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
Come Rhyme With Me
Oval Playhouse | 01 Oct & 10 Dec 2016
The UK’s most delicious spoken word event is back in London
Enjoy a night of rhyming with Dean Atta and Deanna Rodger alongside a menu of performers chosen for their wit, wisdom and ability to move you.
Delish French-Caribbean food available.
Tickets with food: £12 | without food £8
The Oval Playhouse
020 7582 7680
The Voices Of Black Folks
Canada Water | 06 – 09 Oct 2016
The Voices of Black Folk is effectively three monologues, which express the individual experiences of three characters in the African Diaspora during the period of slavery and imperial exploitation.
Although three individual stories, there is an undoubted synergy between them as all three were able to overcome their circumstances, and in the process dispel and confound the erroneous beliefs that were then held about African people at that time. They did this by speaking truth to power without fear of their own mortality, and with resilience, determination and in the relentless pursuit of that which was the right of every living man, freedom!
Tickets £12.50 adv | £15 Door | £10 concs.
21 Surrey Quays Road
Box Office 020 8692 4446
Muhammad Ali and Me
The Albany | 06 – 16 Oct 2016
The Greatest, 1942 – 2016
Muhammad Ali and Me is the critically acclaimed coming-of-age story of a young black girl growing up in foster care and her fantastical friendship with the legendary, Muhammad Ali.
Ali was always full of surprises. He danced in the boxing ring, rapped at press conferences, recited poetry in TV interviews, preached Islam from the back of a Cadillac and invoked revolution in a generation.
In the spirit of Ali, Muhammad Ali and Me is a rich, ‘beautifully rendered’ (What’s On Stage) production full of wonder told through poetry, dance, boxing, African acapella singing, audience interaction and integrated British Sign Language. Ali himself makes a guest appearance through verbatim text and original fight footage, with cartoon animation, pyrotechnics, magic tricks and a superb eclectic 1970’s sound track.
Muhammad Ali and Me is designed for both D/deaf and hearing audiences.
Audio Described Performance Thursday 13 October, 19:30
Tuesday 11 October: Queer Theatre
Wednesday 12 October: Black Masculinity and Islam.
Performances : 19:30 Matinees : 14:30
Tickets from £10
Deptford SE8 4AG
020 8692 4446
Royal Court Theatre | To 15 October 2016
‘Cos whether you like it or not, some way, everything that went before, is fed to them who come after.’
Generations of secrets have broken the Brook family.
Siblings split-up, traded-off, treated differently.
A brutal play that uncompromisingly hones in on the racial politics of a sprawling mixed race family.
“Where you standing? I say where you standing on this? You think it happened or you don’t think it happened?”
Age guidance 14+
Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes approx.
Doors 19:45 Latecomers are not admitted
Tickets £20, £15 concs, £10 Mondays.
Royal Court Theatre
Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
The Greater Game
Southwark Playhouse | To 15 October 2016
‘The Greater Game tells the fascinating true story of the 41 men who swapped the football fields of London for the battlefields of the Somme in 1916.’
East London football club Leyton Orient, then known as Clapton Orient, was the first team to sign up its players, staff and supporters to fight in the Great War. 41 men volunteered in all. Three of them never returned.
It is a new play of love, friendship and loss telling both sides of the story from the flag-waving patriotism to the conscientious objectors.
Running Time 160 mins including interval
Tickets £20 | £16 concessions | £12 previews
Tickets £20, £15 concs, £10 Mondays.
77-85 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BD
020 7407 0234
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
Ambassadors Theatre | To 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 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
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
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Royal Observatory | To 23 Dec 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)
THE EY EXHIBITION: WIFREDO LAM
TATE MODERN | To 08 January 2017
Wifredo Lam sought to portray and revive the enduring Afro-Cuban spirit and culture.
Wifredo Lam’s distinctive style shook the assumptions of Western Modernism. His unique paintings introduced the symbolism of his Cuban roots and defined a new way of painting for a post-colonial world. As he travelled in Europe and North and South America, he was a witness to twentieth century political upheaval – including the Spanish Civil War, the evacuation of artists and intellectuals from France with the onset of World War II, and the new Cuba borne of the Revolution.
Throughout his long career, his work addressed themes of social injustice, nature and spirituality, that challenged prevailing attitudes held by western artists about other cultures.
Tickets £14.50 FREE for Members
020 7887 8888
Bedlam: The Asylum
Welcome Collection | To 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
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