WE ARE AN AERIAL THEATRE COMPANY WHO COMBINE CIRCUS AND VISUAL THEATRE TO MAKE WORK THAT IS ARRESTING AND ENTERTAINING. WE SPECIALISE IN CREATING PHYSICAL THEATRE ON ORIGINAL PIECES OF AERIAL EQUIPMENT AND CREATE STORIES FROM THE VULNERABILITY, TRUST AND RELIANCE THAT EXIST BETWEEN PEOPLE IN THE AIR.
Rather than paint the circus performer as a superhuman character capable of impressive feats we make work that draws on the human and the real, where the characters go through recognisable experiences, emotions and conflicts which the audience can identify with and relate to. Our shows are exciting and moving and we feel that we’ve achieved our aims when members of the audience have said to us “I wanted to come on stage and do it with you”.
The Company was formed in 2004. We all met while studying at Circomedia, Academy of Circus Arts and Physical Performance in Bristol. In spring 2006, Turtle Key Arts became our producers.
“Ockham's Razor is a hugely promising young aerial company who don't just have superb circus skills, but also highly creative brains.” - The Guardian
We were the first British company to be funded by Jeunes Talents Cirque (now circus next). In 2007 we premiered our first full evening programme at the London International Mime Festival, to sell-out audiences.
Since then we have performed in theatres and festivals throughout the U.K, Europe and Australia and have established a reputation for innovative, arresting, accessible performances.
The name Ockham’s Razor comes from a logical principle attributed to the medieval philosopher William of Ockham. It states that between two plausible theories, the simpler is preferable. It is called a razor because it cuts out unnecessary elements. As a company we work with this simple approach.
Ockham’s Razor are Company in residency at artsdepot and an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.
Head of Rigging/Equipment
Alex studied singing and fine art at university before training at Circomedia, the academy of circus and physical theatre in Bristol. In 2004 he started Ockham’s Razor and has performed in, devised and co-directed their shows which have won awards, received critical acclaim and reached audiences around the world.
He has also performed with Improbable, the English National Opera, the Metropolitan Opera New York, the National Theatre, Rosemary Lee, Amici Dance Theatre, Oily Cart and Theatre Rites. Alex is also a consultant for equipment design and creative rigging and works with companies to help them develop and realise their ideas for new shows. He is a qualified circus instructor and has run circus theatre workshops worldwide.
Head of Press/Fundraising
Charlotte initially trained as a dancer. While at Sussex University studying English Literature, she discovered a passion for visual theatre and went to Circomedia to train in aerial and physical theatre. In 2004 she started Ockham's Razor and since then has been devising, directing and performing their work. She has also performed with Improbable, Theatre Rites, Blue Eyed Soul, Roswitha Gerlitz, Amici Dance Theatre, Oily Cart, Company FZ, English National Opera and Metropolitan Opera, New York. She worked as a movement director for the Oily Cart shows Gorgeous and The Bounce and co-directed the London Youth Circus show wrap tear scrunch. Charlotte has many years' experience as a workshop leader teaching circus and physical theatre.
Artistic Director Emerita (2005- 2021)
Helen Lannaghan – Chair of the Advisory Board and Co-director of London International Mime Festival
Kate White – CEO of National Centre of Circus Arts
Dr Bim Mason – Co-Founder of Ciromedia
Pete Rowe – Artistic Director of New Theatre Wolsey, Ipswitch
Phil Mackey - Finance Systems Manager
Bertie Carvel – Actor & Director
Phelim McDermott – Co-Artistic Director of Improbable
Matilda Laser – Associate Director of Improbable
Tim Webb – Founder of Oily Cart