Since Dea Birkett was a child, she was fascinated by the
circus. She loves the way in which it can transform a sodden
field, so that it becomes, overnight, a world of wonder
full of strange beasts and exotic performers.
As an adult, Dea ran away to join the circus, working
as an elephant girl. Just as the circus can transform a
sodden field, so it can transform the people working in
it. Instead of a mum from the south of England, Dea became
Princess Dea, the elephant girl, bedecked in feathers,
a gold sequinned G-string, and little else.
Circus Days, Circus Nights
written and presented by Dea
Birkett, was broadcast at 11.35pm, February 9, 1999 on
A Night At The Circus, with a showing of the
film, a debate and live circus acts was held at London's
ICA at 7pm on February 20, 1999.