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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Wednesday November 19th, 2014 00:01

Tuesday 25 November 2014 in London

Don Quixote

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

DANCE: Don Quixote | Royal Opera House | 25 Nov – 22 Jan 2015
Cuban dancer and now seasoned choreographer Carlos Acosta gives his high-spirited take on Petipa’s knight-and-squire’s tale ‘Don Quixote’ a curtain call, this after it first ran at the Royal Opera House last year. Acosta shares the part of virtuoso suitor Basilio with Steven McRae and Matthew Golding. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Saxon Court | Southwark Playhouse | until 13 Dec
Daniel Anderson’s acid Christmas-time satire, made by Made By Brick, follows small-time businesswoman who, following a chain of office crises, goes on an ‘Apprentice’-style mission to fire someone at the staff Xmas party. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Theatre Uncut 2014 | Soho Theatre | 25-30 Nov
Five leading playwrights (not least ‘Spine’ scribe Clara Brennan, award-winning dramatist Inua Ellams, and acclaimed ‘Pests’ writer Vivienne Franzmann) interpret topical political headlines in a chain of inter-linking short works on the theme of ‘Knowledge Is Power, Knowledge Is Change’, with each performance followed by a Q&A on the issues raised by the plays. Details and tickets here.

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Monday November 17th, 2014 00:01

Sunday 23 November 2014 in London


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

COMEDY: Kurdish Red Crescent Benefit w/ Mark Thomas + Tim Key + Josie Long | Bloomsbury Theatre | 23 Nov
The very good and ‘frequently on TV’ likes of Tim Key, Josie Long, Andy Zaltzman and Nadia Kamil all take space on this Mark Thomas-curated bill in aid of the Kurdish Red Crescent, a charity working to assist those fleeing the attacks of IS and Assad on the Syrian/Turkish border. Details and tickets here, and for the full lowdown check out Mark Thomas on this week’s ThisWeek London Podcast.

THEATRE/MUSICAL: Symphony | Soho Theatre | until 30 Nov
A “winning combination” (said us via ThreeWeeks circa this year’s Edinburgh Fringe) of harmonic sing-songs and acted stories of love, loss and dreams (all dedicated to Londoners, by the way); Nabokov’s award-winning ‘Symphony’ is the creation of all-star young writers Ella Hickson (the RSC’s ‘Wendy & Peter), Nick Payne (the Royal Court’s Olivier-nominated ‘Constellations’), and Tom Wells of ‘Jumpers For Goalposts’ fame. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Walaa | St Martin In The Fields Church | 23 Nov (pictured)
Richard Shannon directs ‘Walaa’ (or ‘loyalty’) a play by Ahmed Masoud that looks at the knock-on effects of the civil war in Syria; and, by drawing from real stories, how the brutal conflict is dividing both individuals, families, and the population at large. A post-play debate will take place, chaired by BBC Foreign Affairs correspondent Mike Wooldridge, and featuring Masoud, Shannon, and Amnesty International’s Kristyan Benedict. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday November 16th, 2014 00:01

Saturday 22 November 2014 in London

Mother Goose

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

FILM: Björk Biophilia Live + Beastliness | ICA | 22 Nov
Representing the mid-point of the ICA’s superlative ‘Ada & After: Women Do Science [Fiction]’ weekend of screenings and talks, this two-film itinerary starts off with a showing of Björk’s big, visionary stage movie ‘Biophilia Live’, this paired with a Q&A with Björkian pop contemporaries Leila Moss and Jemma Desai. That’s all followed by a playback of Deborah Kelly’s disorientating and ‘horizonless’ sci-fi animation ‘Beastliness’. Details and tickets here.

MAGIC/COMEDY: Pete Firman – Trickster | Leicester Square Theatre | 22 Nov
Ka-boom! Skilled slight-of-hand tricks and wink-wink physical whimsy mystically combine in this magic display from reliable comic wizard Pete Firman, several of whose secrets are revealed in this interview he did with TW London earlier in the year. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Mother Goose | Hackney Empire | 22 Nov – 4 Jan 2015 (pictured)
Oh, go on. Go and watch the ‘mother’ (ha ahaha ahahaha ha) of pantos aka the Hackney Empire’s big and mighty Christmas show, as stars old stage hand Clive Rowe as titular ‘Mother Goose’, a mannish-looking dame who acquires a magic goose with a 44-carat egg-laying habit. Details and tickets here.

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Friday November 14th, 2014 00:01

Thursday 20 November 2014 in London

Mo Kolours

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

COMEDY: Comedy At The Duke w/ John Kearns + Stuart Laws + Joe Sutherland | Duke Of Wellington, Dalston | 20 Nov
Weirdy AND beardy (really!) comedian John Kearns, the man the whole world wants a slice of following his Best Newcomer win at this year’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards, headlines this beefy night’s billing at the Dalston’s beery Duke Of Wellington; doing so with the support of Stuart Laws and Joe Sutherland. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Mo Kolours | Corsica Studios | 20 Nov (pictured)
Anglo-Mauritian producer/percussionist/artist Joseph Deenmamode, aka Mo Kolours, fishes a rich catch of sounds, styles and tastes from his eponymous first LP; a taster-plate of woozy looped beats and colour-block sampling in shades of reggae, dub, and anything else you’d care to think of. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Chimera | Gate Theatre | 20 Nov – 20 Dec
Transferring to the Gate direct from New York, this science-inspired one-woman play by Suli Holum and Deborah Stein follows a girl, Jennifer, whose sense of self starts to spiral when she is diagnosed with a rare medical condition. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday November 13th, 2014 12:49

Wednesday 19 November 2014 in London

Howie The Rookie

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

COMEDY: Twins | The Invisible Dot | 19-20 Nov
Let’s get this straight; joined-at-the-hip comics Annie McGrath (the “navigator of the off-beat”) and Jack Barry (the “gormless” natural humourist) are 100% identical twins. If not in the genetic, nor the ‘being born on the same day’ sense. The pair’s self-titled first show, is a 60 mins mish-mash of self-deprecating sketches, droll flights of fancy, and “a few theatrical scenes”. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Howie The Rookie | Barbican | 19-29 Nov (pictured)
First produced in 1999, playwright Mark Rowe’s dark, funny and “outrageous” horror-ride into Dublin’s underworld stars Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as both tough guy Howie, and soft-hearted novice Rookie, and also as a cast of rather hideous supporting characters; all of whose lives cross over en route to a common misfortune. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/SPOKEN WORD: Nothing | Camden People’s Theatre | 19-22 Nov
A meditation on ‘alienation and being young’ by Sunday Times Young Playwriting Award-winning young playwright Lulu Raczka, ‘Nothing’ finds its cast picking one of eight monologues (on topics like action films, sex, talking and… buses) at random and, in fact, on stage; and improvising their own new edit then and there. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday November 12th, 2014 00:01

Tuesday 18 November 2014 in London

The Boy Who Kicked Pigs

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

COMEDY: An Evening With Noel Fielding | Hammersmith Apollo | 18 Nov
Caped kook and pal-to-Kasabian Noel Fielding, certainly one of life’s real one-offs (if not the most topical or realist comedian going), hits the Eventim Apollo with a big, weird, lyrically-bent stick via his first live progress in five years. ‘An Evening With…’ combines live animation, ‘musical interludes’ and Noel’s face smeared in shaving foam as ‘The Moon’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/CABARET: Mimetic Festival | The Vaults, Waterloo | until 29 Nov
A full-to-the-brim saucy pan of devised, physical and visual theatre, puppetry and cabaret, Finger In The Pie’s thrill-a-minute Mimetic fest this year features ‘preposterous’ Vaudeville(ainous) puppets Boris & Sergey, a grisly spin on one-time ‘Dr Who’ Tom Baker’s short story ‘The Boy Who Kicked Pigs’, Antler’s wintry polyphonic song-and-storytelling piece ‘Where The White Stops’, and many-faced mime Pi’s ‘Un Cas de Nostalgie’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Stink Foot | Yard Theatre | 18 Nov – 13 Dec
Jeff James directs this treacle-steeped (literally) adaptation of Sophocles’ ‘Philoctetes’, following the Greek playwright’s ancient narrative of a ‘master archer’ exiled to an island because of the stench of his injured foot. Odysseus is dispatched to trick the bitter castaway into coming back to the Trojan war. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday November 11th, 2014 00:01

Monday 17 November 2014 in London

The Collector

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

COMEDY: Shappi Khorsandi – Because I’m Shappi | Soho Theatre | 17-29 Nov
Leading comic lady and whip-crack wit Shappi Khorsandi was away from the circuit for most of 2013, on account of her being “knocked up like a 1950s teenager”. Well she’s back again, and on a haphazard forward march, honing in on her life’s positive points (and positive people) in her peppy new solo show. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Girlpool + Oscar | Shacklewell Arms | 17 Nov
LA-based indie cindies Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad, aka Girlpool, shoot off a slimmed-down line in opinionated screamo pop, as is typified on their self-titled ‘Girlpool’ EP, re-released this month via Wichita. It’s a free-entry show, and co-stars lovesick alt-pop creatonist Oscar (Scheller) as support act. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Collector | Arcola Theatre | 17-22 Nov
Awarded a Fringe First prize in Edinburgh earlier this year, writer Henry Naylor’s new play, a topical story of evil, betrayal and killing, is based inside Mazrat Gaol; one of Saddam Hussein’s most feared Iraqi torture houses, and follows a local translator who catches the eye of a psychotic inmate. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday November 9th, 2014 00:01

Saturday 15 November 2014 in London


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

COMEDY: Dave Gorman Gets Straight to the Point* (*The PowerPoint) | Hammersmith Apollo | 15 Nov
Factual comic and cool tech dork Dave Gorman delves further into the art of PowerPoint-based comedy, once again toying with the world’s fave slideshow-making tool for his latest touring show. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Nonclassical Bloc w/ Nathan Fake | Bloc | 15 Nov
Promotions co Bloc plays host to this longform live billing from alt music label Nonclassical; which this year features a collaborative set by headliner Nathan Fake and the always-innovatory Multi-Story Orchestra, plus composer Nonclassical boss Gabriel Prokofiev, futurist musician John Matthias, non-conventional ‘electronic’ project Klavikon, Nick Ryan, John Richards and also his brother (not) John Richards. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Loaded | Jack Studio Theatre | until 29 Nov
First staged at the auld Edinburgh Fringe in 1999, David Brown’s ‘Loaded’ follows a rag-tag pair of garage mechanics who plan a high-stakes stick-up job in order to save their shared acquaintance Carol ‘from herself’. Stream a ThisWeek London interview with the play’s makers AlterEgo Theatre via the TWL Podcast to discover more. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday November 8th, 2014 00:01

Friday 14 November 2014 in London


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

FILM: The Unloved | London College Of Communication | 14 Nov
This year’s nationwide Homeless Film Festival closes with this showing of the first film directed by actress Samantha Morton (and based on her own early life), 2009 BBC TV feature ‘The Unloved’, which follows a young girl’s hardships after she is placed in a children’s home. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s main star, a now seventeen year old Molly Windsor, and its producer Kate Ogborn. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/KIDS: Dusk | Young Vic | 14-29 Nov (pictured)
Created especially for 4-7 year olds, Fevered Sleep’s ‘Dusk’ mingles film and live theatre to paint an animated, interactive portrait of the wide, wide world, zooming in on a band of woodland creatures with ears pricked, ‘watching and waiting for someone to arrive’. But who? Or, what? And most importantly, why? Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Feast | Battersea Arts Centre | 14-15 Nov
BAC mainstays Clout Theatre take a bite out of the stuff of life… aka ‘Food'; tracing humanity’s big evolutional dinner party from first course (primordial soup), to last (the gross and sickly cupcake towers of consumerism). And all the tasty distractions in between. Clout will also host a Dada-esque food-based cabaret at the BAC’s Scratch Bar on 14 Nov only. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday November 6th, 2014 00:01

Wednesday 12 November 2014 in London


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

COMEDY: Knock2Bag w/ Romesh Ranganathan | Bar FM | 12 Nov
Professional grinch Romesh Ranganathan and his straight-faced stylings headline this edition of Knock2Bag, with intrepid Pappy’s man Matthew Crosby, slimy character creation Brian Gittins, off-the-wall comic Lou Sanders, playful stand-up Joz Norris and “aspiring” funny guy Don Tran all in the bag (and on the line-up), and all. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Perfume | Hammersmith Apollo | 12 Nov
Now in the midst of their third circuit of the world touring-wise, bionic girl-girl-girl band and J-pop A-listers Perfume ring in their biggest hits via a typically striking hi-tech live show. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Accolade | St James Theatre | 12 Nov – 13 Dec
A repeat of director Blanche McIntyre’s award(s)-winning 2011 adaptation of the play by Emlyn Williams’, ‘Accolade’ stars Alexander Hanson as a knighted author caught in the glare of the British media, even as he’s being blackmailed over his secret private life. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday November 4th, 2014 00:01

Monday 10 November 2014 in London

Joseph Morpurgo

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

COMEDY: Joseph Morpugo – Odessa | The Invisible Dot | 10-15 Nov (pictured)
Taking another victory lap following its critics-flooring stint at the Edinburgh Fringe, Joseph Morpurgo’s blackly comical one-man show is posited like an investigation into a distinctly shady chemical plant fire in the Texan city of Odessa. Jo-Mo mans the whole cast of the story, from cops to co-conspirators, creating an intricate narrative arc from the grainy basis of ‘Odessa'; a half-minute TV clip from 1983. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: First Episode | Jermyn Street Theatre | until 22 Nov
Primavera AD and recent TW London interviewee Tom Littler directs this reprisal of Terrence Rattigan’s first script, ‘First Episode’, which is loosely based on the late playwright’s days at Oxford University, and indeed which he wrote whilst still a student. Its story follows best friends Tony and David, whose relationship is tried when Tony falls in love with a movie star. As you do. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: My Beautiful Black Dog | Bush Theatre | 10-12 Nov
Taking its title from Winston Churchill’s ‘pet phrase’ for his depression, Iron Shoes and writer Brigitte Aphrodite’s ‘My Beautiful Black Dog’ is a a one-woman insight into the intricacies of mental health; shared via a mix of songs, rhymes and theatre. Details and tickets here.

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Monday November 3rd, 2014 00:01

Sunday 9 November 2014 in London

DD Dumbo

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

COMEDY: Suspiciously Cheap Comedy w/ Gein’s Family Giftshop + Liam Williams | Backyard Comedy Club | 9 Nov
This reasonably-priced (sinisterly so) post-Sunday-roast repast features darkling sketch three-piece Gein’s Family Giftshop, Liam Williams of Sheeps and solo fame, winning combo Max & Ivan and character comedian Lolly Adefope; all on show for £5. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: DD Dumbo | St Pancras Old Church | 9 Nov (pictured)
Don’t act like a DD Dumbo all your life; instead, go and watch one. 4AD-signed psych-pop artist Oliver Hugh Perry, who released his earthy first EP ‘Tropical Oceans’ last year, and who’s over from his home in Australia to play St Pancras Old Church as part of his running UK tour, that is. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Love Shack | Theatro Technis | until 22 Nov
Playwright/director Daniel Ward Garver’s new baby, a slick, pacey crime thriller (that’s featured on the ThisWeek London podcast, by the way), finds a disparate cast of characters – the spoilt brat son of a mob boss, an arrogant banker, and a pair of cops – crossing paths thanks to notorious crime hideout The Love Shack. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday November 1st, 2014 00:01

Friday 7 November 2014 in London


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

COMEDY: David Elms – Nurture Boy | Pleasance Theatre | 7 Nov
Tipped by TW London sister site ThreeWeeks as an essential act to see at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, singing comedian David Elms ‘whispers it from the rooftops’ in this, his latest solo show, an all-natural trail mix of chat, romance and ‘little surprises’. And a ‘bit with a Rubik’s Cube, hmmm. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Sound Of Tomorrow w/ Sango + Sivey + Hannah Faith | Oval Space | 7 Nov (pictured)
Metropolis and Soulection co-MC this forward-thinking showcase of big names in waiting, with on-point American remixer and beatsmith Sango headlining, one-man production unit Sivey, fresh face Hannah Faith co-starring, and Tom Misch DJ-ing on the side. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Far Away | Young Vic | 7-29 Nov
Revived by Kate Hewitt, the winner of this year’s critically-revered JMK directing award, Caryl Churchill’s millennial play is a dystopian portrait of a world of fear, lies, war and denial, as main character Joan accidentally discovers a terrible, life-changing secret. Details and tickets here.

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Friday October 31st, 2014 00:01

Thursday 6 November 2014 in London


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

COMEDY: Weirdos All-Star Comedy Fundraiser | Camden Head | 6 Nov
A drive for donations towards fairly odd comic lot Weirdos’ Christmas charity pantomime; this tight-fitting fundraiser in the um… ‘intimate’ back room of the Camden Head features Weirdos’ greatest hitters John Kearns, Lou Sanders, Ben Target, Adam Larter, Joz Norris, Matthew Highton and… more. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/DANCE: Dancer | Battersea Arts Centre | 6-8 Nov (pictured)
Created by late theatre trailblazer Adrian Howells, this highly-praised softly pokes and prods at the idea of what it is to be a ‘Dancer’ (dahling) via Ian and Gary, two ordinary blokes happy to dance any time day or night; in jerky, camp and ethereal style, moving both visibly and invisibly. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: 2071 | Royal Court Theatre | 6-15 Nov
A cross-collaboration by ace, experimental playwright/director pairing Duncan Macmillan and Katie Mitchell, and world-leading scientist Chris Rapley too; ‘2071’ looks at the bearing climate change, and the ongoing population boom, is having on the planet. “Climate change is a matter of importance to everyone, but what to do about it is mired in controversy. What’s needed is a conversation. What do we owe future generations? How can we protect our children and grandchildren?”, asks the playbill. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday October 30th, 2014 00:01

Wednesday 5 November 2014 in London

Kieran Hodgson

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

COMEDY: Kieran Hodgson – French Exchange | Pleasance Theatre | 5 Nov (pictured)
On “hilarious and frankly horrifying” form at his last show – the “tour de force” that was ‘Flood’ – versatile character comedian Kieran Hodgson rings in his latest creation, ‘French Exchange’, by sharing with ‘l’histoire’ of a 2003 school trip to stay with a family in France. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Currency | The Place | 5-15 Nov
A ‘bonkers’ performance festival to tweak the mind and senses; The Place’s Currency will, in 2014, feature two wildly differing shows per night in the main theatre, and on the side, a series of ‘Blind Dates’ between British performers, ‘in conversation’ events, and food-and-art-based titillation c/o interactive cafe Hunt & Darton. Shaping the first-night are ‘Bruit De Couloir’ (a slow-motion ‘celebration of life’ by French circus/dance artist Clément Dazin), and Finnish pairing Anna Maria Häkkinen & Jarkko Partanen’s ‘Dig My Jockey’, an erotic look at fetishes, with an equine twist. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Longwave | Shoreditch Town Hall | until 8 Nov
A play articulated totally sans words; writer/director Chris Goode’s 100% silent ‘Longwave’ is the bleakly comic story of two scientist (played by Tom Lyall and Jamie Wood) living together in a shed, in the middle of nowhere. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday October 29th, 2014 10:33

Tuesday 4 November 2014 in London

The Frida Kahlo Of Penge West

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

COMEDY: Lost Treasures Of The Black Heart w/ Josie Long + Nathaniel Metcalfe | The Black Heart | 4 Nov
It’s all thrills, spills and comic spoils at The Black Heart tavern in Camden as Josie Long presides over another edition of her highly-decorated ‘Lost Treasures’ night, which is manned by cabin boy (and hilariously quippy stand-up) Nathaniel Metcalfe, and a crew of TBA guest acts. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Rosie Lowe | Concrete | 3 Nov
Rich-voiced synth-pop ladio Rosie Lowe spills her dark-dappled new track ‘Water Came Down’, and earlier singles, ahead of the TBA LP from which it came, which itself is set to be released ‘soon’ via Adele’s right hand man Paul Epworth’s Wolf Tone label. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Frida Kahlo Of Penge West | Bridge House Theatre | 4-23 Nov (pictured)
A one-woman play inside a two-woman play (if you catch my meta-drift), writer-director Chris Larner’s dark and quick-witted ‘Frida Kahlo…’ is the story of Zoe, whose quiet life is erm… amplified when an old friend (vain, ambitious out-of-work actor Ruth) decides to stage a drama based on the life of a certain fiery Mexican painter. Details and tickets here.

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Monday October 27th, 2014 13:40

Saturday 1 November 2014 in London


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

COMEDY: Live At the Chapel w/ Pajama Men + Joe Wilkinson | Union Chapel | 1 Nov
It’s always a carefree PJ party with “infinitely clever and endlessly entertaining” ThisWeek-interviewees Pajama Men, headliners of this incarnation of the Invisible Dot’s Live At The Chapel, which also boasts nightclub-style PAs by Joe Wilkinson (aka the strangest thing to hit ‘Countdown’ since… erm, ever), Mae Martin, and Brett Goldstein. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: MØ | Shepherd’s Bush Empire | 1 Nov (pictured)
Stage-diving, ponytail-whipping Danish popstar-with-bite Karen Marie Ørsted shows off ‘No Mythologies To Follow’, her stone-cold brilliant first LP, with support from rising Brit singer Raleigh Ritchie (aka part-time actor Jacob Anderson, who plays Greyworm in ‘Game Of Thrones’). Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Red Like Embers – Contemporary Voices From Brazil | Theatre 503 | until 1 Nov
Brazil is a nation that does nothing by halves; and its diversity is here represented in a carnival parade of plays written from the heart of Latin America’s most sensual land, as are featured on an instalment of the ThisWeek Podcast. Multi-award-winning dramatists like Jo Bilac, Newton Moreno and Marcia Zanelatto, as well as a rich seam of emerging writers, directors and actors, present a spread of uniquely-Brazilian works taking on the universal topics of sexuality, politics, religion and violence. Details and tickets here.

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Monday October 27th, 2014 13:36

Thursday 30 October 2014 in London

Gein's Family Gift Shop

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

COMEDY: Raising The Dead w/ Gein’s Family Giftshop + Thom Tuck + Adam Larter | Aces & Eights | 30 Oct (pictured)
NOT a human-eating robot‘ Alexander Bennett, via his This Is Not A Cult showcase, throws a spooky variety night (yeah, it’s a bit early – and so what?) featuring Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated trio Gein’s Family Giftshop (seen here identifying their ideal creepy trinkets with ThreeWeeks), vaguely unhinged This Is Not A Cult co-host Thom Tuck, Weirdos Comedy president Adam Larter and macabre character comic Milo McCabe. Details and tickets here.

DANCE/THEATRE: DV8 – John | National Theatre | 30 Oct – 13 Jan 2015
Based on over 50 frank interviews DV8 AD Lloyd Newson did with men re their sex and love lives; verbatim piece ‘John’ combines dance and dialogue to follow one man’s story from years of crime and drug use, into ‘a place unknown by most’. Containing strong language and nudity only suitable for adults, ‘John’ follows DV8’s acclaimed show ‘Can We Talk About This?’. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Red Bull Culture Clash | Earls Court | 30 Oct
JME, Skepta, Wiley and the various MCs of London grime clique Boy Better Know are going crew-to-crew with A$AP Rocky’s all-American-rap A$AP Mob (aka A$APs Ferg, Nast, Ant et al); Rebel Sound’s David Rodigan, Shy FX and Chase & Status; and a rock-steady roster from reggae label Stone Love Jamaica in this year’s Red Bull Culture Clash, a Jamaican-PA-system-style battle in which all crews vie to make the most noise, and please/deafen the audience. There’ll be games like ‘The Selector’ (in which rappers/DJs are assessed on their choice of tracks), and ‘Sleeping With The Enemy’ (in which opponents switch styles), whilst the finale is ‘Armageddon’, in which pretty well anything can happen, even the end of the world. Also, take-downs are mandatory. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday October 23rd, 2014 00:01

Wednesday 29 October 2014 in London

Who Do We Think We Are?

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

MUSIC: Real Estate | Shepherd’s Bush Empire | 29 Oct
New Jersey-based collegiate rockers Real Estate, the indie band least likely to distress grannies (what with their wistful, linen-fresh songwriting style, and all), map their newest and so far, finest LP, ‘Atlas’, with a set of latest and greatest hits. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Romeo & Juliet | National Theatre, temp space | 29 Oct – 14 Oct
A short and, dare I say, snappy 60 minute edit of Shakespeare’s most-loved-play-about-love designated for pre-teens aged 8-12, script-shortener Ben Power and director Bijan Sheibani’s spin on ‘Romeo And Juliet’ finds the original story trimmed back to its bare bones, and given a contemporarily lite, exhilarating feel. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Who Do We Think We Are? | Southwark Playhouse | 29 Oct – 15 Nov (pictured)
This biographical first play by Sonja Linden and Visible Theatre is part-inspired by the lives and lineages of the company’s older cast; who last year talked over their family histories as a starting point for rehearsals. A kaleidoscope of stories dating back to 1914, with an added live score and a dash of physical theatre, ‘Who Do We Think We Are’ roves all over the world and the past 100 years, from Siberian POW camp, to the green and groovy fields of Woodstock, to Nagasaki at the time of the atomic bomb blast. Details and tickets here.

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