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Chotto Desh

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Accessible
Fri 9 & Sat 10 Feb 2024, various times
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Family & young people
£14 ⁠–⁠ £24 Adult, £10.50 ⁠–⁠ £18 Child
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Animated image of an elephant in a forest with a non-animated male reaching out to the elephant.
Camilla Greenwell

Akram Khan Company’s family-friendly dance-theatre production creates a compelling tale of a boy’s dreams and memories, from Britain to Bangladesh.

Chotto Desh celebrates the resilience of the human spirit in the modern world.

Meaning ‘small homeland’, Chotto Desh draws on Khan’s unique quality of cross-cultural storytelling.

Blending Kathak and contemporary dance with an exquisite mix of spoken text, dreamlike animation, visuals and specially composed music, Chotto Desh is an enchanting and poignant dance-theatre experience that appeals to adults and children alike.

Akram Khan Company is delighted to be bringing back its much-loved production of Chotto Desh.

Adapted by Theatre-Rites’ director, Sue Buckmaster, in 2015 from Akram Khan’s Olivier Award-winning solo and critically acclaimed DESH, this heartwarming story follows a young man trying to find his place in the world.

Now, it returns to capture the attention and imagination of a new generation of younger audiences in 2023.

Coproduced by the MAC, Belfast

Originally co-commissioned by MOKO Dance, Akram Khan Company, Sadler’s Wells London, DanceEast, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Mercat de les Flors Barcelona, Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2016 and Stratford Circus Arts Centre.

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 7+. Also suitable for older children and adults.

Imagine Children’s Festival is a relaxed festival and this event is a Relaxed Performance (RP).

Relaxed Performances have a relaxed approach to noise and movement in the space, and you are free to enter and exit during the performances. A chill-out space and noise-cancelling headphones are available for both adults and children. There are no adjustments to sound and lighting for these performances, and this show contains amplified sound, flashing lights (not strobe), haze, and makes extensive use of projection.

The performance on Saturday 10 February at 6.30pm is Audio Described. A Touch Tour prior to the performance is also available to ticket holders for this performance. This is intended for blind and partially sighted audience members to familiarise themselves with the set, props and costumes ahead of the performance.

To attend or register your interest in the Touch Tour, please select this option as an add-on when booking tickets. The Touch Tour begins promptly at the Queen Elizabeth Hall ticket desk at 4.45pm. Further details will be sent closer to the performance date.

You can join our free Access Scheme through your online Southbank Centre account or via email.
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Smoke and haze may be used during this performance.

Every adult and child needs a ticket, except for babes in arms aged under 18 months at the time of the performance who don’t need their own seat.

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Dates & times

9 Feb 2024, 6.30pm

10 Feb 2024, 2.30pm & 6.30pm

Approximate run time: 50 mins.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

Price

  • Standard entry£14 ⁠–⁠ £24 Adult, £10.50 ⁠–⁠ £18 Child
  • Concessions25%**


* Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

** Limited availability. Read about concessions.

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Frequently asked questions

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Toilets

An accessible toilet is located in the foyer.

A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 Royal Festival Hall next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.

The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. The phone outside the Changing Places toilet will connect you with a member of staff, who can provide you with the key. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.

Cloakroom

The Queen Elizabeth Hall cloakroom is closed. You won’t be able to bring any bags over 40 x 25 x 25cm into the Queen Elizabeth Hall, so please leave large bags at home.

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Please note that we're unable to accept cash payments across our site. 

For step-free access from the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road off Belvedere Road to the Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium seating (excluding rows A to C) and wheelchair spaces in the Rear Stalls, plus Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer and the Purcell Room, please use the Queen Elizabeth Hall main entrance.

To reach this entrance, enter the Royal Festival Hall via the Southbank Centre Square Doors. Take the JCB Glass Lift to Level 2 and exit to the Riverside Terrace. Turn right to find the Queen Elizabeth Hall main entrance.

You can also use the external lift near the Artists' Entrance on Southbank Centre Square to reach Mandela Walk, Level 2. 

For access to the Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium seating rows A to C and wheelchair spaces in the Front Stalls, please enter via the Artists' Entrance in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road (Level 1).

Talk to a member of staff at the auditorium entrance if you have a disability that means you can’t queue, or you need extra time to take your seat. They can arrange priority entry for you as soon as the doors open.

Please bear with us while we update our access map to reflect the refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall’s Level 2 foyer spaces. The step-free routes remain the same.

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