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Tongue Fu for Kids

16 February 11.30am and 2.30pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Family & young people
From Adult £12, Child £9
past event
past event
3 men stand in a row in various poses. The man on the left of the image holds a cymbal under his arm and leans  to the right to see the shoulder of the man in the middle. He wears a hat, grey trousers, and a black blazer over a white t shirt. The man in the middle of the image wears a grey hat, a pink shirt, a grey waistcoat and black jeans with a brown belt. In his left hand he holds a microphone and in his right hand he holds a notebook open. The final man on the right of the image stands slightly taller than the other two. He also wears a hat and blazer but with a green t shirt underneath. He poses as though he is strumming his ukulele.
Steph Dray

One of the most solidly entertaining, energetic and talented performances.

Exeunt Magazine

What happened to the mermaid of Milton Keynes? Just one question from this wonky, wonderful family show featuring Rachel Rose Reid, where anything's possible.

Have you met the children who surfed to America to steal the president's hair? Or heard music from the island of WooHoo with its sands of crushed diamonds and pearls?

Tongue Fu for Kids is a show for children and their grown ups, a family-friendly version of Tongue Fu – one of the UK's leading spoken word and music shows.

This is part experiment – there's bags of games and improvisation – and part gig – there are songs, poems and stories – all with genre-hopping improvised music from the Tongue Fu band.

The guest storyteller for this show is Rachel Rose Reid, who weaves between mesmerising storytelling and sharp-tongued performance poetry. She has written and performed for BBC Radio 3, Billy Bragg, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Barbican, and a host of international storytelling festivals.

She is very happy to be telling tales to you, and looks forward to plenty of joining in from everyone!

Poetry but not as you know it ... amazing.

The Guardian

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 5+

Imagine Children's Festival is a Relaxed festival. All 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.

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Dates & times

16 February 11.30am and 2.30pm

Approximate run time: 1 hour.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


  • Standard entryFrom Adult £12, Child £9*
  • 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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Purcell Room

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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

Get an overview of the seating layout of the Purcell Room by downloading our seating plan.

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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. The phone outside the Changing Places toilet will connect you with a member of staff, who can provide you with the key. 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.

We're cash-free

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

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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