2020 Festival

LONDON INTERNATIONAL MIME FESTIVAL 2020 
WED 8 JAN > SUN 2 FEB

WELCOME to the 44th year of London’s international contemporary visual theatre festival. 10 overseas companies join 8 British groups presenting World, UK or London premieres, including LIMF co-commissioned productions from Ockham’s Razor, Thick & Tight, Told by an Idiot and Vamos Theatre.

Our workshops for 2020 include an exclusive course taught by faculty members from the École Jacques Lecoq, Paris, and a residential course celebrating 30 years of the David Glass Ensemble – a new partnership with The Point, Eastleigh.

Belgium’s Peeping Tom and Kiss & Cry Collective return with new shows, there’s exquisite puppetry from New York, France, and by London’s String Theatre on its unique Puppet Barge. We have a triple-bill of remarkable silent movie classics with live jazz accompaniment, and a real life Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel mystery at new festival venue, the iconic Wilton’s Music Hall.

Ockham’s Razor’s This Time will open LIMF 2020 getting the festival off to a great start, the first in a terrific line-up of unusual circus-theatre. Do book early as most shows tend to sell out!

Helen Lannaghan & Joseph Seelig, Festival Directors

“An explosively inventive programme of visual performance” Evening Standard
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Ockham's Razor
THIS TIME
8-19 Jan. Shoreditch Town Hall
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"This is a class act" Times
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Trygve Wakenshaw
ONLY BONES v1.4
9-25 Jan. Soho Theatre
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"A celebration of ridiculousness" The Times
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Thick & Tight
ROMANCING THE APOCALYPSE
9-11 Jan. Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells
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"Appallingly entertaining" Observer
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Compagnie HMG
3D
10-12 Jan. Jacksons Lane
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"We loved this absolutely original show" La Provence
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Fleur Elise Noble
ROOMAN
14-18 Jan. Barbican, The Pit
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"Gets inside your mind" The Plus Ones
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Told by an Idiot
CHARLIE & STAN
14-18 Jan. Wilton's Music Hall
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"Anarchically inclusive joy" Sunday Times
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String Theatre
THE WATER BABIES
15 Jan - 2 Feb. The Puppet Barge
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"transfixes the audience" Animations Online
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La Pendue
TRIA FATA (U)
17-19 Jan. Jacksons Lane
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"Funny, poignant, ethereal" CIPF
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The PappyShow
BOYS
20-21 Jan. Southbank Centre's Purcell Room
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"Essential viewing for every boy" Theatre Weekly
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Still Hungry
RAVEN
21-23 Jan. Jacksons Lane
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"Beautiful and spectacular visual theatre" Scotsman
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Nick Lehane
CHIMPANZEE
21-25 Jan. Barbican, The Pit
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"Gorgeous" New York Magazine
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Joli Vyann
ANIMA
22-23 Jan. Southbank Centre's Purcell Room
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"Intelligence and impressive skill" Guardian
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Peeping Tom
Child (Kind)
22-25 Jan. Barbican Theatre
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"Takes your breath away" Volksfreund
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Opposable Thumb
COULROPHOBIA
24-26 Jan. Jacksons Lane
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"An endlessly watchable double-act" Total Theatre
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Wes Peden
ZEBRA
24-26 Jan. Southbank Centre's Purcell Room
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"One of the most innovative jugglers worldwide" Vooruit, Netherlands
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Galactik Ensemble
OPTRAKEN
29 Jan - 1 Feb. The Peacock
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"Precarious and hilarious" Liberation (Paris)
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Kiss & Cry Collective
COLD BLOOD
29 Jan - 1 Feb. Barbican Theatre
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"Nothing short of exquisite" Arts Desk
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Vamos Theatre
DEAD GOOD
30 Jan - 2 Feb. Jacksons Lane
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"Irresistible...A must see" Hereford Times
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Cinema
THE SLAPSTICK HOME
19 Jan. Barbican Cinema 1
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Workshops
LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS
9 workshop opportunities for you
7 Jan - 3 Feb. Jacksons Lane and other venues
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After Show Discussions

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Our popular after show discussions, free to ticket holders, give audiences a chance to chat to the performers.

Dates:

Fri 10 Jan Thick & Tight hosted by Martin Hargreaves
Sat 11 Jan Compagnie HMG hosted by Adrian Berry
Wed 15 Jan Ockham's Razor hosted by Lyn Gardner
Thu 16 Jan Fleur Elise Noble hosted by Dorothy Max Prior
Fri 17 Jan Told by an Idiot hosted by Paul Hunter
Sat 18 Jan Trygve Wakenshaw hosted by Steve Lock
Sat 18 Jan La Pendue hosted by Sarah Wright
Sun 19 Jan String Theatre hosted by Dorothy Max Prior
Mon 20 Jan The PappyShow hosted by The Company
Tue 21 Jan Still Hungry hosted by Adrian Berry
Wed 22 Jan Joli Vyannhosted by Sacha Lee
Thu 23 Jan Nick Lehane hosted by Cheryl Henson
Fri 24 Jan Peeping Tom hosted by Donald Hutera
Sat 25 Jan Opposable Thumb hosted by Flick Ferdinando
Sat 25 Jan Wes Peden hosted by Thomas Wilson
Thu 30 Jan Kiss & Cry hosted by Donald Hutera
Fri 31 Jan Galactik Ensemble hosted by Donald Hutera
Sat 1 Feb Jan Vamos Theatre hosted by Guillaume Pigé

Adrian Berry - artistic director, Jacksons Lane
Flick Ferdinando - performer/director of comedy and physical theatre
Lyn Gardner - writes about theatre for The Stage and reviews for StageDoorLDN
Martin Hargreaves - dramaturg, writer and performer
Cheryl Henson - president Jim Henson Foundation
Paul Hunter - performer, co-founder and co-artistic director of TBAI
Donald Hutera - dance/theatre/performance journalist
Sacha Lee - artistic director of The Point & Berry Theatre, Eastleigh
Steve Lock - head of comedy, Soho Theatre
Dorothy Max Prior - writer, artist, dancer and editor of Total Theatre online magazine
Guillaume Pigé - performer/teacher and artistic director of Theatre Re
Thomas Wilson - academic and writer - author of Juggling Tractories
Sarah Wright - puppeteer/puppetry/movement director and artistic director of Curious School of Puppetry

Accessible Performances

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RELAXED PERFORMANCES
These are perfect for any audience member who would benefit from a more comfortable environment, including those on the Autistic Spectrum and those with learning disabilities. The companies encourage and create an atmosphere where everyone feels safe and able to react to a show as they wish. During these performances, audience members are able to leave and re-enter the theatre at any time and house lights will be raised so the auditorium is not completely dark. There may also be a few adjustments to the production (including sound and lighting) to ensure that the performance is as accessible as possible.
Sun 12 Jan: Ockham’s Razor - This Time 3pm
Thu 16 Jan: Told by an Idiot - Charlie and Stan 3pm
Sat 18 Jan: String Theatre - The Water Babies 11am

BSL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES
Wed 15 Jan: Ockham’s Razor - This Time, by Jeni Draper
Tue 21 Jan: The PappyShow - BOYS by Kam Deo
Wed 22 Jan: still hungry - Raven, by Jeni Draper
Fri 24 Jan: Peeping Tom - Child, by Martin Fox-Roberts
Sat 25 Jan: Opposable Thumb - Coulrophobia, by Jeni Draper
Thu 30 Jan: Kiss & Cry Collective - Cold Blood, by Martin Fox-Roberts


The following events contain little or no spoken text
Compagnie HMG - 3D
Fleur Elise Noble - ROOMAN
Galactik Ensemble - Optraken
Joli Vyann - Anima
Nick Lehane - Chimpanzee
String Theatre - The Water Babies
The Slapstick Home - film
Told by an Idiot - Charlie and Stan
Trygve Wakenshaw - Only Bones v1.4
Vamos Theatre - Dead Good
Wes Peden - Zebra

For the following two shows a copy of the spoken text will be available with the programme sheet:
La Pendue - Tria Fata Performed in French, with English sur-titles
Thick & Tight - Romancing the Apocalypse

Family-Friendly

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Ockham’s Razor (8+)
Wes Peden (7+)
Compagnie HMG (7+)
Galactik Ensemble (7+)
String Theatre (4+)
Fleur Elise Noble (7+)


Relaxed performances:
12 Jan 3pm Ockham’s Razor
18 Jan 11am String Theatre
16 Jan 3pm Told by an Idiot

Workshops

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Workshops from:

ÉCOLE JACQUES LECOQ / PARIS
ANGELA DE CASTRO
CURIOUS SCHOOL OF PUPPETRY
THEATRE RE
THE PAPPYSHOW
NOLA RAE
DAVID GLASS
OCKHAM'S RAZOR
VAMOS THEATRE
BRIAN DUFFY
THICK & TIGHT

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