Touretteshero's Masked Ball

PAST EVENT
Accessible
Fri 9 Sep 2022, 7.30pm
Part of Unlimited
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall
Performance & dance
£10
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Comedian Jess Thom sits in her wheelchair in a metallic blue and white all in one suit with a matching mask covering the top half of her head. Her arms are spread wide and she wears a N95 mask over her nose and mouth. Behind her are bright green garage doors.

Embrace the power of masks in a playful, socially distanced celebration of mask-wearing, cabaret performance, and disability culture.

Masks are powerful, whether they’re the type that protect a superhero’s secret identity, allow activists to safely raise their voices, or protect people at high risk from Covid-19.

The Masked Ball centres the access requirements of artists and audiences at higher risk from Covid-19.

Come together in a supportive, spacious environment to dance, create and relax together. Expect a mischievous, accessible, multisensory evening with an emphasis on laughter and imagination.

Jess Thom, Co-Artistic Director of Touretteshero, says: ‘After two full years of shielding, the idea of being back in public space fills me with excitement, but it’s also daunting.

The Masked Ball is an experiment in access, aiming to create a space where those of us at higher risk can continue to shape and explore our cultural life together.’

With contributions from Ruth Ojadi, Jess Thom, Scarlet Shambles, Miss Jacqui, Don Biswas, Ebony Rose Dark, The Tourettes Bipolar Alliance, Robert Softley Gale, Jasmine Gardosi, BLINK Dance Theatre, Anonymous Masked Entity, Brian Lobel, Alex Bulmer, Mia Harris and Amber Anderson.

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 18+

This is a Relaxed Event with chillout spaces.

This event is British Sign Language interpreted (BSL) and Speech-to-Text transcribed (STT).

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

Audio Description is available during this event. To use this service, please let a member of the team know when you arrive so that we can organise a headset for you.

You can join our free Access Scheme through your online Southbank Centre account or via email.
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Read Covid-19 safety measures

This event acknowledges the ongoing risks experienced by those at higher risk from Covid-19. It prioritises the access requirements of those who have been, or are still, shielding.

Measures include table service for drinks, mask-wearing for staff, social distancing with marked routes, a Changing Places Toilet, and pre-event information and a visual story.

The Masked Ball is fully ticketed to ensure social distancing can be maintained.

The Southbank Centre is only open to participants of this event. Mask-wearing and customisation is encouraged for all.

This event is also available online to ensure that anyone unable to be there in person can still attend.

This is a creative experiment aimed at developing and testing access provisions that meet the requirements of those at higher risk of Covid-19.

Please get in touch with us if you have suggestions or questions at [email protected]

Dates & times

Fri 9 Sep 2022, 7.30pm
Approximate run time: 2 hours 30 mins.
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£10*
  • Concessions25%**


* 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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Venue

Royal Festival Hall

Our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. 

Check here for our current guidance

The Royal Festival Hall is open to all for access to the Level 2 foyers and toilets, Level 1 and Changing Places toilets, the National Poetry Library, Skylon, Riverside Terrace Cafe, Southbank Centre Shop and Members' Lounge at the following times:

*The Royal Festival Hall is open Mon & Tue, 10am – 6pm**; Wed – Sun, 10am – 11pm.

**On event days, the Royal Festival Hall building remains open until the end of the event.

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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 25 minutes from our venues. For more information on getting here by road, rail or river, see below.

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Pre-booking online is recommended. Check our website on the day for returns. There’s no need to print your e-ticket – just show your phone to our Visitor Assistants on entry.

Some free events don't require a ticket. Found an event labelled FREE on our website with no way to book? Simply turn up on the day.

If you don't receive your e-ticket

Your e-ticket will be sent to you seven days before the event date from [email protected]. If you don't receive your e-ticket, and it's not in your junk or spam folder, please get in touch. 

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More information

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

Toilets

Toilets, including accessible toilets, are open on Level 2 of the Royal Festival Hall. 

Cloakroom

There's a cloakroom in the Blue Side Foyer, Level 4, Royal Festival Hall. It’s £1 per item, card only. The cloakroom opens about an hour before ticketed events, and closes around 15 minutes after the performance ends. It can be accessed via Lifts 4 & 5, Blue Side, Royal Festival Hall.

Any sized item can be left in our cloakroom, including fold-away bicycles. We don’t accept non-folding bicycles. Items must be collected on the same day they are stored. From time to time, the cloakroom may not be available. You won’t be able to bring any bags over 40 x 25 x 25cm into the auditorium of the Royal Festival Hall or the Queen Elizabeth Hall, or into the Hayward Gallery, so please leave large bags at home.

Items are left in our cloakrooms at the owner’s risk, and we cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage, from any cause, to these items.

We're cash-free

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

Booking wheelchair positions

When booking a wheelchair position in the Royal Festival Hall for large motorised wheelchairs (more than 65cm wide), please book in the rear stalls or side stalls. Boxes aren't able to accommodate larger wheelchairs due to limited space. If you have any queries, please contact [email protected] or call 020 3879 9555.

Entering the hall

For level access to the Royal Festival Hall from the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road off Belvedere Road, please use the Southbank Centre Square Doors. The JCB Glass Lift is situated at this entrance and will take you to all floors. All floors are accessible from the main foyer on Level 2. If you need further assistance, our Visitor Assistants are here to help you.

You can also use the external lift near the Artists' Entrance on Southbank Centre Square to reach Mandela Walk, Level 2. 

We welcome wheelchair users and guide companion dogs. 

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More about Access & facilities

Parking

Blue Badge holders and those with access requirements can be dropped off on the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road off Belvedere Road (the road between the Royal Festival Hall and the Hayward Gallery).

There are four Blue Badge parking spaces available for visitors located on the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road. Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and are free to use. You must display your Blue Badge as you enter the site. Vehicles that do not display a Blue Badge are refused entry.

Blue Badge parking at National Theatre

Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting the Southbank Centre can be found at the National Theatre car park (330 metres). If you are visiting the Hayward Gallery, just take your badge and car park ticket to the Ticket Desk in the gallery foyer for validation before you leave.

Please note: when the National Theatre building is closed (on Sundays, and on days without performances) there is no step-free access from the car park. Please contact the National Theatre directly to check before travelling. Call 020 7452 3961 or email [email protected]

Alternative parking is available nearby at the APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park (490 metres), subject to charges.

Blue Badge parking at APCOA Cornwall Road

Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting the Southbank Centre can also be found at the South Bank Car Park – APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park. Just take your badge and car park ticket to the parking attendant office at the entrance to the car park for validation before you leave.

A drop-off point at the Royal Festival Hall (30 metres) has been created for visitors who are unable to walk from alternative car parks.

Our Access Scheme

If you have any access requirements, please sign up to our Access Scheme for discounts, wheelchair spaces, dedicated seats and free companion tickets. You can also join our mailing list to get news about accessible events and exhibitions.

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