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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Monday September 29th, 2014 11:49

Friday 3 October 2014 in London

Harriet Walter

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

EXHIBITION: Terror And Wonder – The Gothic Imagination | British Library | 3 Oct – 20 Jan 2015
Taking off the coffin lid on 250 years of Gothica, the British Library’s ‘Terror And Wonder’ traces our fascination with all things wild, strange and macabre through an array of books, posters, film clips and ephemera. From Horace Walpole’s 1974 novel ‘The Castle Of Otranto’, to late greats of the genre like mother-of-‘Frankenstein’ Mary Shelley and ‘Dracula’ animator Bram Stoker, to modern horror aficionados like Stanley Kubrick, Alexander McQueen, to the bloody ‘Twilight’ books. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Goat | Roundhouse | 3 Oct
Whilst Swedish psych mystics Goat might keep their faces hidden behind masks, there’s no sense of the same secrecy to the acidic vibes, tribal hypno-pop incantations and serpentine arrangements of their latest LP ‘Commune’, which they’ll be placing parts of at this show, alongside slightly older hits from the band’s 2012 tour-de-force ‘World Music’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Henry IV | Donmar Warehouse | 3 Oct – 29 Nov (pictured)
With ‘she-Hamlet’ Maxine Peake already doing it for Shakespearean gender-reversal over at Manchester’s Royal Exchange, here’s an all-female adaptation of Shakey’s’ ‘Henry IV’, the mid-point in a trilogy of collaborations between stage actress Harriet Walter and director Phyllida Lloyd, who linked so brilliantly on 2012’s ‘Julius Caesar’. Taking place in the ‘so hot right now’ scenario of a women’s prison, it’s a play about family, kingship, power and patriotism. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday September 25th, 2014 15:06

Thursday 2 October 2014 in London

Boy Blue Entertainment

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

DANCE: The Five & The Prophecy Of Prana | Barbican Centre | 2-4 Oct (pictured)
Japanese manga interlocks with hip hop dance, martial arts moves and wire-work in choreographer Kenrich ‘H2′ Sandy’s comic strip-inspired new work for his Olivier-winning company Boy Blue Entertainment, which follows five young delinquents sent to a rehab camp. Little do they know, it’s also the HQ of an ancient army of peacekeepers. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: The Girl Of The Golden West | London Coliseum | 2 oct – 1 Nov
Brit soprano Susan Bullock stars as ‘the girl’, of saloon owner Minnie, in Puccini’s Wild West American gold mining opera. It’s directed by Richard Jones, who’s back at the Coliseum after earning sparkling reviews for his last ENO innings, Handel’s ‘Rodelinda’. Details, tickets, and a long, long wait to get past them’s waiting for ‘Sweeney Todd’ seats are here.

SPOKEN WORD: Alan Bennett | Lyttelton Theatre | 2 Oct
Literary contrarian and – dare I say  it – ‘national treasure’ Alan Bennett flips through his new anthology of verse, ‘Six Poets – Hardy To Larkin’ on the day of its publication (which also happens to be National Poetry Day), providing his own ‘enlivening’ live sleeve-notes as he goes. 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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Monday September 22nd, 2014 15:26

Saturday 27 September 2014 in London

Anselm Kiefer

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

ART: Anselm Kiefer | Royal Academy Of Arts | 27 Sep – 14 Dec
The RAA’s prestigious Summer Exhibition is, this year, the biggest ever British retrospective of one of the world’s greatest living artists, German painter/sculptor/maker-of-installations Anselm Kiefer – who deals in big, brave, striking imagery designed to shock and provoke. Details and tickets here.

FILM/MUSIC: King Creosote – From Scotland With Love | Barbican | 27 Sep
This pointedly-timed post #IndyRef event finds Scots songwriter Kenny Creosote and his band playing their larger-than-life collaborative score to ‘From Scotland With Love’ – an archival film portrait of “love and loss, war, resistance, emigration, work and play” north of the border – along with the doc itself, which is directed by Virginia Heath. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Cape Wrath | Artsdepot | 27-28 Sep
A one-man travelogue staged inside a minibus, Third Angel Theatre’s Alex Kelly’s ‘Cape Wrath’ finds him retracing a trip his granddad made from the Midlands up to the north coast of his native Scotland to sit, look at the sea, and look back on his life. Kelly followed in his steps 20 years on, and here tells the story for an audience of only fourteen. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday September 17th, 2014 16:45

Thursday 25 September 2014 in London

Snakes! The Musical

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

ART EXHIBITION: Witches & Wicked Bodies | British Museum | 25 Sep – 11 Jan 2014
A concoction of Albrecht Dürer’s aptly-titled 1501 engraving ‘Witch Riding Backwards On A Goat’, Francisco de Goya’s occult grotesques, and the Pre-Raphaelites sexualised, siren-like enchantresses; the British Museum’s free-entry ‘Witches & Wicked Bodies’ eyeballs representations of witches and witchcraft from the Renaissance era to the late 1800s. Details here.

FILM: Doc N Roll Festival | Hackney Picturehouse | 25-28 Sep
The cool-looking first ever Doc N Roll Festival, a tight schedule of rock-themed film screenings of a doc-like ilk, features the likes of new release ‘Looking For Johnny’ (which looks at the life of late New York Dolls/Heartbreakers guitarist Johnny Thunders, who died in 1991 aged 38); Stones Throw Records review ‘Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton'; a strand given over to Brit director Julien Temple (and a Q&A with JT); and, tonight, the London premiere of ‘A Band Called Death’, Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlet’s doc on 1970s rock trio Death, who are oft-hailed as the first black punk band. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Snakes! The Musical | Leicester Square Theatre | 25 Sep – 19 Oct
Quite Nice Theatre play a quite little theatre company searching for a £50 million investment to take their modest-sized musical adaptation of ‘Snakes On A Plane’ to the West End. A cleverly ‘meta’ piece of new writing with a “versatile, creative and energetic cast”, ‘Snakes!’ received a rave 5/5 review from ThreeWeeks at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Details and tickets here. And look out for a snippet from the show in the next edition of the ThisWeek London Podcast, out next week.

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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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Wednesday September 17th, 2014 16:05

Tuesday 23 September 2014 in London

Exhibit B

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

MUSIC: Woman’s Hour | Village Underground | 23 Sep
Having recently released their first LP ‘Conversations’, a stylised synth-pop vision in shades of blue and grey, young London-band Woman’s Hour bring it softly to light in their biggest LDN headline show to date. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Flowers Of The Forest | Jermyn Street Theatre | 23 Sep – 18 Oct
‘I Am A Camera’ playwright John Van Druten’s First World War-time love story plays at Jermyn Street Theatre in an 80th anniversary staging directed by Antony Biggs. ‘Flowers… stars actress Sophie Ward as Naomi, a woman whose pleasantly staid married life is jolted by a visit from her disapproving sister, who brings with her reminders of Naomi’s past love affair. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: [CANCELLED] Third World Bunfight – Exhibit B | The Vaults | 23-27 Sep (pictured)
Still in town following a radical adaptation of Verdi’s ‘Macbeth’ at the Barbican last week, South African stage master Brett Bailey and company dig down into The Vaults to build a stark and haunting installation critiquing 19th/20th century ‘human zoos’, which put Africans on show like museum curiosities. The idea is translated here into twelve still-life tableaux, each featuring motionless actors recreating colonial atrocities committed in Africa, as well as Western notions of racial supremacy and the present-day plight of immigrants. Details and tickets here.

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Monday September 15th, 2014 13:34

Monday 22 September 2014 in London

Electra

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

MUSIC: Ibeyi | Rough Trade West | 22 Sep
The twin daughters of late Franco-Cuban musician Miguel ‘Anga’ Diaz, kind-of-identical sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kainde released their first EP as Ibeyi recently via a still-wet deal with the revered XL Recordings. Drop in to this Rough Trade in-store (entry’s free, so why the heck not?) to hear them sing ‘Oya’ – a cold, bony paean combining shades of the pair’s African lineage with ‘Westernised’ electronics – and muscular follow-on single ‘River’. Details here.

THEATRE: Electra | The Old Vic | 22 Sep – 20 Dec (pictured)
The always-captivating Kristin Scott-Thomas teams once again with her go-to theatre director Ian Rickson in this revival of grim Sophcolean tragedy ‘Electra’, a bloody story of power and retribution that plays out in an in-the-round adaptation by Frank McGuinness. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Every Brilliant Thing | Hackney Downs Studios | 22-25 Sep
A one-man ‘celebration of life’ that begins with a dead dog, Jonny Donahoe’s bittersweet ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ finds its central character inviting the audience to collaborate on a list of reasons to carry on living; which he then shares, point-by-point, with his suicidal mother. 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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Wednesday September 10th, 2014 18:39

Wednesday 17 September 2014 in London

Nick Cave

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

ART: Marina Abramovic – White Space | Lisson Gallery | 17 Sep – 1 Nov
Art-world royalty Marina Abramovic, who’s still the toast of London following the close of her massive ‘512 Hours’ show at the Serpentine, is here celebrated in the early phases of her career, with ‘White Spaces’ giving erm… well, space to a range of rare and remastered audio pieces, videos and newly-discovered photos representing her very first experiments into performance art based on ‘time and the immaterial’, themes central to her present-day practice. Details and tickets here.

FILM/MUSIC: Nick Cave – 20,000 Days On Earth UK Launch | various cinemas nationwide | 17 Sep (pictured)
So rock n roll grizzly man Nick Cave is gracing the Barbican tonight to chat and play live at a special gala screening of his part-real, part-surreal ‘day in the life’ film, the widely acclaimed ‘20,000 Days On Earth’. Whilst every last ticket to the main event shifted a long while back, Cave fans can instead go to one of 150 British/Irish cinemas to catch a live-stream of the set and screening, which will feature Nick speaking beside Bad Seeds men Warren Ellis and Barry Adamson, as well as ‘20,000 Days’ directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Teh Internet Is Serious Business | Royal Court Theatre | 17 Sep – 25 Oct
Writer Tim Price debates the timely topic of ‘hacktivism’ in his new play, in which a pair of teen boys meet online and pick a ‘David v Goliath’-style digital fight with the FBI, recoding the limits of internet espionage for all time. Former Anonymous and LulzSec hacktivists Mustafa Al-Bassam and Jake Davis, on whom the script is based, will speak alongside experts on the ‘deep web’ at an ‘in conversation’ event on 29 Sep, having had a legal ban on communicating with each other lifted only earlier this month. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday September 9th, 2014 13:40

Tuesday 16 September 2014 in London

Macbeth

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

ART: Yayoi Kusama – Pumpkins | Victoria Miro | 16 Sep – 19 Dec
The Victoria Miro shows a timely (given it’s almost nearly Halloween) body of pumpkin-based paintings, large-scale mosaics and big old bronze castings by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama; each one dedicated, with great love, to the natural world’s knobbliest orange gourd. Bang into the pumpkin as a motif since as early as 1948, Kusama is known to use the plant as a means of selfportraiture, attracted to its “charming and winsome form”, “generous unpretentiousness” and “solid spiritual base”. Details and tickets here.

CIRCUS/DANCE: 7 Fingers – Séquence 8 | Sadler’s Wells Theatre | 16 Sep – 4 Oct
Québec-based circus clique 7 Fingers flex their way into this sequence designed for eight performers, who’ll be twinning lithe acrobatics with light-hearted dance bits, doing so against bold lighting and an original soundtrack. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: Third World Bunfight – Macbeth | The Barbican | 16-20 Sep (pictured)
Radical playwright Brett Bailey adapts Verdi’s ‘Macbeth’, moving the base threads of the plot over to modern-day Congo, and bringing in a South African cast to voice a rearrangement of the original opera. In his and Third World Bunfight’s version of events, a group of refugees find an old trunk full of sheet music and gramophone recordings of Verdi’s score, and are inspired to tell their own story; that of a warlord, his power-thirsty wife, and Congo’s conflict-ravaged landscape. Details and tickets here.

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Monday September 8th, 2014 15:20

Monday 15 September 2014 in London

Xerxes

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

COMEDY: ComEDy Gala w/ Katherine Ryan + Patrick Monahan + Nat Luurtsema + Juliette Burton | Comedy Store | 15 Sep
Sweet-comedian-with-bite Katherine Ryan takes a bow alongside co-stars Fringe mainstay and TW Editors’ Award winner Patrick Monahan, Jigsaw piece and TW letter-writer Nat Luurtsema and forthright comic Juliette Burton (who, by the way, headlines the latest ThisWeek London Podcast) at this smartly-billed A* gala in aid of a great cause. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Carter Tutti Void | Oslo | 15-16 Sep
A hybrid of Throbbing Gristle’s Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti with Nik Void of disco infiltrators Factory Floor, Mute signings Carter Tutti Void‘s main sonic schtick, a la their admirable 2012 LP ‘Transverse’, is a niche line in dark, pulsing noise-pop with a strong rhythm and synth contingent. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: Xerxes | London Coliseum | 15 Sep – 3 Oct
The Coliseum hails Nicholas Hytner’s Olivier Award-winning take on this light, fizzy and flirty opera by the one and, in fact, the only, George Frideric Handel. Based in part in Vauxhall’s pleasure gardens (as they were in the 1700s), ‘Xerxes’ dives right into a love triangle between two brothers who love the same woman. Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote mans up to play the male title tole, whilst counter-tenor Andrew Watts voices his/her sibling Arsamenes, and Sarah Tynan sings Romilda. Details and tickets here.

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