Becoming Shades

Becoming Shades


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Dark immersive circus: a classic tale re-imagined


Enter the Underworld in this enthralling, intriguing and immersive circus re-imagining of Persephone’s presumed seduction by Hades.

Step down into the welcoming darkness of the Vaults in this all female story of empowerment, love and choices.

Journey with these ethereal beings, acrobats, aerialists and fire artists and share in their hopes and dreams, until you become one with the world of Shades.

After a sell-out run last year and winning the Origins Award for Outstanding new work, Becoming Shades returns to London’s biggest arts festival in a brand new production, with an all female cast, larger format and a soundscape especially composed for the show.


Rebecca Rennison, Jessica Pearce, Rosie Bartley, Laura Sutton, Molly Beth Morosa, Alfa Marks, Anna McDonnell, Rebecca Johnstone, Sam West.

Creative Team

Director    :    Laurane Marchive
Associate Director    :    Bronagh Lagan
Set Designer    :    Carlota Caball
Lighting Designer    :    Jessica Hung Han Yun
Costume Designer    :    Black Lune
Sound Designer & Composer    :    Sam West
Production Electrician    :    Phil Massingham
Pr & Marketing    :    Chloe Nelkin Consulting
Production Manager    :    Toby Darvill


"Making the ordinary, extraordinary, because life is not a dress rehearsal.”

- Ilai Szpiezak