Touring from November 2022

The Bloody Chamber

A dark, rich and heady re-telling of some of the most famous folk and fairy tales in western culture, using circus as a physical vocabulary for Angela Carter's fantastical stories.

What are little girls made of?
They are made of the forest floor, the blood of the moon cycle, the fluttering of wings and the turning of keys. They are made of sweat, howling notes and desire. They are made of night scented stock – heady and sweet, the lily and the rose, the knife and the rope.
They are made of all the tales our Mothers told us.
And all the ones they didn’t dare.

Using circus as a physical vocabulary, the award-winning Proteus will translate the fever dream style of Angela Carter’s macabre fairy tales to the stage. The Bloody Chamber is a heady, erotic, and surprisingly funny re-phrasing of some of the most famous folk and fairy tales in Western culture.

At a moment when women and men across the country confront the double standards of safety, sex, and the fears of what goes bump in the night, Carter’s incendiary caustic take on fairy tales as cautionary tales could not be a more formidable challenge to the status quo.

A performance driven by female empowerment and strength…spectacular!

-West End Best Friend



Photo credit: Russ Frances Photography

These were strong, luminous performances, from extraordinarily talented female performers

- Theatre South East

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Circomedia, Bristol | Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th November, 7.30pm

The Point, Eastleigh | Thursday 17th November, 7.30pm | www.the

Jacksons Lane, Highgate, North London |Friday 18th & Saturday 19th November, 7.30pm |

The Lowry, Salford, Greater Manchester | Tuesday 29th November |


Harlow Playhouse
Wednesday 23rd March | 7.30pm

Drama Studio, University of Sheffield | Monday 4th April, 8pm

Harrogate Theatre | Wednesday 6th April, 7.30pm

Dukes Lancaster | Friday 8th April, 7.30pm

Waterside Arts, Trafford | Saturday 9th April, 7.30pm

The Haymarket, Basingstoke | Wednesday 20th April, 7.30pm / Thursday 21st April  7.30pm

Bedales Theatre, Petersfield | Wednesday 4th May, 7.30pm

Norden Farm, Maidenhead | Friday 6th May, 8pm / Saturday 7th May, 2pm & 8pm

Norwich Playhouse | Friday 13th May 7.30pm / Saturday 14th May 2.30pm

Opening/ preview performances took place in Wothing Theatres on 11th & 12th June 2021

Perfect for:
  • Those with an interest in gothic fairy and folk tales
  • Fans of Angela Carter’s work
  • Audiences who enjoy narrative circus and vivid physical theatre.
  • Anyone looking for a fantastical, theatrical, lyrical night out full of vaudevillian spirit.

Give your logic the slip and step into our world – as we all know, too much real life doesn’t do you any good…

– Extract from the production

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The Bloody Chamber Audio Description

The following introduction, written by Megan Shaw, will take about 17 minutes to listen to and includes information about The Bloody Chamber, the set, characters and costumes:

Click here to download a PDF transcription of the audio description