Zoe's Peculiar Journey Through Time

Fri 1 – Sun 3 Sep, various times
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Family & young people
From Adult £12, Child £9
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Actor wearing scuba equipment puts her head against a puppet of a turtle.
Susanne Hassler-Smith

Hurtle into a time-travelling adventure for ages six and over, featuring magical puppetry and exploring themes of friendship and the environment.

Zoe loves nothing more than meeting up with friends, but one day as she’s getting ready something very peculiar happens.

She is catapulted a hundred years into the future to a mysterious island made entirely of plastic waste. Why is she there?

Zoe doesn’t have time to think before her real adventures begin.

Determined to find a way home, she seeks help from the Island’s three curious Scavengers and, in a race against time, the Ancient Spirit of the Island sends them on a quest.

Zoe sets off to explore, solving riddles and helping new friends out of trouble, all the while searching for a mysterious deep-sea treasure.

Will she find her way home?

Join us in this magical tale featuring Theatre-Rites’ award-winning puppetry.

Director: Sue Buckmaster
Writer: Jimmy Osborne with Sue Buckmaster
Set & Costume Designer: Alys Whitehead
Based on an original design by Joanna Parker
Composition & Sound Designer: Frank Moon
Lighting Designer: Rajiv Pattani
Assistant Director: Rachel Warr
BSL, Linguistic Consultant: Daryl Jackson
Creative Associate: Lilac Yosiphon
Relighter: Stevie Carty
Puppet Makers: Naomi Oppenheim, Charlie Tymms, Rebekah Wild

Cast: Benedetta Zanetti, Eden Harbud, Shanez Pattni, Teele Uustani

Originally a Burgtheater, Vienna and Theatre-Rites co-production.

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 6+

All performances are Relaxed (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.

The performances at 2.30pm on Saturday 2 September and 11am on Sunday 3 September are signed with a mixture of British Sign Language interpreted (BSL), Sign Supported English (SSE) and gesture. BSL interpretation is provided by Stacey Green.

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

The performance on Sunday 3 September at 11am is also Sensory Adapted. It has lower levels of lighting and sound effects, so may be especially suitable for audiences with sensory sensitivities. This may include those with neurodivergence such as autism, learning difficulties or other sensory or communication needs. House lights are also left on at a low level to help make any movement in the auditorium safer.

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Dates & times

Fri 1 – Sun 3 Sep, various times.

Approximate run time: 70 mins.

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


Adult £12, Child £9*

  • Concessions25%**

* Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

** Limited availability. Read about concessions.

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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 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.

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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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