If the world's most famous mime artist, Marcel Marceau, were to be asked what he thought of the London International Mime Festival, he'd probably throw his arms in the air, smile an ear-to-ear smile, wave his hands excitedly about and make a kind of "wow" expression with his mouth (after he's finished smiling). He might even start doing that kind of thing where you pretend to try to walk against the wind with an umbrella, but that would be just showing off.
I realise the idea of Marceau fielding questions about London's upcoming mime festival is a little on the fantastical side. He is, after all, dead. But there's no harm in having a little fun thinking about it.
The acclaimed London International Mime Festival returns for another 18-day run of spectacular contemporary visual theatre, bringing together more than 15 theatre companies from around the world.
The fun begins on 10th January with a performance by leading British aerial theatre company Ockham's Razor. The venues for this festival are carefully chosen too, with this show taking place at the impressive Platform Theatre, part of the new University of the Arts complex located around the back of King's Cross station.
Other venues include the Barbican Pit and Theatre, the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House, the Roundhouse Studio, and the Soho Theatre.
If you're not too familiar with the world of mime, it can be pretty tricky choosing the right show to go and see. But don't worry, the organisers have considered that and put together a helpful 'choosing' webpage. With headings like 'shows using puppetry', 'shows using circus skills', 'shows using new technology' and 'suitable for children 7 years and over', selecting your show/s will be a breeze.
And besides all the wonderfully creative performances there'll also be plenty of opportunities to get involved yourself. Check out the list of fabulous-sounding workshops such as 'how to be stupid' and 'the pleasure of juggling'. Places are of course limited for these events so be sure to book early if you're interested.
There are also a number of 'meet the artist' events where you can do just that. Returning to the stage a few minutes after the end of their show, it's an excellent opportunity to ask the performers about their work, and as far as I know, they'll actually speak their answers rather than mime them. Sessions last about half an hour.
The London International Mime Festival offers entertaining theatre of the highest quality. If you've been before, it's a safe bet you'll be going again. But if you've never attended a show at this popular festival, grab some tickets quick.