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Top 5 to see at London International Mime Festival 2016

Top 5 to see at London International Mime Festival 2016 [IMAGE: London International Mime Festival]

London International Mime Festival returns this January and February from the universe beyond language. Channel into a new wave length with our pick of 2016’s out-of-this-world acts.

One Man Show: Nautilus, Trygve Wakenshaw

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[IMAGE: Trygve Wakenshaw]

If you managed to see Gaulier trained Wakenshaw’s last show Kraken then this is a no-brainer. That is, if you like unicorn death, fry-ups becoming snakes and audience based drum and base. Making no sense at all? It won’t. But it’s not supposed to. The aim is to let yourself go on a journey through this man’s wild imagination, and be ready to get involved if called upon. Worth a watch for the open-minded.

Soho Theatre, 11th- 23rd January

Physical: Ockham’s Razor, Tipping Point

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[IMAGE: Tipping Point] Ockham’s Razor

What this company can do with a pole is mesmerising. With no more than their bodies and some metal this group of talented performers create scenes and stories that say more than words ever could. Last year’s offering sold out so get your tickets for this show fast.

Platform Theatre, 11th- 23rd January 

Puppetry: Wunderkammer, Figurentheater Tübingen

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[IMAGE: Barbican] Photography: © Winfried Reinhardt

This is puppetry, but not as you’d expect it. Figurentheater Tübingen create mysterious and joyful characters from the unexpected and manipulate them with great skill. This group of German puppeteers are at the top of their game and show what true skill with stringed marionettes really looks like.

Barbican, The Pit, 2nd- 6th February


Child-Friendly: KITE – An adventure as wild as the wind, The Wrong Crowd

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[IMAGE: The Wrong Crowd]

Though a lot of the pieces presented at LIMF are child friendly, The Wrong Crowd’s new production in association with Soho Theatre, is a vivid introduction for younger audiences to wordless story telling. Inspired by the world of indoor kite flying, this story of a young girl and ‘the joy of play’ is sure to ignite all imaginations, young and old.

Soho Theatre, 26th Jan- 6th February 

The Wild Card: Mi Gran Obra, David Espinosa

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[IMAGE: Tate Modern] Photography © David Espinosa

Part show, part installation, part grand experience. Spanish performer David Espinosa postulates what he’d do with an unlimited budget. With music and careful placement of his tiny ‘cast’ Espinosa creates worlds right in front of us where anything is possible. This one isn’t for everyone, but definitely worth a try if your imagination can fill in the gaps.

Tate Modern, 174th- 17th January

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