The Party of Possibilities with Jess Thom
This event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis.
Music, cabaret, spoken word, dance, theatre, comedy and memorable mischief come together in a day of inclusive creativity and chance encounters for all ages.
As a champion of disability arts, our weekend curator Jess Thom believes there’s never been a more urgent need to take up space and be seen. This is the reunion we’ve all been waiting for!
Please check back for details of the full line-up.
Jess Thom is a writer, artist and part-time superhero. She co-founded Touretteshero in 2010 as a creative response to living with Tourette syndrome, and is on a mission to change the world ‘one tic at a time’.
Thom’s television work includes Broadcast from Biscuit Land for BBC Four and Me, My Mouth and I for BBC Two and she has toured the UK, Europe and the United States with her live shows.
During lockdown, Thom created two new works: Digital Heroes of the Imagination with the National Youth Theatre, and a Pandemic Postcard for the Harbourfront Theatre in Toronto.
This event is part of Summer Reunion’s season of collaborations with guest curators. It’s a chance to reflect on what we’ve learnt, what happens now – and a reunion of artists and audiences, families and friends.
Dates & times
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Our address is: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX.
- The nearest tube and train stations within 5-7 minutes walk are Waterloo (Northern, Bakerloo, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines) and Embankment (District & Circle lines).
- There are also lots of bus routes with stops 2-5 minutes from our venues. For more information on getting here by road, rail or river.
Toilets, including accessible toilets, are open on Level 2 of the Royal Festival Hall for ticket holders and those attending Riverside Terrace events.
The cloakroom is closed in order to reduce face-to-face contact. You won’t be able to bring any bags over 40 x 25 x 25cm into the Royal Festival Hall, so please leave large bags at home.
Entering the hall
There may be short queues to enter the building and the auditorium. If you are not able to queue or need further assistance, our Visitor Assistants are here to help you.
For level access to the Royal Festival Hall, please use the external lift near the Artists' Entrance on Southbank Centre Square, Belvedere Road, to Level 2, and enter via Riverside Terrace. All floors are accessible from the main foyer.
We welcome wheelchair users and guide companion dogs.
Blue Badge holders and those with access requirements can be dropped off on the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road off Belvedere Road (the road between the Royal Festival Hall and the Hayward Gallery).
There are four Blue Badge parking spaces available for visitors located on the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road. Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and are free to use. You must display your Blue Badge as you enter the site. Vehicles that do not display a Blue Badge are refused entry.
Blue Badge parking at National Theatre
Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting the Southbank Centre can be found at the National Theatre car park (330 metres). If you are visiting the Hayward Gallery, just take your badge and car park ticket to the Ticket Desk in the gallery foyer for validation before you leave.
Please note: on Sunday when the National Theatre building is closed there is no step-free access from the car park.
Alternative parking is available nearby at the APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park (490 metres), subject to charges.
Blue Badge parking at APCOA Cornwall Road
Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting the Southbank Centre can also be found at the South Bank Car Park – APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park. Just take your badge and car park ticket to the parking attendant office at the entrance to the car park for validation before you leave.
A drop-off point at the Royal Festival Hall (30 metres) has been created for visitors who are unable to walk from alternative car parks.
Our Access Scheme
If you have any access requirements, please sign up to our Access Scheme for discounts, wheelchair spaces, dedicated seats and free companion tickets. You can also join our mailing list to get news about accessible events and exhibitions.