No Show - coming to Soho Theatre
Tuesday 15 January 2019
Off-West End - Shows
Following a highly successful UK tour and an award-winning run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017, Ellie Dubois' No Show plays at Soho Theatre from 22 January to 9 February.
Image courtesy Chris Hoyle
No Show joyously and heartbreakingly deconstructs superhuman circus performers and reveals what lies hidden beneath the showmanship of circus.
Putting female strength, skill and power centre stage, No Show opens with five strong, glamorous circus artists showcasing their spellbinding acrobatics and flexibility - the perfect 'show girls'.
But, after this opening number, the show starts to break down and No Show begins to unveil attempts and failures, revealing frustrations and how artists are pitted against each other.
Along the way, the audience learn of everything that could go wrong from finger crushing to concussion and shoulder dislocation in a Cyr Wheel act.
In this production, we see behind the flawless smiles and perfect execution of traditional circus performance - to see the wobbles, the pain and the real cost of aiming for perfection.
Created and directed by Ellie Dubois, No Show won a prestigious Herald Angel award at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017 and was also shortlisted for a Total Theatre & Jacksons Lane Award for Circus.
Ms Dubois said ...
"I make contemporary circus in rural Scotland, so I am delighted to be bringing No Show to Soho Theatre.
Female circus shows are not often given the opportunity to play on main stages, so we are delighted that Soho Theatre believe in us enough to put us on theirs.
At a time when sexual politics are being exposed in film, theatre and other art forms, it seems especially important that circus is also exploring and challenging its gender politics.
We made this show before the #MeToo movement, but the world has been slow to catch-up and it feels even more important and relevant than ever."
What do you expect when you go to the circus?
The greatest show on earth?
The glitzy smiles, the glitter of sequins, the drum rolls as performers who seem super human effortlessly perform death-defying acts?
No Show joyously and heartbreakingly reveals what lies hidden beneath the showmanship.
There will be desperate attempts and heroic failures, glorious achievements and bruised bodies and egos as the performers push themselves to their physical and mental limit.
See behind the flawless smiles and perfect execution of the traditional circus performance to show the wobbles, the pain, and the real cost of aiming for perfection.
A show for anyone who has tried, failed and failed better.
Author: Creator: Ellie Dubois, devised by the performers and Lisa Chudalla
Director: Ellie Dubois
Costume designer: Jennie Loof
Lighting: Michaella Fee
Sound: Kim Moore
Production: Nicola Lawton
From: Tuesday 22 January 2019
Closed: Saturday 9 February 2019
Standard: From £11
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