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Jean-Daniel Broussé
(le) PAIN

String Theatre
18 - 19 Jan
The PappyShow
18 - 19 Jan

The Place Theatre

London Premiere
Tue 18 - Wed 19 Jan

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Runs: 55 mins / no interval
Age Guidance: 14+ (contains nudity)
£18 (£16 conces) plus booking fees. Discounts apply
no fee for in person at the box office
Tel: 020 3820 0793

BSL interpreted performance:
Wed 19 Jan
After-show discussion:
Wed 19 Jan (BSL interpreted)

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"A rare treat to see acrobatic prowess mixed with soulfulness"

Culture Tiger

First solo show from Jean-Daniel Broussé, well known internationally as one half of the hugely successful Nikki & JD acro duo.

JD was born to inherit the French bakery run by four generations of his family. Instead, he studied history and literature, then ‘ran away to join the circus’, training at London’s National Centre for Circus Arts. He has performed with top UK contemporary circus groups including Barely Methodical Troupe and Ellie Dubois’ Superfan, and with Nikki Rummer in the multi award-winning Knot (see Jacksons Lane in the LIMF 2022 programme).

In his first solo show JD travels acrobatically through a universe of bread-making, physical heroics and growing up queer in strait-laced provincial France. His collaborator and director is Ursula Martinez, the writer and performer of whom The Daily Telegraph predicted ‘in a few years’ time will be formally adopted as a national treasure’.

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"JD, with his French charm, has you in stitches”


"And every time (JD) Broussé makes (himself) vulnerable before us, we love (him) that little bit more"

The Scotsman


JD Broussé


Devised and performed by Jean-Daniel Broussé
Director: Ursula Martinez
Movement Director: Leah Marojevic
Acrobatic Consultant: Charlie Wheeller
Lighting Design: Elliot Griggs
Costumes: Max Allen
Producer: Di Robson (
Funded by Arts Council England Lottery, Jerwood Circus Residencies
Co-commissioned by London International Mime Festival
and Warwick Arts Centre