Tongue Fu for Kids
One of the most solidly entertaining, energetic and talented performances.
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.
Need to know
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.
Dates & times
16 February 11.30am and 2.30pm
- Standard entryAdult £12, Child £9*
* Excludes £3.50 booking fee.
** 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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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.
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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 key for this room is available from the Welcome Hub on Level 2, Royal Festival Hall. 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.
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.