Events & Masterclasses
Unit 15 Creation Space was set up as a professional training and events space by The Invisible Circus - with the circus and performing arts community in mind. Since opening we have hosted a wide array of events and masterclasses from Aerial Rigging Fundamentals and Hair Hanging, to touring theatre and circus shows, and members scratch nights.
Find out more about regular and upcoming one-off events below...
Invisible Circus presents
Welcome to the Future
Dates: 28th, 29th, 30th September & 1st of October 2023
Show Time: 8 pm
TICKETS on sale now
Matinee 30th Sept & 1st Oct TBC
Disappear with The Invisible Circus for a last hurrah. A climactic flight of fancy into a future that remains as yet unwritten, where there is everything to play for and the fun never stops!
Welcome to the Future is a theatre extravaganza from Bristol’s maestros of weird and wonderful installation and performance- The Invisible Circus
We are bidding farewell to the creation space after a decade of creative facilitation and professional development for young artists and performance companies both locally and nationally.
The show will take you on a journey into the unknown. Exploring what the future of society may look like as a current wave of gentrification and economic regeneration crashes on the city shore. Expect comedy interactions, bizarre characters, jaw dropping circus, poignant moments and acerbic social commentary with music, dancing, and animated inspirational discourse.
Bristol Circus City Noise Juice by MUOVIPUSSI
Date: 18th & 19th October
Doors 8 pm
60 minutes, No Interval
£16 / £13 + Booking Fee
Age guidance: 12+ years.
We use theatre smoke and there will be loud noises.
"Noise Juice" is the first full-length show of the Finnish company Muovipussi.
The show combines music, circus, theatre and surprising illusions. Grandmas, Barbies and growling metalheads melt together in an exciting mix of beauty, skill, comedy, and darkness. Old and outdated beliefs must be thrown overboard to start the journey on the 5G connection straight between heaven and hell, created especially for this occasion. Prepare to be inspired, confused, questioned, vulnerable and ready to laugh. Is your glass of "Noise Juice" half empty or half full? – Whatever your answer might be, Muovipussi will take care of a refill.
What we like about Noise Juice
Noise Juice has been causing a stir at circus festivals across mainland Europe. Think you’ve seen everything on stage before?! We had to go find out and were not disappointed. Stunning, riotous, queer, punk gig circus that will charm you and blow your socks off.
Bristol Circus City presents Sawdust Symphony
Dates: 4th & 5th October 2023
Time: 8 pm
Doors 7.45 pm
Post show Q&A on the 4th October - 20 minutes
60 minutes + 10 minute interval and
£16 / £13 + Booking Fee
Age guidance 8+
Craftsmanship confronting circus. In Sawdust Symphony Michael Zandl, David Eisele and Kolja Huneck combine their passion for crafting, fresh wood and object manipulation.
Sawdust Symphony talks about the human desire to create: the process from vision to construction, the tragedy of work and the relationship between tools and humans. Obsessed characters discover and transform their space and themselves to take the spectator into a unique DIY experience.
Sawdust Symphony is an intense dialogue between satisfaction, frustration and the smell of gasoline.
"Sawdust Symphony is unique; I have not seen anything like it on stage, in the circus ring or anywhere else. There were echoes of Dada, Samuel Beckett and even Alien but there were moments of breathtaking brilliance, inspired originality and astounding wit. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant."
- Arts Talk Magazine
Why we love Sawdust Symphony
Love the innovative approach to juggling, the surreal comedy and classical accompaniment. The simple set is incredible, hiding and revealing objects, bodies and creating games. The show builds and leads in an unexpected and satisfying direction. Deftly political, it is an entertaining and moving examination of human effort and a celebration of individuality and creativity. Go see it if you like surreal playful physical comedy and people watching.
Trailer credits/Copyright/©: Double Take - Cinematic Circus
The Devising and Dramaturgy Weekender - AUTUMN EDITION
4th & 5th of November 2023
Time: 10 am - 4 pm both days
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1 x Pay What You Can bursary place available. E-mail for details.
It's back again due to popular demand!
The Devising and Dramaturgy Weekender is full of new inspiration and zest to help you make brilliant work.
Spend time considering the impact of your creative choices.
Gain practical tools to expand your ideas.
Feel empowered and excited about making work again.
Work with director and dramaturg Sarah Fielding to develop and consider your work and practice, and explore new devising techniques.
Why should I do this ?
It's a great opportunity to spend time considering your practice and your work. We will explore different devising techniques and inspirations, and use the open space model to investigate problems within our practice and interrogate our making processes.
Who is this workshop for ?
All makers of performance - including (but not limited to) circus artists, dance artists, and theatre makers.
What happens in the workshop?
A mixture of practical exercises, physical work and theoretical discussion. There will be presentations, feedback, and brainstorming to develop your own project and ideas. The workshop will provide a toolkit to explore new ways of working.
Full description on workshop, Sarah Fielding and quotes from previous workshop participants found on the Eventbrite ticket link.
Accommodation is available onsite - please check out
AIR & ARCHES Acrodance - with Circus Tempo
Date: 7th October
Time: 10.30 am - 2.30 pm
General Release: £70
This workshop will explores creative skills of acro-dance.
Open to all circus artists, acrobats, dancers and movers.
In the morning we will explore a repertoire of ‘soft’ acrobatic techniques and learn the necessary progressions to achieve these skills. We make use of games and partnering exercises to learn the fundamentals of ‘soft’ acrobatics and develop the tools to refine these skills autonomously.
In the afternoon we will develop creative and explorative skills, blurring the lines between dance and acrobatics with a mixture of improvisation tasks and choreography. There will be a healthy mix of structured progression, guided exploration, and free play.
This will be an energetic and feel-good workshop that will leave you with new acrobatic tools and a smile on your face.
Please arrive 10 minutes early so everyone can all start together.
Callum Donald is a dancer and acrobat from Edinburgh, Scotland. His research involves blurring the lines between acrobatics, martial arts, and contemporary dance.
Mélanie Monteiro is a passionate and dedicated mover with a monkey spirit and a deep fascination for the language of movement. She has been teaching for 10 years, and she's excited to share her expertise with you.
Come explore the intricacies of movement, nurture your creativity, and discover your potential in a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment.
Bristol Circus City & Ockham’s Razor presents Tess produced by Turtle Key Arts
Dates: 13th, 14th & 15th October
Time: 7 pm
2 hours and 15 minutes, with an Interval
£17 / £14 + Booking Fee
Age restriction: 12+
Tess is a groundbreaking circus adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles that captures the language, beauty, heartbreak and yearning of the novel which has extraordinary relevance for our times.
Against a backdrop of shifting projections the cast wield wooden planks, climb moving walls and move through ropes and swathes of linen to evoke the vast landscapes and interior worlds of Hardy’s Wessex.
It is a story which still has extraordinary relevance for our times in its incredibly nuanced evocation of female relationships, sexual desire, consent, privilege and poverty.
This retelling captures the beauty, heartbreak and yearning of the novel and draws upon the incredible strength of the circus body to create a Tess as heroic as Hardy intended.
“there’s something magical about Ockham’s Razor” - Evening Standard
“physically thrilling” - The Sunday Times
“beautifully human” - The Times
What we love about Tess
We love the high skill, innovation and Bristol roots of this company who are back with a new challenge, applying their unique way with circus and circus props to storytelling on a new scale. Go see this show if you’ve read the book, if you never heard of it or if you never got around to reading it. 7 artists dancing, twisting and catapulting each other through the air will tell you the story.
Adapted and Directed by Alex Harvey and Charlotte Mooney - Ockham’s Razor
Produced by Alison King – Turtle Key Arts Foundation.