Saturday December 13th, 2014 00:01

The Festive Season in London 2014


And the ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events happening this festive season are…

CIRCUS: Timber! | Queen Elizabeth Hall | 21-31 Dec (pictured)
This big, beardy, banjo-playing axe-travaganza by Quebec’s world-acclaimed Cirque Alfonse finds the whole Alfonse family – from 66 year-old grandpa Alain, to three year-old grandson Arthur – going down to the woods for some good old plank-balancing, log-chucking and saw-craft, with live traditional folk sing-songs thrown in to (steel capped) boot. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Adam Riches – Adam of The Riches | Soho Theatre | until 3 Jan
Fosters Comedy Award-winning character champ Adam Riches – the king of, let’s say, ‘highly insistent’ audience interaction – presents this big, bold smartly played hour of in-your-face foolishness. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Tony Law – Enter The ToneZone | Soho Theatre | 29 Dec – 17 Jan 2015
Sharp-witted Canadian nonsensicalist Tony Law crash-lands with this ‘life-affirming, life-changing’ show, which features magical shapes, one original song (and no more!) and fits of interpretative dancing, albeit dancing that interprets both world events and the fear of death. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Rinse Boxing Day w/ Waze & Odyssey + P Money + Newham Generals | Fabric |  26 Dec
As is a tradition as old as grime, Rinse’s Boxing Day pile-on is live at Fabric again, with this year’s featuring lords-of-house Waze & Odyssey, Lewisham MC P Money, Forest Gate-based crew Newham Generals, bass producer Plastician, nu garage producer Chris Lorenzo, fast-rising grime clique The Square (feat Novelist), and loads more. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Spoony’s House Boxing Day Special | The Jazz Café | 26 Dec
As for Rinse FM’s Friday night man DJ Spoony, he’ll be hosting this party at the Jazz Café in Camden, where he’ll be joined by Norris ‘Da Boss’ Windross, DJ Talent and MC Ranking for a night of UK Garage and soulful house. There’ll be Christmas giveaways on the night too, apparently. More info here.

MUSIC: Backto95 Boxing Day Special | The Scala | 26 Dec
Meanwhile, they’ll be heading Backto95 at The Scala, with the Kings Cross venue split into four rooms covering different genres. The main room will have old skool house and garage classics, headlined by Matt ‘Jam’ Lamont. Then there’ll be old skool jungle in the Glass Bar, soulful deep house hosted by in the Foyer Bar, and 80s/90s soul, R&B and bashment in the Balcony Bar. More info here.

MUSIC: Shut That Shit Down and Step Back Boxing Day Old School Special | Brixton Jamm | 26 Dec
Last bit of Boxing Day clubbing, and Shut That Shit Down and Step Back are teaming up for some junglist action at Brixton Jamm, which will specifically cover the years 1988 to 1994. DJs holding hard and fast to that rule will include Fabio, Grooverider, Randall, Edzy, 2 Bad Mice, Kenny Ken, Jumpin’ Jack Frost and Doc Scott. All the info here.

THEATRE: A Christmas Carol | Old Red Lion Theatre | until 3 Jan 2015
Dickens’ fable of a Christmas meanie redeemed is adapted in lively style by Neil Bartlett, with Gus Miller directing, and a cast of six on-the-ball actors playing all the parts in the story. “Our ensemble never leave the stage, so they are constantly playing with Scrooge, as characters or not – pushing, teasing and sometimes scaring him into his big change”, Miller tells ThisWeek London in a recent interview. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/COMEDY: Albert Einstein – Relatively Speaking | Southwark Playhouse | 20 Dec – 3 Jan 2015
E = MC FUN as theatre-maker and comic brainiac John Hinton gives his best Albert Einstein in this fact-checked (and, essentially entertaining) physics seminar, which is peppered with singing, rapping, theorising, and, Hinton tells ThreeWeeks, “little-known facts from Einstein’s life – that he invented a fridge and married his cousin, and the story of what became of his brain”. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Bette & Joan: The Final Curtain | St James Theatre | 3-9 Jan
Foursight Theatre tell a “compelling and original tale” in this surreal ‘undead’ spin on one of Hollywood’s most A-list diva rivalries, that of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Details and tickets here.

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Friday December 12th, 2014 00:01

Thursday 18 December 2014 in London

Stealing Sheep

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY/FILM: Heroes Grand Finale – The Secret Santa-Geddon | Grotto Of Comedy, Throgmorton St | 18 Dec
Okay, so whilst yes, we have already kind of tipped Bob Slayer’s ‘Grotto Of Comedy’ residency to-do at large, we haven’t pointed specifically to its grand finale. The event centres on the premiere of ‘Santageddon The Movie’, which was written and filmed on-site at the Grotto by Matt Highton and Stuart Laws, and stars Nick Helm, John Kearns, Gemma Whelan, Joz Norris, Pat Cahill, Beck Hill and… Bob Slayer! Aside from that, there’ll be a heavenly host of secret comics performing live on the night. Who exactly? Only Santa knows. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: End Of The Road Christmas Special w/ Stealing Sheep | Oslo | 18 Dec
Psych-folk trio Stealing Sheep (and their Mythopoeia Procession) headline this off-site spin-off of discerning Dorset fest End Of The Road, which will find the band celebrating Christmas (and themselves) with a live spectacle featuring The Harlequin Dynamite Marching Band, ‘galaxies and tapestries’ and other cool visual aids. And support on the night is from young psych-pop savant Kiran Leonard. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Sound Of Silence | Apiary Studios | 18-19 Dec
The unusually-capitalised AnOtherPlace Theatre Company present one of them ‘site-specific promenade events’, this time based on Jean Cocteau’s ‘The Sound Of Silence’, which follows an exasperated woman waiting for her lover. A room inside the Apiary Studios will serve as the self-contained apartment in which the play takes place, whilst another will act as a 1920s Parisian jazz bar; so places are limited by the size of the space. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday December 11th, 2014 00:01

Wednesday 17 December 2014 in London


And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Barry From Watford’s Bingo Bonanza | 100 Club | 17 Dec
Minty biscuit fanatic Barry From Watford, the trite OAP alias of comedian Alex Lowe, hosts this special game of bingo featuring ‘comic crooner’ Frank Sanazi, award-winning ‘Mrs Overall meets Beyonce’-style act Tina T’urner Tea Lady and, improbably, the real Boris Johnson. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Sheeps Festive Bash | The Invisible Dot | 17-21 Dec
Lamb-dressed-as-lamb-standard sketch crew Sheeps’ Liam Williams, Daran Johnson and Alistair Roberts present this moveable feast of song, skit and celebration, which takes place over five themed nights (‘variety’, ‘character’, ‘double acts/musical’, ‘stand-up’ and last but not least, ‘finale’), featuring friends-of-Sheeps like David Elms, Mae Martin, Josie Long, Kieran Hodgson, Oyster Eyes, Twins, Beard, Ivo Graham and MANY MORE. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/KIDS: Lionboy | Tricycle Theatre | 17 Dec – 10 Jan 2015
Live rhythms and circus tricks ‘become one’ in this story of a boy living in the future, who can talk to cats; and who teams with a floating big-top to save his parents when they’re kidnapped. ‘Lionboy’ is the latest show from Complicite, award-winning makers of last year’s ‘The Master And Margarita’. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday December 9th, 2014 00:01

Monday 15 Dec 2014 in London

Brain Of Brittain

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

CABARET: Slightly Fat Features – Variety Soup | Leicester Square Theatre | 15-29 Dec
A daft and noisy variety jolly from smash-hit man-gang Slightly Fat Features, this show is a hotchpotch of circus and physical skills, musical mash-ups and choreographed chaos. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY/KIDS: The Santa Claus Science Experiment | Bloomsbury Theatre | 15-21 Dec
Imagine if Santa was arrested by MI5, and the elves tried to save Christmas by having a go at recreating his holly jolly, roly poly magic with a bit of help from… a team of scientists? Well imagine no longer, at least not if you go and watch this neat idea for an alternative family panto scripted by inimitable entertainer (and shining star of the ThisWeek London Podcast) Tiernan Douieb and CBBC’s Big Howard, aka Howard Read; which does exactly that. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Brain Of Brittain | New Diorama Theatre | 15 Dec (pictured)
Get inside the oversized mind of brainy comic playwright Jon Brittain, maker of acclaimed ‘camp odyssey’ ‘Margaret Thatcher Queen Of Soho’, via this showcase of his six “least worst” short plays, banner titled ‘Funny Funny Funny Little Bit Poignant The End’, which he’s even deigned to direct. Amongst the plays on display are sex satire ‘Everybody’s Doing It’, ‘Star Trek’ re-imagining ‘To Boldly Go’ and ‘poignant bit’ ‘Shadows’, which follows a man’s repeated attempts to have a conversation with his daughter. Details and tickets here.

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Monday December 8th, 2014 00:01

Sunday 14 December 2014 in London

The Free Association

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: The Free Association + People People + Panthercannon | COG ARTSpace | 14 Dec (pictured)
Relatively newly-improvised improv all-stars The Free Association – a hybrid team featuring comics from Austentatious, Showstoppers and Lazy Susan, and both of Max & Ivan – headline their own night at COG Arts’ flagship space, also inviting along up and coming guests in the shape of Ruth Bratt, Andrew Pugsley and David Reed’s dangerously spontaneous Panthercannon, and People People. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: McNeil & Pamphilon Go 8 Bit! Xmas Special! | Backyard Bar | 14 Dec
Leading ‘geek comedians’ (and stars of the ThisWeek London Podcast) Steve McNeil and Sam Pamphilon gift-wrap this Christmas-themed iteration of their tried and tested ‘8 Bit!’ gaming gig, which features festive forfeits c/o ‘Punishment Twat’ Will Hartley, and next level video-game challengers Alexis Dubus, Nish Kumar, Bec Hill, Matt Highton, Ellie Gibson, Lord Fear and Treguard off of ‘Knightmare Live!’. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Buke & Gase | Southbank Centre, Purcell Room | 14 Dec
Playing a cut-and-paste pop amalgam of handmade instruments the ‘buke’ (a smaller-than-usual six string guitar) and the ‘gase’, a cannibalised bass guitar, NYC musicians Aron Sanchez and Arone Dyer give a nod to 2010’s ‘Riposte’, 2013’s ‘General Dome’ and to future sonic doings, too. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday December 6th, 2014 00:01

Friday 12 December 2014 in London


And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

CABARET: The Night Before Winterval | Roundhouse | 12-20 Dec
Dusty Limits’ strictly non-Christmassy cabaret affair is hosted by anti-drag dame David Hoyle, and features special new bits by twisted mime The Ungewinster, the Kalki Hula Girl, Tom Baker and funny burlesque starlet Fancy Chance. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: This Is Your Trial | Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre | 12 Dec
An experimental new pretext for a night’s improvised entertainment, this family-friendly edition of ‘This Is Your Trial’ finds comedians Tim FitzHigham, John Hastings, Thom Tuck and Mark Dolan challenged to each hastily fabricate a defence strategy for a ‘guilty’ member of the audience. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Golem | Young Vic | until 17 Jan 2015 (pictured)
Dark-minded theatre-makers 1927 – who made tidal waves with their last play, ‘The Animals & Children Took To The Streets’; once again combine original animation, performance and a live score with this show that pits man against machine, posing the very modern question of whether or not men control technology, and vice versa. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday December 4th, 2014 00:01

Wednesday 10 December 2014 in London

City Of Angels

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Mostly Comedy w/ Doggett & Ephgrave + Joey Page | Leicester Square Theatre | 10 Dec
“Sparky” small-town absurdists Doggett & Ephgrave host this grab bag of stand-up, skits and sing-alongs from honorary ‘Mostly’ co-stars like the “spaced out” Joey Page, Dave Gorman-approved musical comic Jay Foreman, and livewire clown Holly Burn. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: City Of Angels | Donmar Warehouse | 10 Dec – 7 Feb 2015 (pictured)
Donmar AD Josie Rourke directs this revival of the now 20 year old ‘City Of Angels’, a noirish Hollywood story with a suave jazz score by Cy Coleman, witty lyrics by David Zippel and a book by comic screenwriter writer Larry Gelbart. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/KIDS: The Gruffalo’s Child | Artsdepot | 10 Dec – 4 Jan 2014
Featuring all the traits of an ideal children’s show, Tall Stories’ roaring musical offshoot of the hairy, scary Gruffalo franchise follows the cuddly beast’s child as she sneaks into the woods one wild and windy night, risking a meeting with the fabled Big Bad Mouse. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday December 3rd, 2014 00:01

Tuesday 9 December 2014 in London

Birthday Girls

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Birthday Girls – Party Vibes | Soho Theatre | 9-13 Dec (pictured)
Offbeat sketch cheerleaders (and jewels of this ThisWeek London Podcast and also interviewed here) Birthday Girls bring the ‘Party Vibes’ in this, their ‘present’ (present? Birthday? Never mind) headline show, a parade of weird characters, try-hard dancing and general liveliness. It’s directed by Tom Parry off of Pappy’s, if that makes any difference. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Crying Duck presents… The Meaning Of Christmas w/ Sunil Patel + Chris Betts + Nic & Amy | COG Artspace | 9 Dec
Crying Duck asked a crew of London’s top alternative comedians – not least Sunil Patel, Chris Betts, Chris Cantrill and Nic & Amy – what exactly Christmas means to them; and tonight, all will be revealed via a marketing presentation, some ill-fated carols, an ‘abridged office party’ and, naturally, the odd joke. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/COMEDY: It’s So Nice | Institut Francais | 9 Dec
A light-hearted bilingual show scripted by and starring actresses Lula Béry & Barbara Sylvain, ‘It’s So Nice’ riffs on the ambivalent, high-stakes relationship of queenly sixteenth century icons Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday December 2nd, 2014 00:01

Monday 8 December 2014 in London

Ultimate Painting

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Karl & Joz’s Over The Top Xmas Love-In w/ Bridget Christie + Tim Key + Josie Long + Sara Pascoe | Bloomsbury Theatre | 8 Dec
Karl (Schultz) and Joz (Norris), basically the Ant & Dec of alternative comedy, co-present this kissy-wissy Christmas benefit featuring festive mini sets by Bridget Christie, Sara Pascoe, Tim Key, John Kearns, Brian Gittins, Josie Long AND Liam Williams. All takings from the show will go to Karl’s Homeless & Unemployed Charity at the Salvation Army in Barking. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Nick Helm – Merry Christmas Motherfuckers | Soho Theatre | 8-20 Dec
Bearded man-megaphone and acquired taste Nick Helm shoves his mother-lovin Xmas show right in your face – BAM. It’s billed as one part songbook of Christmassy soft-rock standards, and all the other parts a Santa’s sack of gags, guts and gifts. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Ultimate Painting | The Lexington | 8 Dec (pictured)
An actually quite cool superband for a change, Ultimate Painting is Jack Cooper of art-rock band Mazes and James Hoare of art-rock bands Veronica Falls and also, The Proper Ornaments. Far out. So all in all that equates to a highly accomplished art-rock show, no doubt, from the simpatico pair, who released their first collaborative LP as UP, also titled ‘Ultimate Painting’, back in October. Oh, and support comes from Primitive Parts and Grimm Grimm, who are both just as good. Details and tickets here.

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Monday December 1st, 2014 00:01

Sunday 7 December 2014 in London


And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

CABARET: The Curiosity Cabaret – Episode 1 | The Old Operating Theatre | 7 Dec
Staged – amidst all the scary-looking tools, anatomical drawings and pickled ‘things’ – in the 50-seater Old Operating Theatre, the world’s first history of medicine cabaret (that I can think of) starts with an eye-popping talk by King’s College scholar Dr Anna Maerker, and ticks on in the company of the night’s host and ringmaster Dr Clive, and a menagerie of acts like uke-playing burleque man Desmond ‘not Des’ O’Connor and his ‘Once Bitten’ co-star Zoie Kennedy, and next-wave storyteller Rachel Rose Reid. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Rise Of The Idiots w/ Romesh Ranganathan + Phil Wang | The Exhibit, Balham | 7 Dec
Chiselled ex-E4 presenter Joe Dommett MCs the evening’s entertainment at the next Rise Of The Idiots; which features headliner-on-high (and noted grinch and cynic) Romesh Ranganathan mixing it in with the likes of comic climber and ‘Anti-Hero’ Phil Wang, and peppy comedian Jenny Collier. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Obama-ology | Finborough Theatre | until 16 Dec (pictured)
As America’s divisive President nears the end of his final term, this timely work from States-based playwright Aurin Squire follows a college grad who takes a job on the 2008 Obama campaign. Not only that, it also looks into the lives of the black minority of East Cleveland, whose hopes are lifted by the young canvasser. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday November 30th, 2014 00:01

Saturday 6 December 2014 in London

Phil Ellis

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Live At The Chapel w/ Adam Buxton + Alex Horne | Union Chapel | 6 Dec
This especially fine edition of The Invisible Dot’s always very fine LATC night is headlined by inventive tech geek Adam Buxton, MC’d by top brass host Alex Horne, and gives featured spots to prize-winning weirdo John Kearns, lord of grump Nish Kumar, plus Natasia Demetriou and Ellie White as the ‘Sexy American Girl Cousins’. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY/KIDS: Phil Ellis – Funz & Gamez | Soho Theatre | 6 Dec – 4 Jan 2015 (pictured)
Like, hate or tolerate the word ‘bonkers’, it’s at its most apt if applied to this Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Awards Panel Prize-winning family fun n game show from comic and king-of-giggles Phil Ellis; which arrives fitted with all the right trimmings (whimsical characters, prizes, a dog named Bonzo) for a silly good time. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Myths | Blue Elephant Theatre | Until 6 Dec
Last chance to catch this arch contemporary twist (as was recently featured on the ThisWeek London Podcast) on the various ‘Myths’ of Ancient Greece; as theatre creatives Hammer & Tongs invite us mortals to dodge snakes with Medusa’s stylists, drink protein shakes with the goddess of war, and peak into the dinner party tiffs on Mount Olympus. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday November 29th, 2014 00:01

Friday 5 December 2014 in London

The Bolt

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Adam Kay & The Amateur Transplants – Going For A #1 At Christmas | The Tabernacle | 5 Dec
Former doctor and now-musical-comic Adam Kay conducts his band The Amateur Transplants in an all singing, all glad-tidings-bringing Christmas show with a dark side to it, as (as was discussed in Kay’s ThisWeek London chat circa last Xmas) is his wont. Details and tickets here.

EXHIBITION: Bolt | GRAD | 6 Dec – 28 Feb 2015 (pictured)
The Gallery For Russian Arts & Design hosts this exhibition digging in to Dmitri Shostakovich’s anarchic ballet ‘Bolt’, a black industrial satire full of all kinds of shady behaviour, which was hit with a Soviet government ban shortly after its debut in 1931. The original show, which featured real hammers and machine-inspired acrobatics, is reanimated here via a lively free-entry display of weird and witty scenery and costumes. Details here.

MUSIC: Metronomy | Alexandra Palace | 5 Dec
Modular pop oddballs Metronomy cap a storming year – which shoved off with the springtime release of the band’s fourth LP ‘Love Letters’ – with this over-sized show at London’s Ally Pally. Support is from Australian songwriter and ‘Avant Gardener’ Courtney Barnett and linear synth man NZCA Lines. Details and tickets here.

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Friday November 28th, 2014 00:01

Thursday 4 December 2014 in London

Shamir Bailey

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Alfie Brown – Divorced From Reality (And My Wife) | Soho Theatre | until 6 Dec
Thought-provoking, button-pushing comic Alfie Brown dolls out his fourth show; “another screaming, pretentious, crusading monstrosity” (Brown’s words) based on his divorce, Bipolar Disorder, reality and morality at large. “It seems bizarre that we don’t ask questions, it seems weird that when we do people tell us we’re mad. I’m not mad, you’re not mad, society has Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy”, shouts its billing. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Shamir | Courtyard Theatre | 4 Dec (pictured)
Vegas-based “musician, comedian, singer, rapper, twerker, chef, writer, filmmaker” and “skinny fat ass” Shamir Bailey – who has all the quick-talking sass and panache of, say, Azealia Banks (only in a nineteen year old boy’s body) – celebrates his scene-stealing latest single ‘On The Regular’, and his recent signing to XL Recordings, with this headline show at the Courtyard Theatre. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone | Etcetera Theatre | 4-7 Dec
An interactive show for the Wikileaks generation by ‘ethical hacker’ Glenn Wilkinson and journalist Geoff White, ‘…Secret Life’ takes the proverbial cover off the pedestrian mobile phone, revealing the inner workings of the companies, places and individuals your phone is taking to without you knowing. Until now, that is. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday November 27th, 2014 00:01

Wednesday 3 December 2014 in London

3 Winters

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Heroes’ Grotto Of Comedy | 27c Throgmorton Street | 3-18 Dec
Stewart ‘the grinch’ Lee and a team of helper elves pitch camp at the lavish one-time site of Throgmorton’s restaurant for this comical Christmas sit-in, in aid of Shelter and Great Ormond St Hospital. One-off shows from Josie Long, Pappy’s, John Kearns, Phil Kay and Arthur Smith, a rare PA from Simon Munnery’s League Against Tedium alias and the Weirdos Alternative Panto all still to come, the Grotto’s first-night Xmas bonanza starts off with a game of John Robertson’s acclaimed ‘interactive multimedia experience’ The Dark Room. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Denai Moore | Conway Hall | 3 Dec
Hotly tipped singer Denai Moore released her intimate-feeling new single ‘I Swore’ earlier this year. Sharp-eared SBTRKT fans may have already heard Moore’s silver-lined vocal tones on his track ‘The Light’ too. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: 3 Winters | National Theatre | 3 Dec – 3 Feb 2015 (pictured)
Croatian-born Tena Stivicic’s hardy first play for the NT, which is directed by the well-versed Howard Davies, traces several generations of a single ‘eclectic’ family weathering the storm of war-beaten Zagreb between 1945-2011. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday November 25th, 2014 00:01

Monday 1 December 2014 in London

Hopelessly Devoted

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Richard Herring – Lord Of The Dance Settee | Leicester Square Theatre | 1-6 Dec
Noted observational comedian and pedant Richard Herring‘s apparently themeless latest comic enterprise features material on misheard lyrics, Mexican headgear, and “a man possible named ‘Dave Manager'”. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Hopelessly Devoted | Roundhouse | 1-6 Dec (pictured)
First seen at the Tricycle Theatre earlier this year, spoken word/hip hop artist and playwright Kate Tempest’s “devastatingly beautiful” prison-based drama follows life behind bars for one woman, Chess, who copes with isolation and missing loved ones by taking up a music course, and ‘the mic’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/COMEDY: Mark Thomas – Cuckooed | Tricycle Theatre | 1-13 Dec
Politically-galvanised journalist, activist and stand-up Mark Thomas shifts to the Tricycle his widely praised theatre piece ‘Cuckooed’ – a sort of autobiographical ‘live documentary’ about how, at one point, it came to light that a close friend of his was spying on him for Britain’s biggest arms dealer (yeah, really); having recently picked it over on the ThisWeek Podcast. Details and tickets here.

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Monday November 24th, 2014 00:01

Sunday 30 November 2014 in London

The Last Angel Of History

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Aziz Ansari – Live! | Hammersmith Apollo | 30 Nov
Sweet-talking ‘Parks And Recreation’ princeling Aziz Ansari plants his ‘larger than life’ solo stand-up show over at the Hammersmith Apollo, which deals with love, feminism, jizz bombs and Ja Rule. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY/FILM/MUSIC: Time Travel With Woody Allen | JW3 | 30 Nov
A Woody Allen-based bolt-on to this year’s Jewish Comedy Festival, this event lifts off with a screening of the love/hate director’s chillingly dystopian (not) sci-fi vehicle ‘Sleepers’, followed by space-age comic entertainment, cocktails and live jazz. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Inside Afrofuturism – The Last Angel Of History  | BFI Southbank | 30 Nov (pictured)
Part of the BFI and film curator Ashley Clarke’s rich-hued mini-season on Afrofuturism, this showing of John Akomfrah part real, part surreal 1996 ‘documentary’ on the metaphorical significance of AF itself is followed by a panel debate and, separately ticketed, a screening of John Sayles 80s sci-fi oddment ‘Brother From Another Planet’. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday November 23rd, 2014 00:01

Saturday 29 November 2014 in London

Barry Wise

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: The Barry Wise Wise Tour Of Soho | various locations | 29 Nov (pictured)
Join flat-capped Soho wideboy Barry Wise and his mate Clive for a 4pm or 6pm safari of one of London’s most dynamic locales. Disclaimer: the accuracy of pair’s facts on Soho’s fascinating history may vary, wildly, depending on the whiskey level in their hip flasks. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Soirée Subterranea w/ Phil Kay | ‘secret underground chamber’, Zone 2 | 29 Nov
‘Mad Abbot Sir Phil Of Kay’ (aka bearded Scotsman Phil Kay) presides over this medieval mix of sit down stand-up and absinthe-based rakishness, which is based loosely on Sir Francis Dashwood et al’s elite Hellfire Club of olde. The night is plotted like a ritual induction into a ‘tawdry brotherhood’ of monks, and will feature the profane comic stylings of honorary friars Ed Aczel, Nik Revell, Michael Brunström and Liberty Hodes; plus Rick Jones on the lute, and an all-important game of Edwardian animal impersonations. Details (which will be revealed on the day of the event) and tickets here.

DANCE: Fresh 2014 w/ Blue Boy Entertainment + Clément Dazin + James Wilton Dance | The Place | 29 Nov
This teen dream of a showcase features short and sweet works from a team of rising young dance companies (not least the jnr wing of Olivier-winning hip hop firm Blue Boy Entertainment), and ace choreographers Clément Dazin, James Wilton and Ben Duke. Details and tickets here.

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Friday November 21st, 2014 00:01

Thursday 27 November 2014 in London

Lou Sanders

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Lou Sanders In Another Great Show Again | Soho Theatre | 27-29 Nov (pictured)
“A genderless riot from a little old force-to-be-reckoned-with”, yells the billing for this show from comic host-with-the-most-boasts, the charmingly odd, “bubbly” and un-fussy Lou Sanders. “Sleaze: turned down. Clothed: fully”, the poster dutifully adds. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Argentine Film Festival | various locations | 27-30 Nov
Feting the best and freshest of Argentina’s new films; this year’s AFF features bigger-budget pictures like footballing animation ‘Metegol’ (Juan José Campanella’s first film since 2009’s acclaimed ‘The Secrets In Their Eyes’) and Natalia Meta sexy and stylised 1980s-set thriller ‘Death in Buenos Aires'; and smaller (if not any less great) films like Matías Lucchesi’s coming-of-age road movie ‘Natural Science’ is a moving, dance doc ‘Living Stars’, and photographer-come-filmmaker Alejandra Grinschpun’s glimpse of life on the fringes, the intimate ‘Street Years’. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: The Proper Ornaments + Virginia Wing | 100 Club | 27 Nov
Velveteen psych band The Proper Ornaments represent their latest LP ‘Wooden Head’ with a stop-off at iconic Oxford St dive 100 Club, with slinky avant-pop clique Virginia Wing as support. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday November 20th, 2014 00:01

Wednesday 26 November 2014 in London


And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY/PHYSICAL: Marion Deprez Is Gorgeous | The Vaults | 25-29 Nov
Pro clown Marion Deprez flips the notion of ‘beauty’ on its head (and then, as her next trick, flips herself on her head), proving via her carefree physical antics that the difference between a real woman, and an ideal one. This show is part of 2014’s glittering Mimetic Festival. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: AMP Collected w/ Låpsley + Dornik | ICA | 26 Nov
Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac hosts AMP Collected, a new series of showcase-type events at the ICA featuring live sets by fresh artists hand-picked from her radio playlist. XL-signed electronic singer Låpsley (real name Holly Fletcher) and high-shine R&B talent (and ex-Jessie Ware Backing vocalist) Dornik. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Visitors | Bush Theatre | 26 Nov – 10 Jan 2015
Award-winning actress Linda Bassett plays Edie, a vivacious old lady with Alzheimer’s, in Barney Norris’ many-faceted play about living and dying, which is directed in close, intimate style by Alice Hamilton. Edie’s loving husband can’t afford to stop working to look after her, nor can her worrisome son cover the costs of a care home, and so they hire blue-haired carer Kate to help. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday November 18th, 2014 00:01

Monday 24 November 2014 in London

Simon Munnery

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

CABARET: The Rat Pack Live | Arts Theatre | 24 Nov
A slicked-back homage to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Dean Martin and the cool cats of the swingin Rat Pack, this 5/5-rated show finds a thirteen-strong band and cast of five vocalists recreating classic 1950s hits like ‘Mac The Knife’, ‘Mr Bo Jangles’ and ‘New York, New York’. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY/FILM: Simon Munnery’s Fylm School | Soho Theatre | 24 Nov (pictured)
Whimsical ‘fylm’ fan nonpareil Simon Munnery invites VIP guests (in this case ventriloquist Nina Conti and Australian comic Sam Simmons) to co-star in (and co-create) a DIY film shoot featuring hand-made sets, silly skits and “drawings of varying quality”, screened live from the back of the theatre. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Duke Mitchell Film Club presents… Very Early Christmas Special | Phoenix Artist Club | 24 Nov
Left-of-centre film society the Duke Mitchell Film Club hosts this pre-Christmas Christmas bonanza, the focal point of which is a showing of rare sci-fi movie ‘Night Visitors’, the story of a family visited by a parade of characters bearing weird Xmas tidings. A quiz and a game of Trailer Trash (aka a dig into a Christmassy box of unusual archive trailers) will follow. Details and tickets here.

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