2020 Festival

WED 8 JAN > SUN 2 FEB 2020

One of few things that make January seem worthwhile
Dance Tabs

It’s all over for another year – on February 2nd the curtain came down on London International Mime Festival. 

LIMF 2020, ‘a fabulous feast of the best physical and visual theatre and performance from across the world’ (Total Theatre) comprised four weeks of inspiring and unusual productions, almost all UK or London premieres, from 10 international and 8 UK companies. In addition, classic silent films with specially composed live music accompaniment, talks, discussions, and a range of workshops including a special course taught by senior staff from the celebrated École Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

Our thanks to all the artists, their technicians and administrators who made the festival such an enjoyable success, to our wonderful venue partners which this year included Wilton’s Music Hall and The Puppet Barge for the first time, to the workshop leaders and participants, to the British Sign Language interpreters for helping us reach our deaf audience, to the post-show discussion facilitators, to Arts Council England, to Institut français and all our funders, and to our to our wonderfully diverse ticket buying public which supported us in such number throughout the season. We hope that LIMF 2020 provoked, challenged and entertained with unforgettable experiences to launch a new decade. Forty-four years young and still going strong! 

Helen & Joseph

Take a look back at each of the 2020 Festival events here >


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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

Accessible Performances

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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

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


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Workshops from:


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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.


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 Donald Hutera
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 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