The Midnight Circus

Key themes: Unity and togetherness, traveling circus

Designer: Masha Karachun, Zhenia Karachun, Olga Rudak, Nastassia Sinitsyna (BY)

Presented by: Masha Karachun, Zhenia Karachun, Olga Rudak, Nastassia Sinitsyna (BY)

Number of participants: 8–15

Duration: 4 hours

Genre/style: Nordic influenced blackbox larp

Run before at: It was created specifically for Larp Writer Summer School 2016 and was run there 4 times. It was also run at Grenselandet 2016, Geek Festival in Margate in 2017 and as a play-day in Minsk in 2017.

Content warning: none

About the larp

This larp tells a bittersweet story of the rise and fall of a travelling circus at the beginning of the 20th century. In this larp participants will get a chance to become a part of a circus troupe, to live a life of a circus performer, to weave a web of relations and unravel it, to feel unity and togetherness and to experience how outside circumstances could change what seemed unchangeable.

We are a group of larp designers from Belarus. We were participants at Larp Writer Summer School in 2013 and came back as speakers and facilitators in 2015 and 2016. We were main organisers of Minsk Larp Festival in 2016 and 2017. We mostly work with blackbox chamber larps.