Starchitects: A Cosmic Adventure

Thu 15 –⁠ Sat 17 Feb 2024, various times
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Family & young people
From £12 ⁠–⁠ £20 Adult, £9 ⁠–⁠ £15 Child
past event
past event
Five actors wearing pyjamas jumping over cardboard boxes.
Dan Tucker

‘The Motionhouse trademark atmospheric choreography and gravity defying feats were applauded throughout the show and kept the audience in awe’

Style Birmingham

Starchitects is a joyful, cosmic adventure telling the story of five children who dream of reaching the moon from their bedroom, created by Motionhouse.

You’re invited to join them as they plan their daring mission. Will they succeed? And if they do, what will they find there?

Starchitects mixes gravity-defying choreography, digital projections and the dance circus fusion for which Motionhouse is famous, resulting in a spectacular show which ‘pops, fizzes and explodes with delightful invention’ (North West End).

Full of fun and thrilling surprises, Starchitects has an easy-to-follow and humorous storyline, including moments of joyful audience interaction, making it perfect for an entertaining outing with children of all ages.

Celebrating play and imagination, join the Starchitects in a world where anything is possible… when a cardboard box can be a train and a dressing up box is the start of countless adventures.

Cheer on the games of Hide and Seek, Grandmother’s Footsteps and the Floor is Lava, while being transfixed by the highly visual digital projections that feature in the show.

Perfect for a first trip to the theatre, Starchitects is a visual spectacle and – be wowed by the thrilling dance-circus that the company is renowned for.

Full of fun and surprises, and sprinkled with humour, Starchitects is an exciting intergalactic story for the whole family, from tiny tots to primary aged children and older siblings, parents and grandparents.

In association with Bluestone National Park Resort. Supported by Warwick Arts Centre.

Motionhouse is supported by Arts Council England with additional support from Warwick District Council and is a Birmingham Hippodrome Associate Company.

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 3+

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 show contains amplified music, flashing lights (not strobe), energetic movement and makes extensive use of projection.

The performance on Fri 16 Feb at 11am is Audio Described. To use this service, please let a member of the team know when you arrive so that we can organise a headset for you. A Touch Tour is also available to ticket holders for this performance. This is intended for blind and partially-sighted audience members to familiarise themselves with the set, props and costumes ahead of the performance.

Audio Description and the Touch Tour are provided by Caroline Burn (subject to change).

To attend or register your interest in the Touch Tour, please select this option as an add-on when booking tickets. Details will be sent closer to the performance date.

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.

Dates & times

15 Feb 2024, 1pm & 4.30pm

16 Feb 2024, 11am & 2pm

17 Feb 2024, 11am & 2pm

Approximate run time: 55 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 £12 ⁠–⁠ £20 Adult, £9 ⁠–⁠ £15 Child
  • Concessions25%**

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

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For step-free access from the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road off Belvedere Road to the Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium seating (excluding rows A to C) and wheelchair spaces in the Rear Stalls, plus Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer and the Purcell Room, please use the Queen Elizabeth Hall main entrance.

To reach this entrance, enter the Royal Festival Hall via the Southbank Centre Square Doors. Take the JCB Glass Lift to Level 2 and exit to the Riverside Terrace. Turn right to find the Queen Elizabeth Hall main entrance.

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

For access to the Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium seating rows A to C and wheelchair spaces in the Front Stalls, please enter via the Artists' Entrance in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road (Level 1).

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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