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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Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 02:05

Tuesday 28 October 2014 in London

Spine

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

MUSIC: Peaking Lights | Plan B | 28 Oct
Man-and-wife psych-pop types Peaking Lights, aka Winsconsin-based coolest parents ever Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis, celebrate their lean, lithe and wriggly eleven-track LP ‘Cosmic Logic’ with a blink-and-miss visitation on Brixton’s Plan B. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/CABARET: Dickie Beau – Camera Lucida | Barbican | 28 Oct – 8 Nov
An eerie, psychedelic ensemble piece by long-time drag and mime auteur, first-time director Dickie Beau; ‘Camera Lucida’ is partly inspired by the history of image-making and funereal rituals; and finds Beau and co lip-synching to archive playbacks of old, long-lost voices. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Spine | Soho Theatre | until 2 Nov
Channel 4 Screen-Writing Prize-winner Clara Brennan’s greatly-acclaimed one-girl play ‘Spine’ stars Rosie Wyatt as Amy, a sparky teen who befriends Glenda, a strong-willed pensioner keen to save Amy from ‘the Tory scrap-heap’. Check out our interview with Brennan here. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday October 21st, 2014 00:01

Monday 27 October 2014 in London

Rosie Holt

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

COMEDY: Fall Girl | Canal Cafe Theatre | 27-29 Oct (pictured)
Written by comedian Rosie Holt, aka the ‘love child of Satan and Miranda Hart’ (says playwright Mark Ravenhill), ‘Fall Girl’ features original songs and lyrics by Tim Newns, Daniele Finley and Holt herself. What’s more, Holt scores the theatrical hat-trick by starring as naive main character Hayley, who’s forever getting tricked and lied to by those more ‘streetwise’ than she is. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Nuri Bilge Ceylan Season | BFI | 27 Oct – 27 Nov
The BFI’s timely new strand is dedicated to Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the winner of this year’s Palme d’Or for ‘Winter Sleep’, who’s hailed by BFI curator Geoff Andre as “one of the most incisive observers of the male psyche working in film today”. This season feting Ceylan’s ten year career begins with a split-bill comprised of early short ‘Cocoon’, which stars his real-life parents, and 1997’s ‘The Small Town’, a four-part tale told from the POV of a group of children, and based on his and his sister Emine’s first introduction to the adult world. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Illuminations | various locations | 27 Oct – 7 Nov
Cosmic rap pack Shabazz Palaces, Franco-pop-o-naut Sébastien Tellier and Melt Yourself Down (featuring a rare PA by guest James Chance) are all listed to play live headline sets at this year’s Illuminations festival, live promoter Rockfeedback’s London-based series of one-off shows and music-themed film events. Taking place in various spaces all over London from 27 Oct – 7 Nov, the Illuminations 2014 programme starts off with a screening of ‘Wild Combination’, a film portrait of late alt-disco infiltrator Arthur Russell, and later plays host to Fugazi doc ‘Instrument'; a Channel 4 ‘Random Acts’-curated night of short films featuring the likes of Savages and Jacques Greene; a ‘from the vault’-style parade of ‘shocking and sensational’ music videos from MTV’s ‘120 Minutes'; and on 31 Oct, a Halloween screening of ‘Godfather Of Gore’ Lucio Fulci’s horror movies with live rendition of their Fabio Frizzi-written scores. Details and tickets here.

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Monday October 20th, 2014 00:01

Sunday 26 October 2014 in London

The Pearl

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

COMEDY: The Sunday Show w/ James Acaster + Phil Wang | The Invisible Dot | 26 Oct
The Invisible Dot’s super-saver Sunday line-up has many winning attributes – not least £5 entry, cheapy pints and the stars of this particular edition, namely the highly-ThreeWeeks-rated and “very dry” James Acaster, “ready wit” Phil Wang and non-identikit sketch pairing Twins, and MC Mae Martin. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well (And Living In Paris) | Charing Cross Theatre | until 22 Nov
A big-name cast pays loving musical homage to late Belgian chanteur/actor Jacques Brel in this revue-esque ‘mini play’ mingling narrative and song, “from music hall to naturalism, political satire to rock concert”, said director Andrew Keates in his in-depth recent interview with ThisWeek. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Pearl | Greenwich Theatre | 26-27 Oct (pictured)
A stylised re-imagining of Steinbeck’s novella told via dance, verse, puppetry and a softly-softly piano score; Dumbshow’s critically-acclaimed ‘The Pearl’ dives down into the fable of a poor diver who finds the ‘pearl of the world’. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday October 19th, 2014 00:01

Saturday 25 October 2014 in London

Wet House

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

CABARET/COMEDY: Stand Up Tragedy – Tragic Horror | Hackney Attic | 25 Oct
A variety show/podcast with a downbeat (and for one time only, gory) twist, this certificate 18 iteration of Stand Up Tragedy features sad acts like surreal cabaret septet The Mechanisms, comedian and actress Sajeela Kershi, James McKay and Emily Snee. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/KIDS: That Catherine Bennett Show | Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre | 25-28 Oct
A repeat feature at the SB Centre over the past year or so, it’s this inspirational skit by singing, ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award-winning performance artist Bryony Kimmings, who with her niece Taylor decides to play the ‘tween machine’ at its own tacky game by inventing a new kind of popstar. Catherine is into dinosaurs, bikes, pasta and friendship, not in ‘bling’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Wet House | Soho Theatre | until 16 Nov (pictured)
The unblinking first full script from Paddy Campbell – who gives a quick intro to the play via the ThisWeek London podcast – ‘Wet House’ is set in… well, a ‘wet house’, a hostel for homeless alcoholics in which drinking is permitted. Inspired by his own experiences, the story follows a young graduate who winds up working in such a place, looking at the singular circumstances of those living in, and staffing, the facility. Details and tickets here.

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Friday October 17th, 2014 00:01

Thursday 23 October 2014 in London

The Radical Nude

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

ART: Egon Schiele – The Radical Nude | The Courtauld Gallery | 23 Oct – 18 Jan 2015 (pictured)
An in-parts explicit exhibition of skin-baring naked pics, ‘The Radical Nude’ celebrates the revelatory work of very late Austrian expressionist painter Egon Schiele, who in his brief artistic lifetime became (and is still known as) one of the most significant figures in the development of modern art. Radical, dude. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Tom Wrigglesworth – Utterly At Odds With The Universe | Leicester Square Theatre | 23 Oct
Trailed by the mighty Mr Wrigglesworth himself (in his springtime chat with ThisWeek) as “80 minutes of hilarity, then ten minutes of an emotional free fall”, ‘Utterly At Odds…’ looks back on Tom’s relationship with his grandfather, incorporating poignant tapings of the two’s convos dating back to his childhood days. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: You Have To Forgive Me… | Ovalhouse | 23-25 Oct
Theatrical ideas man Brian Lobel’s ‘durational’ one-to-one show, in which he invites a single viewer to join him in bed and stream ‘Sex And The City’ for 45 mins. Apparently, it’s really an examination of intimacy, isolation and binge-watching, and also to a bid to trace the lasting significance of Carrie Bradshaw ten years on from the ‘SATC’ TV finale. Each performance will have an audience of one, and ‘pay what you like’ admission is only available to those that fill in, and pass, a 94-point questionnaire. Details here.

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Thursday October 16th, 2014 00:01

Wednesday 22 October 2014 in London

The Hunters Grimm

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

MUSIC: Agnes Obel | Shepherd’s Bush Empire | 22 Oct
A beautifully crystal-clear blast of Danish larksong c/o classically-inclined pop songwriter and pianist Agnes Obel, who’s on the road playing shows right now behind her acclaimed latest LP ‘Avantine’, and its prequel ‘Philharmonics’. It’s this or the MOBOs. Your choice. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: Bodycorps – The Anatomy Of Melancholy | Testbed | 22-25 Oct
Tangental opera-creatives Bodycorps present this new show dissecting modern experiences of depression. Based on genetic research by leading psychiatrists, the orchestrally-scored ‘Melancholy’ hones in on a young man and his family as they face the realities this most widespread of mental health problems. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Teatro Vivo – The Hunters Grimm | Deptford Lounge | 22 Oct – 8 Nov (pictured)
Known for performing ‘in the open’, community-focused acting chorus (and recent ThisWeek interviewees) Teatro Vivo raid the pavements of Deptford for strange but not-quite-true tales of ageing queens, rebel frog-princes and live-action foot amputations in their current promenade show ‘The Hunters Grimm’. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday October 15th, 2014 00:01

Tuesday 21 October 2014 in London

The Curing Room

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

COMEDY: Funny Women Players – A Journey To Enlightenment | St James Theatre | 21 Oct
Funny Women‘s on-side improv players (aka Emma Stroud, Annalea Doyle, Kate Heward, Lucy Frederick, Helen Goldwyn and Rebecca Darmody) make audience tips into into theatrical skits – like, there and then – paving the way towards the Holy Grail of enlightenment in aid of the Womankind Worldwide charity. And probably provoking the odd giggle on the way, too. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: ‘Site Specific’ Sweeney Todd | Harrington’s Pie & Mash | 21 Oct – 29 Nov
With Emma Thompon and the ENO’s astronomically in-demand ‘Sweeney Todd’ basically a no-go ticket-buying situation; this site-specific of Sondheim’s ‘Demon Barber’-themed thriller by Tooting Arts Club, based in an actual pie and mash eaterie (London’s oldest, in fact), might be a better bet. Seats are limited, and all gone for the time being, though TAC swear more will go on sale soon. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Curing Room | Pleasance Theatre | 21 Oct – 9 Nov (pictured)
One of the more um… ‘visually striking’ features of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, David Ian Lee and director Joao de Sousa’s raw, real and starkly comical ‘The Curing Room’ has an all-male, all-naked cast of seven, who play a band of Soviet soldiers imprisoned by the Nazis and left to starve in a cellar. Loosely based on actual events, the play follows the men as they try to stay alive at any cost. Details and tickets here, and check out this week’s Podcast to find out more.

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Tuesday October 14th, 2014 00:01

Monday 20 October 2014 in London

2001

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

COMEDY: The Hidden Gems Of The Edinburgh Fringe w/ Wil Hodgson + Mat Ewins | Prince Of Wales, Brixton | 20 Oct
Outlandish comic Wil Hodgson comes over all historical with his solo show ‘You Will Be Taken From This Place’, looking back on stories of strange-but-true executioners, and hangings, of old; whilst Mat Ewins plays his own incarnation of ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’ in a bionic spy thriller that has to be seen to be… well, still not believed. Both Fringe features play at the height of a week of Prince Of Wales-hosted ‘Hidden Gems’, which also includes drop-ins by Michael Brunstrom (alias The Human Loire), Richard Tyrone-Jones and Sh!t Theatre. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: TAO Dance Theatre – 6 & 7 | Sadler’s Wells Theatre | 20-21 Oct
Beijing dance instructor Tao Ye’s latest work, a double-bill; consists of ‘6’, in which a cast of six dancers move in unison against a shifting backdrop of abstract light; and its natural sequel ‘7’; a continuation of his fascination of ritual and precision that’s soundtracked by acoustic noises made by the dancers own bodies. Both numbers are also scored with commissioned music from Chinese composer Xiao He, and play under this year’s Dance Umbrella festival. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Sci-Fi – Days Of Fear And Wonder | BFI Southbank | 20 Oct – 31 Dec (pictured)
Boasting an itinerary of film and TV replays the size of a small (and possibly inhospitable) planet; the BFI’s super-massive new sci-fi season (basically imagine every single science fiction movie or show you’ve have/haven’t ever seen, ever) is split very precisely into three segments; ‘Tomorrow’s World’, ‘Altered States’ and ‘Contact!’, and starts by spooling all the way back to game-changing filmmaker Fritz Lang’s 1927 genre signifier, the dystopian ‘Metropolis’, in all its restored-in-2010 glory. Details and tickets here.

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Monday October 13th, 2014 00:01

Sunday 19 October 2014 in London

Greg Proops

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

COMEDY: Greg Proops – The Smartest Man In The World | Soho Theatre | 19 Oct (pictured)
Reliable hilarity now from quick-thinking master-of-improv Greg Proops, who in his modestly-titled solo show, aka the ‘Proopcast’, simply sits on a chair, at a table, with a microphone, and shows what sparkling conversationalist he really is. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/FESTIVAL: Oxjam Shoreditch Takeover | various locations, Shoreditch | 19 Oct
Taking over six modishly tiny bars and ‘spaces’ for a good-sized programme of shows, Oxjam’s Shoreditch edition (which is, clearly, a charitable event) this year presents acts such as Kieran Leonard, DJ Tayo, Courtly Love, Ben Gomori and Chris Coco. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: MilkMilkLemonade | Ovalhouse | until 25 Oct
Profiled in this recent ThisWeek interview, Joshua Conkel’s ‘bittersilly’ Stateside hit ‘MilkMilkLemonade’ follows a ribbon-dancing boy, Emory, his chicken/best friend Linda, and centrally, says Ovalhouse’s co-AD Rebecca Atkinson-Lord, the “messed up way we think about gender and sexuality”. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday October 12th, 2014 00:01

Saturday 18 October 2014 in London

Paul Foot

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

COMEDY: Paul Foot – Hovercraft Symphony In Gammon # Major | Bloomsbury Theatre | 18 Oct
One of the real beautiful freaks of the comic scene, sylvan wit Paul Foot kicks his latest show into gear, which is apparently it’s ‘to do with’… erm, fish or something? Oh well, here’s the synopsis: “Glistening in the wake of last night’s pearl saga, premium line-caught Sally’s clam fist choir socks it to the salt babes big time baybayyyy. Cutlery cage enquiries? First come, first preserved”. I give up. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY/SPOKEN WORD: Nicholas Parsons – Just A Laugh A Minute | Cutty Sark Studio Theatre | 18 Oct
Radio and real life personality Nicholas Parsons sorts through the memorabilia of his showbiz life’s work and play, throwing in the odd bit of mimicry to make the stories more vivid. Details and tickets here.

KIDS/THEATRE: Flat Stanley | Polka Theatre | 18 Oct – 2 Nov
Send via airmail c/o award-winning children’s playwright Mike Kenny, ‘Flat’ Stanley Lambchop, the boy so paper-thin he can fit in the postbox, appears in a singing, dancing – and flat fingers crossed, no shredding – musical based on the book by Mike Brown. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday October 11th, 2014 00:01

Friday 17 October 2014 in London

Stewart Lee

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

COMEDY: Roar With Laughter w/ Sean Lock + Ed Byrne + Stewart Lee | Hammersmith Apollo | 17 Oct (pictured)
Sporting a host of not-at-all-naff comics certain to make the most of their limited time slots, this live entertainment benefit in aid of the Zoological Society Of London features the above-named creatures, and also smiley Lucy Porter, DJ Greg Burns, him-with-the-ringlets Seann Walsh, Irishman nonpareil David O’Doherty and Phil ‘The Power’ Nichol. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Shadows Of War | Sadler’s Wells Theatre | 17-18 Oct
Part of the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s autumnal trip to Sadler’s Wells is this mixed triple-bill of works, all tied by their common theme of conflict. First is Kenneth MacMillan’s Maurice Ravel-scored ‘La Fin du Jour’, an elegy to a decadent 1930s lifestyle lost to WW2. Dame Gillian Lynne’s special recreation of Robert Helpman’s 1940s Glasgow-based ‘Miracle In The Gorbals’ is next; and to close the programme, David Bintley contrasts Scotland’s natural beauty with its bloody history in ‘Flowers Of The Forest’, which is set to scores by Malcolm Arnold and Benjamin Britten. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Fort G | Battersea Arts Centre | 17-18 Oct
Netherlands-hailing theatre ensemble Gehring & Ketelaars present this play based on two close-knit sisters, whose lives start to drift apart when their father dies. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday October 8th, 2014 13:43

Wednesday 15 October 2014 in London

The Rivals

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

ART: Rembrandt – The Late Works | National Gallery | 15 Oct – 18 Jan 2015
The rather disastrous autumn years of Dutch artist Rembrandt’s life are the focal point of this seasonal major show, which traces his increasingly radical and expressive style in an array of bold and self-examining paintings and prints, most emblematic of all his warts-and-all ‘Self Portrait At The Age Of 63′, which was finished in the final year of his life. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Mostly Comedy w/ Phil Kay + Luke Benson + Lou Sanders | Leicester Square Theatre | 15 Oct
“Bright and sparky” two-man package Doggett & Ephgrave host an in-the-mainly-comic night of… well… ‘Mostly Comedy’ by “accommodating” master-narrator Phil Kay, Amused Moose Laughter Awards finalist 2014 Lou Sanders, and tall class clown Luke Benson. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Rivals | Arcola Theatre | 15 Oct – 15 Nov (pictured)
Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s witty five-act society play circa 1775 is updated under the guidance of Selina Cadell. Gemma Jones stars as the formidable and gaffe-prone Mrs Malaprop, and Nicholas Le Prevost is Sir Anthony Absolute, a rich aristocrat whose son/heir pretends to be poor in order to woo the sentimental Lydia Languish. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday October 8th, 2014 12:49

Tuesday 14 October 2014 in London

The Hundred We Are

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

ART: ICA Off-Site | The Old Selfridges Hotel | 14-18 Oct
Team ICA check into the listed Old Selfridges Hotel for a week of free-entry events, designed to coincide with this year’s Frieze London art fair. Brooklyn-based dancer and curator Isabel Lewis kicks things off with a sequence of dance ‘occasions’ modelled on the drinking/love-making/philsophising symposiums of ancient Greece; with latter ICA link-ins with online-only alt station NTS Radio, the Siobhan Davies Dance co, NYC art man Korakrit Arunanondchai culminating in a ‘summit’ on contemporary art and ‘the politics of digital dirculation’. Details here.

ART: MirrorCity | Hayward Gallery | 14 Oct – 4 Jan 2015
A showcase of various artists’ reactions to the physical/abstract realities of life in ‘digital age’, ‘MirrorCity’ features features special commissions, and recently-made creations relevant to the theme, by Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq, Anne Hardy, Ursula Mayer, Katrina Palmer, Laure Prouvost, Hannah Sawtell, Lindsay Seers, John Stezaker and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Hundred We Are | The Yard Theatre | 14 Oct – 8 Nov (pictured)
Having awed critics and norms with his last play ‘Invasion!’, Jamie Harper once again looks to the Khemiri theatre co to ‘make real’ his latest script, which traces (and tangles) the lives of a radical young girl, a middle-aged homebody and a wise old sage lady in a fast-paced inter-mingling of time, space and identity. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday October 7th, 2014 14:21

Saturday 11 October 2014 in London

Freeze!

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

COMEDY: Live At The Chapel With Tim Key | Union Chapel | 11 Oct (pictured)
Daft comic laureate Tim Key headlines this latest Live At The Chapel extravaganza, bringing to the altar his idiosyncratic poetic style. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/FESTIVAL: Hackney Wonderland | various locations | 11 Oct
An indie-rock all-dayer – the likes of which hasn’t been seen in the East End since the zenith of, say, articulate pop auteurs Art Brut and Tyne-And-Wear-based tykes Little Comets – Hackney Wonderland takes over a three mile strip of the E8 district to present live sets by the likes of chance headliners Art Brut and Little Comets, and Crocodiles, O Children, The Oscillation and Babyshambles man Drew McConnell. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/SPOKEN WORD: Fuel – Phenomenal People | Camden People’s Theatre | 11-12 Oct
A series of speeches and performed pieces set in a special inside garden, ‘Phenomenal People’ will feature ladies-in-the-arts like Jenny Sealey (who created the 2012 Paralympics opening ceremony), stand-up Rachel Mars and designer Sophia Clist celebrating the women who inspire them the most. The show is a part of the CPT’s excellent ‘Calm Down, Dear’ festival of feminism. Details and tickets here.

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Friday October 3rd, 2014 17:50

Friday 10 October 2014 in London

Our Town

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

COMEDY: 10:10:10 | Artsdepot | 10 Oct
Sketch pairing Max & Ivan MC this 10 x 10 x 10-type event, which features ten ten minute sets by ten comics – not least Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning new face Alex Edelman, misanthropic stand-up Nina Nesbitt, ‘Friday Night Dinner’ goof Tom Rosenthal, skittish flatmates Pappy’s, acclaimed character actor Sara Pascoe, and five others besides. And it’s aaaaaaalll in aid of Artsdepot’s – you know it – tenth birthday. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Our Town | Almeida Theatre | 10 Oct – 29 Nov (pictured)
American actor/director David Cromer steers his ‘intimate’ critically-praised reimagining of Thornton Wilder’s ‘Our Town’, the microcosmic story of a man and woman living, loving and probably laughing a bit in a small US… municipality. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Cherry Orchard | Young Vic | 10 Oct – 29 Nov
Scripted by ‘Curious Incident’ playwright Simon Stephens and directed by fearless theatre-maker Katie Mitchell, this production of Anthon Chekhov’s final play ‘The Cherry Orchard’ is apparently, or so its billing exclaims, a ‘vigorous and profound’ English-spoken take on the 1904 original, a poignant love-note to a world in violent transition. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday October 2nd, 2014 14:34

Thursday 9 October 2014 in London

Doc Brown

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

ART: Alibis – Sigmar Polke 1963-2010 | Tate Modern | 9 Oct – 8 Feb 2014
The Tate Modern hosts this lifetime review of ‘insatiably experimental’ late German art rebel Sigmar Polke, who in his five decade career defied classification; dipping into painting, drawing, photography, film and sculpture, and also working with things like notebooks, slide projections, photocopies and many a ‘weird’ material. Like snail juice, to name one. The show’s title ‘Alibis’ is a nod to Polke’s scorn and hatred of the Nazi party, and to all those who relied and still rely on the alibi ‘I didn’t see anything’ as a way to shirk responsibility for the war crimes and atrocities of WW2. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Doc Brown – The Weird Way Round | The Forum | 9 Oct (pictured)
Doc ‘Ben Smith’ Brown, seriously smart comic, rapper, actor, cultural pundit and kid-brother-to-Zadie-Smith ponders ‘life, love and lyricism’ in his new show ‘The Weird Way Round’. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Made In Dagenham | Adelphi Theatre | 9 Oct – 28 Mar 2015
Apple-cheeked starlet Gemma Arterton, off of films, here tries a bit of real-time acting (and singing, and dancing) as the fearless Rita, who leads the Essex girls – nay, ladies – of the Dagenham Ford car-making plant in a game-changing 1968 pay-strike. Based on the zippy 2010 film by Nigel Cole, which itself was based on real events that happened in real people’s real lives, ‘Made In Dag’ has a very credible creative team behind it, not least ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ script-writer Richard Bean, BAFTA and Grammy-winning composer David Arnold, Olivier-winning lyricist Richard Thomas (who also did ‘Anna Nicole’, FYI) and, to cap it off real nicely, acclaimed Almeida Theatre AD Rupert Goold. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday October 2nd, 2014 13:51

Wednesday 8 October 2014 in London

Tracey Emin

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

ART: Tracey Emin – The Last Great Adventure Is You | White Cube Gallery | 8 Oct – 16 Nov (pictured)
It’s easy to take a shallow reading of pre-Eminent (see what I did there?) artist Tracey E’s work, yet here she still is, as present and anti-relevant as ever, and represented in her first show at Bermondsey’s White Cube in five years. Featuring bronze casts and placques, gouaches, paintings, neon creations and her famed large-scale embroidery, ‘The Last Great Adventure Is You’ is, says Emin, a contemplation of “rites of passage, of time and age, and the simple realisation that we are always alone”. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: New Adventures – Lord Of The Flies | Sadler’s Wells Theatre | 8-11 Oct
This ballet adaptation of William Goulding’s novelette from dance maestro Matthew Bourne – him of all-male ‘Swan Lake’ fame – moves the ‘kids gone wild’ story of Ralph, Jack, Piggy et al from a desert island to an empty theatre, with a cast of muscular adult dancers posing as the book’s bunch of abandoned schoolboys. Which is always fun. Details and tickets here.

FILM: BFI London Film Festival | various locations | 8-19 Oct
So this is it, the big one. The big, massive, film-based one. The LFF. London. Film. Festival. Starting with a red carpet gala screening of the highly-anticipated ‘Imitation Game’ (aka the one with Benedict Cumbersquatch playing computing genius Alan Turing); it kinds of goes without saying that this year’s programme covers both movies by dyed-in-the-wool Brit directors – like Mike Leigh’s Timothy Spall-starring painter biopic ‘Mr Turner’, or ‘Dreams Of A Life’ filmmaker Carol Morley’s new feature ‘The Falling’ – AND the best in A-list and fringe cinema from all over the world. Details and tickets here.

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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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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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