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The London International Mime Festival

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

LONDON’S 28th annual International Mime Festival, a season of contemporary visual theatre, will run from January 11 to January 29, 2006, at selected venues across the capital.

This year’s programme will feature mask theatre, wordless comedy, acrobatics and an innovative circus performance combined with fine dining.

International highlights will include Belgium’s Twin Houses, a wordless monologue about spiritual and physical possession which features one performer and five mannequin alter egos; French juggler Adrien Mondot; Japan’s Gamarjobat performing physical comedy; and, making their London debut, South Korea’s Theatre Momzit with Empty Hands, which explores the futility of human obstinacy and greed and the wisdom of simplicity.

Britain is well represented with acts that include aerialist Matilda Leyser and the London premiere of Line, Point, Plane, a combination of physical theatre, circus aerial skills, dance, music and design; Faulty Optic’s Horsehead or The Rise and Fall of the Back and Front, a tale of love, guilt and revenge (pictured); and Blind summit’s London premiere of Lowlife, which is based on short stories and poems by Charles Bukowski.

Venues will include the South Bank Centre, the Royal Festival Hall, The Royal Opera House, Battersea Arts Centre, Croydon Clocktower and the Corn Exchange Newbury.

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