"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
"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
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?
Directed by Tina Koch - Ockham’s Razor
Produced by Turtle Key Arts
Devised and Performed by Amanda Homa, Nathan Johnston and Stefano di Renzo
Musical composition and live performance by Gabriele Pierro
Costume Design Tina Bicat
Equipment Design Tina Koch of Ockham’s Razor 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.