Meet The Team
Russ has followed in the footsteps of his father who performed as Clown Ki-Ko with Walker the Dog appearing on Billy Smarts Circus in the 1940’s – 50’s. Russ, a former Royal Marine has been an entertainer virtually all of his life. He started work in Children’s theatre, then worked in shopping centres, at children’s parties & performing street theatre. He has also worked in comedy bands, dance troupes, at Butlins & Warner Haven Holiday Camps and for Santus & Zippos Circuses
The recipient of two prestigious International Clown Awards, Happy was chosen to be one of the clowns in the Johnny Vaughan Show: ‘Clowns Across the Pennines’ which launched BBC3 in 2003. He has also appeared with Ainsly Harriott on ‘Celebrity Ready Steady Cook’. Radio Berkshire has travelled with Happy’s Circus & transmitted live broadcasts behind the scenes & during the show. When schools close for the summer holidays, Happy’s Circus has performed at numerous summer venues including Brean in Somerset, Charmouth & West Bay in Dorset, Burley in the New Forest & on Bournemouth Pier amongst many other theatres across the UK. For several years, at Christmas Happy’s circus introduced Santa’s Circus which performed to audiences at Washington, West Sussex & Eastleigh in Hampshire.
This in turn has led to performances as Dame in several pantomimes across the UK. But nothing has surpassed Russ’s proudest memory when he was invited to the Queen’s Garden Party in 2012 at Buckingham Palace. Russ is a member of Equity, The Association of Independent Showman & The European Circus Association. He is honoured to be treasurer of the Association of Circus Proprietors of Great Britain, a role which keeps him very busy.
He is passionate about the survival of Circus as family entertainment & was at the forefront of the campaign to ‘Save the Circus’, fighting & winning a better deal for circuses under new Entertainment Licensing Laws.
2018 marks the anniversary of 250 years since the creation of Circus, as we know it by Philip Astley. Particularly in this prestigious year, Russ was pleased to be invited to attend a Parliamentary Reception @ the Houses of Parliament which gave him the opportunity to talk to MPs about the future of Circus in the UK.
TECHNICAL & CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Pip began his career at the age of two and has progressed from performing as Billybang the clown, a young Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars & a comedy hypnotist, among many other characters. He has appeared on “Kids say the funniest things” & starred as Puck in “A Midsummer night’s dream”
He was honored with an award in 2001 in recognition of his contribution as a professional junior circus artist & he also won the Junior International Clowns Award for 2003. Pip is now a multi skilled accomplished performer & musician whose repertoire extends to comedic pantomime roles & guest appearances on other Circuses. Pip is Artistic & Technical Director of Happy’s Circus. He has also contributed to both writing, directing & performing at the Easter and Halloween shows at the Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth.
In 2013 & 2014 Pip starred at the Hippodrome Circus Christmas Spectacular alongside Jack Jay, undertaking the role of lead comic to rave reviews. 2016 was highlighted by Pip staring at “Zippos Circus Winder Wonderland Christmas Spectacular” in London’s Hyde Park.
Pip has forged a brilliant comedy partnership with Ringmaster Ross. Their collaboration produces high energy, impulsive and tremendously funny original routines. Pip is always up to mischief and Ross just wants things to go to plan!
Pat is married to Mr Happy and began her career in Circus in 2012 and joined Happy’s Circus full time in April 2016.
She has several roles. As General Manager, she has overall responsibility for the operational side of the company. She is also Director of Promotions with responsibility for Marketing, Advertising and Promotions. She also co-ordinates Corporate engagements including the bookings for Festivals, Family Fun Days, Scout Events, Circus Weekends, Garden Centres, Holiday Parks, Weddings, Christmas engagements and Charities.
During the Circus Season, Pat also tours with the Blue Unit in the roles of Mrs Happy, Front of House Manager, Client Liaison and Merchandising Manager.
Pat is passionate about the future of Circus in the UK and the world. She is a firm supporter of the fight to recognise the culture of circus in the UK as part of UNESCO. UNESCO has to date only recognised three European countries (Hungary, Finland and the Netherlands), where Circus is perceived as being an important part of their culture. It is going to be a long battle which is disappointing since Circus as the world knows it today, originated in the UK.
DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS
Angie started working for Happy’s Circus in November 2009 learning the “ropes” & taking over as Office Manager in February 2010.
Angie’s office based work started with an energy company doing data input & introducing an organised filing system for the company to implement.
Angie then went on to work for an IT training company, as the Managing Director’s Personal Assistant organising training days for corporate businesses & gaining qualification in Credit management, First Aid, Microsoft Office, Sales techniques & as a fire warden.
Angie runs an efficient well organised office,providing marketing, support & most importantly the continuity of excellent customer care and service. In 2011 whilst working for Happy’s Circus, she gained her NVQ2 qualification in Customer Service.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS
Stephanie is 3rd generation Circus. Her career started at the tender age of 2 appearing with her Dad (Russ Randelle) in mini Circus shows with her acrobalance routine, she then went on to further her skills as a rolling globe walker and roman ladder balancer at the age of ten.
At the age of 18 Stephanie attended Circus school learning various aerial skills including aerial hexagon and Spanish webb. She completed the course gaining an award for best traditional act.
She has become one of the top aerialists in the UK with her aerial silk routine and performed mainly with Happy’s Circus but also with Circus Wonderland, Circus of Horrors, John Lawson’s Circus, J Millers Circus and Circus Rambo in India to name just a few.
In 2016 Stephanie joined Angie & Tinc in the office, bringing with her years of experience from working on Happy’s Circus touring show & meeting many of our clients face to face.