Central is a dancer performing as Tess of the d'Urbervilles in the Ockham's Razor prodcution Tess. Very fluid movement, her long skirt is twirling, as is her long dark hair. In the background are several dancers in similar dresses, most of them in a handstand and legs in a split position in the air.
Image by Kie Cummings
Central is a dancer performing as Tess of the d'Urbervilles in the Ockham's Razor prodcution Tess. Very fluid movement, her long skirt is twirling, as is her long dark hair. In the background are several dancers in similar dresses, most of them in a handstand and legs in a split position in the air.
Image by Kie Cummings
Central is a dancer performing as Tess of the d'Urbervilles in the Ockham's Razor prodcution Tess. Very fluid movement, her long skirt is twirling, as is her long dark hair. In the background are several dancers in similar dresses, most of them in a handstand and legs in a split position in the air.
Image by Kie Cummings
Tess production photo: four performers twirl in full-skirted white dresses, bathed in an orange glow; on the wall behind them, a red fire is projected.
Photo by Kie Cummings
Tess production photo: a performer in a full-skirted, pale linen dress struggles to carry 4 huge planks of wood on her shoulders; in the background, three other woman, similarly dressed, look on.
Photo by Kie Cummings
Tess production photo: a performer in a white, full-skirted dress with long, dark hair sits astride a horse made from cloth and looks at a swirling blue galaxy, projected above her.
Photo by Kie Cummings
Tess production photo: three performers dressed in similar, pale, linen dresses hug one another from behind; they are bathed in a warm glow.
Photo by Kie Cummings
Tess production photo: two performers bend over backwards to smile into one another's eyes; other performers lounge in a sparse wooden frame behind them.
Photo by Kie Cummings
Tess production photo: 4 performers dressed in simple linen outfits stack on top of one another in an towering piggy-back; all are grinning, apart from the performer at the base, who is grimacing.
Photo by Kie Cummings

Ockham's Razor present

Tess

  • Show Information
  • Company

Tess is a ground-breaking adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

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 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.

“There’s something magical about Ockham’s Razor”
Evening Standard

“Physically thrilling”
The Sunday Times

“Beautifully human”
The Times


Commissioned by London International Mime Festival and The Lowry, Salford.

Funded by Arts Council England, The Foyle Foundation, PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund for Organisations, Garrick Charitable Trust and Royal Victoria Hall Foundation.

Supported by artsdepot, Shoreditch Town Hall, National Centre for Circus Arts, Bristol Circus City and MimeLondon.


Find out more from the creative directors at Ockham’s Razor about why they chose Tess by visiting our Greenroom page.

Ockham’s Razor

Ockham’s Razor is an award-winning circus theatre company at the forefront of the movement re-defining circus. They consistently produce ground-breaking, artistically excellent work. Since their foundation in 2004, Ockham’s Razor have created, to critical and public acclaim, a distinct style of performance which draws upon the relationships, emotions, and images of circus to create innovative theatre with coherent narratives and moving stories. Since 2008 Ockham’s Razor have been supported by Turtle Key Arts in production, financial management, marketing and administration.

Turtle Key Arts

Turtle Key Arts is a performance arts production company, a registered charity which produces, manages and devises performance arts projects with a particular emphasis on original and ground-breaking work. Ockham’s Razor and Turtle Key Arts have mounted numerous hugely successful national and international tours and have a strong track record in delivering new productions to sell out audiences.

Macadie Amoroso – Performer

Joshua Frazer – Performer

Lauren Jamieson – Performer

Lila Naruse – Performer

Victoria Skillen – Performer

Leah Wallings – Performer

Nat Whittingham – Performer

Alex Harvey – Co-Director & Co-Adaptor (Ockham’s Razor)

Charlotte Mooney – Co-Director & Co-Adaptor (Ockham’s Razor)

Alison King – Producing (Turtle Key Arts)

Nathan Johnston – Choreography

Holly Khan – Composition, Sound Design & Production

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

Tina Bicât – Set & Costume Design

Aideen Malone – Lighting Design

Daniel Denton – Projection Design

Anne-Marie Casey – Script Advisor

Age Guidance: 12+

You may also like:

The Mousetrap promo image. Eight characters stand in a triangle formation, looking intently at the camera. A moustachioed man with crossed arms and a deeply-furrowed brow. A woman with slicked-back hair and a masculine suit, hands tucked behind her back. A woman in a peacock blue shirt-dress with her hands on her hips. A suited young man gesturing with a pen and holding a notebook. A man in a black felt hat looking concerned. A man in a silk cravat with a raised eyebrow. A man in a colourful knitted vest and bowtie, hands in pockets. A severe-looking woman in a beige overcoat pursing her lips.
The Mousetrap – 70th Anniversary Tour
Tue 16 Apr 2024 - Sat 20 Apr 2024
Exeter Northcott Theatre
Northcott Theatre
Take a look Book tickets
Dracula in Space promo image. A downward-facing photo of a string quartet lying on a white floor on their backs with their heads and shoulders in view. All are wearing white turtlenecks and holding their instruments. All but one have their eyes closed. The other is looking at the camera through the side of their eyes with a trace of a sly smile on their pierced lips.
Bowjangles in Dracula in Space
Fri 19 Apr 2024
Barnfield Theatre
Take a look Book tickets
Post Office Scandal: The Inside Story artwork. White text on a red background overlaid with images of people protesting and binary numbers reads: (top to bottom) Following the BBC Radio 4 Series and now a major ITV drama. Post Office Scandal: The Inside Story. A Unique and comprehensive insight into the most widespread miscarriage of justice in British legal history. “An Extraordinary journalistic expose of a huge miscarriage of justice.” Ian Hislop, Editor, Private Eye. With ITV drama consultant, investigative journalist and broadcast Nick Wallis. Based on his best-selling book ‘The Great Post Office Scandal’. Following three panoramas and a Private Eye special report.’ On the bottom left-hand side of the artwork, the cover of the book ‘The Great Post Office Scandal’. On the bottom right-hand side of the artwork, a headshot photo of journalist Nick Wallis.
Post Office Scandal: The Inside Story
Sat 20 Apr 2024
Barnfield Theatre
Take a look Book tickets

Adopt
a seat

Adopt your very own seat at the Exeter Northcott and help secure a bright future for the theatre.

Find out more