The 2020 London International Mime Festival celebrates its 44th year as the capital’s annual festival of contemporary visual theatre.
From 8 January to 2 February, ten overseas companies join eight British groups to stage new and returning work at venues including Shoreditch Town Hall, Jacksons Lane, Sadler’s Wells, Soho Theatre, the Barbican Centre, the Peacock Theatre, the Southbank Centre and new festival venue Wilton’s Music Hall.
In addition, four productions have been specifically commissioned by the festival itself. Ockham’s Razor will present This Time, dance duo Thick and Tight bring Romancing the Apocalypse, full mask theatre company Vamos Theatre perform Dead Good and The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel will be staged by Told by an Idiot.
Ockham’s Razor’s open the festival at Shoreditch Town Hall with This Time, a show first seen at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. With a cast ranging in age from 13 to 60, and performed with unique aerial equipment specially created for the piece, This Time explores time and transformation and family relationships. The show plays from 8 to 15 January.
Following their success at the 2019 festival, Thick and Tight’s Daniel Hay-Gordon and Eleanor Perry return to Sadler’s Wells’ Lilian Baylis Studio from 9 to 11 January with the London premiere of Romancing the Apocalypse, a programme of brand-new works that combine dance, mime, queer culture and outsider art. The show features apparitions of contemporary history characters including Marcel Proust, Winston Churchill, Marlene Dietrich and Andy Warhol. Thick and Tight are joined by artists from Corali Dance Company – leaders in dance by artists with a learning disability – and soloists Harry Alexander, Vidya Patel and Edd Arnold. Romancing the Apocalypse has design by Tim Spooner…
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