Full programme announced for Southbank Centre’s third Unlimited Festival


The full programme for Unlimited Festival 2016 from Tuesday 6 – Sunday 11 September 2016 is unveiled, showcasing the originality and artistic vision of disabled artists for a third year.

The first of two world premieres in the Royal Festival Hall is Assisted Suicide: The Musical, created by disabled activist, actor and comedian Liz Carr who uses the spectacular work of musical theatre to explore the controversial subject of assisted suicide.

The second premiere is The Way You Look (at me) Tonight, a new work from disabled artist Claire Cunningham and choreographer/performer Jess Curtis on how we see each other. Theatre maker Sheila Hill bases her new Royal Festival Hall show on 20 years of conversations with actor Tim Barlow in Him, a humorous reflection on life at 80.

In other spaces across the Royal Festival Hall site there’s a conversation with multi-award winning playwright Kaite O’Reilly about normalcy and what it is to be human, artist Noëmi Lakmaier is gradually lifted into the air by 33,000 balloons in Cherophobia — a live installation performed over 48 hours and broadcast live around the world.

Jess Thom aka Touretteshero. Photo by Laura Page

Jess Thom aka Touretteshero. Photo by Laura Page

Touretteshero Jess Thom gives her first-ever solo stand-up performance with Sit Down, Stand Up, Roll Over where the most persistent heckler is the performer on stage. Arlene Phillips choreographs a new love duet to a series of pop songs for Candoco Dance Company and there’s a new one-woman show from Rachel Bagshaw and Chris Thorpe on love, perception and living with pain.

photo of two dancers against a brick wall background

Candoco Dance Company YAIK

Celebrated poet Lemn Sissay hosts the 2016 Creative Future Literary Awards, the UK’s only national literary competition for disabled writers, with readings from all twelve finalists. There are also club nights, cabarets and a Death Café as well as numerous platforms for discussion and debate.

Poet Lemn Sissay at the 2015 Award cermeony

Poet Lemn Sissay with Creative Future 2015 winner

Highlights include:

  • World premieres for Liz Carr’s Assisted Suicide: The Musical and Claire Cunningham & Jess Curtis’s The Way You Look (at me) Tonight, both in the Royal Festival Hall
  • Sheila Hill’s new show Him, a humorous look at life at 80
  • Celebrated poet Lemn Sissay hosts the 2016 Creative Future Literary Awards
  • Artist Noëmi Lakmaier slowly taking flight over 48 hours with 30,000 balloons
  • Touretteshero Jess Thom performs stand-up for the first time
  • Arlene Phillips choreographs a love duet for Candoco Dance Company
  • Conversations on what it is to be human with playwright Kaite O’Reilly
  • New theatre by Rachel Bagshaw and Chris Thorpe on living with pain
  • Plus more new performance, installations, cabaret, video lounge, talks and debates – and a Death Café

Coinciding with the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, Unlimited Festival takes over the Royal Festival Hall site from Tuesday 6 to Sunday 11 September 2016 with an eclectic and packed programme for all ages and abilities of free and ticketed events. Works presented include commissions from the Unlimited programme, an unprecedented £2.4million, three-year initiative delivered by Shape Arts and Artsadmin and funded by Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales and Creative Scotland which funds disabled artists to produce work which aims to transform our perception of the world.

Accessible performances and events are available throughout the festival, with accessible information points on site distributing both programme and access information.

For further details of the Unlimited Festival at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX go to www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/unlimited

Concessionary access tickets and specific seating requirements can be arranged through Southbank Centre’s free Access Scheme. Please click on this link for access information about the venues at the Southbank Centre

Email accesslist@southbankcentre.co.uk or call the Ticket Office on 020 7960 4200.