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Barbican, The Pit
Tue 15 – Sat 19 Jan 7.45pm
Sat mat at 2.30pm

After-show discussion Thu 17 Jan
Runs 60 mins / no interval

Tickets go on general sale on Friday 26 October 2018
£18* Membership, Young Barbican, under-16, student, school, access, group and business discounts apply
Age guidance: 7+

In this magical cabinet of curiosities with hints of Alice in Wonderland and loosely based on The Elves by the Brothers Grimm, events are controlled by a giant, Black Forest cuckoo clock, supernatural in its counting of hours.

A shoemaker, a mother bird who spins wool and a menacing, musket-toting rabbit are the protagonists are the protagonists in three interwoven tales filled with striking imagery, surprises, twists and turns. When the clock strikes thirteen, elves and goblins appear from inside its mechanical gears and wheels. They manipulate time and rearrange our notion of the natural order so that humans no longer control affairs – the fun begins.

Artistic Director Patrick Sims, co-founder of both Buchinger’s Boot Marionettes and Les Antliaclastes, uses masked performers, extraordinary sound and music, automatons and sculptural puppets to achieve his fantastical universe. An eerily delightful folklorish adventure, Waltz of the Hommelettes remains faithful to the child logic, adult hypocrisy, cruelty and humour of traditional fairytales.

Presented by London International Mime Festival in association with the Barbican

‘Crazy, very funny and deliciously irreverent’ Toutlaculture (France)

Creative Team
Loosely based on the The Elves by the Brothers Grimm
Patrick Sims Direction, Design and Puppetry
Josephine Biereye, Richard Penny Puppetry
Karine Dumont Sound
Sophie Barraud Lighting

This visit to London is supported by Institut français du Royaume Uni

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