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Jean-Daniel Broussé
(le) PAIN

String Theatre
18 - 19 Jan
Opposable Thumb
18 - 19 Jan

The Place

London Premiere
Tue 18 - Wed 19 Jan

Event ended

Runs: 55 mins/no interval
Age Guidance: 14+
£18 (£14 concs) Discounts apply.
Tel: 020 7121 1100
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BSL interpreted performance:
Wed 19 Jan
After-show discussion:
Wed 19 Jan (BSL interpreted)
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"A rare treat to see acrobatic prowess mixed with soulfulness"

Culture Tiger

First solo show from Jean-Daniel Broussé, well known internationally as one half of the hugely successful Nikki & JD acro duo.

JD was born to inherit the French bakery run by four generations of his family. Instead, he studied history and literature, then ‘ran away to join the circus’, training at London’s National Centre for Circus Arts. He has performed with top UK contemporary circus groups including Barely Methodical Troupe and Ellie Dubois’ Superfan, and with Nikki Rummer in the multi award-winning Knot.

In his first solo show JD travels through a universe of bread-making, physical heroics and growing up queer in strait-laced provincial France. His collaborator and director is Ursula Martinez, the writer and performer of whom The Daily Telegraph predicted ‘in a few years’ time will be formally adopted as a national treasure’.

Contains nudity

Read The Financial Times 4 Star Review "Poignant, often painful, but sprinkled with mischief and dusted with humour" >

Read The Observer 4 Star Review "Broussé brings a tale of baking and suffering to glorious life" >

Download the freesheet programme here >
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"JD, with his French charm, has you in stitches”


"And every time (JD) Broussé makes (himself) vulnerable before us, we love (him) that little bit more"

The Scotsman


JD Broussé


Devised and performed by Jean-Daniel Broussé
Director: Ursula Martinez
Movement Director: Leah Marojevic
Acrobatic Consultant: Charlie Wheeller
Lighting Design: Sorcha Stott-Strzala
Costumes: Max Allen
Producer: Di Robson (
Funded by Arts Council England Lottery, Jerwood Circus Residencies. Co-commissioned by London International Mime Festival and Warwick Arts Centre