Plastic Drastic Fantastic

Sat 6 & Sun 7 Apr 2024, 11.30am & 2.30pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Family & young people
From £10
past event
past event
Two women wearing Indian clothing dancing in sync
Brian Hartley

Friend or foe? Remarkable or rubbish? Drawing on South Asian dance, this contemporary dance theatre work for families explores the wonders and woes of plastics.

Produced by Akademi, Plastic Drastic Fantastic explores our complex relationship with plastics – the fantastic possibilities they offer, as well as the drastic consequences to the environment.

The artists investigate plastics and the dangers of their misuse through intricate movement, gestures and play in this work choreographed by Subathra Subramaniam.

Akademi makes vibrant, fascinating, and meaningful South Asian dance. With care at the centre of all that they do, Akademi uses the compelling power of storytelling, rhythm and gestures to create deeper connections with each other and our wider world. Akademi has been the beating heart of South Asian dance in the UK since 1979.

Originally an Akademi and Polka Theatre co-production. The 2023 grant for the origination with the new cast is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Plastic Drastic Fantastic is a non-verbal dance piece and doesn’t include any spoken words. The artistic and technical team on the project worked closely with creative consultant for d/Deaf audiences Ramesh Meyappan in the development of the show.

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 7+

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.

There is a Sensory Adapted performance of this show on Sunday 7 April at 2.30pm.
Find out about Plastic Drastic Fantastic (Sensory Adapted)

Plastic Drastic Fantastic is a non-verbal dance piece and doesn’t include any spoken words. The dancers use their bodies, expressions and gestural movements to guide you through the performance.

This makes it accessible to a range of people, including d/Deaf and hard of hearing and non-English speakers or those with developing language and communication skills.

For d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences there are also a limited number of sensory cushions available on request. These are soft, handheld cushions that pulsate to the beat and respond to tonal qualities of the music and sounds, offering an additional sensory experience of the show.

To book a seat with a sensory cushion, or to request a cushion for an existing booking, please 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. Find out more about our Access Scheme
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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.

This show uses amplified sound, flashing lights (not strobe) and haze.

The performance on Sunday 7 April at 11.30am is followed by a free post-show Q&A exploring the themes of the show. The discussion is open to ticket holders and begins shortly after the performance ends.

Dates & times

Sat 6 Apr & Sun 7 Apr 2024, 11.30am & 2.30pm

Approximate run time: 1 hour 30 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 Adults £10 £14, Children £10 £14*
  • 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.


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