performance & dance
performance & theatre

The Portal

This event has been cancelled as we are currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis.

Find yourself right in the middle of an immersive theatrical world that takes in 4,000 years of dance culture, from ancient rite to banging club.

It’s 1988, the second summer of love. Martin Green (now fearless inventor and accordion player in folk trio Lau) is morris dancing at dawn while the ravers are still going in the next field. What’s the difference? What’s the same?

You are coming with us. Martin Green leads a crew of world-class musicians and performers in a mind-altering, bespoke audience experience, brought to life by superstar director Wils Wilson, that asks if trance state is actually part of the culture of these islands, and we’ve just forgotten it. Or denied it.

Pass through The Portal and become part of this beautiful and exhilarating world of music, movement and ritual.

There ain’t no party like an experimental morris dance theatrical rave party.

Here in its London premiere, The Portal was created by Martin Green, directed by Wils Wilson. Featuring original music by Martin Green and James Holden, with live performance from BBC Award winner Brìghde Chaimbeul.

A Lepus production commissioned in partnership with Southbank Centre.

Dates & times

Approximate run time: 75 mins
Run times may vary, find out more
    • Tue 21 July 2020
      • 8:00 pm
    • Wed 22 July 2020
      • 6:30 pm
      • 8:45 pm
    • Thu 23 July 2020
      • 6:30 pm
      • 8:45 pm
    • Fri 24 July 2020
      • 6:30 pm
      • 8:45 pm
    • Sat 25 July 2020
      • 6:00 pm
      • 8:45 pm
    • Sun 26 July 2020
      • 3:30 pm
      • 6:30 pm


Purcell Room


£22, preview on 21 July £14
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
£14, £22


25% off (limited availability)
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need to know

Age recommendation
For ages 16+

Southbank Centre takes a strong view on secondary ticketing. We require the lead booker to attend (photo ID may be requested). Tickets can only be resold by Southbank Centre or one of its authorised agents.

Event information
Please meet at Queen Elizabeth Hall Ticket Office 15 minutes before the scheduled performance start time to collect your tickets and receive directions to the event meeting point.

Latecomers are not admitted, so please arrive in advance of the event's listed start time.

All bags and other items need to be checked into the event cloakroom, including mobile phones. Food and drinks are not permitted.

Access information
This performance is promenade and requires audiences to climb and descend stairs. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

There is an accessible route into the performance, which requires those who are unable to use stairs to use a stair lift and a second large lift.

To join our free Access Scheme and book tickets for these services, call our Ticket Office on 020 3879 9555 or email
Find out more about our Access Scheme

The Portal Trailer