ATLAS – Credits

Performers - Arielle Lauzon, Helena Berry and Grania Pickard
Director - Charlotte Mooney
Co-Creator- Grania Pickard
Technical Stage Manager(s) – Ben Cowens & Callum Thomson
Composer/Sound Designer - James Hesford
Lighting Design - Ben Cowens
Set, Costume and Prop Design - Emily May Sions

Video Production by Primo DV
Concept by Oddly Moving

Produced by Turtle Key Arts
Alison King
Charlotte Cunningham
Shaun Dawson
Kelly Codling-Bray
Niamh Hanns
Alan Bowyer
Holly Cameron-Jennings
Ruth Naylor-Smith
Ceri Black
Carolyn von Stumm

Thank you to Holly Cameron-Jennings, Linn Broden, Becky-Dee Trevenen, Jake England-Johns, Lynn Scott & Freya Marven who helped to support the concept of ATLAS during our Research & Development in 2019.

Rehearsal Facilities: Holy Innocents Church & Centre Hammersmith, London W6 0UB –

Thank you to Willow Vidal-Hall and Physics students from the University of Bath & University of Bristol who have helped support our “The Circus of Physics” which have been running in the South West and across the country during the tour. This has been supported by the Institute of Physics and The Ogdon Trust. Autobiographical workshops supported by Joan Pickard Ltd.

ATLAS is supported by Worthing Theatres & Museum, Proteus Theatre and The Point, Eastleigh. Funded by The Leche Trust and Arts Council England.


Grania Pickard

Grania trained in dramaturgy, physical theatre and aerial circus at Bretton Hall and Circomedia. 

Grania has worked as a professional aerialist specialising in rope & silks, most notably touring internationally with Ockham’s Razor including performing at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival & Sydney Festival. She is currently working on a project to combine aerial and Shakespeare in collaboration with Aerial Lines, which began with her performance of Ophelia on silks at Bristol Shakespeare Festival. 

Grania has had key aerial collaborations with Helen Parke, Lyn Routledge and Willow Vidal-Hall, performed regularly with Incandescence and been a stilt walking angel for Corvus Angelicus.

Grania is an experienced workshop leader and facilitator, working with all ages and abilities including directing community shows with Skylight Circus Arts. 

Grania established Oddly Moving in 2016 and toured their first show He Ain’t Heavy across the U.K. 

Arielle Lauzon

Born and raised in Québec, Canada, Arielle started off her acrobatic career as a competitive gymnast for 11 years. With becoming a circus performer always being the dream, she then enters Circus School of Quebec’s professional program where she specializes in hoop diving, slack rope and clown. During her professional training, she also developed specific skills in basing, movement and floor acrobatics. She graduated in 2016 and has since then performed and toured in Canada (Festival Montréal Complètement Cirque, Cirque Eloize, Flip Fabrique), USA (Marquise Productions), France (Dior Paris Fashion Week), Germany (GOP Variété, Théâtre A Tempo) and the United-Kingdom (Mimbre, SUPERFAN, Oddly Moving). Arielle is recognized as a Promising Talent supported by Arts Council England and is based in London.

Helena Berry

Helena Berry is a London based circus performer. She spent 6 years at circus school in two different countries, during her time there she found her passion for juggling and developed a style that incorporates foot juggling and acrobatics.

She has performed and toured with a variety of companies in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and Austria. Helena graduated in 2019 and in 2020 embraced the new online world creating original work for online cabarets and juggling videos for the juggling community.

Charlotte Mooney

Charlotte is one of the Artistic Directors of contemporary circus company Ockham’s Razor and has been devising, directing and performing their work since 2004. She has worked as a movement director and circus director for numerous companies including Oily Cart, Proteus, Gossamer Thread, Charmaine Childs, HandsDown Circus, She Said Jump, Sadiq Ali, Roundhouse Street Circus Collective and the National Centre for Circus Arts. She has taught devising and directing on the BA course at National Centre for Circus Arts and St Mary’s University and on the MA in Directing Circus at Circomedia.

Charlotte also performs as a storyteller in numerous settings from campfires to clubs and has featured as part of The Moth radio hour as a GrandSlam storyteller and at Hoxton Town Hall Tellit festival. She is currently performing two shows one about the forgotten highwayman Jerry Abershaw and the other about the mythology, history and science of Crows.

Ben Cowens

Ben trained at The Academy of Live & Recorded Arts in stage management and technical theatre specialising in lighting design for theatre & dance. 

Since graduating Ben has designed and re-lit productions throughout the UK & internationally.

Lighting design work includes: The Bone Sparrow (UK Tour); Mold Riots (Theatr Clwyd);The Witches (Watford Palace Theatre); Thunder Road (UK Tour); Build a Rocket (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Even the Stones (Jacksons Lane); The Knight from Nowhere/The Bells (Park Theatre); Shadow of a Quite Society (UK Tour); iCoDaCo (International); Catharses (Tour of Sweden); An I for An I (Tour of Sweden); Showtime (Bridlington Spa); The Domino Heart (The Finborough Theatre); Conversations with Dystonia (The Place)

Associate lighting designer: The Worst Witch (Vaudeville Theatre)

Relight work includes: Charlie & Stan (UK Tour); Brighton Rock (UK tour); La Strada (UK tour & London transfer); Around the World in 80 days (London transfer); Imbalance (International); Stateless (UK & tour of France)

James Hesford

James Hesford is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and composer working in Film, TV and Theatre as well as receiving regular commissions for contemporary chamber music. James was born in a mining village in South Yorkshire and began performing in his early teens in soul and blues bands, touring Europe and the UK. After moving to London, at the age of 19, he studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths School of Art frequently gate crashing the music department’s lectures on 20th century compositional techniques. During this period he established himself as a leading jazz guitarist and won the Arts Councils Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award. The next two years were spent In New York composing and performing all styles of jazz - from bebop to free atonal improvisation - as well as playing in punk bands. Now resident in the UK, James continues to develop his unique compositional style drawing inspiration as much from his early rock, soul and jazz roots, as from late 20th century contemporary classical music.

Emily May Sions

Emily is a set and costume designer happiest working with paint and people. 

Recent designs include: Paper & Tin (ETO), Noise (BBC), Still Life, Silence/Noise, Susan (NCCA) Tales of JOY (Turtle Key/Lyric Hammersmith), Even the Stones, Impulse (Ockham’s Razor/NCCA), T-Junction (Drama St Mary’s), Madame Butterfly (Kings’ Head), Don't Smoke in Bed (Finborough), Infinite Bridge (Britten Theatre, RCM) Fair Exchange (Tabard), King of the F**kin' Castle (Vaults).

Other work includes: RosenBox, Music Box (Barbican), The Other Study (National), Small Wonders (Punchdrunk), Amici in Rep, 35 Amici Drive, Tightrope (Lyric Hammersmith), Collector (Vaults Theatre), Be Brave and Leave for the Unknown (RedCape Theatre).

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