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?

This popular week-long course ends with a public showing at the famous East End alternative club venue the Bethnal Green Working Men's Club. Offering unique access to renowned UK Performance Artist, Director and Producer Marisa Carnesky's very own box of tricks.

Bringing together her diverse experience, expertise and personal methodology, she aides the resourcing of inspiration and concept development, performance structure, devising and performing techniques. The course culminates in participants presentations of new personal performance work in a unique public performance night also featuring critically acclaimed guest artists.

If you have a question about this course please contact Lara at

To enroll, download an application form here.