The Arcola Theatre - London 

Written & Directed by John Harrigan

Cirxus was a promenade performance in Arcola's new industrial space, Studio K. Cirxus is based on fact: the German Bremen University confirmed that radioactive contamination by Americium-241 found in some soil samples taken by Greenpeace 11.5 km south of Sellafield, were 400 times higher than those taken 11 km from Chernobyl. 51 years on, the villagers of Seascale still live with the ramifications of the accident at Pile 1 of the Windscale Works Atomic Energy Factory.

“Athalia the ballerina waits in the ring for Loudon the clown to return with directions to the Black Pool, the mythic site of the Home Sweet Home, the final show of the season.⠀

Join her as she begins a bizarre and wondrous search for Loudon through the irradiated secrets of Cirxus, where she must face the macabre atomic menagerie, haunted by circus animals and navigate her way through the maze of strange, hallucinogenic sideshows to the other side of time.”

“The experience is simultaneously funny and disconcerting…making every audience member's experience unique.” Whats on Stage  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Afanc - Tereza Kamenicka
Athalia Faa - Lucy Allin
Blue Lady - Victoria Karlsson
Irina - Amy Ewbank
Jaculina Tar - Daisy Leverington
Koca - Peter McMillan
Lacertillia - Hannah Purdy
Loudon - John Harrigan
Mr. Slin - P. Emerson Williams
OhMy - Stephen McLeod
Nelly Messenger - Kylie McLean
Seamstress - Louise Lee
Venie Clancie - Claire Tregellas
Violet - Carrie Whitton
Tattipani - Tania Batzoglou

Produced by Lucy Allin
Assistant director: Victoria Karlsson
Sound designers: Victoria Karlsson, Antoine Bertin & P. Emerson Williams
Graphic Designer: P. Emerson Williams
Set Designer: Paron Mead
Set Design Assistants: Blondie Von Bengard, Charly Blackburn, Jessica Doyle, Fleur Huyghues Despointes & Juliette Jeanclaude
Props Mistress: Kylie McLean
Lighting Designer: Marec Joyce
Head Costume Designer: Johanna Elf
Costume Designers: Syban V, Katie & Caroline Collinge
Project Manager: James Elphick
Education and Development Officer: Claire Tregellas
Make-up: Charlotte Tofield & Maria Kalou
Marketing: Marie Kearney
'Atomic Tea Dance' choreographed by Stephen McLeod
Production Staff: Gianluca Summa & Jan Kamenicka

Cirxus was sponsored by:

The Movieum of London
Vivien of Holloway
Movie Storm
The Courtyard
Chisenhale Dance Space
People Show
C-12 Dance Theatre

The Atomic Tea Dance.

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