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).


Have you ever wondered what kind of live performer you might be?

Here is your chance to find out. From 25-28 August 2014, Marisa Carnesky will once again open the doors to Carnesky’s Finishing School, a four-day summer school in new-cabaret, performance and physical theatre culminating in your own show night at the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London E2 6NB.

Marisa Carnesky has been teaching devised cabaret, physical theatre and performance workshops for over 16 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.

If you have a question about this course or would like to enroll then please contact Lara at