Four-year-old tightrope walker performs in Attleborough
A talented little circus performer, thought to be one of the youngest in the world to scale a high wire, will be charming crowds in Attleborough.
For three years, Tyanna Fidelia-Christian has been honing her comic skills as a clown and rope spinner, but most recently has taken on her first high wire performance which sees her balancing on the shoulders of aerialist Simon Deville as he takes on a tense tightrope walk.
The brave four-year-old has pledged to complete the impressive stunt by herself for next year's season.
Crowds will be able to see her perform at Tyanna Circus – the circus which was bought for her to celebrate her first birthday – when the big top opens its doors on Attleborough recreation ground from tomorrow until Sunday.
Mum Claire Fidelia, who has previously lived in Diss, said: 'She is a four-year-old going on 14. She absolutely loves it. She is a performer.
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'People come here year on year to see what she's doing, and how she has changed and grown.
'We think she is the youngest tightrope artist in the country, if not the world.'
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The family-run circus, which is owned by Claire and her husband, Todd Christian, is based in Kent during the winter months, but hits the road throughout the summer.
Performing runs in the family's blood as Todd's late father, Chris Christian, was a prominent circus performer and will be familiar to many for playing the ringmaster in the 1960 horror film Circus of Horrors.
The couple decided to set up their own touring company three years ago and named it in honour of Tyanna.
The traditional circus incorporates acts such as clowns and aerial performers, but also travels with a menagerie of animals including ducks, goats and dogs.
From the beginning, Tyanna was asked how she would like to be involved in the performances and has ever since been practising and adding to her skills.
'People love watching her. You see people sit there not smiling throughout the show, and then they see Ty and you get beaming smiles. She has got that wow factor,' said Claire.
The performance bug has also passed onto her little brother, Laken, who will turn two next month and has become her understudy.
Claire added: 'Parents can be quite pushy with their kids, but we've only ever encouraged them. We would never push her into doing anything.'
Tyanna will attend full-time school in Kent when the circus returns at the end of the year, but will receive home schooling while the family is on tour.
Following the shows at Attleborough, Circus Tyanna will move onto Fair Green, in Diss, from September 19 to 22. Tickets can be bought from the box office next to the big top or by calling 07536102964.