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Show proves too hot for comfort

PUBLISHED: 12:35 23 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:53 03 March 2010

MORE than 600 people were turned away from the Circus of Horrors show in Ipswich because it involved too much fire.

The shocker circus event arrived in town earlier yesterday to set up the stage but not long before curtain-up, officials pulled the plug because it posed too much danger.

MORE than 600 people were turned away from the Circus of Horrors show in Ipswich because it involved too much fire.

The shocker circus event arrived in town earlier yesterday to set up the stage but not long before curtain-up, officials pulled the plug because it posed too much danger.

It was the first time in the theatre's history that staff had been forced to send visitors away on the night of a show because of safety issues.

After a few demonstrations were carried out before Regent officials it was finally decided the show did not meet the venue's fire regulations and it was called off.

"It was considered that the show contained too much live fire and flammable liquids so it could not go on as it went against our theatre public entertainment licence," said Hazel Clover, operational manager of the Regent.

"We tried to address the problem as much as we could but the safety of our staff and visiting customers is the paramount issue.

"Everybody was disappointed and it's not a nice situation to be in but everybody is aware that safety is our prime directive."

She said just over 600 people had bought tickets for the unusual event, which sees its stars perform seemingly impossible tricks, including squashing up their bodies to fit in a glass jar.

Although technical details regarding each visiting show are forwarded to the theatre, Ms Clover said it was sometimes difficult to know what is involved until it is set up on stage. She added that no one from the theatre or the travelling company was to blame for the incident.

"Anything that is put on a stage is potentially hazardous but our record is excellent and because of that fact we want to maintain it.

"It is the first time in the Regent's history that this has happened, but on this occasion it was agreed by all that the size of show against the size of the theatre and the amount of flames and fire was of concern," she said.

"Hopefully it will never happen again and it hasn't happened before."

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