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What to see at the LIFT 2014 theatre festival

Discover what the rest of the world is up to by catching some of the remarkable shows arriving at venues all over the city as part of London International Festival of Theatre this June


Symphony of a Missing Room

LIFT 2014 kicks off this mind-blowing show from experimental artists Lundahl & Seitl. It's an immersive experience that uses extreme audio and visual trickery to take you on a tour into a 'hidden room' that only exists in your mind.

Royal Academy of Arts, May 19 - Jun 8

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The Roof

The jewel in the crown of this year's LIFT,  ‘Roof’ will occupy a purpose-built performance space on top of the car park opposite the National Theatre. Based around free-running and the visual language on computer games, the late night show will require you to do headphones and watch performers engage in some incredibly violent athletic feats. And in something of a bonus, the venue – also called The Roof – features its own bar, Saltbox, which will be open daily to ticket users and non-ticket users alike.

The Roof, May 30 - Jun 28

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Subversive deconstruction of hip-hop theatre cliches from choreographer Bruno Beltrão's in a show where all the choreography was sourced from movements captured in random internet recordings.

Sadler's Wells, Jun 4 - Jun 6

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German performance collective She She Pop are joined on stage by their actual fathers in a work based on Shakespeare's 'King Lear' about the absurd complexities of relationship between generations.

Barbican Centre, Jun 3 - Jun 7

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Opus 7

Giant puppets, duelling pianos, blizzards and newsprint and more are put on stage in Russian director Dmitry Krymov madcap performance piece about the oppression of Jews and the role of artists in the Soviet era.

Barbican Centre, Jun 4 - Jun 8

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Museum of Water

A museum with a difference, Amy Sharrock's creation, to be found deep in the underground spaces in Somerset House, looks at our relationship with h20. Items featured in the Museum of Water include a melted snowman and droplets from a baby's bath. It's all very relevant, what with the issue of access to fresh water becoming increasingly The Big Question. It's more of an actual museum collection, than a show, which is open 10am-6pm daily for people to browse.

Somerset House, Jun 6 - Jun 29

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This piece from Brazil from Renato Rocha and Keziah Serreau uses the philosophy of football to explore the issue of homelessness. Mixing spoken word, choreography and visuals to explore the global problem, the show has been staged as a promenade performance in collaboration with Street Child World Cup.

Hackney Downs Studios, Jun 9 - Jun 21

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Marrying digital technology with live theatre performance, Elastic Future present this world premiere of a piece that hopes to use new technology to stage live theatre to people across countries. Using Google Hangouts - an instant messaging platform launched last year by the internet company - as a theatrical space, the piece should mean there will be a performance live online available to view across continents. A gallery installation about the project will also be at Watermans Arts Centre from June 9-23. Created as part of the London International Festival of Theatre.

Various, Jun 9 - Jun 23

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A supermarket-set satire on Japanese consumerism from Toshiki Okada. We're assured the work captures the 'unease, self-centredness and cynicism' of his characters so astutely that no translation is required, though there will in fact be subtitles.

Artsdepot, Jun 10 - Jun 11

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The Shipment

In making 'The Shipment', gloriously controversial Korean-American theatre maker Young Jean Lee set herself the most uncomfortable task she could think of: researching and making a play about the African-American experience.

Barbican Centre, Jun 10 - Jun 14

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Red Forest

The eternally brave, deeply political Belarus Free Theatre return to the Young Vic with a new production that explores what happens when an ecological disaster hits and communities are left without democratic infrastructure.

Young Vic, Jun 12 - Jul 5

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A UK premiere of this French piece . Taking the form of a promenade carnival, musicians and players wander the streets of London in a funeral procession that begins at dusk in a show from French company Rara Woulib that explores Haitian Voodoo beliefs.

Various, Jun 20 - Jun 21

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Michael Essien, I Want To Play As You

A show about the hidden stories of the people who believe football is their way out of poverty, devised with a group of African migrant footballers.

Stratford Circus, Jun 24 - Jun 25

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Next Day

Belgian theatre company CAMPO explore how young people really think in a show that looks at what adults do from the perspective of children aged 8-11.

Unicorn Theatre, Jun 26 - Jun 28

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After A War

The great Forced Entertainment invite 25 artists from all over the world to reflect on the global impact of the legacy of WWI. Artists from countries such as Germany, Belgium, Lebanon, Egypt and Argentina will create a series of shows which mark the war's centenary. Pieces take place at the Southbank Centre and the event culminates in an entire building takeover of Battersea Arts Centre.

Battersea Arts Centre, Jun 24 - Jun 29

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The Great War

Dutch company Hotel Modern try to make the experiences of soldiers in the trenches tangible though this piece which makes the audience witness to the western front. Part of LIFT's After the War programme.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Jun 24 - Jun 26

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The Year I Was Born

The UK premiere of this piece from performer born in Pinochet's Chile. The actors tell the stories of their parents’ lives in this verbatim theatre piece from Argentinian artist Lola Arias.

Purcell Room, South Bank, Jun 24 - Jun 26

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The Notebook

Based on the 1986 novel by Hungarian writer Agota Kristof, brilliant experimental company Forced Entertainment's 'The Notebook' tells of two brothers evacuated to the countryside during WWII. Part of the company's LIFT 'After A War' series. Ages 16-plus.

Battersea Arts Centre, Jun 24 - Jun 26

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A Dream Turns Sour

The world premiere of the new show from musical cabaret avant-gardists The Tiger Lillies. The piece explores British WWI poetry into songs and the night should be imbued with a tinge of opera, Gypsy-song and black humour. The dark, music hall aficionados are usually an alt-cabaret treat. Part of the London International Festival of Theatre or LIFT 2014.

Battersea Arts Centre, Jun 28 - Jun 29

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Get your cultural fix for June with Time Out's round up of the shows at the London International Festival of Theatre.

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