A B O U T
The Wheel House was our first show created for outdoor performances.
Commissioned in early 2008, it went on to tour worldwide for 13 years, closing in Brussels in 2022. With performances in excess of 1k, it reached audiences of over 200k across 23 countries and 3 continents, representing British innovation and culture (British Council, Visit Britain) and receiving widespread international media attention.
Combining striking design and theatrical acrobatics, the show unfolded within a unique, circular set as it rolled through its audience. A tender love story set in a dystopian (but possibly not too far off) future, the show played with the confines and fragile balance of a constantly rolling wheel in an exploration of friendship, and its essential place in our perseverance and survival in extreme situations.
After the big journey (not to mention all the personal encounters and travels) the show gifted us with, we closed the last performances with a mixture of joy, sadness and gratitude. Thanks to everyone who as a part of this particular story - artistically or as an audience member.
"The Wheel House had tears running down my cheeks with its tender post-apocalyptic love-story... As touching as it is ingenious, as thought-provoking as it is visually intriguing.”
Kate Kavanagh - The Circus Diaries
"So touching that it has moved audiences to tears."
The Times, UK
"I loved The Wheel House. It was beautiful... it captured my heart. Thank you."
Sue Rose (audience member)
Conceived, designed and devised by Jackson M Phoenix and Barney White
Performed by Barney White, Jackson M Phoenix, Michael Lattin-Rawstrone, Freya Thomas and Kirsty Jackson
Set by TMB Design Bristol
Technical production by Robyn Mowbray
Costumes by Ilona Karas / Acrojou
Sound design by Acrojou
With initial direction from Flick Ferdinando