Ockham’s Razor at The Lowry

Whalley Range’s Open Voice community choir joins former Liverpool Philharmonic Composer in Residence to score an astonishing aerial theatre performance from the critically acclaimed Ockham’s Razor.


Following their highly-acclaimed aerial work The Mill, Ockham’s Razor arrive at The Lowry with their second full length show, Not Until We Are Lost, an immersive, promenade production that brings the audience into the heart of the aerial performance.
The performance features an original score by two-time British Composer Award-winner Graham Fitkin, played live by Harpist Ruth Wall (GoldFrapp, Portishead, Fitkin Band) with choral arrangements performed by twenty members of the Open Voice community choir from St. Margaret’s Church in Whalley Range.

Graham Fitkin’s original compositions are described by Carol Donaldson, the Open Voice Musical Director, as “mysterious, challenging and beautiful” and quite different from the choir’s usual repertoire of feel-good world and pop music.

Combining circus and visual theatre, Ockham’s Razor create arresting, physical works on specially designed pieces of equipment…

The choir was invited to take part in the show after Ockham’s Razor contacted Open Voice and invited them to participate in a musical movement workshop which was an entirely new experience for the choir, made up of singers from across Greater Manchester and beyond.
Although they have sung at many charity events, Not Until We Are Lost will be Open Voice choir’s first professional theatre performance.


Combining circus and visual theatre, Ockham’s Razor create arresting, physical works on specially designed pieces of equipment, telling stories through the vulnerability, trust and reliance that exists between people in the air.
Inspired by the Henry David Thoreau quote “Not until we are lost do we begin to find ourselves” this brand new production from Ockham’s Razor invites the audience on to the stage to view the action within a unique set of bespoke aerial structures, led from one viewing position to another by the performers and the narrative.
At times surrounding the performers in a Perspex tower, or peering from below at the performers above, Not Until We Are Lost plays with perspective, inviting the audience to explore new ways of seeing and drawing them into it’s unique, immersive style of story-telling.

Trailer – Not Until We Are Lost



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