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The Bekkrell Effect

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Presented by Bristol Old Vic and Circus City

The performers hurtle around the stage, things fall apart, atoms decay and relationships break up - below the surface is chaos, yet with enough distance anything can be beautiful. Part riot grrrl pop song, part circus spectacle, The Bekkrell Effect is an exhilarating visual feast combining the power of punk with risk and flare.

Inspired by physicist Henri Becquerel's discovery of radioactivity, French company Groupe Bekkrell have created an unstable universe of perpetual movement where matter decays and bonds disintegrate. Powered by the strength of its performers and driven with the momentum of a gig at the end of the world, it is at once comic and revealing.

The Bekkrell Effect is part of Circus City, one of Europe's biggest contemporary circus festivals taking place in Bristol from 12-28 Oct with over 50 events in more than 15 locations. For more information visit

The Bekkrell Effect

18-21 Oct

Running Time TBC

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Creative Team
Created and Devised by Fanny Alvarez, Sarah Cosset, Océane Pelpel and Fanny Sintès
Sound Designer Thomas Laigle
Lighting Designer
Clément Bonnin
Circus Apparatus Layout and Production Managers Julien Lefeuvre and Florent Pasdelou
Costume Designer Lorenzo Albani
Outside Eye Pierre Meunier
Support in the artistic process and Executive Production Anna Tauber
Friendly Advice and Philosopher Marie-José Mondzain
Tour Management Elsa Lemoine, l'Avant Courrier.

Fanny Sintès, Océane Pelpel, Fanny Alvarez and Ilaria Romanini

Photography Massao Mascaro

Ticket Offers

Groups of 10+ £4 off all ticket prices (excl Fri & Sat eves)
Groups of 20+ £4 off all ticket prices, plus 1 in 20 tickets free (excl Fri & Sat eves)
Groups of 50+ £7 off all ticket prices, plus 1 in 20 tickets free (excl Fri & Sat eves)

Friends and Best Friends
25% off tickets
Limited to 4 tickets per friend

Co-Produced by Cirque-Théâtre d'Elbeuf - Pôle national des arts du cirque de Haute-Normandie, La brèche - Pôle national des arts du cirque de Basse-Normandie, l'Espace Périphérique (Mairie de Paris - Parc de la Villette), Carré Magique - Pôle national des arts du cirque en Bretagne, Le Théâtre de Cusset, La Cascade - pôle national des arts du cirque de Bourg-Saint-Andéol, CIRCa Auch-Gers-Midi-Pyrénées - Pôle national des arts du cirque, Scène nationale d'Aubusson - Théâtre Jean Lurçat, L'Agora - centre culturel pôle national des arts du cirque de Boulazac - Aquitaine, Transversales, Théâtre de Verdun - scène conventionnée pour les arts du cirque, La Faïencerie, Théâtre de Creil - scène nationale en préfiguration, CIrque En Lorraine (CIEL), Scènes Vosges, Proarti (et nos artinautes), L'association Beaumarchais-SACD, L'Adami with the artistic collaboration of the Jeune Théâtre National. Acknowledgements to our artistic and technical collaborators: Arnaud Thomas, Jean-Michel Guy, Hervé Grizard, Goni Shiffron and Etienne Klein

Supported by Conseil régional de Champagne-Ardenne additional support from: Le Monfort/Paris, Le Nouveau Relax, scène conventionnée de Chaumont, L’Onde, Théâtre Centre d’art – Vélizy-Villacoublay, Le Manège de Reims – Scène Nationale, Ecole Nationale des Arts du Cirque de Rosny-sous-Bois.

Circus City acknowledges the support by the INSTITUT FRANÇAIS in London for the presentation of The Bekkrell Effect in Bristol.

In summer 2016 we began redevelopment works to transform our front of house King Street entrance into a welcoming, vibrant space that everyone will be able to enjoy. During this time, it will be business as usual in the Theatre with our brilliant programme on offer, however there are a few changes to how we'll be operating.

Theatre Entrance

You are now invited to enter the Theatre through our Stage Door, walking in the footsteps of theatre legends such as Peter O'Toole, Daniel Day Lewis and Miranda Richardson.

Our new Theatre entrance can be accessed via Rackhay (BS1 4HJ) off Queen Charlotte Street, around the corner from King Street.

Click here for more information and updates on our Theatre entrance.

Ticket Collection

On performance days, tickets can be collected from Box Office situated in our Backstage Bar opening 90 mins prior to each performance.

For more information on accessibility, ticket collection, our Backstage Bar, arrival and drop-off at our Theatre plus updates on our redevelopment, click here.



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