It’s the final week of the London International Mime Festival and it’s goodbye rather than au revoir because it won’t be back next year, leaving a significant gap in the theatrical calendar. But in the meantime, let’s celebrate with a party, in particular the party of Bill who has planned every detail of his birthday down to the last streamer. Described as a “wordless tragicomedy for grown-ups.” A wedding is also cause for celebration and you get that in the UK premiere of Feste (Peacock Theatre) from German company Familie Flöz, whose mask work has entranced audiences across the globe. Also unmissable is Triptych (Barbican) from Belgium company, Peeping Tom, a trilogy about time, memory and premonition.
This poignant, puppet tragicomedy for grown-ups is a wordless spectacle about the ingenuity of the mind and having to make do for so long without the people we wished would surround us. The streamers are hung, the punch has been poured and the cake is just begging to be eaten. Our anxious host Bill has planned his party to the last detail - choosing the perfect music and dreamy lighting and he’s worked tirelessly on his disco moves. Now all that remains is for guests to arrive. Desperate to fill his apartment with camaraderie and celebration, Bill’s imagination runs riot. Bill's 44th was originally conceived in 2016 by Brooklyn-based puppeteer Dorothy James and artist Andy Manjuck. It features an original, recorded score and this UK premiere follows acclaimed performances across the United States. Age Recommendation: 14+