WORLD PREMIER 16 – 27 MAY, 2018


A headline commission for NNF 2018 celebrating 250 years since the invention of the modern circus in the UK.


SHIFT Explores shifting perceptions and realities through power based acrobatics mixing show-stopping circus tricks with the emotional punch of theatre.

Superhuman muscularity, fully human hearts

​​​​​​​​- audience review from KIN





Director: ​​Melissa Ellberger

Devised by ​​Melissa Ellberger and Barely Methodical Troupe

Performers: ​​Louis Gift, Esmeralda Nikolajeff, Elihu Vazquez, Charlie Wheeller

Producer: ​​Di Robson

Associate Director: ​Ella Robson Guilfoyle

Designer: ​​Lucy Sierra

Lighting Designer​: Elliot Griggs

Production Manager​: Ian Moore

Costume Supervisor: ​Helen  Johnson

Photography​​: Chris Nash, Gregory Batardon

Video​​​: Fionn Guilfoyle


Commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival; co-produced by Norfolk & Norwich Festival and DREAM; funded by Arts Council England

SHIFT Schedule

No scheduled performances



MAY 16th-27th


Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Norwich, UK




Wednesday 16 May, 7.30pm

Thursday 17 May, 7.30pm

Friday 18 May, 7.30pm

Saturday 19 May, 7.30pm

Sunday 20 May, 7.30pm

Monday 21 May, 7.30pm

Wednesday 23 May, 7.30pm

Thursday 24 May, 7.30pm

Friday 25 May, 7.30pm

Saturday 26 May, 7.30pm

Sunday 27 May, 5.00pm


Venue: The Adnams Spiegeltent

Post show talk: Monday 21 May

Age guidance: 8+

Duration: c. 1 hour 15 mins


Tickets: £15, £20, £22

Under 26: £7.50

Group rate: Book nine tickets and get the tenth ticket free

Essential companions: Any audience member requiring an essential carer/companion can get one free ticket. Relevant discounts or concessions still apply to the paid ticket.

Concessions: D/deaf or disabled, Full-time students, Go 4Less cardholders, Jobseekers, Over 60s, Under 18s Wed 16 May (Preview) £10, Fri and Sat nights £20, All other performances £18