Hero & Leander

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Sun 11 Sep, 2.45pm & 7.45pm
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Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
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£12
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Jack Dean & Company (one man and woman) stand on opposite sides of a beach scene. Inbetween them instruments are scattered on the sand. A guitar, a kick drum, a snare and a high hat. In front of the drums obscuring them slightly is a pile of green seaweed.
Chelsey Cliff

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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Age recommendation

Suitable for all ages, but recommended for ages 14+

This event is British Sign Language interpreted (BSL).

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If wheelchair spaces are sold out and you require one, please contact [email protected]

This event is also available to watch online.
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Contains mentions of suicide

Dates & times

Sun 11 Sep, 2.45pm & 7.45pm

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.

Price

  • Standard entry£12*
  • Concessions25%**


* Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

** Limited availability. Read about concessions.

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Venue

Purcell Room

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Toilets

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.

Cloakroom

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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