Hero & Leander
Hero & Leander, Or, I Love You, But Everything’s Under Water, by Jack Dean & Company, is an epic tale told through folk, indie, sea shanties and choral music.
Six multi-instrumentalists tell an epic seaside tale through songs encompassing folk, indie, sea shanties and choral music.
It’s a story of bad rulers, worse weather, and how we keep going when everything is flipping terrible.
Two towns, one rich and one poor, stand separated by a narrow strip of ocean. When the borders close and ships stop sailing between them, two lovers are left stranded on either side.
Unphased, Leander takes to swimming across the channel to meet Hero, guided by the light of the lighthouse where she lives. But the jealous and vengeful Hephaestus, carrying an ancient grudge, plots to separate them with a flood like neither town has ever seen.
Jack Dean & Company is a non-profit organisation set up to help tell stories of how things could be. It is committed to offering people across the UK the chance to dream of a different world, whatever the current one may hold.
Jack Dean is a poet, playwright, performer, emcee and composer. His work tells stories that wander the lands between myth, memory and history.
He has toured internationally, including at Latitude Festival, the Southbank Centre and the Bowery Poetry Club in New York. He is the creator of the Fake Town Fables and Infinite Hex podcasts. He really likes zeppelins.
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Suitable for all ages, but recommended for ages 14+
This event is British Sign Language interpreted (BSL).
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Contains mentions of suicide
Dates & times
Sun 11 Sep, 2.45pm & 7.45pm
- Standard entry£12*
* Excludes £3.50 booking fee.
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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.