A bold new vision of Hardy’s classic novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles.
images by Kie Cummings
Ockham’s Razor produced by Turtle Key Arts
Based on the novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
In October 2023 we premierered our new show Tess, an adaption of Hardy’s classic novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles, it will tour the UK throughout 2023 and 2024. It weaves together acrobatics, aerial, physical theatre and an inventive, evocative set to conjure Hardy’s world.
“Ockham’s Razor have created something authentically fresh. Charming, frightening, mesmerising and heartbreaking – my favourite show of the year" - Bristol 247
“A coming together of talents to make something quite special out of one of the cornerstones of the literary canon. The sheer level of talent and ingenuity displayed by the cast brings us to our feet” - StageTalk ★★★★★
The classic novel still has extraordinary relevance for contemporary audiences as it explores questions of privilege, class, poverty, agency, female desire and solidarity.
It is the first time we have worked from a novel and it’s thrilling to weave together Hardy’s words with our physical storytelling to tell this gut-wrenching story about the strength to endure.
The piece is touring to UK theatres and is accompanied by free workshops which feed in to the GCSE / A-Level syllabus. To download the workshop pack CLICK HERE.
If you are interested in commissioning, programming, or supporting this work or would like further information contact
Adapted & Directed by Ockham’s Razor
Adapted and Directed by Alex Harvey and Charlotte Mooney - Ockham’s Razor
Produced by Alison King – Turtle Key Arts
Devised by Alex Harvey, Charlotte Mooney, Macadie Amoroso, Joshua Frazer, Lauren Jamieson,
Lila Naruse, Victoria Skillen, Leah Wallings and Nat Whittingham
Performed by Macadie Amoroso, Joshua Frazer, Lauren Jamieson, Lila Naruse, Victoria Skillen, Leah Wallings and Nat Whittingham
Choreography: Nathan Johnston
Composition, Sound Design and Production: Holly Khan
Design & Equipment Concept: Ockham’s Razor in association with Tina Bicât
Set and Costume Design: Tina Bicât
Lighting Design: Aideen Malone
Projection Design: Daniel Denton
Script Advisor: Anne-Marie Casey
Fri 13th - Sun 15th October 2023
Unit 15 Circus City Bristol
Sat 21st & Sun 22nd October 2023
Lawrence Batley Huddersfield
Tues 14th & Weds 15th November 2023
Weds 29th November 2023
Weds 31st Jan - Sat 3rd February 2024
Peacock Theatre, Sadler's Wells, London
Wed 7th & Thu 8th February 2024
The Traverse, Edinburgh
Wed 14th - Sat 17th February 2024
The Lowry, Salford Quays
Wed 21st February 2024
Mon 11th & Tues 12th March 2024
Wed 20th & Thu 21st March 2024
artsdepot, North Finchley
Tues 26th March 2024
Weds 10th & Thu 11th April 2024
The Belgrade, Coventry
Tues 30th April & Wed 1st May 2024
New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
Wed 8th - Sat 11th May 2024
York Theatre Royal
Wed 15th - Fri 17th May 2024
Further dates to be announced for Summer/Autumn 2024
Funded by Arts Council England, The Foyle Foundation, PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund for Organisations, Garrick Charitable Trust and Royal Victoria Hall Foundation..
NEW ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
We are looking for new members to join our Advisory Board who will help to shape the future of the company.
Ockham’s Razor is an award-winning circus theatre company that is governed by the Company Directors – Charlotte Mooney and Alex Harvey, supported by our Producers at Turtle Key Arts and a group of external advisors. The advisors are volunteers with an array of backgrounds and skills that will add valuable insight and support throughout the growth of the company as part of our Advisory Board.
Advisors act as key figures, taking an active role in developing and supporting the organisation, drawing on their individual expertise to offer advice and guidance to the Directors as they develop Ockham’s Razor’s vision, structure and strategy. Members with particular expertise may also be asked to contribute to individual projects.
The Advisory Board meets tri-annually and minutes from all meetings form part of Ockham’s Razor’s reporting to Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation. The Advisory Board will change 50% of its members every 4 years to ensure diversity, inclusivity, anti-nepotism, fresh thinking and forward progression.
We are looking for applicants who can:
Provide guidance and advice in your field of expertise
Be a resource for our board and team
Challenge our board and team with the aim of improving our company
Support the exploration of new ideas to support the company’s growth
Attend up to three Advisory Board meetings each year to be held in-person in London when possible
Attend and support Ockham’s Razor at our shows, workshops or networking events
We are accepting applications from people in all fields, but in particular we are seeking Advisory Board members with expertise in:
- Equality and access
- Branding and marketing
- Business planning
- Finance in the arts sector
This is the first time we have recruited Advisory Board members through an open call, and in doing so we hope to reach beyond our existing networks. We particularly welcome applications from people who are:
- From an ethnic minority background
- D/deaf or disabled, or have a long-term health condition
- Experiencing barriers to work (e.g from a lower socioeconomic background)
- Working Freelance in the arts
We are building an Advisory Board whose members have a range of skills and are from diverse backgrounds and life experiences. We believe knowledge and expertise is transferable and produced in many different ways, so if you think you could contribute we would love to hear from you.
How to Apply
1. A letter of application (up to one side of A4) OR a video (up to three minutes long) OR a voice note (up to three minutes long) that tells us:
- Who you are, including where you are based
- Why you would like to join our Advisory Board
- What you think you will be able to contribute
2. Your contact details including your phone number.
Please also complete our equal opportunities monitoring form – you’ll find it HERE
If you have any questions, or would like a quick chat before applying, please drop Alex Harvey (Artistic Director) an email on
About Ockham’s Razor
We are a circus theatre company who make work that is arresting, moving and entertaining. We specialise in creating physical theatre on original pieces of circus equipment and create stories from the vulnerability, trust and reliance that exist between people in circus.
The Company was formed in 2004. We met while studying at Circomedia, centre for contemporary circus and physical theatre in Bristol. In spring 2006, Turtle Key Arts became our producers.