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.

This cross between contemporary theatre and circus explores the idea of sometimes not quite making it, about knowing when to give up and stop pushing yourself and when to go on. It is about the pain behind perfection, the hidden bruises of the mind and body. It asks whether it might sometimes be better and more interesting to be flawed rather than flawless.

A show for anyone who has tried, failed and failed better.


Praise for No Show

★★★★ 'This is circus under deconstruction- informative, entertaining and enormously likeable' – The Times

★★★★ ‘An all female company of circus artists play cleverly with the innovation of spectacle and its denial in the fascinating No Show’ – The Stage

★★★★ ‘To see young women making the circus they want, on their own terms, is a wonderful thing’ – The List

★★★★ ‘It is a generously funny, ultimately moving display of grit, determination and athletic prowess’ – The Herald

Presented in association with The Roundhouse

Supported by Creative Scotland and Platform

With thanks to NTS and Aerial Edge

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