Welcome to Ophelia Circus

Ophelia Circus’ aims to portray the secrets that exist in dark corners. The quiet ebbs and flows in our streets, our houses, and our public places often pass by unnoticed and unrecorded. Ophelia explores these unseen existences with a keen eye. Taking the thread of an idea, she unpicks its narratives from the surroundings it belongs to, for those that are curious enough to embrace its story.'

'Ophelia Circus' exists to explore the impact of unusual sites in theatre and performance, particularly in topics that relate to marginalised and hidden aspects of society. The initiative has developed from the work of Alice Johnson, which began with her studies in her Masters degree in Contemporary Theatre in 2010. Inspired by a world of one to one performances, site specific work and new practices, she became interested in particular in work relating to different locations, and the impact that sites can have on audience and performance. This combined with ten years of study and work in youth work and social policy, four of which within the charity sector, has sparked an interest in exploring hidden issues in society in a creative and challenging way. After exploring the subject of site-related work extensively in her research, she developed 'Ophelia Circus', which seeks to work with others to develop innovative performances in relation to different sites.

Current projects:

'The House of Secrets' was written to explore the issues of sex trafficking in an in house performance, based on the true stories of women specifically trafficked into the UK. The House of Secrets is out of the ordinary, in that it engages with audiences from inside the 'brothel', uncovering hidden worlds that may exist on streets closer to us than we think. Many thanks to 'Ultd' for funding this piece of work.

Video by Outer Orbit