The endless flicker of shadows beyond the vehicle window: the identity of long night drives through the towns inhabiting the A roads of '60s Britain. Roads linking one circus site to another.
Billy Smart's young granddaughter, Christina, sits in the back seat playing a game. She picks one glowing sash in a terrace in each town centre as the circus cortege snakes through traffic lights and imagines herself looking out of each window rather than in. It's fun to fantasise of a different life when your own life is so vivd and remarkable. A life defined by the smell of sawdust, the heat of the caravan stove and the sound of the generator and the big top going up.
Step inside The House of Circus this Christmas, the fantastical home of renowned aerial artist Christina's childhood imagination. Constructed by Christina's son, visual artist Gregory Smart, and the explorethearch team, it's inspired by freshly gathered reminiscence from family members and a rich family archive of visual records.