. We would love an opportunity to share our story
‘BEHIND THE SMILES’
Circus artiste ‘Tetiana Lotiuk’ was caught in Kharkov when the war broke out. Separated from friends and family for nearly 3 months, she left the bombings and travelled for days going without sleep and food to reach the safety of Circus Cortex.
"I decided that I could be killed on the first day of the war, I accepted it. it can happen I just accepted it, like I was living everyday just hoping to wake up tomorrow"
Speaking of her home country Tetiana said, " it's quite hard to go on stage and to have a big happy smile and entertain people because my mind is of those in Ukraine and so is my heart "
‘IT VERY NEARLY DIDN’T HAPPEN’
Due to restart back up this April, everything had to be put on hold when Irina (owner& director) awoke in late February to the news the world was dreading. Russia had invaded Ukraine. The cast had contacted Irina as soon as troops set foot, recounting the sounds of the missiles exploding and indeed of how very scared they all were.
From that moment on,
Irina made it her mission to get as many acts and their families on the move and bring them safely to the UK, with 80% of the cast being Ukrainian this would be no mean feat.
‘CIRCUS CORTEX STANDS WITH UKRAINE’
Circus Cortex has beaten the odds and we are thankful that we have managed to put together a wonderful cast and crew in such a difficult time.
IRINA ARCHER | Director/Owner & Producer Circus CORTEX
Tel: 07967 178785
PAUL ARCHER | Director & General Manager
Tel: 07494 255579
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SUNDAY MIRROR 12/06/2022
THE DERBY TELEGRAPH 05/06/22
THE YORKSHIRE POST 01/06/22
THE STAR 30/05/22
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THE EXAMINER 25/04/22
BBC NEWS 11/04/22