The Bekkrell Effect

Event dates: October 18, 2017 October 19, 2017 October 20, 2017 October 21, 2017

We are very sorry to announce that, due to serious injury of a performer, we have to cancel The Bekkrell Effect by Groupe Bekkrell.

Bristol Old Vic will be contacting bookers to refund tickets.

Circus City and Bristol Old Vic apologise for any inconvenience caused by this unavoidable cancellation.

For an alternative live music and circus experience, we recommend Yablochkov Candle at Circomedia on 19, 20 and 21 Oct. Poetic Jazz and aerial performance infused with the smoky tones of French chansons and old school rock ‘n’ roll create a unique, minimalist, cabaret-esque night to remember.


The Bekkrell Effect is an exhilarating visual feast combining the power of punk with risk and flare.

The performers hurtle around the stage, things fall apart, atoms decay and relationships break up – below the surface is chaos, yet with enough distance anything can be beautiful. Part riot-grrrl pop song, part circus spectacle The Bekkrell Effect is an energising experience.

Inspired by physicist Henri Becquerel’s discovery of radioactivity, French company Groupe Bekkrell have created an unstable universe of perpetual movement where matter decays and bonds disintegrate. Powered by the strength of its performers and driven with the momentum of a gig at the end of the world, it is at once comic and revealing.

Combining innovative rigging and exceptional circus artists, The Bekkrell Effect swings between acrobatics and poetry, falling and flying, in a performance as energetic as a nuclear reaction.

This UK premiere is a unique chance to experience the richness of European circus.

“It’s hopeful. It’s unapologetic. It’s glorious” – Katharine Kavanagh (Circus Diaries)

Please note: there will be a post show talk with the artists on the 19th October.

Photo credit: Massao Mascaro