Touretteshero Pit Party - Brewing in the Basement


Jess Thom as Touretteshero

An immersive theatrical event which invites audiences to question access to the arts. 

Touretteshero are going to mix things up in The Pit with an immersive theatrical event this Guy Fawkes weekend. Brewing in the Basement will be a catalyst for creativity; bringing everyone together to laugh, experiment and share ideas in a lively and collaborative environment. This is an invitation to rethink and explore what access to the arts for everyone means whilst challenging traditional boundaries of contemporary theatre.

Through a series of interdisciplinary and inclusive activities and performances, Touretteshero’s imaginative takeover celebrates the UK’s thriving disability arts scene. The event culminates in a parade through the Barbican Centre to celebrate diversity, difference, and disability culture.

All activities, performances and parades are accessible. They are also relaxed, which means you’re welcome to move around and make noise at any time.

Fri 3 Nov: 9.30am-3pm
Facilitated activities, performances and a parade for school groups.
If you are interested in bringing a group to this performance, please contact Group Bookings 020 7382 7211 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or

Sat 4 Nov: 12-5pm
Facilitated activities, performances and a parade for everyone.

Sat 4 Nov: 6-10pm
Performances, music and dancing for everyone.

The Pit Party is two days of activity principally in The Pit but also encompassing the wider Barbican spaces, presented by a guest artist, producer or organisation. Fluid in its format, the Pit Party invites arts practitioners to curate a programme of work by multiple artists that excite them, and offers time for audiences and artists to socially interact in a relaxed environment. The inaugural Pit Party took place in 2016, curated by nitroBEAT. It returns this September for nitroBEAT Pit Party: Suckerpunch Boom Suite.


Presented by the Barbican and Touretteshero


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