Following a highly successful UK tour and an award-winning run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017, Ellie Dubois’ No Show now transfers to Soho Theatre. Putting female strength, skill and power centre stage, No Show joyously and heartbreakingly deconstructs superhuman circus performers and reveals what lies hidden beneath the showmanship of circus.
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. 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 are allowed the opportunity to 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. This is a show for anyone who has tried, failed and failed better.
Ellie Dubois comments, 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.
A generously funny, ultimately moving display of grit, determination and athletic prowess by five feisty women whose talents, insecurities and valiant spirit are well understood by Dubois because she shares in them herself (★★★★ The Herald).
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.
Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE
Tuesday 22nd January – Saturday 9th February 2019
Press Night: Thursday 24th January, 7pm
Box Office Tickets are available from www.sohotheatre.com or 020 7478 0100 priced from £11.
How to get there Soho Theatre is located on Dean Street. The nearest underground stations are Tottenham Court Road (on the Central and Northern lines), Oxford Circus Street (on the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria line) and Leicester Square (on the Northern and Piccadilly lines). The nearest rail station is Charing Cross.
Running time 65 minutes
Creator/Director Ellie Dubois
Devisors/Performers Francesca Hyde
Costume Designer Jennie Loof
Lighting Designer Michaella Fee
Sound Designer Kim Moore
Producer Nicola Lawton