Pablo Fanque and the Victorian Circus
Pablo Fanque and the Victorian Circus:A Romance of Real Life, is Poppyland's contribution to Circus250, the celebration of 250 years of Circus as a performance art taking place in 2018.
It is the story of Norwich born Pablo Fanque - or William Darby, to use his birth name. The first African British circus proprietor, his circus became one of the best known and loved of the Victorian period.
Pablo Fanque's connection with the Beatles song, Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite, found on the Sergeant Pepper album published some fifty years ago, provides a very real nostalgic link for a generation which began to cast off previous assumptions about race, class, and notions of history.