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Patrick Kane: Human 2.0

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Thu 15 Feb, 1pm
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall
Family & young people
From £8 Adult, £6 Child
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An image of Patrick Kane sitting on a stool. He has a bionic left arm and a prosthetic right leg

Take a glimpse into the future as Patrick Kane introduces his inspiring illustrated non-fiction book about the remarkable achievements of medical engineering.

Human 2.0, illustrated by Sam Rodriguez, explores how technological breakthroughs from pacemakers to bionic limbs have truly changed lives.

Kane discusses the massive leaps in medical engineering and the remarkable people he's met who’ve had a part in making these changes happen, as well as pioneers such as Paralympians Richard Whitehead and Blake Leeper, and the world's first 'cyborg', Neil Harbisson.

Kane's lived experience has taught him the importance of exploring things that seem different. Find out more about this important topic at this event, which features an interactive quiz and audience Q&A.

Motivational speaker, campaigner, Össur Ambassador and Ambassador to The UK Sepsis Trust, Patrick Kane became a triple amputee aged nine months after contracting meningococcal septicaemia in 1998.

In 2010, Kane became the then-youngest person in the world to be fitted with a bionic arm – the I-Limb Pulse, made by Össur. He has since gone on to carry the Olympic torch as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games, spoke at TEDxTeen in 2014 and appeared at WIRED Next Generation in 2015.

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 8+

This event is British Sign Language interpreted (BSL).

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

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.

You can join our free Access Scheme through your online Southbank Centre account or via email.
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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.

Please note, there is no space for buggies or prams at this event, but there is a buggy park available for you to use at the Green Side Foyer, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall.

Dates & times

Thu 15 Feb, 1pm
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 entryFrom £8*
  • Concessions25%**


* Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

Book as early as you can to ensure the best choice of tickets. Ticket prices may be adjusted without notice to reflect demand.

** 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

Royal Festival Hall

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The Royal Festival Hall is open to all for access to the Level 2 foyers and toilets, Level 1 and Changing Places toilets, the National Poetry Library, Skylon, Riverside Terrace Cafe, Southbank Centre Shop and Members' Lounge at the following times:

*The Royal Festival Hall is open Mon & Tue, 10am – 6pm**; Wed – Sun, 10am – 11pm.

**On event days, the Royal Festival Hall building remains open until the end of the event.

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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 25 minutes from our venues. For more information on getting here by road, rail or river, see below.

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Pre-booking online is recommended. Check our website on the day for returns. There’s no need to print your e-ticket – just show your phone to our Visitor Assistants on entry.

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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

Toilets

Toilets, including accessible toilets, are open on Level 2 of the Royal Festival Hall. 

Cloakroom

There's a cloakroom in the Blue Side Foyer, Level 4, Royal Festival Hall. It’s £1 per item, card only. The cloakroom opens about an hour before ticketed events, and closes around 15 minutes after the performance ends. It can be accessed via Lifts 4 & 5, Blue Side, Royal Festival Hall.

Any sized item can be left in our cloakroom, including fold-away bicycles. We don’t accept non-folding bicycles. Items must be collected on the same day they are stored. From time to time, the cloakroom may not be available. You won’t be able to bring any bags over 40 x 25 x 25cm into the auditorium of the Royal Festival Hall or the Queen Elizabeth Hall, or into the Hayward Gallery, so please leave large bags at home.

Items are left in our cloakrooms at the owner’s risk, and we cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage, from any cause, to these items.

We're cash-free

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

Booking wheelchair positions

When booking a wheelchair position in the Royal Festival Hall for large motorised wheelchairs (more than 65cm wide), please book in the rear stalls or side stalls. Boxes aren't able to accommodate larger wheelchairs due to limited space. If you have any queries, please contact [email protected] or call 020 3879 9555.

Entering the hall

For level access to the Royal Festival Hall from the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road off Belvedere Road, please use the Southbank Centre Square Doors. The JCB Glass Lift is situated at this entrance and will take you to all floors. All floors are accessible from the main foyer on Level 2. If you need further assistance, our Visitor Assistants are here to help you.

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

We welcome wheelchair users and guide companion dogs. 

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More about Access & facilities

Parking

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: when the National Theatre building is closed (on Sundays, and on days without performances) there is no step-free access from the car park. Please contact the National Theatre directly to check before travelling. Call 020 7452 3961 or email [email protected]

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.

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