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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
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Look For The Purple Udder

If you see a giant upside down purple udder as you travel through London, do not worry, it is not time to call a psychologist. You are not going mad. Yet. The humorously shaped structure has recently become an annual fixture at London South Bank. The 410 capacity pop-up theatre is the venue for Udderbelly's four-month spring/summer festival, which will be holding countless events between the 12th April - 14th July. With everything from stand-up comedy, musical theatre, and children's clubs, the Udderbelly Festival will be an endless stream of entertainment for the whole family.

The Opening Gala on 12th April starts at 7pm and provides just a taster of what is in store. For example, The Boy With Tape on His Face is a stand-up mime comedy show. Exactly how does that work? Your guess is as good as mime (cue groans). There will also be a preview from Andrew Maxwell: That's The Spirit and Ian Stone: The Stone Agenda.

Other shows will include the Irish Hip-Hop rhythms of Abandonman, and Austentaious, which is an improvised comedy drama based on the novels of Jane Austen. Head back to the 80s with The Forgery Club or watch the ultimate gymnastic competition with Circus Maximus. Twenty of the UK's hottest circus acts will fight it out in four dazzling heats before competing in the final on the 28th May. The winners will be voted for by the audience. Another acrobatic act is Flown; with flying ironing boards and swing drum kits, I would recommend avoiding the front seats.

The Festival of the Spoken Nerd will be an explosive night of live experiments in maths, music, and science, while the globetrotting Glen Wool will be exploring myths and hilarious tales.

If you are looking for something specifically aimed at kids, then look no further than the Slapdash Galaxy puppet show or a production of Robin Hood. There will also be a Comedy Club 4 Kids.

Ticket prices for the show range between 10-22.50.
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Why? Fun for families
When: 12th April - 14th July
Phone: 0844 545 8252
Where: Southbank Centre
Cost: 10 - 22.50
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