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Grand Soft Day

Accessible
Sat 1 & Sun 2 Jun, 11.30am & 2.30pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Family & young people
£14
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Four actors stand beside a large tree with varying expressions on their faces
Anita Murphy

Explore the excitement of the wind, rain, frost and much more in this curious and charming new show that celebrates the wonder of the world around us.

Splashing in puddles, wind whipping your hair, crunching frost under your feet, and rain dripping on your nose – now that’s a grand soft day. A playful show about always being prepared even though you do not know what the day will bring.

Commissioned by The Ark, Grand Soft Day is a predominantly non-verbal piece that combines physical storytelling, live music and colourful wellies, performed by Greg Hall, Helen Gregg, Jonathan Gunning and Linda Scaramella.

It is an international co-production from the award-winning teams of Branar (Ireland) and New International Encounter (UK/Norway).

Branar is one of Ireland’s leading theatre companies making work for children. Based in the West of Ireland, Branar is renowned for creating highly imaginative and beautiful work. The company tours nationally and internationally, bringing its work with equal enthusiasm to leading arts venues as to local schools in Galway, Ireland.

Branar is committed to reaching its audience, wherever they are. Branar’s aim is to install not just wildness inside audiences but wonder, joy, curiosity and compassion.
Established in 2001, New International Encounter (NIE) is an international theatre company that creates award-winning shows and participation projects with young people through a mix of physical theatre, multiple languages, live music, storytelling and a European ensemble.

The core of the group is made up of 20 artists from Norway, the UK, Poland, Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain, Denmark and France. NIE creates spellbinding theatre, which has been performed in over 25 countries on 4 continents, from New York to Shanghai, and Berlin to Sydney.

Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Arts Council England, Culture Ireland, Galway City Council and Foras na Gaeilge.

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 2 – 6

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.

This show is predominantly non-verbal with some English, Irish and Italian and is suitable for non-English speakers, audiences with English as a second language, or those with developing communication skills.

Dates & times

Sat 1 June, 11.30am & 2.30pm

Sun 2 Jun, 11.30am & 2.30pm

Approximate run time: 45 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 entryAdults £14, Children £14*
  • Concessions25%**


* Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

** Limited availability. Read about concessions.

Tickets can only be sold through the Southbank Centre and our authorised agents, and can't be resold. You can return your tickets to the Southbank Centre for a credit voucher up to 48 hours before the event. Tickets resold on any third-party platforms will become invalid.

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Venue

Purcell Room

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Find out all you need to know about tickets, including concessions, group bookings, returns, credit vouchers and more, via the link below.

Frequently asked questions

Get an overview of the seating layout of the Purcell Room by downloading our seating plan.

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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 and Purcell Room cloakroom is closed. You won’t be able to bring any bags over 40 x 25 x 25cm into the venues, so please leave large bags at home.

We're cash-free

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

Purcell Room is located in Queen Elizabeth Hall. For step-free access please use Royal Festival Hall JCB glass lift to Level 2 and enter via Riverside Terrace.

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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