Hear the compelling story of a person's struggle to build a world of their own in this moving play from the innovative Faroese theatre company, based on true events.
Castle of Joy is inspired by the life and work Pól Jóhannus Poulsen, also called Joy. Born in 1925, Pól Jóhannus lived in a small village in the Faroe Islands and was excluded from his society because he was considered to be different. However, this didn’t stop him from pursuing his dreams of constructing a world of tangled jumble.
Featuring intense physicality, an imaginative set and a tender score with live piano playing, this epic tale of love, loss and art draws parallels with the Faroe Islands’ own struggle for independence against colonisation.
Det Ferösche Compagnie is a Faroese theatre group that strives to create innovative and experimental work with research and devising as vital parts of the process.
Running time: 2 hours, including a 20 minute interval
Contains smoke effects and scenes of a violent nature.
Age guidance: 12+
Thu 29 Feb, The Pit
Free to same-day ticket holders.
Performed in English and Faroese.
Presented by the Barbican.
Images by Gwenaël Akira Helmsdal Carré.
Wheelchair spaces, free companion seats may now be booked online.
Please select the relevant preferences on the access registration page during your booking so we can provide you with the correct information and discounts.
Booking a wheelchair space:
Select a seat displaying the wheelchair user icon and then select wheelchair user ticket type. The ticket will be priced at the lowest price for that event. If you need an essential companion, please select the E icon next to the wheelchair space you have selected.
Booking essential companion tickets:
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Groups can book at a 20% discount, subject to availability. Contact [email protected] to make a group booking.
£8*, subject to availability.
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£1.50 booking fee per online/phone transaction.
No fee when tickets are booked in person.
Booking fees are per transaction and not per ticket. If your booking contains several events the highest booking fee will apply. The booking fee may be reduced on certain events. Members do not pay booking fees.
The Pit is located on Level -2 within the main Barbican building and can be accessed via the stairs or lifts on Level G, next to the doors to the Lakeside Terrace.
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The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
The Pit floor (level minus 2) can be reached via the main lifts – please note that only two of the four lifts go to this floor. Access Step-free access from the Pit floor foyer to any front-row seat. All other seats lead off stepped aisles.
Spaces for two wheelchair users in the front row (at stage level), with companion seats. Front row seats are also suitable for people with limited mobility.
Because space in the auditorium is limited, we recommend that you leave your dog to be cared for by a member of the foyer staff during the performance.
Amplified sound is provided through a headset for people with impaired hearing. Audio-described performances use a wireless network to relay through a headset a live description of the scenery, costumes, facial expressions and action. Headsets are available. You can obtain one 30 minutes before the performance from the programme desk inside the Pit Theatre entrance.
Large-print exhibition information
To request a large print copy, please call the Theatre on 020 7638 8891 before your visit.
For more access information, please visit our Accessibility section.