Ockham’s Razor take our trademark of creating exciting and touching physical theatre on new pieces of circus equipment to the streets.

For our first ever production specifically for the outdoors the creative team designed a giant half-circular see-saw structure. Choreographed on and around this multifaceted set the show features Ockham’s Razor’s signature blend of circus skills, humour and breath taking moments of risk.

The performers, like surfers on a wild sea, ride the giant semi-circular see-saw made of wood and steel which creaks and groans as it transforms from a catapult, a gently rocking cradle, a tunnel, a slide - creating an ever changing land and soundscape.

The concept of the belly of the whale is found in mythology around the world - what happens when we confront our fears and come face to face with the power and momentum of things we seemingly can’t change?


What the press say

"unique and quietly thrilling, innovative, entertaining, and mesmerising, it’s perfect for audiences of any age" 

Theatre Things

"Ockham’s Razor have created an entertaining and inventive outdoor show" 

The Reviews Hub

"a kind of living sculpture, it's a sight to be

What’s on Stage

"a visual and aural feast - catch it if you can!"

Theatre Box

"the mechanics of the giant see-saw are as versatile and surprising as the performance itself."

The Spy in the Stalls

"thrilling and breathtaking"

Children’s Theatre Review

"an incredible meeting of circus and sculpture"

Theatre Weekly


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Produced by:
Turtle Key Arts

Devised and Directed by:
Tina Koch

Devised by:
Stefano Di Renzo, Amanda Homa, Nathan Johnson

Musical composition and live performance by:
Gabriele Pierro

Costume Design:
Tina Bicât

Equipment Design and original show concept:
Tina Koch and Stefano Di Renzo

Structural Engineer:
Thomas Loriaux

Set Builder:
Eric Abadie

Technical: We need a flat and even surface (no slope) of 10m width x 7m depth

Belly of the Whale is commissioned by Without Walls, Stockton International Riverside Festival, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Lift Off! The opening weekend of Wiltshire Creative - Salisbury, Circulate, Stratford Circus Arts Centre and Basingstoke Festival.



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