TESS IS THE NEW SHOW BY OCKHAM'S RAZOR. IT PREMIERED IN OCTOBER 2023 AND WILL TOUR THE UK IN 2023 AND 2024.
"Ockham’s Razor have created something authentically fresh. Charming, frightening, mesmerising and heartbreaking – my favourite show of the year" - BRISTOL 247
A BOLD NEW VISION OF HARDY’S CLASSIC NOVEL TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES.
Weds 31st Jan - Sat 3rd February
Peacock Theatre, Sadler's Wells, London
Wed 7th & Thu 8th February
The Traverse, Edinburgh
Wed 14th - Sat 17th February
The Lowry, Salford Quays
Wed 21st February
Mon 11th & Tues 12th March
Wed 20th & Thu 21st March
artsdepot, North Finchley
Tues 26th March
Weds 10th & Thu 11th April
The Belgrade, Coventry
Tues 30th April & Wed 1st May
New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
Thu 9th - Sat 11th May
York Theatre Royal
Wed 15th - Fri 17th May
TUES 21ST & WED 22ND June
Norwich Theatre Royal
Wed 5th June
In October 2023 Ockham's Razor premiered their new show Tess, an adaption of Hardy’s classic novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles, it will tour the UK throughout 2023 and 2024. It weaves together acrobatics, aerial, physical theatre and an inventive, evocative set to conjure Hardy’s world.
“A coming together of talents to make something quite special out of one of the cornerstones of the literary canon. The sheer level of talent and ingenuity displayed by the cast brings us to our feet” - StageTalk ★★★★★
The classic novel still has extraordinary relevance for contemporary audiences as it explores questions of privilege, class, poverty, agency, female desire and solidarity.
It is the first time we have worked from a novel and it’s thrilling to weave together Hardy’s words with our physical storytelling to tell this gut-wrenching story about the strength to endure.
The piece is touring to UK theatres and is accompanied by free workshops which feed in to the GCSE / A-Level syllabus. To download the workshop pack CLICK HERE.
If you are interested in commissioning, programming, or supporting this work or would like further information contact
Adapted & Directed by Ockham’s Razor
Adapted and Directed by Alex Harvey and Charlotte Mooney - Ockham’s Razor
Produced by Alison King – Turtle Key Arts
Devised by Alex Harvey, Charlotte Mooney, Macadie Amoroso, Joshua Frazer, Lauren Jamieson,
Lila Naruse, Victoria Skillen, Leah Wallings and Nat Whittingham
Performed by Macadie Amoroso, Joshua Frazer, Lauren Jamieson, Lila Naruse, Victoria Skillen, Leah Wallings and Nat Whittingham
Choreography: Nathan Johnston
Composition, Sound Design and Production: Holly Khan
Design & Equipment Concept: Ockham’s Razor in association with Tina Bicât
Set and Costume Design: Tina Bicât
Lighting Design: Aideen Malone
Projection Design: Daniel Denton
Script Advisor: Anne-Marie Casey
Funded by Arts Council England, The Foyle Foundation, PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund for Organisations, Garrick Charitable Trust and Royal Victoria Hall Foundation.