IMAGINE growing up surrounded by clowns, acrobats, animals and the shimmering lights of the circus scene.
You’d “follow the sun” around the nation year in and year out and perform for thousands of adoring fans.
This is what life was like growing up for fifth-generation circus performer Shane Lennon, and now with his young son following in his footsteps, he’s brought a new show to Tamworth for local fans.
Two-and-a-half-year-old Hudson is the inspiration for Hudson’s Circus, which has set up camp in the city for the next two weeks.
He joins a cast of experienced acrobats, tightrope walkers, clowns and animals in a show which Mr Lennon describes as “a traditional circus with a twist”.
“We’re a brand new show, “Mr Lennon told The Leader.
“We have a lot of contemporary -style artists and very well-trained animals that are combined to make a cutting-edge type of traditional circus.”
The circus made its mark on the city by performing its first show last night.
Highlights included an act involving four camels, two llamas and two buffalo performing together, along with tightrope performer Ashley Brophy, who worked his magic on the crowd.
Little Hudson also entertained the audience at half-time, and his dad says his son is a born entertainer.
“He loves it, absolutely adores it and won’t miss a show,” Mr Lennon said.
“When he hears the music playing one hour before the show, he’s into it and wants his outfit on.
“Because he’s so young and so cute, he has a real knack of getting the crowd in his hand. He’s got the performer in him, and to see how keen he is every time is great.”
As for life in a travelling circus, Mr Lennon says there’s never a dull moment.
“Circus is 22 hours of hard work for every two hours of glamour,” Mr Lennon said.
“Everyone sees the glamour but there’s certainly a lot of hard work in it.
“But we love presenting the show.”
Hudson’s Circus will perform shows tonight, tomorrow and Saturday from 7pm.
They’ll also perform a 2pm show on Saturday and a 10.30am show on Sunday.