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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Thursday October 1st, 2015 00:00

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


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

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

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

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

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Wednesday September 30th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 7 Oct: Dark and Lovely, London Film Festival, Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut


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

Dark and Lovely | Ovalhouse | 7-10 Oct
The talented Selina Thompson presents this exploration of afro hair: the politics of it, the history, what it can tell us about what it’s like to be black, British and female. Very interesting and important subject matter, especially in the light of the way white standards of beauty dominate our culture and media. See this page here for more info and to book tickets.

London Film Festival | Various venues | 7-18 Oct
Yay, the London Film Festival starts today, so you’ve 240 films to see, and you’ve got twelve days to see them all. Don’t worry, though, I won’t be critical if you don’t manage to make it to all of them. Virtually impossible to suggest highlights, really, in a short little recommendation piece like this (if pushed, I’d suggest there’s a lot of interesting looking stuff in the Debate strand) so I suggest you go here to have a browse of the extensive programme.

Political Mother – The Choreographers Cut | Brixton Academy | 7-8 Oct
Hofesh Shechter’s ’Political Mother’ was first staged back in 2010 to much, much, much, critical acclaim, and the hip and gritty dance piece has been revamped for this new version, which features forty international musicians and dancers. It’s the final event of Hofest, which has been celebrating with a number of stagings of the choreographer’s work, so don’t miss this one. More info and tickets here.

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Tuesday September 29th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 6 Oct: The Great Gatsby, The Fallen Woman, Filmland


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

The Great Gatsby | Greenwich Theatre, ArtsDepot | 6-14 Oct
You’ve got two London venues to choose from to see this staging of ‘The Great Gatsby’, Greenwich Theatre or Finchley’s ArtsDepot. This adaption, commissioned by Blackeyed Theatre to mark the 90th anniversary of the novel’s publication, is on a significantly sized 98 date tour of the UK, and looks brilliantly like a fabulously roaring, flappertastic production. See the Greenwich theatre website here or the ArtsDepot website here for more info.

The Fallen Woman | The Foundling Museum | 25 Sep-3 Jan
This is a fascinating looking exhibition focusing on the theme of the Victorian ere portrayal, in art and in the media, of ‘fallen women’. It features the work of artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Richard Redgrave, George Frederic Watts and Thomas Faed, as well as a specially commissioned sound installation from composer Steve Lewinson. See this page here for more info.

Filmland | Camden People’s Theatre | 6-7 Oct
The Calm Down Dear festival of feminist stuff is still ongoing over at the Camden People’s Theatre, and this particular show caught my attention because of its historically factual jumping off point, and the fact that it combines styles of the period covered – silent film and music hall – in a radical alternative history of the birth of film. See this page here for more info and tickets.

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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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Thursday September 24th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 1 Oct: Babyweight, The 56, Storyslam Live


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

Babyweight | Camden People’s Theatre | 1 Oct
This struck a chord with me, because it’s an autobiographically inspired show which explores what happens to women when they become mothers, and the impact that it can have on their careers. Victoria Bianchi shares stories from her pregnancy and life as a new mother, and questions why a woman’s identity becomes so tied up with whether or not she has reproduced. Sounds fascinating. More info and tickets from this page here.

The 56 | Battersea Arts Centre | 1-7 Oct
If you’re old enough to remember 1985, you probably remember the appalling disaster that befell the Valley Parade Football Ground, home to Bradford City Football club: On 11 May, during the course of a league game against Lincoln City, the stadium caught fire, and 56 fans died in the ensuing blaze. This is a powerful documentary piece, adapted from real life testimonies, which details a tragic event with sensitivity and respect. Info and tickets here.

Storyslam: Live | Southbank Centre | 1 Oct
This isn’t the first Storyslam at Southbank Centre, and surely won’t be the last. If you’re not familiar with the concept, it sees aspiring writers performing their short stories to a panel of judges. This time, the theme is ‘Shining’, so hopefully it will generate some very shiny examples. See the venue website here for more info.

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Wednesday September 23rd, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 30 Sep: Nobody’s Business, Valhalla, That’s Amore


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

Nobody’s Business | King’s Head Theatre | 30 Sep-24 Oct
If you are a fan of the older series of ‘Dr Who’, you might recognise the star of this show from her three year stint as assistant Jo Grant on the programme. The piece is by experienced playwright Sylvia Freedman, and is directed by Paines Plough co-founder director John Adams. And it sounds fun. Take a look at this page here, to see what I mean, and book tickets.

Valhalla | Theatre 503 | 30 Sep-24 Oct (pictured)
We recently recommended a play called ‘And Then Come The Nightjars’, which was one of joint winners of Theatre503’s 2015 play writing Award. Well, this is the other winning entry, and if it’s as good as its predecessor, it ought to be fabulous. It’s set in an isolated research centre, where a couple are trying to find a cure for a disease that’s caused a global epidemic. Love, science, conflict. Sounds like a recipe for success. More info and tickets from this page here.

That’s Amore | Canada Water Culture Space | 30 Sep
Well, as you might expect, ‘That’s Amore’ is all about love, but it’s not remotely, as you might possibly expect from that title, a tribute to Dean Martin… instead, it’s a super-sounding piece of physical theatre exploring the many facets of romantic love, which promises to be passionate, poignant and fast-paced. Look at this page here, for more info and to book tickets.

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Tuesday September 22nd, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 29 Sep: Dog Show, Volpone, Shaolin Monks


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

Dog Show | New Diorama | 29 Sep-17 Oct
We love the producing company behind ‘Dog Show’, and we have loved them since they very first started creating theatre, which was quite a long time ago now. Kandinsky always choose great topics to make plays about, and this one’s no exception: true life happenings – the serial, deliberate poisonings of dogs in Hong Kong – are transposed to London in this part-silent film, part thriller about “what it means to be human”. Info and tickets, this page here.

Volpone | Jack Studio Theatre | 29 Sep-17 Oct
Tell you what else I love? Anything set in the nineteen twenties, and with all the paraphernalia that involves. But wait, I hear you say, surely ‘Volpone’ is a seventeenth century work…? Well, yes, I reply, but it wouldn’t be the first time a theatre company took a classic and set it in a different period, would it? Anyway, I think we can trust Scena Mundi Theatre to do a good job of this. See the venue website here for more info and tickets.

Shaolin Monks | Peacock Theatre | 29 Sep-17 Oct (pictured)
Wow, I just noticed that every show I am tipping for today has the exact same run dates. It’s a sign. A sign that you should all go and see all three of them, optionally starting with this one, which I am deeply excited about, being a bit of a Monk aficionado. I confidently predict it will be an attention grabbing triumph of spectacularly choreographed Shaolin Kung Fu with perfect production values. So get your tickets 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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Sunday September 20th, 2015 00:00

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


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

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

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

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

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Saturday September 19th, 2015 00:00

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


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

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

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

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

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Friday September 18th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 25 Sep: The Birds, Doc n Roll Festival, Roaring Trade


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

The Birds | Leicester Square Theatre | 24 Sep-17 Oct
Ooh, this sounds scary, which is good, really, because it is, after all, supposed to be a thriller. Scripted by Conor McPherson, based on Daphne Du Maurier’s novelette of the same name (which of course also inspired Hitchcock’s film) this production offers a post-apocalyptic take on the story, setting it in a world where society has collapsed. See more info and book tickets here.

Doc n Roll Festival | Picturehouse Central | 25 Sep-4 Oct
This super festival of music documentaries kicks off its programme of events at the recently opened Picturehouse Central today, with the UK premiere of ‘Morphine: Journey Of Dreams’. For more info on this, and all the other great films showing over the next few days, see this page here.

Roaring Trade | Park Theatre | 23 Sep-24 Oct (pictured)
Steve Thompson’s ‘Roaring Trade’, a play set in the stressy and ambitious world of banking, won critical acclaim on its first outing. This revival comes from a very newly established young theatre company, who look as though they are preparing a lusty and energetic production. See the venue’s website here for info and tickets.

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Thursday September 17th, 2015 00:00

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


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

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

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

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

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Wednesday September 16th, 2015 00:00

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


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

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

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

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

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Tuesday September 15th, 2015 00:00

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


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

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

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

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

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Friday September 11th, 2015 00:00

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


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

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

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

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

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Thursday September 10th, 2015 00:00

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


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

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

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

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

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Wednesday September 9th, 2015 00:00

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


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

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

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

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

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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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