FEATURED: NoFit State Circus returns to the Roundhouse with ‘LEXICON’


From the award-winning creative team behind the company’s hit shows ImMortal, tabu, and Bianco, LEXICON is a stunning production which brings together world class circus performers and musicians in a daring, free-spirited and mischievous take on contemporary circus.

NoFit State’s LEXICON features the latest innovations and techniques in the ever evolving world of contemporary circus, all placed in the fantastically nostalgic setting of a traditional ring. With a live band and an international cast from Brecon to Bologna, the production is a trademark anarchic mix of perilous and playful circus full of wild abandon. Audiences can expect everything from flying desks and daredevil bicycles to heart-stopping aerial work.   

NoFit State is the UK’s leading large-scale contemporary circus company, producing professional touring productions and a wide variety of community, training, and education projects for people of all ages. Over the last 10 years NoFit State’s critically acclaimed and award winning touring productions have visited 19 different countries and played to audiences of over 650,000. LEXICON brings together their performers from across Europe and includes a Flying Trapeze artist, High Wire walker, Fire Juggler, Acrobats and Pranksters. The show features artists who have been performing with NoFit State for years, alongside a host of new members to the company.

Tom Rack, Cofounder and Artistic Director NoFit State said: “We’re excited to bring our new show, LEXICON to London. Past shows like BIANCO were more like aerial spectaculars in a ‘promenade’ style, where audiences would walk around with the action going on above and all around them.

But in LEXICON we’re embracing the origins of circus with traditional style seated ‘in-the-round’ audience and some more traditional skills and techniques. There’ll still be spectacular, heart-in-your-mouth aerial skills, beautiful images and exciting live music, but now we can perform on a stage as well, which opens up world of exciting possibilities.

We have an international cast of incredibly talented performers and an amazing creative team, it’s shaping up to be a fresh and fantastic show”.

Marcus Davey, Chief Executive and Artistic Director Roundhouse said: “We are delighted to welcome NoFit State back to the Roundhouse, not only to inspire audiences with their fabulous new show but also to inspire the next generation of circus performers through their brilliant participative work”.

NoFit State last performed at the Roundhouse in 2012/13 with Bianco which returned to London in 2017 at the Southbank Centre.  The Roundhouse has a strong tradition of presenting circus and championing the contemporary circus as an artform and creative pathway for young talent. The production will be accompanied by a wrap-around programme of workshops and events for young people aged 11 – 25.

Created by NoFit State Circus and directed by Firenza Guidi, LEXICON was originally commissioned by New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme as part of the Circus Past, Present and Future programme, co-produced in association with Tombee de la Nuit, Rennes, Marseille Biennale International des Arts du Cirque, and Cirque Jules Verne, Le Pôle National Cirque et Arts de la Rue, Amiens.

Lexicon will run at London’s Roundhouse from 3rd January to 18th January 2020, with a press night on 7th January.


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