• Hackney Empire Studio, London, UK, Jun 2007
  • Soho Theatre, Soho Theatre, UK, Oct–Nov 2007

Magic War invited audiences into the session of a secret society. You were invited to the bizarre ritual, but could they trust their own eyes? All is clearly not as it seems. The creation of Marisa Carnesky, this was a strange and fantastical world of nightmarish tricks, where the burlesquing of violent battles initiate you into a dark and deceptive new world order.

Would you dare put your hand in a guillotine? Could you watch your lover get chopped in half? Bringing to life a golden age of magic within today’s culture of violence. With thrilling visual illusions and dark humour, Magic War questioned our survival strategies and beliefs.


  • Development and direction – Lois Weaver and Flick Ferdinando
  • Costume design and props –Sarah Munro and Mark Copeland of the Insect Circus
  • Lighting design – Sue Baynton

Supported by:

  • Arts Council England
  • Hackney Empire
  • Soho Theatre
  • Warwick Arts Centre
  • Fierce