Tuesday September 30th, 2014 16:59

Tuesday 7 October 2014 in London

Broadcasting Bites

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Jam Sponge – Broadcasting Bites | Leicester Square Theatre | 7-8 Oct
‘Broadcasting Bites’ is a tasty dollop of skit-based action from Jam Sponge, who set their new sketch series both behind the scenes, and on camera, at at imaginary TV show. It follows the company’s last foray, last year’s “tight and entertaining” (said ThreeWeeks at the time) ‘Bench Bites’, which was all situated on a single bit of park seating. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Real Lies | Upstairs @ The Garage | 7 Oct
The nonchalant-looking poster kids for a kind of ‘normcore’-variety dance pop, London boys Real Lies play The Garage behind their critically-hyped new split single ‘North Circular’/‘Dab Housing’ with an all-new live set, which will feature them playing real guitars and singing and everything. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Secret Theatre Festival | various locations | 7-18 Oct (pictured)
The Lyric Hammersmith’s new and exciting tray of select theatre tidbits features, which places the emphasis heavily on the ‘new and exciting’ bit, features, first off, ‘Woyzeck’, a ‘mind-boggling’ twist on playwright Georg Büchner’s still-incomplete story of story of a lowly soldier and his unfaithful wife. Also on the Secret Theatre horizon; a bold upgrade of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire'; the lo-fi ‘Series Of Increasingly Impossible Acts’, which is essentially an interactive game of dares and party tricks; and, finally, leading stage writer Mark Ravenhill’s arresting new thriller ‘Show 6′. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday September 30th, 2014 14:14

Monday 6 October 2014 in London

Confirmation

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Centrepoint Laughing Point w/ Daniel Kitson + Stewart Lee + Sara Pascoe | Palace Theatre | 6 Oct
Lending their high-profile backing to this comic conglom in aid of Centrepoint, the charity dedicated to helping homeless young people, are ambi-skilled Perrier-winner Daniel Kitson, telly’s most beloved SOB Stewart Lee, soon-to-have-his-own-show-on-BBC-Three-man Josh Widdicombe and inimitable character actress Sara Pascoe. Oh, and Tony Law, Katherine Ryan, Aisling Bea and Joe Lycett, who aren’t even top of the bill, so high is the caliber of this showcase. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Confirmation | Battersea Arts Centre | 6-25 Oct (pictured)
Theatre/verse-writer Chris Thorpe’s Fringe First-winning show, a collaboration with Rachel Chavkin (of innovative NYC drama co The TEAM), is based on a series of interviews the confirmed ‘liberal’ Thorpe held with a white supremacist named Glenn. ‘Confirmation’, as in ‘confirmation bias’, finds Thorpe scaling the gap that separates his and Glenn’s views, in a bid to discover why and how two people’s ideas, beliefs and interpretations of the world can wind up so far apart. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Notes From Underground | The Print Room | 6 Oct – 1 Nov
Co-adapted by and starring ‘Game Of Thrones’ actor Harry Lloyd, aka evil (and later, gilded) Prince Viserys Targaryen, this claustrophobic take on Dostoyevski’s novella comes from the mind of a man locked away from the ‘Real World’ by his own choosing. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday September 30th, 2014 13:09

Sunday 5 October 2014 in London

Violet

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: The Geekatorium w/ Nick Revell | The Phoenix, Cavendish Square | 5 Oct
Presented ‘on-the-reg’ by comic/’Nintendo apologist’ Paul Gannon and his peer-in-nerddom, humble genius Eli Silverman, this particular edition of Sunday night pop-culture hub ‘The Geekatorium’ features dorky guest witticisms from Nick Revell. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Witching & Bitching + Violet + Who Killed Bambi? | Cine Lumiere | 5 Oct (pictured)
Making that ‘a wrap’ on the final day of this year’s London Spanish Film Festival, it’s a trio of films starting off with Álex De La Iglesia’s nail-biting horror ‘Las Brujas De Zugarramurdi’s (or ‘Witching & Bitching). And following that, in order, are Luiso Berdejo’s polaroid-based love story ‘Violet’ (pictured), and ‘Quién Mató a Bambi’ (aka ‘Who Killed Bambi?’), a crazed black comedy from director Santi Amodeo. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Free As Air | Finborough Theatre | 5-21 Oct
A chirpy, paradisiacal musical dating back to 1957, Julian Slade’s ‘Free As Air’ is set on the tiny floating oasis of Terhou amidst its happy Channel Island natives. It’s here revived by Stewart Nicholls, and stars Wiltshire-born soprano Charlotte Baptie as ‘beautiful stranger’ (and potential May Queen) Geraldine. Details and tickets here.

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Monday September 29th, 2014 12:14

Saturday 4 October 2014 in London

The Scottsboro Boys

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: The Human Loire – Part Man, Part Longest River in France | Etcetera Theatre | 4 Oct
Having proven an intriguing act at the Edinburgh Fringe earlier this year, award-winning man/waterway Michael Brunström, aka The Human Loire, is now in London to dribble forth a swift-flowing stream of surreal stunts and batshit antics. Details and tickets here.

EVENT: A Soiree In A Cemetery w/ Stewart Lee + Matthew Robins | secret location, Zone 2 | 4 Oct
A promenade ‘party’ in a Victorian graveyard 30 mins from London Bridge, this clandestine cemetery seance features comic Stewart Lee as the smart-talking spectre at the feast (because there will be tea, cake and hot toddies at the event, served by the WI), not to mention appearances by acclaimed puppeteers Matthew Robins and Henry Maynard, storied singer-songwriter Nigel of Bermondsey, the British Humanist Choir, and special mystery beings. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: The Scottsboro boys | Garrick Theatre | 4 Oct – 21 Feb 2014 (pictured)
Based on the landmark plight of nine black teenagers convicted of rape (and later imprisoned) in 1931, this despite overwhelming evidence they were innocent, John Kander and Fred Ebb’s ‘Scottsboro Boys’ plays to the dark side of the real life story, framing the case within the musical as a black minstrel show hosted by a grotesque white interlocuter. A honey-trap for awards in its lifetime, it transfers to the Garrick after a smash hit stint at the Young Vic. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday September 25th, 2014 15:03

Wednesday 1 October 2014 in London

Computer Boy

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY/THEATRE: Weirdos – Computer Boy | Proud Archivist | 1-3 Oct (pictured)
A digi-fantastical stage musical by script-writer Adam Larter and the comic oddities of Weirdos Comedy, ‘Computer Boy’ imagines a boy who thinks he’s a PC. It’s vaguely based on Richard and Danny Elfman’s 1988 movie ‘Forbidden Zone’, and stars Weirdos members Ali Brice, Beth Vyse and Luke McQueen. Details and tickets here.

FILM: The Past Is A Grotesque Animal | Prince Charles Cinema | 1 Oct
The PCC exclusively shows this filmic portrait of one Kevin Barnes, brilliant-yet-slightly-fanatical lead singer in American psych-poppists Of Montreal, as he appraises his strained relationships with family, friends and the band itself. Fancy dress is essential. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Dirty Butterfly | Young Vic | 1-11 Oct
Written by Debbie Tucker Green and here directed by award-winner Tinuke Craig, ‘Dirty Butterfly’ is a ‘Disturbia’-style play in which two neighbours listen through the wall to the dark and torrid goings-on in a woman’s life, and interpret what they hear very differently. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday September 24th, 2014 12:16

Tuesday 30 September 2014 in London

Here Lies Love

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Turner Prize 2014 | Tate Britain | 30 Sep – 4 Jan 2015
As per, the Brit art world’s most-over-hyped £40,000 award will this year be divided between four shortlistees – all British, all not yet 50. 2014’s nominated artists are political Irish filmmaker Duncan Campbell, print and textiles-maker Ciara Phillips, found filmographer James Richards, and fast-talking spoken-word/audio artist Tris Vonna-Michell. The Tate makes space for the their eligible installations/exhibits ahead of the big prize-giving on 1 Dec. Details and tickets here.

CABARET: Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show | Museum Of Comedy | 30 Sep
Dovetailing with the MoC’s big Tommy Cooper exhibition is this “hilarious and endearing” celebration of magic-making eccentric Cooper’s life, from his brilliant, ungainly stage act to his private relationships, which weren’t quite ‘all smiles’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Here Lies Love | Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre | 30 Sep – 8 Jan (pictured)
‘Here Lies Love’, Fatboy Slim and thin man David Byrne’s collaborative disco musical inspired by the life of disgraced one-time Philippine First Lady (and high-heel-lovin disco diva) Imelda Marcos, twirls into the NT’s new Dorfman space. And since the staging is designed as an ‘immersive’ 360-degree experience, audiences are advised to arrive ready and dressed to dance. And jive. And then land in the splits, ideally. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday September 23rd, 2014 14:12

Monday 29 September 2014 in London

Karaoke

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Sheeps – Wembley Previews | The Invisible Dot | 29 Sep – 4 Oct
Sprightly sketch three-piece Sheeps – that’s Daran Johnson, Liam Williams, and Alastair Roberts – work on the (imaginary) premise that they’re practising ahead of a (not real) show at Wembley Stadium. So this involves them repeatedly binning and re-inventing the same aquarium-based scenario in a variety of styles, and eventually picking apart a) each other and b) the very nature of what makes good comedy. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Urinetown | Apollo Theatre Shaftesbury | 29 Sep – 24 Jan
Flowing on over to the West End following its springtime British premiere at St James Theatre, it’s wunderkind director Jamie Lloyd’s twist on the slick Tony-winning anti-musical ‘Urinetown’. Starring ex-‘Corrie’ hottie Richard Fleeshman (he as dashing everyman/toilet attendant Bobby Strong) and Olivier-nominated actress Jenna Russell (she as Bobby’s boss) imagines a dark, water-short world in which WCs are monopolised by a rich tycoon. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Sleepwalk Collective – Karaoke | Battersea Arts Centre | 29 Sep – 18 Oct (pictured)
In a strange case of a Saturday night sing-along gone “catatonically deadpan, gratuitously vapid and joyously strung out”, the ThreeWeeks-acclaimed Sleepwalk Collective’s ‘Karaoke’ follows a man and woman falling in an odd, awkward kind of love as the autocue rolls. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday September 23rd, 2014 13:50

Sunday 28 September 2014 in London

West End Story

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Paul Ricketts’ West End Story | Etcetera Theatre | 28 Sep (pictured)
A strange and labyrinthine tale-within-a-tale based in shady 1990s Soho, the NSFW ‘West End Story’ finds outré comic/raconteur Paul Ricketts looking to have a good time for a fiver by – and this is on the poster – “creating scenarios in illegal drinking dens beneath sex shops”. Hey, it is Soho. Details and tickets here.

FILM/MUSIC: Take Me To The River screening + Take Me To The River All-Stars | 100 Club | 28 Sep
Playing via this year’s Raindance Film Festival, this screening of paean-to-Memphis ‘Take Me To The River’ is followed by a live ensemble set by many of the movie’s inter-generational cast of musicians. Whilst the likes of rapper Snoop Dogg, singer/Hollywood actor Terrence Howard, and gospel great Mavis Staples – who all appear in the film in a bid to create a radical new LP in the diverse Memphis Delta style – can’t make it, there will be performances by Otis Clay, Bobby Rush, William Bell and the Hi-Rhythm Section, plus guest PAs by Ian Siegal and Talking Heads’ Jerry Harrison. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Rinse Pop-Up Radio w/ The Grime Show + Lord Of The Mics + Butterz | Shop 7, Dray Walk | 28 Sep
Bringing its ten-day Brick Lane radio pitch to a close, Team Rinse presents this live-on-air broadcast of station staple ‘Grime Show’, once-monthly MC-off ‘Lord Of The Mics’, and live drop-ins by affiliates of the esteemed Butterz label. The event is free via RSVP. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday September 17th, 2014 16:25

Wednesday 24 September 2014 in London

Lindsay Lohan

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Greenwich Comedy Festival | National Maritime Museum | 24-28 Sep
Stewart Lee is first-night headliner of this year’s GCF tent, playing to the gallery following appearances by the inimitable Josie Long, Tony Law and Aisling Bea. Also tightly packed in over latter bills are the likes of the great and good David O’Doherty, Milton Jones, Stephen K Amos, Rich Hall, Ardal O’Hanlon, esteemed TWL interviewees Cardinal Burns, and a special screening of ‘Tunnel Club’, a film tracing the rise of comic compere Malcolm Hardee’s famed nightspot of the same name. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: John Kearns – Shtick | Soho Theatre | 24 Sep – 18 Oct
The first and only human to win the main Foster’s Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Fringe only a year after taking the like-prize for Best Newcomer, wig-and-teeth-wearing John Kearns appears ‘in character’ to reminisce on the ways his life has changed since all the critical acclaim. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Speed-The-Plow | Playhouse Theatre | 24 Sep – 29 Nov (pictured)
West End vet Lindsay Posner sits in as director on this considerably high-risk remake of David Mamet’s ‘Speed-The-Plow’ stars ‘Mean Girls’ tearaway Lindsay Lohan (a stage debutante) as Karen, a temp secretary at a film company whose bosses think signing on an A-list actress will make their movie a big box-office hit. Madonna played the part originally on Broadway to less-than-great reviews – so it remains to be seen whether Li-Lo can act it any better. Details and tickets here.

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Monday September 15th, 2014 13:17

Sunday 21 September 2014 in London

Liam Williams

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Laugh Out London w/ Liam Williams + Nish Kumar + Tom Craine | The Lion, Stoke Newington | 21 Sep (pictured)
Self-deprecating Sheeps man Liam Williams headlines the first ever LOL night to be based in villagelike-oasis-of-North-East-cool Stoke Newington, closing off a showcase that also co-stars smart anti-optimist Nish Kumar and Tom Craine, commissioned player in forthcoming BBC Three series ‘Josh’. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Scalarama 2014 – Film Noir All-Dayer | Genesis Cinema | 21 Sep
This year’s Scalarama film fest takes a noirish Sunday turn with this all-day programme of dames, dark streets and shady dealings. Dick Richards’ 1975 detective thriller ‘Farewell My Lovely’ is on first, with ‘The Killers’, ‘Kiss Me Deadly’, ‘Touch Of Evil’, ‘In A Lonely Place’ and ‘Pick-Up On South Street’ all stealthily trailing at a safe distance. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Golden Kite Gala | Lyceum | 21 Sep
The Lyceum’s ‘Lion King’ cast, backstage crew and staff present an evening of musical theatre and dramatic readings in aid of the Urdang Academy’s Aaron Morgan Bursary Fund. Whilst tickets are free via RVSP, donations are, of course, invited. Details and tickets here.

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Monday September 15th, 2014 12:27

Friday 19 September 2014 in London

Joz Norris

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Joz Norris – Awkward Prophet | Museum Of Comedy | 19 Sep (pictured)
Comic, actor, “idiot optimist” and all-over nice man Joz Norris, one of Edinburgh Fringe poster boy John Kearns‘ Weirdos Comedy peers, seeks to please with this fairly odd take on his chaotic love life. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: The Saturdays | Wembley Arena | 18 Sep
Britain’s top all-girl pop band with chart-sticky hits to spare, The Saturdays sachay into town toting a show spotlighting all the catchiest tracks on their five LPs. They all also happen to be available now via The Sats’ new ‘best of’ compilation ‘Finest Selection’. I know, that sounds like a range at M&S, let’s just pretend we didn’t notice. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Interrobang?! – The Curious Departure Of Dustin Spektor | Theatre Delicatessen, Farringdon | 19 Sep – 1 Nov
The always-piquant Theatre Delicatessen leads an “immersive game of detection, questions and interjections”, putting audiences on a trail of clues winding all over East London (like outside, on the actual pavements, in the cold, smog and potential rain) and giving them only four hours to solve a murder against all odds. There’s a daily Daytime edition for families, and an after-dark repeat for aspiring criminologists aged fifteen and over. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday September 11th, 2014 15:00

Thursday 18 September 2014 in London

Will Franken

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Will Franken – The Stuff They Put In Sleep | Museum Of Comedy | 18 Sep (pictured)
Extra-terrestrial characterisations and stories are the ‘stuff’ of American surrealist and ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award winning Will Franken’s “enjoyably dreamlike” latest show, which finds him acting ‘bit’ after bit based on art, politics, and all the filling that’s in between. Details and tickets here. Check out interview with the man himself in the ThreeWeeks post-Fringe podcast from last month.

MUSIC: Rustie ‘Green Language’ Release Party | Oval Space | 18 Sep
Beat-heaving Glaswegian Rustie is back in a big way with his jagged new LP ‘Green Language’, which, apparently, features mixed traces of trance, My Bloody Valentine, Scottish electronica and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. And, hence, he’s arranged this release party in its name; inviting the brilliant Sampha to DJ, and D Double E, Logan Sama and Gorgeous Children to play live. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Odd Shaped Balls | Etcetera Theatre | 18 Sep
Actor/writer Chris Sheridan’s ‘Odd Shaped Balls’ – a one-man play – follows a gay rugby player forced into the spotlight after someone ‘outs’ him. Sheridan plays all the parts, on and off the sporting field, in this “stirring and captivating” (said ThreeWeeks on seeing the show at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe) piece of theatre. Find out more in this week’s ThisWeek London Podcast, where we chat to Chris about the show. More details and tickets here.

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Sunday September 7th, 2014 16:57

Sunday 14 September 2014 in London

War & Peace

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Carly Smallman – Made In Penge | Kings Place | 14 Sep
Appearing by the grace of this year’s Kings Place Festival, Ms Penge herself, née Carly Smallman, presents a happy 60 minutes of jokes, love songs (with a twist) and laughs. Details here.

COMEDY: Pappy’s Flatshare Slamdown + Do The Right Thing | The Phoenix, Cavendish Square | 14 Sep
The irrepressibly sketchy Pappy’s team knocks heads with rival panel game ‘Do The Right Thing’, with Adam Buxton and Joel Dommett as the night’s inept guest flatmates, whilst Katherine Ryan and Mike Wozniak aim to free themselves of tricky dilemmas in ‘DTRT’. Tickets are available for either show, or as a ‘combi’ package giving access to both. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: War And Peace – Gaza | Rich Mix | 14 Sep
Marking the launch of an Arabic adaptation of Tolstoy’s philosophical saga, this event finds Palestine-based ensemble Theatre For Everybody re-creating ‘War And Peace’ within the conflict-ridden Gaza Strip, linking up live via satellite with LDN’s Az Theatre to screen the still-in-development show at Rich Mix. As well as the main event, writers Hassan Abdulrazzak, Caryl Churchill, Ahmed Masoud and Haifa Zangana have written modern responses they’ve written to Tolstoy’s timeless text, which will be recited by actors David Calder, Jennie Stoller and Harriet Walter. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday September 6th, 2014 16:35

Saturday 13 September 2014 in London

Massive Attack

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY/MUSIC: The Axis Of Awesome – Viva La Vida Loca Las Vegas | Leicester Square Theatre | 13 Sep
The very apex of all that is excellent in irreverent singing and viral video-making-based entertainment, ThreeWeeks cover stars Axis Of Awesome are over from Oz to airmail-in their usual mix of titillating original songs and formulaic-pop-hit spoofs. Preview the band’s material right here on the ThisWeek Podcast. Details about the show and tickets here.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: OnBlackheath | Blackheath | 13-14 Sep (pictured)
Come one, come all, and have a dance to the likes of Massive Attack! Grace Jones! Aloe Blacc! Young Fathers! And Slow Club! (and Frank Turner) at this good-looking music/food hoopla situated on top of South East London’s most fun and family-suitable mass burial pit (of old). In addition to all the cool acts playing, OnBlackheath also offers live cooking demos by Michelin-starred chefs and Gizzi Erskine, cocktail mixing classes and craft ale tasting. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Welcome To Busseywood – African Cinema Festival | Bussey Building/CLF Art Cafe | 13 Sep
Programmed by local know-alls (in a good way) Orville Kunga and Vashti Henry, this free-entry celebration of African cinema gets into gear at 12.30pm with Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu post-apocalyptic short ‘Pumzi’, and later features screenings of the brilliant ‘District 9′, Zanzibar-based fishing fantasy ‘Jonah’, surreal classic ‘Touki Bouki’, folkloric action movie ‘Oya – Rise Of The Suporishas’ and, to close, the Thandi Newton and Chiwetel Ejifor-starring ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’. Details here.

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Friday September 5th, 2014 17:07

Friday 12 September 2014 in London

Joseph Morpurgo

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Joseph Morpurgo – Odessa | Kings Place | 12 Sep (pictured)
A 5/5-caliber hit at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Joseph Morpurgo’s “silly, sinister and screwball” one-man show is posited like an investigation into a slightly shady chemical plant fire in the Texan city of Odessa. A real bright light in theatre with a blackly comical twist, Jo-Mo mans the whole cast of the story, from cops to co-conspirators, building an intricate narrative arc around a blurry half-minute TV clip from 1983. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/VISUAL ART: John Cale & Liam Young – Transmissions From The Drone Orchestra | Barbican Centre | 12-13 Sep
Oh look/listen; it’s only the world’s first sighting/sounding of ‘LOOP>>60Hz’, a collaborative AV work by John Cale and ‘speculative architect’ and designer Liam Young. Cale and his band will play a live set of selected tracks, specially adapted “to durational forms, unusual tunings and unorthodox audio delivery”, whilst Young provides a flock of drone-like ‘disembodied instruments’ circling the the auditorium and making noises. Weird, no? Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Doctor Scroggy’s War | Shakespeare’s Globe | 12 Sep – 10 Oct 
Having collaborated on The Globe’s award-winning ‘Anne Boleyn’ in 2010, playwright Howard Brenton and director John Dove reconvene on this new script giving a sideways glance at the First World War. In it, nineteen year old Jack Twigg joins the London Regiment and meets life-saving medic Harold Gillies, though also notices a strange character named ‘Doctor Scroggy’ who visits the hospital ward at night and gives champagne to the patients. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday September 3rd, 2014 17:00

Thursday 11 September 2014 in London

Africa Utopia

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Late Turner – Painting Set Free | Tate Britain | 11 Sep – 25 Jan 2015
The first major showcase given over entirely to the highly-significant ‘late bloomer’ phase of English painter man JMW Turner’s life and timeline, ‘Painting Set Free’ showcases a wide panorama of the artist’s unusual square pictures, famed watercolours like ‘Heidelberg: Sunset’ and ‘The Wreck Buoy’, and his last-exhibited pieces circa 1850, of classical lovers Dido and Aeneas. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Africa Utopia | Southbank Centre | 11-14 Sep (pictured)
Taking a juicy bite out of African art, life, history and culture, Africa Utopia will this year play host to all-time Ethio-jazz great Mulatu Astatke, States-breaking (and ThisWeek interviewed) comedienne Gina Yashere, dance pairing Qudus Onikeku & Zena Edwards – who’ll interpret themes of identity, memory and exile through movement – and a capella R&B/soul ensemble Simply Soweto Encha. In addition to the ‘right-brained’ side of the programme will be a series of practical (yet still ideas-driven) seminars and debates led by African activists and entrepreneurs. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/SPOKEN WORD: 20 Stories High Young Actors Company – Tales From The MP3 | Unicorn Theatre | 11-13 Sep
In Julia Samuels’ innovative essay on identity and perspective, a group of young actors give voice to each other’s distinct life stories and opinions, listening in via private MP3 players and repeating, line for line and in real time, what they’re hearing, and thus sharing it with the audience too. Find extracts from the show – which features a live score, projected visuals and inevitable inner-city beat-boxing – on the relevant instalment of the ThisWeek Podcast, which will be available on 11 Sep. Details and tickets here.

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Monday September 1st, 2014 16:42

Tuesday 9 September 2014 in London

Great Britain

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Laugh Out London’s Pick Of The Fringe | Old Queen’s Head | 9 Sep
When Lough Out London say they’ve selected four of the best acts from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, they mean business. The brilliant Sara Pascoe headlines, with supporting sets from Trygve Wakenshaw, Liam Williams and some guy called Stewart Lee. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Simian Mobile Disco | Union Chapel | 9 Sep
Marking the release of new album ‘Whorl’, Simian Mobile Disco will perform the record in full at Union Chapel. During the making of album, says the duo’s Jas Shaw, their live and studio performances drew closer together, all of which makes tonight’s show even more intriguing. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Great Britain | Theatre Royal Haymarket | 9 Sep – 10 Jan (pictured)
Richard Bean’s acclaimed satire of the British press, police and political establishment moves into the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a four month run. In it, Lucy Punch plays Paige Britain, the ambitious young news editor of The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper locked in a never-ending battle for more readers. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday August 31st, 2014 19:33

Monday 8 September 2014 in London

Katherine Ryan

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are… 

COMEDY: Laugh Till It Hurts in aid of Mind | Comedy Store | 8 Sep (pictured)
An impressive line-up at the Comedy Store tonight. MC Gordon Southern will lead the audience through sets from Stewart Francis, John Moloney, Jason John Whitehead, Kevin Day, Jeff Innocent, Marlon Davis, Barry Cryer, Katherine Ryan and Ray Peacock. And it’s all in aid of mental health charity Mind. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Miles Jupp Is The Chap You’re Thinking Of | Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre | 8 Sep
Think of a funny chap. Are you thinking of Miles Jupp? Well then, this is clearly the show for you. Taking a moment off from his many other jobs in the world of making people laugh – from panel shows to telly acting – Jupp will perform stand-up that, it is promised, will range from ‘mild-mannered’ to ‘stroppy’. Details and tickets here.

CABARET: Lady Rizo | Soho Theatre | 8-20 Sep
Star of the first edition of the ThisWeek London podcast, award-winning cabaret performer Lady Rizo will kick off a run at the Soho Theatre tonight. She returns to London with the new show she debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe last month. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday August 30th, 2014 16:36

Sunday 7 September 2014 in London

Telescopes

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Rise Of The Idiots w/ John Kearns + Eric Lampaert + Sunil Patel | The Exhibit | 7 Sep
This year’s Edinburgh Comedy Award winner John Kearns headlines a typically tip top Rise Of the Idiots line-up, which also features Eric Lampaert and Sunil Patel. Tickets are just £5 in advance (or £7 on the door). That’s a bargain, I tell you. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: The Telescopes | Shacklewell Arms | 7 Sep (pictured)
Long-serving shoegaze outfit The Telescopes will kick off a three month stint of European and US tour dates right here in London tonight, with a headline set at The Shacklewell Arms. The band have said that they “will be dipping into past present future material from beyond the realm”, which I think means there’ll be a glimpse of their long-awaited new album. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Jo Hamilton | Leicester Square Theatre | 7 Sep
Earlier this year Jo Hamilton premiered her ‘Fractal Sparks’ show at Durham Cathedral, a suitably grand audio-visual performance. This one-off performance at the Leicester Square Theatre gives a rare opportunity to see her in a more intimate setting. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 29th, 2014 16:34

Saturday 6 September 2014 in London

Horst - Photographer Of Style

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

MUSIC: High Rise | various venues | 6 Sep
The Boxfresh-sponsored High Rise takes place on a trio of East London roof terraces today, soundtracking the city skyline both pre and post-sunset. The headliners at each venue are Waze & Odyssey atop Hewett Street’s Rockwell House, Lapalux at the Dalston Roof Park, and Alpines up of the roof of Netil House. Details and tickets here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Horst – Photographer Of Style | V&A Museum | 6 Sep – 4 Jan (pictured)
One of the pre-eminent fashion and portrait photographers of the 20th century, Horst P Horst’s career spanned six decades – his last professional work appearing in Vogue’s 75th anniversary issue in 1991, when he was 85 years old. As well as thousands of prints, this exhibition displays drawings, notebooks, scrapbooks and letters carefully archived by the man himself while still alive. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Stewart Lee | Union Chapel | 6 Sep
The Edinburgh Fringe is well and truly over now, a point proven by the billing of this event as a ‘Post-Fringe Gala Bash’. Headlining the whole shebang will be Mr Stewart Lee, with a supporting cast of other Fringe comedy highlights. Details and tickets here.

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