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This is a photo of a spot-lit man standing in a black bucket holding up a plank of wood over his head which is covered in glue> The glue is dripping all over his head, face, clothes and the floor, creating a white pool on the stage around him.

Sawdust Symphony

Craftsmanship confronting circus. In Sawdust Symphony Michael Zandl, David Eisele and Kolja Huneck combine their passion for crafting, fresh wood and object manipulation.

Sawdust Symphony talks about the human desire to create: the process from vision to construction, the tragedy of work and the relationship between tools and humans. Obsessed characters discover and transform their space and themselves to take the spectator into a unique DIY experience.

Sawdust Symphony is an intense dialogue between satisfaction, frustration and the smell of gasoline.


This performance was part of Circus City 2023 – The Outsider Edition and took place on Wed 4th & Thu 5th October 2023 at Unit 15 Creation Space

Show Info

£16 / £13 + Booking Fee


Sawdust Symphony will be audio described – further information will be sent closer to the event.


“Sawdust Symphony is unique; I have not seen anything like it on stage, in the circus ring or anywhere else. There were echoes of Dada, Samuel Beckett and even Alien but there were moments of breathtaking brilliance, inspired originality and astounding wit. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.”

– Arts Talk Magazine

Image credit: Jona Harnischmacher

Why we love Sawdust Symphony

Love the innovative approach to juggling, the surreal comedy and classical accompaniment. The simple set is incredible, hiding and revealing objects, bodies and creating games. The show builds and leads in an unexpected and satisfying direction. Deftly political, it is an entertaining and moving examination of human effort and a celebration of individuality and creativity. Go see it if you like surreal playful physical comedy and people watching.


Image credit: Paul Blakemore