Carnesky Productions is an artist-lead organisation committed to interdisciplinary performance events and workshops. Founded by Marisa Carnesky, the company has developed a form, which exists between live art, new circus, experimental theatre, and installation art. The Carnesky aesthetic is inspired by spectacular popular entertainment from funfair rides to waxwork exhibitions, magic illusions, and grand ritual. Embedded within Carnesky’s practice is an interest in issues surrounding gender and the feminine in mythology and history with particular emphasis on cultural political themes such as migration, displacement, identity, global conflicts, and the role of ritual and superstition. Marisa is currently undertaking a PHD at Middlesex University in the Performance and Media department.

Carnesky’s Tarot Drome

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Carnesky’s Tarot Drome, the latest spectacular featuring live music, roller-skating and audience interactions with living breathing Tarot Cards. Holy Mountain meets Holiday on Ice…

Carnesky's Tarot Drome is on tour!
May 16-17 2014 at the Cirque Jules Verne in Amiens France.
Presented by 'Crying Out Loud' as part of 'English Eccentrics'.

Other dates TBA

Booking enquires:
Show specification (PDF; 650KB)

Carnesky’s Ghost Train

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Carnesky’s Ghost Train, the art fairground ride, is a permanent fixture on Blackpool’s Golden Mile. Enter a world where the phantasmagorical collides with fragmented stories of broken journeys, shifting borders and disappeared women…

Carnesky’s Ghost Train, the art fairground ride, finishes its 5 year run on Blackpool’s Golden Mile in April 2014.

“Carnesky’s Ghost Train was an important part of my life and I am sad to see it go”
— Paloma Faith

“Even in its brevity it manages to touch on the haunting pain of real experiences in which grotesque fairytale meets 19th- and 20th-century history head on”
— Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“Definitely worth a visit. It’s scary, intelligent, layered and disconcerting”
— Derren Brown

Press cuttings (PDF; 3.3MB).

Latest news

Carnesky’s Ghost Train: Groundbreaking Fairground Installation Theatre Ride To Bow Out In Spooky Style This Easter

The seminal standalone work which is Carnesky’s Ghost Train is set to haunt the borders of art and entertainment for one last time on Blackpool’s Golden Mile for 2 weeks over Easter. After 10 years of occupying the unique space that blends artful theatrical installation with a stunning, spooky and magical ghost train, the ride will be closing the hatch on its border control for good.

“Whilst we are all terribly sad that this wonderful experience is coming to an end, it has been hugely rewarding to have been able to help re-imagine British seaside's art & entertainment offering, and to have helped develop and nurture so much local talent along the way. A touring exhibition will be a joyful celebration and exploration of the legacy that the ride has. We look forward to welcoming scare-seekers from all over the world for what promises to be a thrilling final fortnight!”
— Marisa Carnesky

1–6pm, 12–21 April 2014 on Blackpool Seafront.

Full press release (PDF; 260KB).


Marisa Carnesky has been teaching devised cabaret, physical theatre and performance workshops for over 15 years. This has included regular programmes over a two year residency at the The Roundhouse, visiting workshops at drama and performance programmes at Universities including Sheffield, Goldsmiths, Queen Mary, Essex, Lancaster and Exeter. She has also run international courses, most recently at the City of Women in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

For information about booking Marisa to run workshops at your organisation or about our week long courses entitled ‘Marisa Carnesky’s Finishing School’ please contact Lara at