Bedlam: The Asylum
Welcome Collection | 15 Sept 2016 – 15 Jan 2017
Asylums are a thing of the past in Britain, whether they helped the patients is debatable.
Named after the South London Royal Bethlem Hospital, Bedlam a new exhibition at the Wellcome looks at the tensions between biomedical and psychosocial therapy for mental illness, the imperative to protect patients, and how integration benefits patients and the public.
Doors: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 Sunday 11:00
83 Euston Road
020 7611 2222
An Interview With Charlie Phillips
BFI Southbank | 17 Sept 2016
Ronald ‘Charlie’ Phillips is a Jamaican-born restaurateur, photographer, and documenter of Black London. He is now best known for his photographs of Notting Hill during the period of West Indian migration to London; however, his subject matter also included big stars Muhammad Ali, Jimi Hendrix, Caribbean funerals and student protests.
His photographs appeared in Stern, Harper’s Bazaar, Life and Vogue and in Italian and Swiss journals. His work has been exhibited at galleries like Tate Britain, Museum of London, Nottingham, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and Museum of the City of New York, and is also in collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Listen to my interview with Charlie Philips, click on the link
Event 15:00 – 17:00
020 7928 3232
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Royal Observatory | 17 Sept 2016
Come and be inspired by the annual free exhibition of stunning space photography
Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year is the biggest international competition of its kind, annually showcasing spectacular images shot by astrophotographers worldwide.
For a taste of past exhibits and a preview of this year’s contestants click on the link
Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm)
Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.
Shoreditch Town Hall | To 17 Sept 2016
This production contains strong language and scenes of a sexual nature.
You are expected to behave…
Use the right words.
Don’t break the rules.
This play is not well behaved.
A performance that examines the language, behaviour, and forces that shape women in the 21st century and asks what is stopping us from doing something truly radical to change them.
Performances 19:45 & 14:30
Running time 70 minutes – no interval
Tickets £15 / £5
Shoreditch Town Hall
380 Old Street
London EC1V 9LT
020 7739 6176
Alexandra Palace | 24 Sept 2016
POWER TO THE PARTY
So why is AFROPUNK giving “POWER TO THE PARTY?” Because we trust the friction, the transference of great capacity to the free spirit, belief in the high-heeled spark of the assembly, and the group mind’s ability to choose a glorious path. This isn’t about getting elected, or being protected; it’s about staking a claim.
Performers include : Grace Jones, Laura Mvula, Word Sound Power, SZA, Kwabs…plus
Admission: 12:00 – 00:00
Alexandra Palace Way
London N22 7AY
Two Can Play *Short Run
Broadway Theatre | 24 & 25 Sept 2016
What happens when a good woman meets a sweet talking man?
A rollicking Jamaican comedy set in 1976. Jamaica rocks to the sound of political gunfire in the battle to win the election.
In the middle of it all, Jim and Gloria decide that life in America is better than dodging bullets. Getting an American visa is tricky… Smuggling US dollars out of Jamaica is trickier. Then again, there is Johnny Peters in Miami, a good looking Yankee who knows how to look after a woman.
Tickets from £20 plus £1.50 booking fee
020 8690 0002
Young Vic | To 24 Sept 2016
“His Majesty knew that a joke was a dangerous form of opposition.”
Master of transformation Kathryn Hunter brings to life an extraordinary fable of corruption, avarice and the collapse of absolute power – from the team behind the international success Kafka’s Monkey.
A world premiere based on the astonishing book about Ethiopia’s Haile Selassie by legendary journalist Ryszard Kapuściński.
Tickets from £10
66 The Cut
Waterloo SE1 8LZ
020 7922 2922
Ambassadors Theatre | 26 Sept – 22 Nov 2016
Pigeon English looks at the sometimes harsh reality of adulthood in modern-day Britain. Inspired by one of the most compelling events in modern history.
In the shadows of concrete, high-rises, eleven-year-old Harri is walking on a tightrope towards manhood. Events quickly spiral out of his control and the world will never be the same again.
Running time 90 minutes
Performances 19:30 & 14:30
Tickets from £17.50
London Design Biennale 2016
Somerset House | To 27 Sept 2016
The World re-imagines the World
Thirty-seven nations are presenting newly monumental installations and commissioned works exploring the theme Utopia by Design in the first London Design Biennale.
At the exhibition, you will see installations curated by the leading museums and design organisations (installation information).
Design teams include architects, designers, scientists, writers, and artists.
Exhibiting countries include:
Albania; Australia; Austria; Belgium; Chile; Croatia; Cuba; France; Germany; Greece; India; Indonesia; Israel; Italy; Japan; Lebanon; Mexico; Netherlands; Nigeria; Norway; Pakistan; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Korea; Russia; Saudi Arabia; South Africa; Sweden; Switzerland; Tunisia; Turkey; UK; USA
Tickets £17.35 / £6.40
Maman Le Mot
Secret London Location | To 30 Sept 2016
It’s 1943, and the French Resistance are recruiting secret agents to join the battle to liberate France. Receive your briefing. Get yourself kitted out. Then get stuck in. Expect mischief, moustaches, misinformation and the odd exploding meringue.
Practice your accent, learn the new skills required succeed in your missions, and get some practice by immersing yourself in 40’s Parisian culture.
Enjoy a 3-course menu prix fix, in our authentic French Bistro, with French classics given a 40s blitz twist. Practice your new skills and blend in. The Gestapo infiltrators mingle amongst the crowd, don’t get caught out!
Keep up that convincing “Fronch” accent or you could face interrogation.
Tickets £17.50, £42.50 with dinner
Secret London Location
They Drink It In The Congo
Almeida Theatre | To 01 October 2016
What can we do for the worst thing in the world?
The Democratic Republic of Congo. Home to the deadliest conflict since World War II.
London. Home to a festival to raise awareness of the Congo. (That is if Stef can get the festival off the ground).
They Drink It In the Congo’ is about guilt: the guilt its Congolese diaspora characters feel at having escaped the troubled DRC; the guilt its white protagonist Steph (Fiona Button) feels at having been born in Kenya to a life of privilege, and the guilt white writer Brace surely feels at writing a play about the central African country.
Featuring an ensemble cast and a live band performing original music inspired by the Congo, Adam Brace’s hilarious and anarchic new play unpacks the problems of doing something good about something bad.
Performances: 19:30 & 14:30
Mon 19 Sep post-show discussion with members of the company.
Tickets £10 – £38
Jukebox, Jewkbox! A Century on Shellac and Vinyl
The Jewish Museum | To 16 Oct 2016
Go on a musical journey of discovery through popular culture, and the technology that made it happen.
Emil Berliner’s invention of the gramophone and the record changed our world. The age of mass entertainment found its first global medium.
This interactive exhibition takes that moment in history as its starting point, exploring the experience of the 20th century through shellac and vinyl, celebrating the history of Jewish inventors, musicians, composers, music producers, and songwriters.
Hear personal stories from artists, musicians, and collectors. Explore the art of the record sleeve and enjoy a display of 500 records including iconic sleeves from Amy Winehouse, the Ramones, Bob Dylan, and Barbra Streisand.
Jewish Museum London
Raymond Burton House
129-131 Albert Street
London NW1 7NB
Tel: +44 (0)20 7284 7384
Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds
British Museum | To 27 Nov 2016
Vanished beneath the waters of the Mediterranean, the lost cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus lay at the mouth of the Nile. Thonis-Heracleion was one of Egypt’s most important commercial centres for trade with the Mediterranean world and, with Canopus, was a major centre for the worship of the Egyptian gods. Their surprising discovery is transforming our understanding of the deep connections between the great ancient civilisations of Egypt and Greece.
Preserved and buried under the sea for over a thousand years, the stunning objects in the exhibition range from magnificent colossal statues to intricate gold jewellery. Sacred offerings and ritual objects reveal the cult of Osiris – the god of the underworld who held the promise of eternal life. They tell stories of political power and popular belief, myth, and migration, gods and kings. Journey through centuries of encounters between two celebrated cultures, meeting iconic historical figures such as Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Hadrian and Antinous on the way.
Entry 10.00 – 17.30
Adults £16.50, under 16s free
44 Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
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