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Arts Exhibitions Events * Father Comes Home for The Wars

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This week’s round-up of events from Oracle

Bitches by Bola Agbaje

Finborough Theatre | To 20 August 2016

Bitches is a two-hander about running a YouTube channel. It follows teenage friends Funke and Cleo as they set up ‘Sons of Bitches’ with the hopes of getting rich quick but everything starts to fall apart when a meme of Funke’s mum goes viral.

Performance 19:30
Matinee 15.00
Thursdays & Saturdays

Tickets from £10 0844 847 1652

Finborough Theatre
18 Finborough Rd
London SW10 9ED
0844 847 1652

The Olympic Minds

JW3 | 21 – 29 Aug

There are, it seems, myriad ways of proving your prowess – and winning gold, silver or bronze medals – that don’t involve getting sweaty. This annual festival of the mind will feature sedentary tournaments in more than 60 board games. Classics such as chess, draughts, Scrabble and Monopoly all feature alongside more recent hits such as Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne. Card games; an amateur poker world championship, computer-programming, mental calculations contests, a general knowledge quiz and even a Tetris tournament are also on the schedule.

Performance 16:00
Sign up, get involved entry fee from £10

Jewish Community Centre
341-351 Finchley Road
020 7433 8988

Vamos Cuba!
Sadler’s Wells | To 21 August 2016

Set in the crazy chaos of Havana airport, where families are parted, lovers reunited, and time flies when you’re having fun. In this place of new beginnings and old romances, where reality calls and dreams take flight, we experience the joys and vibrancy of Cuban life with all the passion and humour that embodies the Cuban spirit.

Vamos Cuba! This play is an exuberant mix of traditional and modern dance styles including salsa, rumba, cha-cha-cha, and reggaeton. There is a live band led by Julito Padron, a DJ and a cast of the hottest dancers Cuba has to offer.
Saturday Matinees: 12, 19, 26 November

Performance 19:30

Tickets from £12

Sadler’s Wells Theatre
Rosebery Avenue
London, EC1R 4TN
020 7863 8000

The Trial
Young Vic | To 22 August 2016

Josef K’s 35th birthday begins with a knock on his door from three sinister agents. They’re from an unidentified agency, here to arrest him for unidentified crimes.

But this is no birthday prank – this is life or death.

So begins K’s dark descent into a waking nightmare of bizarre humiliations and compulsive procedures.

Running time 120 minutes (no interval)
Performance 19:30

Tickets from £10.00

Young Vic
66 The Cut
020 7922 2922

Trafalgar Studios | To Sat 27th Aug 2016

‘No, Alice, I don’t want to become a man, I just want to stop trying to be a woman.’
A bittersweet comedy about gender, sexuality and being a long way from home.

It’s New Year in Rotterdam, and Alice has finally plucked up the courage to email her parents and tell them she’s gay. But before she can hit send, her girlfriend reveals that he has always identified as a man and now wants to start living like one.

Now Alice must face a question she never thought she’d ask, does this mean she’s straight?

Performance 19:45
Matinee 15:00

Tickets from £32

Trafalgar Studios
14 Whitehall
0844 871 7632

#HOW TO FIX NIGERIA – Dismantling Patriarchy

BFI Southbank | 31 August 2016

This is Nigeria’s struggle to overcome sexism in Africa’s most populous country.

The Royal African Society presents this special Africa Utopia edition of its popular #HowToFixNigeria panel series. Chaired by Funmi Iyanda – producer, broadcaster and CEO of Oya Media – the panel discusses gender inequality in Nigeria, and looks at the ways in which women and men are fighting back against patriarchal oppression.

Has the focus on gender in development projects made any progress towards dismantling the country’s patriarchy? What are the hopes, approaches and challenges that have defined the movement to empower Nigerian women? And what can we learn from Nigeria about the struggle for gender equality across the continent as a whole?

Performance 18:30 – 20:00
Free Event

The Clore Ballroom at
Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Rd
London SE1 8XT
020 7960 4200

Muhammad Ali: I Am The Greatest

o2 | To 31 Aug 2016

This exhibition explores the life of probably the greatest sportsman of all time, Muhammad Ali. It is a chance to experience a taste of the ‘Muhammad Ali Center’ the museum in Louisville dedicated to the six core principles of Ali’s life and inspired by his story which transcends boxing with its humanity and diversity.

The story includes Ali’s rise from humble beginnings in Kentucky where he was known as The Louisville Lip, to becoming the three times heavyweight champion of the World and known as The Greatest.

Weekdays: 10.00 – 16.00 last ticket entry (clear by 17.30)
Weekend: 10.00 – 17.30 last ticket entry (clear by 19.00)

Adults £18:00 plus booking fee
Children £09:00 plus booking fee

The O2
Peninsula Square
SE10 0DX

Mandela Trilogy
Royal Festival Hall | 31 Aug – 03 Sept 2016

The life of Nelson Mandela is brought to the stage in an epic operatic tribute. It follows Mandela from tribal initiation rites on the banks of the Mbashe River and heady and rebellious jazz-fuelled days in Sophiatown, to incarceration and reflection on Robben Island and finally freedom and liberation.

Peter Louis van Dijk: Mandela Trilogy, Act 1
Mike Campbell: Mandela Trilogy, Act 2
Peter Louis van Dijk: Mandela Trilogy, Act 3

Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
12 ensemble
Tim Murray conductor, 31 Aug, 1 & 3 Sep
Alex Fokken’s conductor, 2 Sep
Cape Town Opera Chorus
Michael Williams director, librettist

Tickets from £15

Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX
020 7960 4200

The Emperor

Young Vic | 03 – 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.

Performances Monday – Saturday: 7.45p
Tickets from £10

Young Vic
66 The Cut
Waterloo SE1 8LZ
020 7922 2922

Afripedia + Discussion

BFI Southbank | 04 Sept 2016

Part-documentary, part-e-zine, this screening covers music, performance art and other taste-makers from Africa.

Discussion with Eliza Anyangwe, journalist and founder of The Nzinga Effect, Johny Pitts, founder of Afropean, and Gabrielle Smith, founder of The:nublk

On the cusp of a historical shift brought on by technology and economic development, creative movements are thriving. Part-documentary, part-e-zine, this dynamic series visits cultural hubs and artists in Ghana, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Angola who are producing real and challenging images of Africa. Afripedia contributors include: outspoken androgynous musician Wiyaala; extraordinary trick-bikers Bikelordz; performance artist and illustrator Serge Attukwei Clottey; Titica, a trans superstar and Nástio Mosquito – the Mavericks behind Kuduro (Angolan electro music). Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire are represented in the eyes of photographer Omar Victor Diop, afrofuturist fashion designer Selly Raby Kane and beatsmith Fanny.

Performance 16:00
Tickets from £8.50

Belvedere Rd
London SE1 8XT
020 7928 3232

Father Comes Home for The Wars Part 1,2, & 3

Royal Court Theatre | 22 Sept -22 Oct 2016

“Seems like the worth of a colored man, once he’s made free, is less than his worth when he’s a slave.”

Three short plays performed together

West Texas, 1862. Hero, a slave, is promised his freedom if he joins his master in the ranks of the Confederacy against the Union. In a nation at war with itself, he must work against those striving to abolish slavery.

The family he leaves behind debates whether to escape or await his return, and they fear that for Hero, freedom is an empty promise that may come at a great cost
Performances 7.30 pm
Tickets from £10

Royal Court Theatre
Sloane Square
London SW1W 8AS
020 7565 5000

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