Tue 18 Jan to Wed 19 Jan

London International Mime Festival 2022

Jean-Daniel Broussé - (le) PAIN

£18 / £14 concs

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Don't miss the first solo show from Jean-Daniel Broussé, well known internationally as one half of the hugely successful Nikki & JD acro duo. 

JD was born to inherit the French bakery run by four generations of his family. Instead, he studied history and literature, then ‘ran away to join the circus’, training at London’s National Centre for Circus Arts. He has performed with top UK contemporary circus groups including Barely Methodical Troupe and Ellie Dubois’ Superfan, and with Nikki Rummer in the multi award-winning Knot.

In his first solo show JD travels acrobatically through a universe of bread-making, physical heroics and growing up queer in strait-laced provincial France. His collaborator and director is Ursula Martinez, the writer and performer of whom The Daily Telegraph predicted ‘in a few years’ time will be formally adopted as a national treasure’. 

Duration: 55mins (no interval)

Age Recommendation: 14+ (contains nudity)

Accessibility: BSL Interpreted performance and post-show talk on Wed 19 Jan 22.


Post-Show Talk, Wed 19 Jan 22:
Join artists involved in the show for a discussion about the work. This will be BSL Interpreted.

 "JD, with his French charm, has you in stitches” - One4Review 

"And every time (JD) Broussé make (himself) vulnerable before us, we love (him) that little bit more" - The Scotsman 

"A rare treat to see acrobatic prowess mixed with soulfulness"  - Culture Tiger 

(le) PAIN is presented as part of London International Mime Festival 2022.

Watch this short video to get an extra insight into the show from Festival Team Directors Helen Lannaghan & Joseph Seelig OBE:


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How to watch

This is a live performance in The Place theatre. 

Please note: We are doing everything we can to ensure the safety and experience of our performers and audiences. With that in mind, we are continuing to sell at a reduced capacity with a view to increase to full capacity should the conditions allow for it. As a result, the seating layout may change between the time of your booking and the performance date, therefore seating may not be socially distanced. Please rest assured that our aim will be to operate our front of house areas and auditorium within recommendations for safety. If you have any questions please contact

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Production Credits:
Devised and performed by: Jean-Daniel Broussé 
Director: Ursula Martinez 
Movement Director: Leah Marojevic 
Acrobatic Consultant: Charlie Wheeller 
Lighting Design: Elliot Griggs 
Costumes: Max Allen 
Producer: Di Robson (

Funded by Arts Council England Lottery Funded, Jerwood Circus Residencies 

Co-commissioned by London International Mime Festival and Warwick Arts Centre  

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Times: 7.30pm
Duration: 55 mins
Venue: at The Place

This event is part of Spring Season 2022

Spring Season 2022

We're delighted to announce a fantastic programme of live performances in our theatre.

London International Mime Festival 2022

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Nikki Rummer's performances of Unbroken have been postponed until 5 & 6 April 2022.