Thursday October 1st, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 8 Oct: Joan, She Called Me Mother, Comedy International Showcase


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

Joan | Camden People’s Theatre | 8-10 Oct
This, I am sure, will prove to be an unusual and unconventional sort of telling of the Joan of Arc story, given that it’s described as a fusion of new writing and drag king cabaret. This highly original sounding piece is performed by Lucy Jane Parkinson, AKA Drag Idol UK Champion 2014 LoUis Cyfer. See this page here for more info and to book.

She Called Me Mother | Stratford Circus | 8-11 Oct (pictured)
Playwright Michelle Innes has penned this piece in the Trinidadian vernacular, which is interesting, and it’s to be performed by award winning-and-nominated actress Cathy Tyson, which is great, so I think it’s a safe bet that this will be pretty good; it promises to be a highly poignant exploration homelessness, love, loss and society. See this page here for more info.

Comedy International Showcase | Pleasance London | 8 Oct
The title of this is mildly uninspiring, if you ask me, but I suppose it accurately describes what’s going on. The host is the fabulous US import Abigoliah Schamaun, the headliners are Men In Coats, and they’re joined by a wonderfully international (clue was in the great title) cast of supporting comedians including Francesco De Carlo and Yuriko Kotani. Plus, the proceeds of this evening are going to charity, which is lovely. More info from right about here.

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Monday September 28th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 5 Oct: Ali Brice, Balletboyz, Comedy Couplets


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

Ali Brice – Eric Meat Has No Proof, Only Memories Of Pasta | Aces and Eights | 5 Oct (pictured)
Coming up, Aces and Eights have a run of shows forming a ‘Best Of Edinburgh’ strand, and here’s one I think you’ll like: a character set from the talented Ali Brice, who revives Eric Meat for a second bizarre and chaotic outing. If you fancy spending your whole evening at the venue, I can also recommend the other Edinburgh export playing tonight, Twins’ ‘Pret A Comedy’. And they are both available to view for only a fiver. A bargain evening of entertainment. See this page here for ‘Eric Meat’, and this page here for all the listings.

BalletBoyz – Young Men | Sadler’s Wells | 5-10 Oct
The company known as BalletBoyz bring their sell-out show ‘Young Men’ back to Sadler’s Wells, following its successful premiere there in January. It’s a poignant piece blending together dance with other media, focusing on love, friendship and loss, against the backdrop of war and conflict. Go to this page here for more info and tickets.

Comedy Couplets | Royal Festival Hall | 5 Oct
This is part of the line up of Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival (for more events see this page here) and it sounds great. Partly because it’s poetry with a comic twist, which is always fun, and partly because a few of my favourites, Mark Watson, Tim Key and Sara Pascoe, are involved. See the venue website here for more info and to book.

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Sunday September 27th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 4 Oct: Kid Carpet, Eleanor Morton, Barbarians


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

Kid Carpet and The Noisy Neighbours | Arts Depot | 4 Oct
If you have never been exposed to the delights of one of punk-folk-disco purveyor Kid Carpet’s children’s shows, then you have really, really missed out. Time to rectify the situation, and be popular with your kids. Or, if you have no kids, borrow some, and make yourself popular with them. And believe me, you won’t be sitting there wishing it could be over, as is sometimes the case with children’s shows. Kid Carpet’s contemporary music based theatre shows are brilliantly entertaining for all. More info from just about right here.

Eleanor Morton: Allotted Mucking About Time | Museum Of Comedy | 4 Oct
Eleanor Morton’s won a lot of fans at TW towers over the last few years, and I can prove this by linking to this page here, where you will see just a a small amount of the evidence. She’s a very funny, very talented comedian, and I heartily recommend you go and see this particular show, which our reviewer described as a “wonderfully whimsical experience”. More info and tickets here.

Barbarians | Former Central St Martin’s School Of Art | 29 Sep-7 Nov
This sounds like it will be a great site-specific revival of Barrie Keeffe’s 1977 piece set against the contemporary backdrop of the queen’s silver jubilee, youth employment, and the anarchic, punky sensibilities of that era. See this page here for all the info and tickets.

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Saturday September 26th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 3 Oct: The Mighty Prince and Other Fabulous Fables, The Fabric Of India, Live At The Chapel With Reginald D Hunter


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

The Mighty Prince And Other Fabulous Fables | Canada Water Culture Space | 3 Oct (pictured)
It’s a Saturday in autumn and I bet there will loads of parents out there looking for stuff to entertain their kids that doesn’t depend on the weather… so here’s a good option. This looks like a lovely colourful show for younger audiences, and features five separate bite-size stories, based on tales told by the Buddha, incorporating rhyme, puppetry, live music and song. Get more info and book your tickets here.

The Fabric Of India | Victoria and Albert Museum | 3 Oct-10 Jan
A new exhibition at the V&A opens today, and I think they might have designed it specifically with me in mind, because I am mildly obsessed with textiles at the moment, and I love the look of these amazing fabrics, wall hangings and clothes. There will be more than 200 objects on display, so that should keep you busy for a little while. It’s all part of a wider India Festival taking place over the next few months, so check out the other things too. More info on the Fabric exhibition here.

Live At The Chapel With Reginald D Hunter | Union Chapel | 3 Oct
This super-sounding comedy night, helmed by everyone’s favourite export of the city of Albany, Georgia, US (Reginald D Hunter, if that’s not clear), features some of my very bestest funny people. The Horne Section, Boy With Tape On His Face, Sheeps, Roisin Conaty. Guaranteed not to be a waste of your time. See this page here for more info and tickets.

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Monday September 21st, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 28 Sep: Beth Vyse, Eventide, Jazz In The Round


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

Beth Vyse – Funny As Cancer | Museum Of Comedy | 28-29 Sep
‘Funny As Cancer’ sees Beth Vyse telling a tale of adversity, that of her own experience of breast cancer. Obviously it’s pretty serious subject matter, but obviously, she’s a comedian, so she will, against the odds, make it funny. Vyse took this show to Edinburgh this summer and won much praise for it, so expect a corking show. Find more info and book your tickets here.

Eventide | Arcola Theatre | 23 Sep-17 Oct
This sounds very promising – a new piece from Barney Norris, whose previous work ‘Visitors’ Critics’ Circle and Off West End Most Promising Playwright Awards. The play, commissioned last year by Arcola Theatre, tells the story of three people, living in the countryside, whose respective worlds are disappearing; it’s described as a A love song, an elegy, a celebration”. Info and tickets right about here.

Jazz in The Round | The Cockpit | 28 Sep-30 Nov (Mondays)
Hurrah for jazz, especially when it’s in the round. No, it’s not really the in-the-round element that’s sold it to me, it’s the fact that this weekly event has some super acts lined up over the next few weeks, starting with Noel Langley’s Edentide Ensemble, Binker & Moses and On The Slide. See this page for more info about this and coming shows.

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Sunday September 20th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 27 Sep: Suzy Bennett, Horniman’s Choice, Miniaturists 53


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

Suzy Bennett – Gumption | Museum Of Comedy | 27 Sep (pictured)
It’s a highly unfortunate thing that I have never yet managed to see Suzy Bennett perform, but I have it on extremely good and high authority – from a reasonable number of people whose opinions I have the utmost respect for – that she is definitely one to watch. But you don’t need their opinion, anyway, she’s a Funny Women Award winner. For info and tickets see this page here.

Horniman’s Choice | Finborough Theatre | 27 Sep-13 Oct, Sundays Mondays Tuesdays
This caught my eye because of my fabulously northern roots, and because two of the plays in this quartet of shorts was penned by Harold Brighouse, the brain behind of one of my favourite old scripts, ‘Hobson’s Choice’. The other two are by Allan Monkhouse and Stanley Houghton, who, with Brighouse, formed the ‘Manchester School’ of playwrights of the early twentieth century. Well worth a look, I reckon. More info and tickets here.

Miniaturists 53 | Arcola Theatre | 27 Sep
And on to more short pieces of theatre for your delectation, this time from short-play-institution The Miniaturists. If you are not familiar with what they do, well, they stage groups of short plays, as I have kind of already told you, really. The next show features the work of Vinay Patel, Will Bourdillon, Stewart Pringle, Joe Harbot and Catherine Harvey, and you can find more info and tickets here. For even more info on The Miniaturists and what they do, see their website here.

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Saturday September 19th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 26 Sep: Haggerston Improv Festival, Minor Delays, F*ck The Polar Bears


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

Haggerston Improv festival | The ARTSpace and The Proud Archivist | 26-27 Sep
This looks fabulous, basically because it features a number of our very most favouritest improv acts in the world, like Austentatious and Abandoman and Cariad & Paul. What’s even nicer is that the proceeds of this event are going to charity, so it’s one of those occasions when you get to have a good time AND feel like you are doing some good in the world. See this page here for all the info and tickety stuff.

Minor Delays | Hen & Chickens | 26 Sep (pictured)
This rather good comedy troupe have recently been granted admission to the TW Hall Of Sketch Comedy Groups We Really Rate. This particularly punchlinetastic show has already received a clutch of highly positive reviews when it was up at the Edinburgh Fringe in the summer. Find more info and tickets here.

F*ck The Polar Bears | Bush Theatre | 22 Sep-24 Oct
Why would I even need to try and sell this to you? It’s called ‘F*ck The Polar Bears’, which is a great (if slightly worrisome) title for a show. It’s not just what’s in a name though, this looks like a funny, dark and compelling family drama about climate change, and why we choose to ignore it. See this page here for more info and tickets.

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Thursday September 17th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 24 Sep: Shazia Mirza, Bloodletting, Mike Aremu


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

Shazia Mirza – The Kardashians Made Me Do It | Tricycle Theatre | 24 Sep-3 Oct (pictured)
It seems like an unlikely title for a show about Jihadi brides, but all will be revealed. Shazia Mirza’s latest show seems like it’s her most serious and most politicised yet, and it’s won a fair bit of acclaim during its ‘work in progress’ showings. You can see our recent q&a with her here, and you can find out more info about the show and book tickets here.

Bloodletting | Bread and Roses Theatre | 24-26 Sep
Did you know there was a thing called the Clapham Fringe? Well, there is, and it’s happening this month at the Bread and Roses theatre. ‘Bloodletting’ sounds like one of the highlights, not least because it’s the winner of the 2015 Bread and Roses playwriting competition, but also because it’s got a very interesting concept set in a dystopian near-future at its heart. See more info and book right here.

Mike Aremu | Canada Water Culture Space | 24 Sep
Mike Aremu is on as part of the fabulous, musically and culturally diverse London African Music Festival, taking place from 18-27 Sep. In fact, there’s so much good stuff on, that in all honesty, I really struggled to narrow it down to one choice. Mike Aremu won in the end because he fought off all the competition with his saxophone. Well, not literally, obviously; he didn’t beat them with it. He just played it beautifully. See more info on the whole festival here.

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Wednesday September 16th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 23 Sep: Backstage In Biscuitland, Mae Martin, Joey Page


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

Backstage In Biscuitland | Barbican Centre | 22-16 Sep
We know for sure this is brilliant because it took Edinburgh by plaudit-encrusted storm (no, I don’t know how you encrust a storm, either) in 2014 and returned for a second triumphant run in 2015. It’s a show about Tourettes, created and performed by a woman who has the syndrome. She’s “neurologically incapable of staying on script”, says the blurb – bound to lead to a great deal of charming spontaneity. See this page here for more details.

Mae Martin – Us | The Invisible Dot | 21 Sep-1 Oct
Award nominated Canadian comedian Mae Martin makes her way to The Invisible Dot for a reprise of her most recent Edfringe road-tested show ‘Us’, in which she tackles the topics of identity, sexuality, biphobia and loneliness. She’s long been a bit of a favourite for us, and we are also convinced she will never age. More info and tickets from this page here.

Joey Page – Catastrophe Party | Camden Comedy Club | 23 Sep (pictured)
I know that I probably say this about too many people (not that you’d know that, I normally say it in private, with friends, not in print) but I feel as though Joey Page ought to be attracting way more attention than he usually does. We love him, we’ve given him glowing reviews in Edinburgh, and now we want everyone in London to go and see him too. Though I am not sure that everyone in London could fit in the room at the same time. Maybe you could form some kind of tag team? Anyway, info and tickets here.

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Tuesday September 15th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 22 Sep: Fake It Til You Make It, Sam Simmons, Portrait


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

Fake It ‘Til You Make It | Soho Theatre | 22 Sep-17 Oct
The award winning artist Briony Kimmings (we gave her an award, in fact) brings her latest show, the award winning ‘Fake It ‘Til You Make It’ to Soho Theatre for a sizably meaty run, which is pleasing. You might find the show slightly affecting, or poignant, because it’s about clinical depression, and she made it in collaboration with her partner, who suffers from it; but I suspect there’s a lot of warmth and hope here too. See more info here.

Sam Simmons: Spaghetti For Breakfast | Soho Theatre | 22 Sep-10 Oct
Oh no! I broke the unbreakable rule that says I can’t mention one venue more than once in one set of tips. Well, I’ve broken it now. And perhaps it can be fixed. I kind of had to do it though, because you won’t want to miss Sam Simmons. He has just won the Foster’s Comedy Award, and this is the very show he won that award with. More info from right about here.

Portrait | Camden People’s Theatre | 22-26 Sep (pictured)
And on to ‘Portrait’. Thank goodness this isn’t on at the Soho Theatre. No, this time we are back to the Camden People’s Theatre, and their oft-mentioned festival of feminism. ‘Portrait’ is the work of actress Racheal Ofori, who here performs her first solo show. It’s had a great critical reception elsewhere, so I think we can count on this to be a fascinating look at cultural stereotypes, identity and role models. See this page here for more info and tickets.

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Monday September 14th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 21 Sep: Garrett Millerick, Get Your S**t Together, Stewart Lee


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

Garrett Millerick: A Selection Of Things I’ve Said To Taxi Drivers | Camden Comedy Club | 21 Sep (pictured)
Our Edinburgh review teams have long been collective fans of Garrett Millerick. You can see the evidence of his TW popularity here, or you can just take it from me that he’ll delight you with his dark, sometimes angry, brilliant wit. “Things you didn’t realise were annoying, analysed in detail that you never thought was necessary,” says the blurb. Don’t tell me that doesn’t sound appealing. See the venue website for listings info.

Get Your S**t Together | Landor Theatre | until 27 Sep
I can’t honestly claim to have seen this in Edinburgh (give me a break, there are thousands of shows) but I’d decided to recommend it even before I knew that it had completed a successful run up there this summer. It’s a comedy musical, the sort that twenty somethings (or perhaps even thirty or forty somethings) who still feel they need to get their shit together ought to relate to. Sounds fun. And all the details are right here.

Stewart Lee: A Room With A Stew | Leicester Square Theatre | 21 Sep-8 Jan
I am not sure I need to say anything at all about Stewart Lee. He’s one of those comedians we’ve loved and followed the career of pretty much since time (or his career, really) began. So I would rarely pass up a chance to tip him. Though, to be fair, there have been times when I passed up the chance to see him. Like, when I was in labour. See more info on the venue website here.

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Sunday September 13th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 20 Sep: Yianni, See What I Wanna See, The White Feather


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

Yianni – Why Did The Chicken Cross The Line? | Camden Comedy Club | 20 Sep (pictured)
The lovely and brilliant Yianni Agisilaou is one of our favourite comedians here at TW HQ – so much so that a couple of years back we gave him an award at the Edinburgh Festival, you know, for being utterly brilliant. His latest show sees him wondering where the line is between what is acceptable and not acceptable – after receiving an email from a booker who requested that no jokes be made about rape, paedophilia or Princess Diana – and won critical plaudits at this year’s Fringe. See the venue website for info.

See What I Wanna See | Jermyn Street Theatre | 8 Sep-3 Oct
It’s already been running for a while so they should be well into their stride with this UK premiere of off-Broadway hit ‘See What I Wanna See’. It’s a musical featuring three separate stories, all of which examine the nature of truth and memory, and ask whether we can really ever see the truth clearly…? See the venue website here for more info.

The White Feather | Union Theatre | 16 Sep-17 Oct
We are on a musical roll, today, because here is another. This sounds really good – so good, in fact, that we did a recent Q&A with lead actress Abigail Matthews. This is a brand new piece, focusing on the tragedy of a man executed for cowardice, and his sister’s fight to obtain a posthumous pardon. See the venue website here, for more info and to book.

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Friday September 11th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 18 Sep: Rituals For Change, Fern Brady, Miss Behave’s Game Show


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

Rituals For Change | Camden People’s Theatre | 18 Sep
Part of the previously mentioned-in-our-tips Calm Down Dear feminism Festival, ‘Rituals For Change’ is the work of None Of Us Is Yet A Robot, a company who seek to explore gender identity and the politics of transition. It’s a multimedia piece, directed by award winning transgender theatre practitioner Emma Frankland, focusing on renewal, regeneration, and change. See this page here for more info and tickets.

Fern Brady – People Are Idiots | Museum Of Comedy | 17-18 Sep
Fern Brady made a very, very favourable impression on our extremely discerning reviewer in Edinburgh this year so I have no hesitation in recommending to you this clearly very talented comedian. She’s doing two dates at the Museum Of Comedy, reprising the show that won her critical acclaim at the Fringe this summer. See this page here for details and tickets.

Miss Behave’s Game Show | London Wonderground | 18 + 25 Sep (pictured)
Not seen it myself yet, but I have it on very good authority that this is a chaotic riot of fun that includes elements of disco, variety show and of course, game show. “Tired of everything meaning something? Just want to have fun? Then look no further,” says our host. “And remember, if less is more, then f*ck all is everything.” Get more info and tickets from the venue website here.

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Thursday September 10th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 17 Sep: A Girl And A Gun, Doc Brown, And The World Goes Pop


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

A Girl And A Gun | Camden People’s Theatre | 16 Sep-3 Oct
This is part of Calm Down Dear, Camden People Theatre’s festival of feminism, which you may have heard of, especially if you read yesterday’s set of tips, which included another show from their impressive line up of events. This offering is the work of festival veteran Louise Orwin, who explores the slightly odd trope of girls with guns, and whether Jean-Luc Goddard was right when he said “All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun”. See the show listing on the CPT website here for more info and tickets.

Doc Brown | artsdepot | 17 Sep
Doc Brown’s career seems to be going pretty well, doesn’t it, what with TV appearances on shows like ‘Law and Order’ and that Russell Howard show, and that viral YouTube thing he did with Ricky Gervais…? Not sure he really needs me to tip him. But, you might need some help, if you haven’t yet been exposed to his tip top brand of hip hop comedy. Details and tickets from right about here.

And The World Goes Pop | Tate Modern | 17 Sep-24 Jan
Opening today is this fascinating-looking exhibition at Tate Modern which promises that this “is pop art, but not as you know it”. One does tend to think of it very much as a western reflection on consumer culture, but these art works come from all over the world, and show how different cultures from every part of the responded to the pop art movement. See this page here for more info.

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Wednesday September 9th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 16 Sep: Mirrors, Octagon, Greenwich Comedy Festival


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

Mirrors | Camden People’s Theatre | 16 Sep
Just one chance to see ‘Mirrors’, to be staged as part of Camden People’s Theatre’s Calm Down Dear Festival. Crikey, that’s a mouthful, isn’t it? Don’t try reading aloud. Do, however, go and see this show, a solo piece from Siobhan MacMillan, which explores the experiences of the modern woman via characters, story-telling and comedy. See more info and sort tickets here.

Octagon | Arcola Theatre | 16 Sep-17 Oct
One of my favourite Fringe theatre producing companies Supporting Wall is behind this production of ‘Octagon’ by US performance poet, playwright and activist Kristiana Rae Colón. The play, which focuses on a group of slam poets, is directed by Nadia Latif, who first came into contact with Colón back in 2008 and directed their first collaboration ‘but i cd only whisper’. I really, really want to see this. More info and tickets right here.

Greenwich Comedy Festival | National Maritime Museum | 16-20 Oct
Whoop de doo, is it that time again? Yes, I can confirm that it is, so you can all look forward to five days of fabulous comedy acts to get your teeth into. Well, not literally, obviously. I don’t think they would appreciate that. Anyway, some real TW favourites are on the line-up, and I don’t think they would mind me mentioning a few names: the likes of Mark Steel, Joe Lycett, Felicity Ward, Bridget Christie, Adam Buxton, Nish Kumar, Luisa Omielan, Kevin Eldon, James Acaster, Tim Key and Mark Thomas. They’ve even thrown in a couple of TW Editors’ Award winners, there, with the fabulous Andrew Maxwell and the marvellous John Robins (pictured). Lots of info on these, and the many other fabulous acts, here.

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Monday September 7th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 14 Sep: Liam Williams, And Then Come The Nightjars, Beyond Expectations


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

Liam Williams – Bonfire Night | The Invisible Dot | 14-26 Sep
You know how I keep talking about shows that just did a run at the Edinburgh Festival? Yes, well, yep, this is another one of those. Liam Williams seems like a bit of a rising star, in my humble experience of rising stars, and is clocking up those four and five star glowing reviews at an almost undignified speed. Exactly our kind of comedian: intelligent, dark-of-humour, and passionate about social justice. See this page here for more info and tickets.

And Then Come The Nightjars | Theatre503 | until 26 Sep
A couple of weeks ago we ran a Q&A with ‘And Then Come The Nightjars’ playwright Bea Roberts, ahead of the premiere of this, her first produced fully length play. The show went up at the start of the month, to loads of critical acclaim, and a week into the run is a great time to see a show… the piece centres on the effects of the foot and mouth epidemic of 2001 and explores themes of friendship and rural life. More info and tickets from right about here.

Beyond Expectations | Etcetera Theatre | 14 Sep
Just one London-based chance to see this adaptation from Untold Theatre, a slightly skewed take on Dickens’ ‘Great Expectations’, told from the perspective of the story’s cold-hearted female protagonist Estella. Sounds like a very interesting way to approach the text, and allows a woman to take centre stage. Which is always a good thing. See the venue website here for more info and tickets.

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Sunday September 6th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 13 Sep: Hackney One Carnival, Maria Camahort Quintet, Newsrevue

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

Hackney One Carnival | Hackney Town Hall + environs | 13 Sep
Bright, fun, and free. What’s not to like? Haste ye to the borough of Hackney to witness a diverse array of entertainment; live music, DJs, children’s area and of course, the carnival procession itself, which will see 750 performers taking to the streets, bringing with them the traditional carnival arts of  Africa, Bolivia, Brazil, Caribbean, Ireland and the UK. And if you live along the route of the parade, you can decorate your property and potentially win a prize…! I wish I lived along the route of the parade. Hmmph. See this page here for more details.

Maria Camahort Quintet – Iberian Colours | King’s Place | 13 Sep (pictured)
This is the second event that I have plucked from the programme of the King’s Place Festival (yes, you know, the one that’s at King’s Place) and with good reason: I am a sucker for Spanish rhythms. This concert offers performances of the work of tradionally-influenced Spanish composers, promising a “journey through the relationship between Spanish Classical repertoire and influences from Iberia’s traditional music”. Sounds fab. See more info and arrange tickets here.

NewsRevue | Canal Cafe Theatre | 13 Sep and ongoing
If you haven’t yet managed to catch an edition of NewsRevue, then shame on you, frankly, they’ve been around long enough. You can see the “world’s longest running live comedy show” at Canal Cafe Theatre every Thursday through to Saturday, so this show isn’t just for today, it’s for soon, and the rest of your life. Once you have been once, you will want to go again and again, so it’s a good thing the news keeps giving ’em food for new material. More info and tickets from this location here.

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Saturday September 5th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 12 Sep: Judith Kerr Retrospective, Post-Fringe Gala Bash with Stewart Lee, Richard Herring – Happy Now


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

Tiger, Mog and Pink Rabbit: A Judith Kerr Retrospective | Jewish Museum London | until 14 Oct
This exhibition has been running for quite a while, but I thought lots of you might have missed it over the summer, what with being out there enjoying that good old British sunshine over the last couple of months… anyway, this is one for both parents and children to enjoy, an in-depth and interactive look at the work of a much loved author whose books have been delighting children and young people since about 1968. More info and tickets from the museum website, here.

Post Fringe Gala Bash with Stewart Lee | Union Chapel | 12 Sep
Well, you’re probably slightly aware that we’re Edinburgh Fringe addicts here at TWHQ, so thank goodness for events like this, a post-festival event featuring some of our favourite acts and including one of our August cover stars, Sofie Hagen. Lee is the headliner, obviously, but he’s supported by a very super award-winning and award-nominated line up. See this page here for more info.

Richard Herring – Happy Now? | Leicester Square Theatre | 12 Sep
Meanwhile, about three miles away from the Union Chapel, Stewart Lee’s erstwhile partner in comedy crime Richard Herring will be performing the final instalment in his much afore-tipped season of back-catalogue revivals. In ‘Happy Now’, his latest show, he looks at the question of whether we can ever be truly content, in the light of the fact that he is now settled down with a wife and baby. More info and tickets from this page, right here.

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Friday September 4th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 11 Sep: Richard Herring – Lord Of The Dance Settee, Emma 200, Ayanna Witter Johnson


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

Richard Herring – Lord Of The Dance Settee | Leicester Square Theatre | 11 Sep
As you may well recall, Richard Herring came up with a spectacular wheeze to encourage ThisWeek London feature him in our Threes To Sees on a weekly basis for a sustained period, when he decided to perform his entire back catalogue of shows at intervals throughout the summer, and autumn, I suppose (time may be getting on, but I’m still holding out for lots of lovely mellow sunshine in September). Info and ticketry here.

Emma 200 | Brunswick Square | 10-13 Sep
If you are a fan of Jane Austen (and I know a great many people who are), you might want to nip along to this mini-fest of Austenalia (if that isn’t a word, I just made it up, and it’s mine) celebrating the 200 year anniversary of the publication of ‘Emma’. It features talks, concerts, guided walks, a film screening, and even a Georgian Country Dance… find lots more info about what’s going on here.

Ayanna Witter Johnson | King’s Place | 11 Sep (pictured)
The major talent that is Ayanna Witter Johnson is on the bill as part of the King’s Place Festival at, er, King’s Place. For those who don’t know, she already has a MOBO nomination under her belt and she hasn’t even released her debut album yet. A classically trained cellist, singer, and composer, she has worked with the likes of sitarist Anoushka Shankar and the Kronos Quartet. She’ll be showcasing tracks from that aforementioned debut album. More info about the show here, and help her get her album out here.

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Thursday September 3rd, 2015 00:01

Three To See on 9 Sep: Creditors, Corey White, The Man Who Had All The Luck


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

THEATRE: Creditors | Young Vic | 9-19 Sep
This is renowned playwright David Grieg’s adaptation of August Strindberg’s 1888 play ‘Creditors’, directed by Genesis Future Directors Award winner Rikki Henry. It’s a brutal, naturalistic piece focusing on the breakdown of a hitherto happy marriage, wrecked by the scheming machinations of a third party. See the venue website here for more info and to book tickets.

COMEDY: Corey White, The Cane Toad Effect | Soho Theatre | 7-12 Sep (pictured)
As you know from reading our tips the last few days, we are still haunted by What We Saw In Edinburgh. Though, to be fair, we didn’t actually see this in Edinburgh (there’s a lot to get through). We know a few folk who did, though, and they say we should definitely see it now it’s on in London. The show, which deals with Australian comedian Corey White’s rough upbringing, got a great reception in his home country, winning him Best Newcomer 2015 at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Best Overall Comedy Show 2014 at the Sydney Fringe Festival. Tickets and info right about here.
THEATRE: The Man Who Had All The Luck | King’s Head Theatre | 2-26 Sep
It’s the 100th anniversary of the birth of late, great playwright Arthur Miller this year, so this is a timely revival of one of his earlier plays ‘The Man Who Had All The Luck’. Produced by only-recently-formed theatre company End Of Moving Walkway, who last year won acclaim and award nominations for their production of ‘Oh, the Humanity and Other Good Intentions’. More info, and tickets, here.

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