High Wycombe singer to play a "pickled person"

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A HIGH Wycombe born singer is making an appearance in a show at The Swan in a glass bottle.

Zoë Olivia Ellis is starring in the Circus of Horrors as a pickled person. The 25-year-old has to squeeze into a small glass bottle as part of the infamous show.

Zoë, who studied musical theatre at Jackie Palmer Stage School, saw an advert looking for a female singer to join the Circus of Horrors and thought it was quite strange after reading the small print to see ‘the applicant must be flexible, not claustrophobic and be able to fit into a space of 18’’ x 24’’ '.

Zoë, who was born at Wycombe Hospital nevertheless applied for the job and was delighted when she was offered the part of Pandemonia.

Her delight turned to terror though when she found out that the job not only entailed singing but also squeezing into a tiny bottle.

She said: "I had read the claustrophobia clause in the job description but I thought I may have to go into a illusion, I had no idea I would be the new pickled person".

The Circus of Horrors stormed into London’s West End for an eight week run in The Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue ahead of its 100 venue tour of the UK- a tour that will include a return to High Wycombe, on the very stage where she performed Swan Lake with the National Youth Ballet.

The show started at the 1995 Glastonbury Festival and became an instant hit, touring all over the world.

The latest incarnation London after Midnight is inspired by the film of the same name. Set in plague ridden London and climaxing with the Great Fire of 1666.

The story twists and turns with grisly murders and sensational shocks - all interwoven with some of the greatest and most bizarre circus acts on earth, sword swallowers, knife throwers and daredevil balancing acts.

The Circus of Horrors is at the Wycombe Swan on January 16 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £16 to £25. To book call 01494 512000 or go to www.wycombeswan.co.uk.

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