Sunday November 8th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 15 Nov: Miniaturists 54, Stick Man, Family Jazz Allstars


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

Miniaturists 54 | Arcola Theatre | 15 Nov
Now, it may be the case that I very recently tipped a previous Miniaturists event, but I also have to tip this one, by law, because this particular edition marks this venerable institution’s tenth birthday, and that, dear readers, is more than worth celebrating. And just in case you missed my last tip, and Miniaturists in general, it’s an evening of great quality short plays, from both established and up and coming playwrights. On this occasion writers include Poppy Corbett, Stephen Jeffreys, Owen McCafferty, John O’Donovan, and recent TW interviewee James Fritz. See this page here for info and to book.

Stick Man | Leicester Square Theatre | 7 Nov-3 Jan (pictured)
My daughter was a bit smaller, she and I absolutely loved Julia Donaldson’s ‘Stick Man’, and I bet she would still love this show even though she’s these days consuming novels rather than picture books at high speed. We saw Scamp Theatre’s production a few years ago, and it was a slick and professional adaptation, so I think it’s fair to assume it will still be great. Quite nice and Christmassy, really, so you might want to wait a bit; on the other hand, you might want to get in there before it gets all festively busy. Info and tickets here.

Family Jazz Allstars | ArtsDepot | 15 Nov
And now, another family show (well, it is Sunday, after all), only this time it’s music. I am a big fan of music shows aimed at all ages, because let’s face it, kids like music too, but you don’t necessarily want to take them to a night time gig because, well, it will probably clash with bedtime. Described as a “fun filled family concert” and led by singer Juliet Kelly, it’s suitable for children aged 5-11. Take a look at the venue website here for more info and booking details.

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Friday November 6th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 13 Nov: Mulled Wine Festival, Staying Alive, London Jazz Festival


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

Mulled Wine Festival | Covent Garden Piazza | 12-14 Nov
You know, I am not generally hugely comfortable with the idea of Christmassy things happening in early November, but you know, booze is involved, so of course I’m down with this. Plus, you could argue, I suppose, that mulled wine is a winter thing, not a Christmas thing, so it’s all good. This actually starts on the 12 Nov, but I thought this seemed like more of a Friday night after work sort of thing to do. Get more info from this page here.

Staying Alive | Pleasance Theatre Islington | 10-29 Nov
This deals with some very sad subject matter, and given how hard it is to deal with a heart-rending loss, and how much difficulty people often have in knowing how to deal with their friends or loved ones who have experienced it, I can’t help thinking this kind of exploration is important. Developed in conjunction with bereavement charity SLOW, Kat Roberts’ piece deals with the death of a child, and looks at how, in the wake of great tragedy, we find ways to survive. More info from the venue website here.

London Jazz Festival | various venues | 13-22 Nov
Another festival now, and this time it’s jazz, which is almost as good as mulled wine, I suppose, though possibly not quite. This long running and highly regarded festival returns with 300+ gigs to choose from, though, it may be a bit fewer than that now because I hear quite a lot of events have already sold out. On this, the first night, I’d struggle to choose between Saleena Jones and Lizzie Emeh, but there are loads of others, so have a look here and see what takes your fancy.

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Thursday November 5th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 12 Nov: I Want My Hat Back, Denmarked, The End Festival


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

I Want My Hat Back | National Theatre | 12 Nov-2 Jan
Jon Klassen’s witty book-for-children-that-appeals-very-much-to-parents, published in 2011 and quickly established as a modern classic, is brought to the stage for this National Theatre production. The show has been adapted by acclaimed playwright Joel Horwood and the music has been written by that nice Arthur Darvill off the telly. Today is the first day, but you’ve got lots of chances to see it as it’s on until the new year. See this page here for info and to book.

Denmarked | Battersea Arts Centre | 12-14 Nov (pictured)
This is an autobiographical performance conveyed via the media of storytelling, singing, rapping and a loop station. Conrad Murray is the star, telling stories from the council estate – rites of passage, dodgy friends, your first arrest. Sounds like it will be a heartfelt, personal show, which aims to explore just how much events in our lives change and shape us. See the venue website here for more info and tickets.

The End Festival | various venues in N8 | 12-22 Nov
Lots of different, exciting, interesting underground music acts, all squashed together in one big happy Crouch End smorgasbord. Acts lined up to play include The Wave Pictures, The Fierce and The Dead, Emma Pollock, DJ Jeanette Leach and You Are Wolf. If you haven’t heard of any of them, then maybe you should get along to N8 and discover them. Then you really will be a really hip hipster. For real. Details and ticket info here.

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Saturday October 31st, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 7 Nov: Chilly Gonzales and Kaiser Quartett, Al Cubo, The Snow Dragon


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

Chilly Gonzales and Kaiser Quartett | Royal Festival Hall | 7 Nov
That most excellent Canadian-resident-in-Europe Chilly Gonzales heads London-wards for a date on the South Bank accompanied by Hamburg’s Kaiser Quartett. He’ll be performing material from latest album ‘Chambers’, released earlier this year, in which he re-imagines romantic period chamber music as contemporary pop. Sounds interesting, huh? Well, hurry up and get your tickets because there’s only a limited number of tickets left. If you can’t get one, get that album instead. See here for info.

Al Cubo | The Albany | 7-8 Nov (pictured)
Slapstick, skill, wit, enthusiasm and a large number of white buckets form the basis for this energetic and entertaining celebration of mayhem, brought to you by award winning French/Italian trio BettiCombo. Very promising. Plus, the fact that they’re selling family tickets makes me think this is something you could very well take your older kids along to. Which is grand, as it’s Saturday. More info right about here.

The Snow Dragon | Canada Water Culture Space | 7 Nov
One more squarely aimed at kids now, from Tall Stories, a company renowned for the quality of their children’s entertainment. Featuring songs, laughs, hungry wolves and an adventure through the woods, the play tells the tale of a spoiled little goat who is looking forward to the visit of the legendary Snow Dragon. More info and tickets from this page here.

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Friday October 30th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 6 Nov: Atif Nawaz, Sean Hughes, Sylvain Chauveau


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

Aatif Nawaz – Muslims Do It 5 Times A Day | Museum Of Comedy | 6-8 Nov (pictured)
The super Aatif Nawaz – as featured in a Caro Meets Q&A this week – heads to the Museum Of Comedy this week for three performances of this much praised set addressing the growing divisions between Muslims and non-Muslims in the UK. Serious issues handled with a funny, deftly light touch. See this page here for more info and to book tickets.

Sean Hughes – Mumbo Jumbo | ArtsDepot | 6 Nov
I have had a bit of a soft spot for Sean Hughes for… well, longer than I would really care to remember. The award winning comic, I am pretty sure, gets better as he gets older; a thought that is vaguely topical, as this show about “staying on the right side of sanity” apparently contains some material about ageing. So there you go. More info and tickets here.

LIFEM 2015: Sylvain Chauveau | King’s Place | 6 Nov
Sylvain Chauveau’s minimal compositions have been released on solo records through companies such as Type, Les Disques du Soleil et de l’Acier, and Brocoli, and he also runs two of his own rather idiosyncratic labels. He’s on as part of the generally very interesting sounding London International Festival of Exploratory Music, on at King’s Place from 5-8 November; see this page here for more info on Chauveau, and this here for links to info on the three other performances in the strand.

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Sunday October 25th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 1 Nov: Afiara Quartet, Richard Gadd, Dr Hydenshriek’s Laboratory


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

LCMS – Afiara Quartet With James Campbell (Clarinet) | King’s Place | 1 Nov
If you are a fan of string quartets (I know I am) then this one should be one for your diaries, a rare UK appearance from famed Canadian four piece The Afiara Quartet. They’re joined by famed fellow national clarinettist James Campell for a performance featuring Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13, Fribbins’ Quintet for clarinet and strings and Mozart’s Quintet for clarinet and strings in A. More info from here.

Richard Gadd – Waiting For Gaddot | Soho Theatre | 27 Oct-7 Nov (pictured)
This show has already been on for a few nights, but you still have a week to catch it at the Soho. It’s a show that won a huge amount of critical acclaim up at the Edinburgh Festival this summer, and also came home with award wins and nominations. Richard Gadd is buzzing, and so probably very much on the up. Don’t miss this much lauded set. More info and tickets from this page here.

Dr Hydenshriek’s Laboratory | The Pillbox, Bethnal Green | 31 Oct-1 Nov
And finally, a last children’s Halloweeny offering for your Halloweeny weekend. This ‘laboratory tour’ is described as an “immersive multimedia scare experience”, aimed at children seven and over (though younger children are allowed in if you think they are hard enough). Brought to you by the filmmaking workshop team at Studio Film School, supported by Film Hub London and managed by Film London. More info and how to book here.

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Saturday October 24th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 31 Oct: He Had Hairy Hands, Chills In The Chapel, The Scary Halloween Show


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

He Had Hairy Hands | Artsdepot | 31 Oct (pictured)
Right, it’s Hallowe’en (am I the only person left still spelling it properly?), so I feel it’s my duty to scare you. Or at least offer you some kind of spook-themed entertainment to take in tonight. This award winning Hammer-styled comedy werewolf mystery makes its way to Artdepot for one night only. Info and tickets from this page here.

Chills In The Chapel | Union Chapel | 30-31 Oct
Alan Howarth, who scored much of the iconic ‘Halloween’ series will perform music from them live, alongside selected excepts from these films, as well as from other movies he’s provided the soundtrack for. Sounds like a classy yet creepy evening. See this page for more info.

The Scary Halloween Show | Invisible Dot | 31 Oct
Well this is bound to be scary, it says so in the title. Well, ok, given that this involves a line up of comedy acts, I think it’s most likely to be very funny, with perhaps a little creepy thrown in. You can certainly be sure of some quality quippage, with the likes of sketch triple-act Daphne, afore-tipped character comedian Emma Sidi, and Comedy Award newcomer nominee Adam Hess. See the Invisible Dot’s website here for more info.

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Friday October 23rd, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 30 Oct: Midnight Soup, Illuminations, Suspense Puppetry Festival


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

Midnight Soup | Camden People’s Theatre | 30-31 Oct (pictured)
To be honest, I am slightly worried about recommending this show because only a small number of people are allowed into each performance, so it might be hard to get tickets. But if you can, this sounds great, poignant and touching, and with an interesting premise – the audience is invited to help make and share soup as part of the performance. See this page here, where there’s a quotation from one of my favourite poems, for more info.

Illuminations | various venues | 30 Oct-8 Nov
This London festival has loads of great music acts and screenings lined up, so I think your best bet is to have a look at the website here for more info on all of the acts and events.  If I had to pick your highlights for you, then I’d suggest Micachu and the Shapes, and Holly Herndon. But obviously, feel free to make your own mind up about this. The full list is here.

Suspense Puppetry Festival | various venues | 29 Oct-8 Nov
Yes, yes, I am all about the festivals today. I just couldn’t help myself. Anyway, if you are a fan of puppetry, this will be heaven, but I reckon even if you don’t think puppetry’s really your thing, it’s about time you gave it a try. Here you will find such a wide range of subject matter and style that you’ll have no struggle finding something to suit you. See the festival website here for more info.

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Tuesday October 20th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 27 Oct: Susanne Sundfør, A Cool Million, What The Ladybird Heard


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

Susanne Sundfør | Koko | 27 Oct (pictured)
Ooooh, now then. We are all huge fans of arty electropop singer songwriter Susanne Sundfør here at TWHQ, and if you haven’t yet been exposed to her brilliance, then frankly, it’s about time you were. And even if you can’t make it along to this, I think you owe it to yourself to check out her five studio albums, the latest being ‘Ten Love Songs’, which was released in February this year. Details of the gig are here.

A Cool Million | Jack Studio Theatre | 27 Oct-14
Joss Bennathan’s stage adaptation of Nathanael West’s 1934 novel looks promising. Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, it’s a biting satirical comedy about a world where greed is a virtue, and apparently glories in seventy six characters played by just three performers over the course of a seventy five minute show. For more info and to book, see the venue website here.

What The Ladybird Heard | Artsdepot | 27 Oct-1 Nov
Here’s another helping hand in the matter of how to entertain the little ones over the half term, and you know there’s a high probability of fractiousness by Tuesday… but it’s running for the rest of the week, so there are lots of opportunities to see this staging of one of well-loved author Julia Donaldson’s popular children’s books. Fun, noise and audience participation! See this page here for more info.

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Saturday October 17th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 24 Oct: Circus Of The Streets, Sound Is Sound Is Sound, The Bear


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

Circus Of The Streets | Clapham Common | 22 Oct-1 Nov (pictured)
Half term? Already feeling like the kids are getting under your feets? Why, take them to ‘Circus Of The Streets’! No, really, though, I didn’t pick this as a way to force a flawed rhyme scheme into today’s tips, I picked it because it looks ace. This exciting show – think all manner of dangerous looking physical streety circus derring do – will be entertainment for the whole family, so think of it as a banging start to the holiday. Which means you can just make the children entertain themselves for the rest of the week. Info and tickets from here.

Sound Is Sound Is Sound | Albany Deptford | 24 Oct
The blurb says this is a celebration of “ the curious mix of forward motion and DIY attitudes that have flourished in the SE postcodes”, and features the likes of experimental trio Albert Newton, musician/performer Aine O’ Dwyer, electric ensemble The Balloons, and grime disseminator DJ BPM. There are also some accompanying events, so see this page here for more info, and possibly further additions to the line up.

The Bear | Polka Theatre | 23 Oct-8 Nov
Ok, so even by tip number three, it’s still half term, so here’s one to entertain your younger children. I bet it will be really lovely, not least because it’s based on ‘Snowman’ creator Raymond Briggs’ ‘The Bear’, but also because it’s from Pins and Needles, who have form for producing great children’s theatre, and promise brilliant music, puppetry and storytelling. Plus, it’s about a lovely big white bear. What four to eight year old wouldn’t like that? Details and tickets here.

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Thursday October 15th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 22 Oct: Spencer Jones, Heidi O’Loughlin, Soweto Kinch


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

Spencer Jones is The Herbert in Proper Job | Soho Theatre | 21-31 Oct
The fabulous Spencer Jones brought this show to Edinburgh this summer to much critical acclaim, and now it’s London’s chance to see this talented purveyor of prop-heavy comedy in action. “A show about failing, failure, how to fail and why you sometimes have to fail to win”. Which includes lots of hilariously goofy mucking about. Don’t miss it. Get your info and tickets here.

Heidi O’Loughlin – A Woman Talking | Soho Theatre | 22 – 24 Oct
Award nominated New Zealander Heidi O’Loughlin has already taken this shows to the Melbourne and Edinburgh festivals, so she should be pretty slick at it by now, and it sounds really interesting, focusing as it does on her ancestors and Tahitian heritage – kind of sounds like an episode of ‘Who Do You Think You Are’, but, you know, funny. See this page to book your tickets.

Soweto Kinch | 606 Club | 22 Oct
One of my favourite award winning music people (not least because I am an ardent fan of saxophony) plays a special gig at the lovely 606 jazz club today. Like the blurb on the venue website says, his music kind of defies categorisation a bit, given that it combines the be-bop influenced saxophone with all that nice hip hoppy stuff. You might have to book a dinner table, though, to ensure you get in. See this website here for details.

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Saturday October 3rd, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 10 Oct: King Creosote, Paradise Lost, The First Man


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

King Creosote | Barbican | 10 Oct
Talented Fifer Kenny Anderson, better known as King Creosote, heads to the Barbican this week, for a show that I am immensely cross that I can’t make it to. Please, therefore, go in my place and enjoy. If you’ve hitherto not been exposed to the folky, indie sound of this brilliant, Mercury-nominated singer-songwriter, you’re missing a treat. So look him up, have a listen, and take in this gig. Info and tickets from this page here.

Paradise Lost (Lies Unopened Beside Me) | The Place | 9-10 Oct (pictured)
Earlier this year, we spoke to Ben Duke of Lost Dog Dance about his one man ‘Paradise Lost’, and we thought then that it sounded extremely promising. Since we published that Q&A the show, which incorporates theatre, dance and spoken word,  has gone on to receive much critical acclaim, so it seems we were right. See the venue website here for more info and tickets.

The First Man | Jermyn Street | 6-31 Oct
This production of renowned US playwright Eugene O’Neill’s 1922 piece ‘The First Man’ looks promising, and, despite its age, this is the first time it’s ever been staged in the UK. Focusing on a married anthropologist couple who have tragically lost their children, it tackles questions of evolution versus creationism, and of man’s place in the world. Interestingly, it almost coincides with the Old Vic’s production of O’Neill’s ‘The Hairy Ape’, which covers similar themes, so you might want to add that to your diary of upcoming events, too. See more info about ‘The First Man’ here.


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Friday October 2nd, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 9 Oct: Shame and Scandal, A House Repeated, Barenaked Ladies


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

Shame and Scandal | Albany Deptford | 9-10 Oct
This is a comedy drama about an affluent Jamaican family, and is based on the lyrics of ‘Shame and Scandal’, the much covered song popularised by the The Wailers; it looks great, because it’s got a super cast, and the play is by acclaimed novelist Alex Wheatle. To find out more about the show and to book tickets, see this page here.

A House Repeated | Battersea Arts Centre | 7-24 Oct
Did you read those ‘choose your own adventure’ books when you were a child? I know I did (my daughter still does), and if you did too, then you might find this show interesting. You might even find it interesting even if you had no interest in the said adventure books, but it is inspired by those, as well as by early computer games, and offers an immersive, interactive performance. Sounds ace, doesn’t it? More info and tickets here.

Barenaked Ladies | indigo at the O2 | 9 Oct
When it became clear to me that Barenaked Ladies are currently touring the uk, my brain started seemingly endlessly turning over a number of their classic tracks. The fact that so much of their music makes me feel deeply nostalgic is probably a testament to how old I am getting, but I will cough to it, anyway – this lot helped create the soundtrack to some of the most misspent hours of my youth. Funny, clever and catchy stuff, if by any chance you’re not aware of them. More info from right about here.

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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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Friday September 25th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 2 Oct: Making It, Measure For Measure, Sleaford Mods


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

Making It | Canal Cafe Theatre | 2-10 Oct (pictured)
One for all the struggling actors out there who need to know that they are not alone… in this short-but-sweet one woman comedy drama, Davina Leonard gives an engaging and confident turn as aspiring performer Jess, detailing her trials and tribulations and the characters she meets along the way. See this page here for more info and to book.

Measure For Measure | Young Vic | 1 Oct-14 Nov
Well, it may be one of the bard’s “problem plays” but I’m sure Young Vic Artistic Associate Joe Hill-Gibbins is up to the challenge. More importantly, Romola Garai is in it, and I like her a lot, because she’s an angry feminist with an expressive face and a propensity to swear a lot. Like me. Tickets and info here.

Sleaford Mods | The Forum | 2 Oct
If you are a big fan of ranty post punk/hip hop pairing Sleaford Mods, then this is definitely a good week for you. Not only can you see them at this gig, which I am tipping here, you can also catch a screening of their documentary ‘Invisible Britain’ at the previously-tipped Doc n Roll Festival the following day. Don’t say I don’t offer you doubly delightful treats. More info and tickets for the gig here, and more info on the film here.

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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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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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Tuesday September 8th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 15 Sep: Pig, Tubular Bells For Two, What The Ladybird Heard


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

Pig | New Diorama | 15-19 Sep
This is a piece of darkly comic theatre focusing on the police, and those who find themselves at the mercy of the police, and has been developed with the help of anonymous interviews with both serving officers and offenders. Brought to London by Hull based theatre group Silent Uproar, with the support of Hull City Council, Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and the New Diorama Emerging Companies Fund. Go to this page here for more info and tickets.

Tubular Bells For Two | London Wonderground | 15 Sep
Yay for Aidan Roberts and Daniel Holdsworth, and their high energy, super fun two man performances of ‘Tubular Bells’. If you didn’t manage to catch the show on 12 Sep, here’s your last chance for the moment, so don’t waste it: ‘Tubular Bells’ lover or not, you will love this. If you want to know more from them, you can read our recent Q&A here, and you’ll find info and tickets on the venue website here.

What The Ladybird Heard | Hackney Empire | 15-16 Sep
If you have children, there’s pretty much no question at all that you will have heard of Julia Donaldson, and it’s also pretty likely that you will be familiar with one of her seminal tomes ‘What The Ladybird Heard’. This staged adaptation will, I am sure, be the perfect daytime treat for your pre-schooler. Younger school-age children needn’t miss out though, there’s one 4.30pm performance to take in. See this page 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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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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