The Instrumentals

Sat 10 & Sun 11 Feb 2024, various times
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Family & young people
From £14 Adult, £10.50 Child
past event
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Actor in a black and white dress looking at a puppet on a microphone stand, being held by another actor. There are musical instruments, speakers and radios in the background.
Alex Harvey-Brown

‘A powerful piece of children’s theatre that is moving in every sense of the word’

Broadway World

Comedy, brilliant puppetry and bold music feature in The Instrumentals, a family show telling the story of Belle and some dusty musical instruments.

Belle discovers them when she’s feeling down and decides to slip into her late grandfather’s basement. The Instrumentals might be old but, far from being junk, they are pure funk – and they teach Belle to ‘get down’ in a whole new way.

Featuring characters and inspiration from the African Caribbean diaspora and filled with love and laughter, The Instrumentals is a story about the memories we hold and how we celebrate life.

It features uplifting original music with soulful sounds and 1970s grooves to get you and your family up on your feet and dancing.

The Instrumentals is written and directed by Mia Jerome, with music composed by
Cal-l Jonel. Puppet design and direction is by Oliver Hymans, sound design and music production is by Féz, and lighting design is by Joshie Harriette.

The show is performed by Maya Manuel and Elliot Liburd.

A Blouse & Skirt!, Goblin, Little Angel Theatre & Mercury Theatre co production.

‘Do not hesitate: get your boogie boots on to see this excellent show’

Everything Theatre

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 4+

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 children and adults. There are no adjustments to sound and lighting for these performances and this event includes amplified music, haze and flashing (not strobe) lights.

The performance on Sun 11 Feb at 11.30am is Sensory Adapted. It has adjusted levels of lighting and sound effects, so may be especially suitable for audiences with sensory sensitivities. This may include children, young people and adults with neurodivergence such as autism, learning difficulties or other sensory or communication needs. The capacity for the performance is not adjusted.

The performance on Sun 11 Feb at 2pm is British Sign Language interpreted (BSL).

To book tickets for BSL interpretation, email [email protected] or call us on 020 3879 9555.

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.

Content to consider
The story deals with the different feelings (sadness, confusion and anger) associated with grief and the loss of a family member, Grandpa – all in a way that is appropriate for this age group, and is ultimately joyful and uplifting, celebrating his life.

Dates & times

10 Feb 2024, 2pm & 4.30pm

11 Feb 2024, 11.30am & 2pm

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.


  • Standard entryFrom £14 Adult, £10.50 Child
  • Concessions25%**

* Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

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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. Please visit the Welcome Desk on Level 2, Royal Festival Hall, where a member of staff can provide you with the key. You can also use the phone next to the Changing Places toilet to speak to a member of staff. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.


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.

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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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