Carr, Emily (2019) An exploratory analysis and creative interpretation of female performers in the traditional travelling circus. Masters thesis, University of Huddersfield.

This thesis explores the history of the modern circus, with a particular focus on discussing hidden female performers from traditional travelling circuses. Through conducting interviews and archival research, the information on the lives of the female performers in the circus separates into three areas: performance, gender, and lifestyle. These three areas create topics for the creative interpretation section of this project, forming a five-track EP, Our Circus, of original songs. By using the art form of music to celebrate the art of the female circus performer, a voice is given to those whose stories have not been heard as loudly as their opposite sex in modern circus history. This practice-based research allows information to reach both the academy and public domain, showing that creative research enhances social science research whilst projecting the stories of incredible women in the arts through music, creating a connection and awareness beyond academic fields and to the wider public.

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