A photo of Little Amal, walking alongside the River Thames. In the background you can see Tower Bridge. The puppet looks to its right, with her hands held up and apart.

The Walk

Sat 23 Oct 2021
Edmond J. Safra
Fountain Court

The Walk makes a stop at Somerset House, bringing a specially choreographed dance to our courtyard, in welcome to Little Amal. 

Arts, culture and humanitarian organisations across London are coming together to welcome Little Amal when she visits the capital from 22 – 25 October as part of The Walk, a travelling festival of hope created by Good Chance Theatre and Handspring Puppet Company. 

The Walk is a 4-month long 8,000 km journey made by Little Amal, a 3.5m tall puppet of a 9-year-old Syrian refugee girl, travelling to Manchester from the Syrian border in search of her mother, shining a light on the stories of the millions of displaced refugee children she represents.  At this time of multiple crises, her urgent message to the world is “Don’t forget about us”.

After crossing Waterloo Bridge, Little Amal will arrive at Somerset House, to be welcomed by a 20-minute dance in our courtyard.

An inter-generational cast of 55 dancers perform a specially commissioned performance piece titled All Under the Same Moon. With choreography by contemporary dance artist Ruby Portus, live music from Baque Luar, a London based collective of female vocalists and percussionists and costumes by designer Poppy Lees. The cast will include alumni from the National Youth Dance Company and the Company of Elders both of which are based at Sadler’s Wells alongside 20 children from Sadler’s Wells Associate Schools. Join us for this family party to welcome Little Amal to London.

Please note this is an outdoor performance, and in the case of heavy rain the performance will not go ahead. This will be a standing performance, but some limited seating will be available for those with access needs.

Find out more about Little Amal's journey here.