Ellie Dubois presents

No Show

Saturday 20th October, 7.30pm


photo by Chris Reynolds

What do you expect when you go to the circus?

The greatest show on earth?

The glitzy smiles, the glitter of sequins, the drum rolls as performers who seem super human effortlessly perform death-defying acts?

No Show joyously and heartbreakingly reveals what lies hidden beneath the showmanship. There will be desperate attempts and heroic failures, glorious achievements and bruised bodies and egos as the performers push themselves to their physical and mental limit. See behind the flawless smiles and perfect execution of the traditional circus performance to show the wobbles, the pain, and the real cost of aiming for perfection.

A show for anyone who has tried, failed and failed better.

'‘this is circus under deconstruction - informative, entertaining and enormously likeable’ - The Times

photo by Chris Reynolds



Ellie is a trained circus performer and theatre-maker. She trained on The Contemporary Performance Practice course at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and at the National Centre for Circus Arts. I live in a rural village on the West Coast of Scotland called Tayvallich.

Ellie makes her own work that often combines contemporary performance and circus. She also direct other artists work, run workshops and teach youth and adult circus.

No Show was created out of a desire to show the human side of a circus performer's seemingly superhuman abilities. In circus, the illusion is that the tricks are easy, that it's effortless, but that is because the performer has rehearsed those same five tricks and no others for a year. Having observed performers constantly striving to be the best, and predominantly failing, Ellie wanted to show the effort, the work and the failure that goes into the tricks on stage. No Show tells the story behind the showmanship and that in order to get better, you have to get it wrong lots of times.

Running time 60 minutes.


Tickets available from www.proteustheatre.com/tickets or in person from the Creation Space. Please note that we are unable to reserve tickets or take bookings over the phone.