Your Weekly Entertainment Guide
To what’s on, not to be missed and coming soon…
Pick of the week What’s On #Connect: TAX PARTY!
#Connect: TAX PARTY! @ Ovalhouse
Until 15 Nov Free Tickets
Tax returns get you in a panic? Always end up leaving them to the last minute? We’re here to help.
Join us for the first Ovalhouse Tax Party. With tax experts on hand to answer your questions, fellow artists on hand for support and Ovalhouse staff on hand to keep the caffeine/ alcohol flowing.
At 6pm you press ‘send’ the DJ puts the needle on the record and happy hour begins.
Show Times 14.00 party 18.00
52-54 Kennington Oval,
London SE11 5SW
020 7582 7680
“I let you watch me because you paid… I wonder what you think of my body.”
In a world where appearances, size and bodies are constantly scrutinised, Superposition celebrates and challenges perceptions. Poet, playwright and pole dancer, Chanje Kunda explores how we feel about our bodies in a funny, honest and open way.
Using movement, poetry and physics she tells stories of pubic hair and lap dancing clubs. In an empowering show that celebrates the black female body, find answers to the big questions in life: What are the real laws of attraction? What is my place in the universe? What makes me, me?
Admission 19.00 14.00
Duration 60 mins
Stratford Circus Arts Centre,
Stratford, London, E15 1BX
Tel: 020 8279 1080
Venom: Kill or Cure @ NHM
10 Nov – 13 May Tickets from £5
Encounter some of the world’s most venomous creatures and discover their surprising connection to human health.
Get up close to all kinds of specimens, from snakes, centipedes, snails and scorpions to the unassuming platypus.
See the world through the eyes of both predator and prey and explore the effects of venom and the role it plays in the natural world.
Find out how across cultures and time, humans have found creative ways to neutralise and harness the properties of venom, and how today some of nature’s deadliest venoms are actually saving lives.
Please note this exhibition contains images that some may find distressing.
Get up close to a live venomous creature
See the head of a gaboon viper, the species with the biggest known venomous fangs
Meet the insects with some of the most painful venoms known to science
See the enchanting flower urchin, whose venom can cause temporary muscular paralysis in humans
Discover the unusual love life of the emperor scorpion – where seduction has a sting in the tail
Learn about the box jellyfish, whose embrace can kill humans in under five minutes
Hear from scientists whose ideas represent the cutting edge of venom research and its use in modern medicine
Open daily 10.00-17.50
Last entry 17.30
Closed 24-26 December
Duration Age 15+
The Natural History Museum
London SW7 5BD
A frank, fun and provocative look at the trials and tribulations of modern life as seen through the eyes of a young black woman.
This one woman show is an unapologetically honest depiction of a black women’s perception of life.
Inspired by Racheal Ofori’s own experiences, Portrait uses music, poetry, humour and dance to examine identity and role models and challenge cultural stereotypes.
Meet sassy teenager Candice, already sick of the condescension of those around her (‘PC should stand for Politely Condescending’), the straight talking evangelistic preacher, the hopeful Oxford candidate, the African immigrant bound for disappointment and the bridesmaid struggling to fit into her dress and more.
Whilst there is often comic value in these characters, Ofori also uses them to explore the bigger picture of how young women, and especially young black women, can be perceived in society.
Rich Mix 35-47
Bethnal Green Rd
London E1 6LA
Gig. All-new set from a 21st-century jazz hero, as Marcus Miller
The master composer, bassist and leader brings his latest statement to the EFG London Jazz Festival.
In a career stretching back to the 1970s, Miller has worked with many of the past half-century’s greatest artists, including Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock and Eric Clapton. His place in music history was already assured back in the 1980s, when he served as producer and collaborator on some of Miles Davis’ brilliant final albums.
Through his jazz compositions and multi-instrumentalist live performances, he has become a major inspiration for the next jazz generation, and a standard bearer for jazz aficionados everywhere.
Show Times 19:30
SE1 8XX, UK
0844 875 0073
What’s On Pick The Suppliant Women The Young Vic
13 -25 Nov Tickets from £10
If we help we bring trouble,
If we don’t we invite shame”
Fifty women leave everything behind to board a boat in North Africa and flee across the Mediterranean.
Fifty women leave everything behind to board a boat in North Africa and flee across the Mediterranean. They are escaping forced marriage, hoping for protection and assistance, seeking asylum in Greece.
Written 2,500 years ago, one of the world’s oldest plays speaks to us through the ages with startling resonance for our troubled times.
Featuring a chorus of local women from London, this is part play, part ritual. Director Ramin Gray unearths an electric connection to the deepest and most mysterious ideas of humanity – who are we, where do we belong and if all goes wrong – who will take us in?
Show Times 19:30 14:30
66 The Cut
020 7922 2922
The Secondary Victim @ Park Theatre
14 Nov – 9 Dec Tickets from £14.50
Ali is a respected psychotherapist and loyal wife. Then suddenly a complaint of sexual misconduct by a male former client throws her professional and personal life into a maelstrom of suspicion and distrust. Who is lying? Is anyone telling the whole truth? Against a background of the contemporary blame culture, Ali finds herself struggling to maintain her reputation and her marriage, and as the threats keep rising, her instincts are tested to the extreme.
“Written and directed by Matthew Campling, Abominations is unfailingly charming and endearing”
A Younger Theatre on Matthew Campling’s Abominations, nominated for Best New Play Broadway World UK Awards (2016)
Show Times 19.45 15.15
London N4 3JP
020 7870 6876
White by Koko Brown@ Ovalhouse
15 – 25 Nov Tickets from £9
A show about identity, blending spoken-word with live vocal looping. What are you when you are always the other?
Show Times 19.45 Duration
52-54 Kennington Oval,
London SE11 5SW
020 7582 7680
What’s ON Not To Be Missed
What’s On Pick Three Mothers @ Waterloo East Theatre
Until 12 Nov Tickets from £10
Three Women, Two Children, One Story…
A compelling and uplifting story about motherhood, homeland and
the power of love, told with insight, warmth, and humour.
When Khady’s husband dies, she is forced to sell his goats. Sending her eldest son away from Senegal across desert and sea to Europe, in the hope that he will find a better life, she plunges her entire family into uncertainty.
When Gisela’s life in England is turned upside down, she goes home to Bavaria seeking comfort and familiarity. But her attempts to assist the steady flow of refugees arriving in her childhood village soon awaken memories from her own past.
Erika reveals the truth about the journey made on foot with her baby daughter after being expelled from Sudetenland in 1945.
The bold choices made by these three mothers are brought together as one compelling narrative in this play.
Preview Night Tuesday October 31st – Tickets £10
Admission Tues to Sat 19.30
Sunday November 5th and 12th matinees at 16.00
Brad Street. SE1 8TN
What’s On Pick All The Little Lights @ Arcola Theatre
Until 14 Nov Tickets from £14
Three forgotten girls spending one last night by the railway lines. Desperately trying to recover what they’ve lost. Friendship. Family. Safety.
Deeply moving and darkly funny, this acclaimed new play tells the story of three forgotten girls living in the shadow of sexual exploitation and desperately trying to reclaim their freedom. In a world where nobody wants you, what would you do to survive?
Joanne and Lisa were like sisters. Then Lisa got away. Now she’s back, but the ghosts from their past still haunt her. Amy just wants to belong.
Three forgotten girls spending one last night by the railway lines. Desperately trying to recover what they’ve lost. Friendship. Family. Safety. While the threat of sexual exploitation lurks in the shadows.
Deeply moving and darkly funny, this award-winning new play tells the story of the girls that slip through the cracks. In a world where nobody wants you, what would you do to survive?
Jane Upton was a joint winner of the 2016 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright for All The Little Lights.
Free post-show discussion
Wednesday 1 November, 20.00: with director Laura Ford, writer Jane Upton, resident CSE expert at Barnardo’s Carron Fox, and the cast.
Show Times 19.00
Duration 60 mind
Age 14+ Strong language, Violence, Smoking. Loud noises
24 Ashwin Street
Dalston, E8 3DL
020 7503 1646
Stan Firm Inna Inglan Tate Britain
Until 19 Nov | Free admission
Exhibition. Explore the experience of those who traveled from the Caribbean and West Africa to live in London
This display brings together works from the 1960s and 1970s by eight photographers who documented Black communities in London: Raphael Albert, Bandele ‘Tex’ Ajetunmobi, James Barnor, Colin Jones, Neil Kenlock, Dennis Morris, Syd Shelton and Al Vandenberg.
The photographs reveal the many and varied experiences of individuals who travelled from the Caribbean region and West Africa to live in London, from everyday family life to political engagement. They show people as they respond to, react against and move beyond the racial tension and exclusion that were part of life for Black communities in the British capital. The title of the display, ‘Stan Firm inna Inglan’, is taken from the poem It Dread Inna Inglan by Linton Kwesi Johnson, who in the 1970s gave a voice and poetic form to the Afro-Caribbean diaspora and its resistance in the face of racism. The poem expresses in Jamaican patois (creole) the resolve of African, Asian and Caribbean immigrants to ‘stand firm in England’, asserting the determination of Black British communities to remain in Britain and declare it as their rightful home.
Open 10:00 – 18:00 daily
020 7887 8888
Of Kith & Kin @ Bush Theatre
Until 25 Nov Tickets from £10
Daniel and Oliver are about to have their first baby. With their best friend, Priya, acting as surrogate, they’ve turned the study into a nursery and the bottles are sterilised. All that’s missing is the bundle of joy they’ve been pining for.
But when Daniel’s chaotic mother gatecrashes the baby shower with a few home truths, the cracks in Daniel and Oliver’s relationship begin to show. Are they as ready for this as they think they are? And more importantly, is Priya?
Everyone knows you can choose your friends. Chris Thompson’s gripping new comedy takes us to the heart of what happens when we choose our family too.
Admission 19.30 14.30
Duration 1hour 45 mins
7 Uxbridge Road
Ellida, the lighthouse-keeper’s daughter, is trapped in her marriage and longs for the sea. When a former lover returns from years of absence, she is forced to decide between freedom and the new life she has made for herself.
Donmar Associate Kwame Kwei-Armah directs Ibsen’s moving play about duty and self-determination following the Olivier Award-nominated One Night in Miami….
Nikki Amuka-Bird returns to the Donmar as Ellida, following her recent BAFTA Television Award nomination for Zadie Smith’s NW.
Show Times 19.30 | 14.30 Latecomers will not be admitted.
41 Earlham Street
London WC2H 9LX
020 3282 3808
What’s On Must See Pick
Arthur Jafa: Love is the Message, the Message is Death @ Store Studios
Until 10 Dec Free Entry
Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death, is an eight-minute film consisting of clips and photographs from all avenues of Black life and media in all forms. From music visuals, video art, YouTube videos, dash-cam footage and photographs, Jafa’s piece presents still visuals of the everyday reality of Black folks. Soundtracking Kanye’s, “Ultralight Beam” over raw footage (both past and present), the filmmaker also included photos of Malcolm X, Dr. King, President Obama, Beyonce, Nina Simone, Jimi Hendrix and Lebron James.
Arthur Jafa exhibits Love is the Message, the Message is Death (2016) in a site-specific installation.
Jafa’s work is a convergence of found footage that traces African-American identity through a vast spectrum of contemporary imagery. The meticulously edited 7-minute video jumps from photographs of civil rights leaders to helicopter views of the LA riots, suspending viewers in an emotional montage that is a testament to Jafa’s masterful ability to juxtapose and sequence footage and that poignantly embodies the artist’s desire to create a cinema that ‘replicates the power, beauty and alienation of Black Music’.
Arthur Jafa is a director, filmmaker, and cinematographer who has used his platform to promote and express Black culture through a variety of mediums.
Admission Tue-Sat 12.00-20.00 | Sun 12.00-19.00 check event details.
180 The Strand
‘100 years ago the biggest killer of young men was war, now they kill themselves.’
Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.
Every 31 hours someone takes their own life by jumping in front of a train.
They are ten times more likely to be a man.
31 HOURS is the story of four men who clean up after rail suicides. Filled with humour and humanity, it takes us on a high-speed kaleidoscopic journey through masculinity, mental health and messy aftermaths in modern Britain.
Admission | Show Times 19.30 15.00
Duration 80 mins no interval
53a Southwark Street
London, SE1 1RU
0207 234 0486
Fleet Street. 1969. The Sun rises. A young and rebellious Rupert Murdoch asks the impossible and launches The Sun’s first editor’s quest: to give the people what they want. No matter the cost.
This roller-coaster play tells the story of The Sun, an ailing minor title bought for a song by Murdoch and relaunched with a skeleton staff of weirdos and rejects, led by scar-faced Yorkshire sub-editor Larry Lamb.
Admission 19.30 14.30
104 St Martin’s Lane
The first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960—1988).
Discover the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the pioneering prodigy of the 1980s downtown New York art scene. This unprecedented exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of more than 100 works from international museums and private collections.
Engage in the explosive creativity of Basquiat who worked with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Blondie, among others. Featuring rare film, photography and archive material, the show captures the spirit of this self-taught artist, poet, DJ and musician whose influence, since his death at 27 in 1988, has been enormous.
020 7638 4141
Glengarry Glen Ross @ Playhouse Theatre
Until 03 Feb 2018 Tickets from £31.50
Lies. Greed. Corruption. It’s all business as usual.
Glengarry Glen Ross takes place in the office of a group of cut-throat Chicago salesmen, willing to go to any lengths to get sales, legal or not. Pitting against each other, it’s a high-stakes competition to get one up on each other, and soon the increasingly desperate four employees are fighting to win. But as time and luck begin to run out, one thing becomes clear: close the deal and you win; blow the deal and you’re out.
Glengarry Glen Ross features a stellar cast, including American actor Christian Slater, who has starred in Broadway productions including The Glass Menagerie, Side Man and The Music Man. Further cast members include Kris Marshall (Love Actually, Death in Paradise), Robert Glenister (Hustle, Law & Order: UK), Stanley Townsend (Florence Foster Jenkins) and Don Warrington (Death in Paradise).
Show Times 19.45 14.30
London, WC2N 5DE
The UK’s first major exhibition of artists’ responses to war and conflict since the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001. Age of Terror: Art since 9/11 will feature more than 40 British and international artists, including Ai Weiwei, Grayson Perry, Gerhard Richter, Jenny Holzer, Mona Hatoum, Alfredo Jaar, Coco Fusco and Jake & Dinos Chapman.
The complex issues surrounding the global response to 9/11, the nature of modern warfare and the continuing state of emergency in which we find ourselves have become compelling subject matter for contemporary artists.
Artists’ unique ways of communicating through their art provide different levels of understanding. The stories they tell, whether first or second-hand, come from alternative viewpoints not always reflected in the mainstream media, often challenge our perceptions.
Through 50 works of art including film, sculpture, painting, installations, photography and prints, many of which will be exhibited publically in the UK for the first time, this exhibition highlights the crucial role of artists in representing contemporary conflict.
Admission 10.00 – 18.00
London SE1 6HZ
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7416 5000
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