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  Circus Days,
Circus Nights

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 Channel 4.

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.

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