Press night photos of Cantina! The reviews are in!

‘Cantina is clearly the hottest ticket in town.’ ★★★★ (London Evening Standard

 ‘Cantina is the most divinely decadent and disconcerting entertainment in town.’ ★★★★ (Daily Telegraph)

 ‘Superb… Carnival with a dash of David Lynch.’ ★★★★ (Time Out)

 ‘It’s a night of jaw-dropping highlights… you couldn’t tear your eyes away.’ ★★★★ (Metro

‘Atmospherically perfect. Takes you by the throat and doesn’t let go.’ (The Stage

 ‘If Tim Burton had created a circus, it might look a bit like this.’ (Official London Theatre)


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Catch Cantina at Priceless London Wonderground at Southbank Centre until 30 September. Get tickets here. 

Tumble Circus are in town!

In June, Priceless London Wonderground welcomes Tumble Circus to the spiegeltent! Ireland’s award-winning, dynamic acrobatic duo peel back the canvas to reveal the human side of circus. No fanfare or sequins, just the extraordinary skill and passion of two carnies on a lifelong adventure. Featuring flying hula hoops, slapstick acrobatics, stunning aerial rope and daring double trapeze, this autobiographical circus comedy has wowed audiences of all ages, the world over.

‘Turning the circus tradition upside down’  (Irish Times)

‘Funny and flexible with great comic timing,…very impressive’ (Advertiser)


Kenneth Fall – one half of the Tumble Circus duo – talks about the creation of their award-winning show:

‘This is what we do for a living’ was made in January 2010. We uprooted ourselves form wintery east Belfast to sunny Melbourne Australia and hunted down long time collaborator Trent Birdmann. We divied our creation time between 2 circus warehouses in Brunswick. The show had been initially called ‘Nouvelle Carny Part Two’, and was to be a sort of best of Tumble Circus. But this vague thene became too ambiquous and boring and after a night out and eating, drinking and seeing the brilliant Daniel Kitson we wondered if there was something more poetic that we could create using our circus skills and comedy.

The show opened at the Adelaide Fringe festival in 2010. We further developed the show in 2011 and returned to Adelaide in 2012 and won ‘Best physical theater and circus show.’

Catch Tumble Circus at Priceless London Wonderground at Southbank Centre from 9 – 17 June 2012. Get tickets here.

Donka – ‘pure joy and wonderment’

Book now for the UK premiere of Donka, ‘a journey of visual and choreographic elegance and playful humour’ (Irish Times) directed by award-winning Daniele Finzi Pasca.

‘Pure joy and wonderment’ (The Gazette, Canada)

‘There are times in the exquisite Donka when you can feel your heart literally rise in your chest’
(The West Australian)


Catch Donka at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall from 2-8 June 2012. Get tickets here. 

Watch the trailer for our half-term show for families!

2 – 8 June
by The Ark & Theatre Lovett

‘Riotously inventive.’ ★★★★ (The Scotsman)

‘Tremendously entertaining.’ ★★★★ (The Guardian)

‘Delightfully imaginative.’ (Irish Mail on Sunday)

‘Chock full with playfulness and rich ideas… Lovett makes the experience seem as natural and interactive as a warm hug.’ (The Irish Times)

Catch The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly by The Ark & Theatre Lovett at Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room from 2- 8 June 2012. Get tickets here. 

Get to know… Dave Gorman!

Dave Gorman

What do you fear the most and why?
Boredom. I mean there are things far scarier than that, things that might crop up occasionally – I was once in a car crash for example – but I don’t spend any time being fearful of them happening. But I fear getting into a rut.

Which mobile number do you call the most?
My wife’s.

What – or where – is perfection?
There’s no way of rehearsing comedy. It needs an audience otherwise it’s just words. Getting the words right means nothing… it’s playing the mood of the audience that gives you a sense of timing so it can’t be practised abstractly without an audience. So the first time you say something on a stage and it all clicks just right and you nail a bit… that’s pretty perfect.

Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?
Hero is an odd word for me. I’m not sure the characters I like most are heroic. I love John Irving’s work and ‘Garp’ is probably my favourite of his novels… but is Garp a hero? If it’s a real hero you’re after I’d go for Atticus Finch in ‘To Kill A Mocking Bird’… but there are unheroic characters I like more.

What’s your favourite ritual?
Loading the dishwasher.

Which living person do you most admire (and why)?
The science writer, Simon Singh. Libel is an expensive business. Defending a libel suit is time-consuming and expensive. Even if you’ve done nothing wrong and win the case you will most likely be thousands – possibly hundreds of thousands – of pounds out of pocket. Which is why the law is abused by rich people to silence their critics. It’s easier to take down a website or apologise for your article than it is to risk the livelihood of you and your family. When the British Chiropractic Association accused Simon of libel he didn’t crumble when pretty much anyone else would. He stood and fought… and then went on to challenge the law. Libel reform is coming and many people have been fighting for it for years. But Simon’s courage in the face of such adversity was deeply, deeply impressive.

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
I wish I could play an instrument. Any instrument. Maybe I can. I’ve never tried to play a trumpet. Maybe I’m an undiscovered trumpet savant. But I doubt it.

Tell us about a special memory you have of Southbank Centre?
I’ve loved playing there and I’ve seen some amazing shows there too. But it’s difficult to top watching two women taking a life-sized model deer with them into one of the dining establishments.

If you could programme your ideal Southbank Centre show, which artists (living or dead) would you bring together?
Representing the deceased, I’d have Jaques Tati, Tommy Cooper, Morecambe & Wise and Ian Dury. Representing the living I’d have Tim Minchin, John Hegley, Helen Love and Mistys Big Adventure. But not necessarily in that order.

What’s your favourite website?
Ask me again tomorrow and I’ll probably have a different answer. But is charming me right now.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Turn up on time.

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?
The Story Of Love by Mistys Big Adventure.

Catch Dave Gorman’s PowerPoint Presentation at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on 16 June. Get tickets here!

In pictures – Queen Elizabeth Hall transformed into a boxing ring!

For two nights only, the Queen Elizabeth Hall is transformed into a boxing ring, as we welcome the UK premiere of Rocco by Emio Greco | PC. Here are a couple of behind-the-scenes shots of the transformation taking place!


Catch Rocco by Emio Greco | PC at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on 22 & 23 May 2012. Get tickets here. 

Get to know… director Daniele Finzi Pasca

In June, Southbank Centre welcomes the UK premiere of Donka – a tale of circus, magic and mischief, directed by Daniele  Finzi  Pasca.

Daniele Finzi Pasca

Daniele  Finzi  Pasca was  born in Switzerland, in 1964. Director, author and choreographer, Daniele has had a life-long fascination with clowning.

He was sentenced to a short stay in prison for acting as a conscientious objector and during that time, he put the finishing touches to his trilogy dedicated to escape’. One part was Icaro, which has run for more than 20 years around the world in six different languages.

The years that followed saw Finzi Pasca direct 25 shows with his company Teatro Sunil and write and direct for Cirque Eloize Nomade and Rain. After the success of Rain on Broadway, he was nominated Best Director for a Drama Desk Award in New York.

Cirque du Soleil asked him to write and direct their new show, Corteo, which opened in 2005 to rave reviews. He was also asked to direct the closing ceremony of the XXth Olympic Winter Games in Torino in 2006.

In 2009, he co-founded ‘Inlevitas’, a company for the development of new projects, including film and operas such as L´amour de loin for the English National Opera.

Daniele  was  commissioned  by  the Chekhov  International  Theatre  Festival  in Moscow  to  direct  Donka which  opened  the  150th celebration  of  Chekhov’s  birth,  in  2010.

In 2011 he directed Verdi’s Aida for the prestigious Mariinsky Theatre, as well as a new version of Carmina Burana for the inauguration of the Mariinsky Theatre.

Catch Donka at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall from 2 – 8 June 2012. Get tickets here.