Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls ... the Dasilva Marionette Circus Troupe are coming to the Courtyard!

Be amazed by aerial acrobatics on the flying trapeze, spectacular cycling stunts, trampolining ups and downs, and laugh at the antics of the cheeky clowns, one of whom takes the joke that bit too far - with disastrous consequences!

The DaSilva Marionette Circus Troupe has been delighting audiences of all ages, around the world, for almost half a century. Each of the one third life-size marionettes has been individually crafted to perform its own feat of dazzling dexterity, on the big top stage.

This traditional family show has been brought right up to date with all the thrills and spills of a real-life circus. Originally constructed by Ray and Joan DaSilva, founders of Norwich Puppet Theatre, the show has been resurrected by their son Nik Palmer, an award winning puppeteer, and Sarah Rowland-Barker, former circus performer with Snapdragon and No Fit State Circus.

This 45 minute show uses no less than 18 beautifully crafted trick marionettes and integrates the puppeteers into the circus performance, creating a buoyant and memorable piece of theatre for all ages.

The Dasilva Marionette Circus Troup will be part of Courtyard Family Saturdays and families are invited to take part in a free pre-show activity from 10.30am to make your own juggling balls.

Courtyard Family Saturdays are supported by Hereford Cathedral School.

The Dasilva Marionette Circus Troupe will be at The Courtyard on Saturday, September 29 at 11am. To book, call the box office on 01432 340555 or visit