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Sarah - 1000 Londoners

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Sarah is the matriarch of a circus troupe. As the daughter of circus impressario, she was born and raised as part of a circus family and has now taken over the day to day running of the circus. She spent much of her childhood in London's green spaces and has recently returned to touring in the capital. 1000 LONDONERS This film is part of 1000 Londoners, a five-year digital project which aims to create a digital portrait of a city through 1000 of the people who identify themselves with it. The profile contains a 3 minute film that gives an insight into the life of the Londoner, as well as their personal photos of London and some answers to crucial questions about their views on London life. Over the course of the project we aim to reveal as many facets of the capital as possible, seeing city life from 1000 points of view. www.1000londoners.com www.youtube.com/1000londoners www.facebook.com/1000londoners Twitter @1000_londoners 1000 Londoners is produced by South London based film production company and social enterprise, Chocolate Films. The filmmakers from Chocolate Films will be both producing the films and providing opportunities to young people and community groups to make their own short documentaries, which will contribute to the 1000 films. Visit www.chocolatefilms.com Transcript: When I was small we traveled always in London. We used to stand on Shepherd's Bush. We could still stand on Tooting Bec now, Crystal Palace, Blackheath Common. So I've basically grown up in London, even though I've grown up in a circus, I've grown up in London. Well it's the same for circus people and the same for... You've either got the sawdust in your veins or you haven't and the sawdust is well and truly planted in my veins, I've always loved the circus since I was a tiny little girl. Always, even when I was small, just a toddler, there's pictures of me, in them days we still had performing animals, sitting on elephants, horses. I can't even remember learning to ride a horse, I've been able to ride all my life. Jay Cottle is my father and we're a big circus, we are a family circus, my sister's are here, my nieces my daughter, my other sister runs the ticket office, I work in the circus, my father travels with us still today even though he doesn't perform anymore, keeping us all in line. I love everything about it, I love the travelling, I love going to different places and different towns every week. Even when it's wet and muddy I can just cope with it, I love it. The troop are not from a circus, many of them. So we train them at our circus school in Wookey Hole, and then when they've finished their schooling and they're at the correct standard, they then come and join us in the show. My daughters are in the troop and my nieces are in the troop but I've got another 12 so, I have to do everything, you know, tell them to pick their costumes up. Any dramas, I have to sort it out, come and take them to the doctors, "where's the nearest supermarket? Can you take me". I'm basically the group chaperone so I get pretty lucky. 'We're your babies'. Yeah they're my babies. 'Hello!' So obviously there's no animals in the circus anymore but we've got rollerskating, bikes, wheel of death, magic, aerial silks, hula hoops. It's a full house of circus acts. Working in London now is very different, very different, I mean we've been quite surprised here at Clapham Common because this is a known circus ground. Back when traveling circuses first started, this was one of the very original grounds. When I was a younger girl, and the last time we stood here, our tent would be packed every night, and now we're only half full so I think...I think the community of London has changed and things change all the time, and yeah it is very different from when I was younger. I love being part of a circus family and I like that we stay together. If you're just a couple traveling all over the world, sometimes it's very lonely because you've got to imagine, y...