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The Nature of Why | Southbank Centre

The stage becomes a site of discovery in this up-close-and-personal dance experience.

The Nature of Why is choreographed by Caroline Bowditch, conducted by Charles Hazlewood, and directed by Caroline Bowditch and Charles Hazlewood.

The piece is supported by Stavros Niarchos Foundation, with additional support from We The Curious, and is produced by The Paraorchestra and Friends, and MAYK. Commissioned and supported by the Unlimited programme, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Arts Council England.

‘When you are asking why?, you have to be in some framework that allows something to be true.’ [Richard Feynman]

Show dates and times
Wednesday 5th September
3:00pm & 7:30pm

Access information
The Nature of Why is a standing show. We will have a limited number of seats available for those who have difficulty standing for long periods.

A Touch Tour is available before each performance. For the 3pm show the Touch Tour will begin at 2pm and for the 7:30pm show it will begin at 6:15pm

Both shows will be Audio Described by Rationale Method. The Audio Description will be delivered via headsets.

We advise audience members to book these services in advance. To do this please call our Ticket Office on 020 3879 9555 or email


Part of Unlimited

Born out of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Southbank Centre's Unlimited is a biennial festival with further Arts Council funding secured until 2020.

At the heart of the festival is the Unlimited commissions programme delivered by Shape Arts and Artsadmin. Supporting established, emerging and international disabled artists across all artforms, this programme aims to embed work by disabled artists within the cultural sector, reach new audiences and shift perceptions. The programme is funded by Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, British Council and Spirit of 2012.

Image credit: Paul Blakemore

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