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Still Life: Flesh

London International Mime Festival

This UK début by rising stars of Belgium’s acclaimed contemporary theatre scene forces us to think about who we are and how much we need others.

Still Life’s wordless dark burlesque in four short acts makes us lose all sense of proportion as we try to stifle appalled but helpless laughter.  From the awkwardness of a hospital visit, a sophisticated celebration party for two, an embarrassing Titanic movie VR experience to a bizarre, post-funeral family gathering in a pub.

FLESH was conceived and directed by Sophie Linsmaux and Aurelio Mergola. Still Life is a Brussels based company making playful, disruptive drama about our need for affection and recognition. This UK premiere follows an acclaimed run at the 2022 Avignon Festival.

Running time: 1 hour and 20 minutes, no interval

Age guidance: 14+ (with adult themes, including death and surgery)

BSL-interpreted performance, Thu 26 Jan
Interpreted by Martin Fox Roberts

Post-show talk, Thu 26 Jan
Free to same-day ticket holders (BSL-interpreted by Martin Fox Roberts)


Presented by the Barbican in association with London International Mime Festival

Executive producer: Théâtre Les Tanneurs (Brussels)

Co-produced by Centre culturel de Huy (Belgium); Kinneksbond Centre culturel Mamer (Luxembourg); La Coop asbl & Shelter Prod (Brussels)

With the support of the Ministry of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation Theatre Department, Théâtre national Wallonie-Bruxelles,, ING tax-shelter of the Belgian federal government, Wallonia Brussels Cultural Centre

Created with the help of the Centre des Arts scéniques (Mons), Bloom Project (Brussels), Festival de Liège, du 140 (Brussels)


A white lady with long brown hair is wearing a VR headset and a body vest that reads 'Wonder Games'. They have one hand on their neck and another outstretched in front of them.

Digital Programme: FLESH

Discover more about the show and the creative team behind it in this digital programme, featuring an interview with Still Life's co-directors Sophie Linsmaux and Aurelio Mergola.

A person wearing a bandage around their head sits on a sofa, while another person kneels in front of them and pulls at the skin on their face.

Read: The Word Made Flesh

‘We wanted to create a theatre without words that was meaningful'. 

In this Total Theatre article, discover more about the creation of Flesh from Still Life's founders and co-directors Sophie Linsmaux and Aurelio Mergola.


‘Comedy that can deal with serious business. Brilliant‘
Broadway World
‘Sensitive and powerful‘
Toute La Culture
‘A hit!‘