Round-up of ‘must do’ Arts, Exhibitions and Events from Oracle
Rockers, Soulheads and Lovers: Sound Systems Back in Da Day
198 Gallery | To 21 May 2016
This exhibition tells the story of Black lives in South London from the 1950s to the early 1980s; in photos, film, stories and artefacts.
The gallery aims to recreate a blues party environment.
Doors 10:00am – 05:00pm
198 Railton Road
London SE24 0JT
020 7978 8309
Urban Village Fete
Greenwich Peninsula | 15 May 2016 – Noon
The Urban Village Fete brings together many of London’s finest performers, vendors and designers. The event is a heady mix of foods; street food from Paris, Thailand, Carribean, Mexico, entertainment and workshops; including gigantic slinkies and hula hooping classes. Live music and DJ’s.
Free Noon – 7pm
Next to the o2
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
National Theatre | to 18 May 2016
Chicago, 1927. In a recording studio on the city’s South Side, a battle of wills is raging. Ma Rainey, Mother of the Blues, uses every trick in the book to fight her record producers for control of her music. Hardened by years of ill-treatment and bad deals, she’s determined that ‘Black Bottom’, the song that bears her name, will be recorded her way.
But Levee, the band’s swaggering young trumpet player, plans to catapult the band into the jazz age. His ambition puts them all in danger.
Inspired by the real-life Blues legend and infused with her music, August Wilson’s play speaks powerfully of a struggle for self-determination against overwhelming odds.
Sharon D Clarke plays Ma Rainey.
Tickets online £15, £28, £34, £39, £50
Saturday evenings: £15, £28, £39, £44, £55
National Theatre, South Bank
London SE1 9PX
Box Office 020 7452 3000
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation
Royal Shakespeare Company in association with Tower Theatre Company
The Barbican | 17 – 21 May 2016
On a Midsummer’s night, four young lovers find themselves wrapped in the mischievous arms of an enchanted forest where sprites lurk and fairies rule.
With a feuding Fairy King and Queen, Quince and his friends presenting their play within a play, and chief mischief-maker Puck on hand, games of fantasy, love and dreams ensue in Shakespeare’s most beguiling comedy.
Part of a nationwide tour, this production combines eighteen RSC professional actors and fourteen amateur theatre companies from around the UK, selected to play Bottom and the Mechanicals.
Performances 19:30 | 13:00
London EC2Y 8DS
Tel 020 7638 4141
Fighting Extremes: From Ebola to ISIS
IWM London | to 13 November 2016
This interactive display shows how Britain’s armed forces deal with very different aspects of global security, from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to being part of coalition efforts to fight ISIS in the Middle East.
Using the objects and experiences of personnel involved in these two operations, this display shows the complexity of contemporary conflict and security.
10am – 6pm every day
Last admission 5.30pm