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A Song at the Circus

A song about the circus for children's TV

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Frieda Morrison, playing guitar and singing a song about the circus, sitting on the edge of the circus ring as the Robert Brothers Circus troop perform in the background.

Questions & Activities


  • What kinds of acts would you expect to see at the circus?
  • What different circus skills can you see in the clip?
  • Do you know any other songs about the circus?
  • Can you name any other famous circus acts?


Create your own song or poem about the circus.

Create your own circus show and design the poster. Think about the various acts you will have.

Take out the soundtrack and replace the images with different (perhaps negative) perspectives of the circus.

Compare with other representations of the circus (art work, Angela Carter stories, Dumbo).

Research why the circus is less popular than it used to be (especially ethical issues and animal rights). How have circuses adapted to this and what different kinds of acts might you expect to see today?

What makes the song so 'catchy' (look at chord structures, bass lines, key changes).

Research the Robert Brothers Circus and write an essay or illustrated presentation with your findings.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-377-C
Resource Rights Holder Courtesy of Grampian Television
Project Ref N0166
Date 1978
Genre TV Entertainment, Childrens Entertainment
School Subject Media Studies, Music, English, Modern Studies
Who Frieda Morrison (presenter)
Where Scotland
Event Music
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 2:32
Film Length 02:32