7:30pm Friday 11th January 2013
By Andy Walker
GOVERNMENT legislation has forced a travelling circus preparing to tour the region to advertise one of its most bizarre roles – wolf boy or girl.
The Circus of Horrors, which reached the finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2011, had signed up Mexican Jesus ‘Chuy’ Acheves, who has a condition that means hair grows all over his face, to take part.
But the producers of the show have come up against a law which requires the job to be advertised in the UK on websites and through other mediums, including with Job Centre Plus.
If no British wolf boy or girl can be found, then Jesus can perform
According to the online advert, the successful candidate will earn up to £500 per week and that all applicants must be genuine – people with beards or wearing masks are unacceptable.
The advert adds: “A woman with a beard may be considered under a different job opportunity.”
Wolf boy/girl hopefuls must also have a minimum of 60,000 hairs growing on their face and, of course, a high standard of circus skills.
The Circus of Horrors is playing 57 dates across the country, including stops at the Sunderland Empire, on January 21; Darlington Civic Theatre, on January 29 and Newcastle’s Theatre Royal, on March 9 (CORR).
Dr Haze, the show’s creator, said: “It is a strange state of affairs, we are pretty sure there are not any Wolf Boys or Girls in the UK, but we still have to advertise the job over here.
“The thing is, the applicant must be a genuine Wolf person.”
A UK Border Agency spokeswoman said: “This government is determined to control immigration while remaining open to the brightest and the best.
"All UK-based employers who wish to obtain a sponsor licence have to adhere to the rules set out in the application process.”
Mr Acheves, who arrived in the UK last year and was thought to be the first Wolf person to visit the country in 30 years, has a rare condition called Hyper Trichosis.
People with the condition, which has been informally called Werewolf Syndrome, have a particularly high level of body hair.
It is understood he will play a part in the show if no suitable applicants come through the recruitment process Producers promise audience members a whirlwind journey through 1927 Berlin and the roaring twenties.
It features bizarre circus acts from around the world, including sword swallowers, demon dwarves and voodoo acrobats.
The job advert can be viewed by visiting direct.gov.uk and searching for ‘wolf boy’.
For more information and tour dates, visit circusofhorrors.co.uk
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