No Show

  • Winner of a Herald Angel Award

    Nominated for a Total Theatre award for Circus

    4 Stars- The Times- ‘this is circus under deconstruction- informative, entertaining and enormously likeable’

     4 Stars- The Stage- ‘an all female company of circus artists play cleverly with the innovation of spectacle and its denial in the fascinating No Show

     4 Stars- The List- ‘to see young women making the circus they want, on their own terms, is a wonderful thing’ 

    4 Stars The Herald- ‘it is a generously funny, ultimately moving display of grit, determination and athletic prowess’



    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.


  • Created and directed by Ellie Dubois
    Devised and performed by Francesca Hyde, Kate McWilliam, Lisa Chudalla, Michelle Ross, Camille Toyer and Alice Gilmartin
    Produced by Nicola Lawton
    Lighting by Chris Hoyle(Platform, Summerhall and Rounndhouse) and Michaella Fee (tour and Soho)
    Costumes by Jennie Loof
    Sound Design by Kim Moore
    Supported by Creative Scotland, Arts Council England, The Roundhouse and Platform
    With thanks to NTS and Aerial Edge


    No Show- Rehearsal Video from Ellie Dubois on Vimeo.