performance & dance

Same Same... But Different

Part of Imagine Children's Festival

Colour, dance, music and storytelling combine in a playful family show by Sonia Sabri Company exploring difference and belonging.

Mixing Kathak, hip-hop and contemporary dance with physical storytelling, the three performers conjure a magical atmosphere that celebrates our individuality, diversity and the bonds which connect us all.

The piece is inspired by the well-known Anglo-Asian phrase ‘same same, but different’, meaning two things are similar, but not exactly the same.

Same Same... But Different has been created in collaboration with a number of primary schools in Birmingham and London.

The children’s creative ideas and lived experiences of being different and belonging have been brought into the show.

The award-winning Sonia Sabri Company is known for dazzling, lively performances created by Directors Sonia and Sarvar Sabri.

With dramaturg Sue Buckmaster, artistic director of Theatre Rites, they have created a feelgood celebratory dance theatre show for everyone to enjoy.

Dates & times

23 Feb 2020
Approximate run time: 60 mins
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Royal Festival Hall
Blue Room, Level 1


£12 adult £9 child
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
£12 adult £9 child


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need to know

Age recommendation
For ages 5+

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Access information
For D/deaf, partially d/Deaf and EAL/ESOL and non-English speaking audiences: this performance is highly visual in style and there is no spoken English. The show is accessible without a signer or captions.

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