This week’s round-up of events from Oracle
The Shipping Container | 15 July 2016
Tottenham’s barbershops and nail bars are vibrant and unique parts of its culture and community. The places you go to make sure you look good, places where friends and strangers gather, hubs for conversation and debate.
Theatre makers Roy and Corinne have been hanging out in some of them over the past few months, chatting with their regulars about the perceptions of beauty they aspire to and why. Using these they’ve created this short performance, exploring the relationship between appearance, class and identity.
Tickets Booking essential
The Shipping Container
T Chances Car Park
399 High Rd N17 6QN
We Are Many + Q&A – Film
Tricycle Theatre | Sunday 17 July 2016
Cast includes: Susan Sarandon, Mark Rylance, Danny Glover
We Are Many chronicles the struggle to shift power from the old establishment to the new superpower that is global public opinion, through the prism of one historic day.
On 15 February 2003, people across the world took part in a global day of protest, expressing opposition to the impending Iraq War. Protests in more than 600 cities worldwide included a march of over a million people in London – the largest political demonstration in the city’s history. The biggest protest event the world had ever seen, this was a pivotal moment in recent history, the consequences of which have gone unreported.
Running time 110 minutes
Tickets from £8
The Tricycle Theatre
269 Kilburn High Road
London NW6 7JR
020 7328 1000
Now We Are Here
Young Vic | 20 – 30 July 2016
This is the true story of four refugees: Michael, Mir, Desmond and Tammy. They have come to Britain to escape wars and persecution. Their tales are woven together into a heartbreaking story of the pursuit of freedom: Freezing temperatures, an alien culture and a fight for a new life
Created by refugees in collaboration with Deanna Rodger, Ian Rickson and Imogen Brodie
Performances Monday – Saturday: 19:00
(Except Friday 29 July)
66 The Cut
Waterloo SE1 8LZ
020 7922 2922
Pigs and Dogs
Royal Court Theatre | 20 Jul – 30 Jul 2016
A very short, very political play by Caryl Churchill.
“You western backed goats,
They forced us into slavery and killed millions.
Now they want us to accept the sinfulness of homos.
It shall not work.”
In 2014 Uganda passed an Anti-Homosexuality Act. This short startling play looks at what lies behind it.
How does a white woman manage this political minefield?
Running time 10 minutes
Royal Court Theatre
50 -51 Sloane Square
London SW1W 8AS
020 7565 5000
The Shaw Theatre | 21 – 25 July 2016
Wakaa is a two-hour Nigerian musical.
It is a satire of Nigeria’s politics and society. It follows the lives of graduates from a cross section of backgrounds. It centres around a wager made between them and the consequences that follow.
It is a story of their trials and tribulations. It’s laughter and tears.
Running time 120 minutes
Recommended age 12+.
Tickets from £22.00
The Shaw Theatre
100-110 Euston Rd
London NW1 2AJ
0844 248 5075
Sadler’s Wells | 26 July – 21 August 2016
The show is 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
Tickets from £12
Sadler’s Wells Theatre
London, EC1R 4TN
020 7863 8000
Trafalgar Studios | 26th Jul 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?
Tickets from £32
0844 871 7632
Bitches by Bola Agbaje
Finborough Theatre | 06 -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.
Thursdays & Saturdays
Tickets from £10 0844 847 1652
18 Finborough Rd
London SW10 9ED
0844 847 1652
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
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
London SE1 8XX
020 7960 4200
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.
This play contains strong language.
Running time 90 minutes
Tickets from £17.50
020 7395 5405