World Premier
Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival
February 3 & 4 2023
Manipulate Website

For over 200 years, humans have used lobster pots as a device to trap the creature after it crawls in to reach bait. The entrance to the pot never closes; it remains open, but once inside, the lobster just can’t find its way out again.  Arthropoda is a show about how we identify our traps, and if we manage to do so, how we can find ways to escape them.

This gripping and visually arresting piece of circus theatre tells of the unravelling of a relationship, entangled in the psychological pitfalls of societal and systematic sexism.

The piece explores the way in which toxic and abusive dynamics can remain hidden to those experiencing them, when experienced amidst the complex mass of other relationship dynamics. Through an array of stunning visual theatre and circus techniques including Cyr wheel, and aerial theatre Arthropoda navigates challenging questions about whether we can or should support a partner with dark and violent emotions, and how to identify when those emotions spill over into something altogether more dangerous.

Production Credits:
Writer, Director and Co-Production Designer: Sarah Holmes
Mentor/Dramaturge: Clive Andrews
Performers: Constanza Ruff and Lee Partridge
Co- Producers: Melanie Purdie and Nikki Kalkman
Musical Director and Musician: Bado Reti
Lighting Designer: George Tarbuck
Co-Production Designer: Ingrid Scholes
Production Stage Manager: Grace Turner
Musician: Joseph Weisberg
Deputy Stage Manager:  Lucy May Wilson
Sound Technician: Lucy Planet
Image Credit: Colin Hattersley
Graphic Design: Kate George