Circus Sat 21 October 2023 - Sun 22 Oct 2023



"The sheer level of talent and ingenuity displayed by the cast brings us to our feet."

StageTalk Magazine

"Charming, frightening, mesmerising and heartbreaking – my favourite show of the year"

Bristol 24/7

A groundbreaking circus adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles from Ockham's Razor, “Britain’s most innovative aerial theatre group” (Total Theatre).

An ensemble of performers weave together Hardy’s words and the extreme physicality of circus to tell this tale of power, loss and endurance.

Against a backdrop of shifting projections the cast wield wooden planks, climb shifting walls and move through ropes and swathes of linen to evoke the vast landscapes and interior worlds of Hardy’s Wessex.

It is a story which still has extraordinary relevance for our times in its incredibly nuanced evocation of female relationships, sexual desire, consent, privilege and poverty.

This retelling captures the beauty, heartbreak and yearning of the novel and draws upon the incredible strength of the circus body to create a Tess as heroic as Hardy intended.


Sat 21 October 2023 - Sun 22 Oct 2023


Main House




140 minutes

Intermission Duration

20 minutes

Age guidance


Behind the scenes

Dive into the rehearsal room and look behind-the-scenes at the incredible performers in action as they combine acrobatics, aerial and physical theatre in TESS.

Post show talk

Join us after the show on Sat 21 October for a post-show talk with members of Ockham's Razor.

Season Deal

Book multiple shows in our season and save!

Book 2 shows in the season and get 15% off!*

Book 3 shows in the season and get 20% off!*

Book 5 shows in the season and get 25% off!*

Click here to see the full list of shows included in our season deal

*T&C's - Available on select shows only. Shows must be booked at the same time. Discount will automatically be applied. This offer is not available in retrospect.

Creative Team

Adapted and Directed by Alex Harvey and Charlotte Mooney - Ockham’s Razor

Produced by Alison King – Turtle Key Arts

Choreography: Nathan Johnston

Composition, Sound Design and Production: Holly Khan

Design & Equipment Concept: Ockham’s Razor in association with Tina Bicât

Set and Costume Design: Tina Bicât

Lighting Design: Aideen Malone

Projection Design: Daniel Denton

Script Advisor: Anne-Marie Casey

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