Yes, it has mime in the title; no, it’s not men pretending to be trapped in boxes. London’s annual visual theatre fest is packed with the world’s boldest, most forward-looking shows. These are the ones to watch.
From leotard-wearing leopards to back-flipping gorillas, an international crew of young circus performers become a menagerie in this moody and magical show.
Jacksons Lane. Jan 11-Jan 14.
Telling the story of a kid who dreams of being able to fly, French artist Magalie Rousseau’s show (pictured) features an ingenious group of steam-powered flying machines. Icarus, eat your heart out.
Barbican Centre. Jan 23-27.
Rubber-limbed Mime Fest regular Trygve Wakenshaw teams up with fellow Kiwi Barnie Duncan for a giggle-worthy physical-theatre vision of office life.
Soho Theatre. Until Jan 20. £9-£20.
There’s smoke and mirrors galore in this enchanting show from Finland. Magician Kalle Nio conjures Victorian-style stage tricks, cinematic visuals and an ice-cool twenty-first-century soundtrack.
Platform Theatre. Jan 10-Jan 13.
This Lynchian physical-theatre show from Belgium explores the weirdness of birthing another human in a series of eye-bendingly surreal scenes. Parenthood never looked so scary.
Barbican Centre. Jan 24-27.
Check out our complete guide to the London International Mime Festival, which runs Jan 10-Feb 3.