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Pick of the week What’s On * Consent
Stage Play. Why is Justice blind? Is she impartial? Or is she blinkered?
Friends take opposing briefs in a rape case. The key witness is a woman whose life seems a world away from theirs. At home, their own lives begin to unravel as every version of the truth is challenged.
12 April 18:00 Director Roger Michell talks with writer Nina Raine about their production, Consent. Chaired by Genista McIntosh. Tickets from £4
26 April 18:00 A discussion on the issue of consent in relationships, with legal experts and those who work in the field of victim support, as a complement to the play, Consent. Speakers include Helena Kennedy QC and Daniel Coombes, chaired by Rachel Cooke. Tickets from £4
Love and Attraction In Propaganda @ National Army Museum
21 April | Free
Lecture. Professor Jo Fox explores how love and sexual attraction were used to mobilise the nation during the World Wars.
Using examples from newspapers, postcards, posters, songs and films, Jo will demonstrate how the promise of love, sex and romance was used to encourage enlistment during the First and Second World Wars.
Jo Fox is a professor of Modern British and European History at the University of Durham.
Show Times 11:30
Royal Hospital Rd
+44 20 7730 0717
Dance. Zinzi Minott’s new solo dance work What Kind of Slave Would I be? (WKOSWIB? pronounced
While walking through an exhibition of Tudor portraits Minott took the invitation from the
show to think back and historicize herself – and she imagined a slave. Running through
sugar cane, chopping in the burning sun, killing the master, being raped by the master,
jumping ship and being sold up the river.
There was no two ways about it, her grandparents landing here as part of the Windrush
generation guaranteed – she’d be a slave.
To ask “What kind of slave would I be?” is to ask who would they have been – to turn slaves
into people, politicise the act of remembering. It is an act of temporal trickery. It is an act of
memory. It is a sign of temporal respect.
What Kind of Slave Would I Be is a piece of time travel, death, body as machine, base-line and
Afro-Futurism invites us to imagine new futures for ourselves – this piece is an invitation to
look back and fantasise when we realise we cannot.
Show Time 19:30
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
Tickets subject to a fee of £1.50
Stage. Kidnapped as a teenage girl, Ma has been locked inside a purpose built room in her captor’s garden for seven years. Her 5 year old son, Jack, has no concept of the world outside and happily, exists inside Room.
Show Times 19:30 | 14:30
Signed: 25 May 19.30
Captioned: 26 May 19.30
Audio-description: 27 May 14.30
09 May Free Post Show Talk!
Join Writer Emma Donoghue and Director Cora Bissett for a discussion about bringing the book to the stage followed by an audience Q&A.
Gerry Raffles Square
London E15 1BN
020 8534 0310
Stage. It’s 1980s Berlin. A young soldier and the love of his life are desperately trying to build a better future for their child.
It’s 1980s Berlin. The Cold War rages and the world sits at a crossroads between Capitalism and Communism. On the border between East and West, a young soldier (John Boyega) and the love of his life are desperately trying to build a better future for their child. But the cost of escaping poverty is high in this searing tale of the people society leaves behind.
Show Times 19:30 14:30
Age 16+ (Contains very strong language and sexual content)
Captioned: 15 Jun 19.30
Audio-description: 12 Jun 19:00 | Touch Tour 17.30
London SE1 8NB
0844 871 7628
Literature. A festival for writers of colour.
Founded in 2016 to celebrate the remarkable literature of writers in diaspora, BARE LIT is yet again bringing internationally established and emerging writers based across the UK together to share works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, playwriting and journalism.
The keynote speech, which is sponsored by BARE LIT partner The Royal Literary Fund, will be held by Kerry Young , author of the three works of fiction including Show Me A Mountain (2016), Pao (2011) and Gloria (2013), and Honorary Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Leicester.
28 Commercial Street
London E1 6AB
Seminar. The Republic of South Africa is currently training more than 2000 of its medical students in Cuba – a brave experiment in achieving transformations in its health services
The Republic of South Africa is currently training more than 2000 of its medical students in Cuba – a brave experiment in achieving transformations in its health services which is being studied by a DfID-funded policy research project conducted by the Global Health and Development Group at Imperial College London, Human Sciences Research Council South Africa, Public Health England and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
This conference will provide the following:
• An opportunity to discuss how to link UK primary health care know how, with Cuban know how, to create different types of partnerships for improving health systems globally.
• Highlight the lessons of the Cuban approach for medical education for South Africa, UK and elsewhere.
• Report research findings from the exploration of the role of Cuban medical training for South Africa.
• Explore the policy levers and implications of transforming health professionals training.
In this two-day meeting, the first day will set the scene and discuss the research findings. The second part intends to explore the policy implications and next steps.
Day two will focus on policy initiatives between UK and South Africa related to Cuban-trained doctors and their deployment in South Africa.
Times 24 April 12:00 | 25 17:00
Imperial College London
170 Queen’s Gate,
Tickets booking necessary
Workshops. Get in touch with your creativity in poet Rachel Long’s exclusive space for women of colour. Rachel has curated a new series centred on reading, writing and poetry.
The workshops in Rachel’s new series are:
Tuesday 25 April
How can we write powerfully about places, how we feel within them and where we fit?
Tuesday 30 May
In honour of Southbank Centre’s Alchemy festival, we focus on the ghazal form of lyric poetry, and read South Asian poets Kamala Das and Meena Kandasamy.
Tuesday 27 June
Take inspiration from music as we compose our own group soundtrack, dedicated to the displaced.
Tuesday 25 July
Explore contemporary African and African-diaspora poetry as we study poems by Warsan Shire, Kayo Chingonyi, Victoria-Anne Bulley and Safia Elhillo.
Tuesday 29 August
What is an image of summer without the sun? This session is dedicated in part to poems from Melissa Lee-Houghton’s collection Sunshine (Penned in the
Tuesday 26 September
How can we communicate the incommunicable through poetry?
For black and minority ethnic women only.
Admission 18:30 – 20:30
Tickets £10 per session or £50 when booking for all 6 sessions
booking fee: £1.75 (Members £0.00)
Royal Festival Hall
Level 3 Function Room
Belvedere Road SE1 8XX
Tel: +44 (0)20 7960 4200
Art. The first exhibition dedicated to queer British art
Deeply personal and intimate works are presented alongside pieces aimed at a wider public, which helped to forge a sense of community when modern terminology of ‘lesbian’, ‘gay’, ‘bisexual’ and ‘trans’ were unrecognised. Together, they reveal a remarkable range of identities and stories, from the playful to the political and from the erotic to the domestic.
Featuring works from 1861–1967 relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) identities, the show marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England. Queer British Art explores how artists expressed themselves in a time when established assumptions about gender and sexuality were being questioned and transformed.
Stage Play. A married father who leads his family into ruin as he falls head over heels in love with a goat
Martin is at the pinnacle of life: he has a loving wife and son, a hugely successful career as an architect, and the commission of a lifetime, but when he embarks upon an improbable and impossible love affair from which there is no return, he must face the dizzying, explosive consequences.
Show Times 19:30 15:00
18 Suffolk St, London SW1Y 4HT
+44 20 7930 8890
Stan Firm Inna Inglan Tate Britain
Until 19 Nov | Free
Exhibition. Explore the experience of those who travelled 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
Stage Play. One toilet attendant. Two sets of toilets. One night. Worlds apart.
The story of a nightclub toilet attendant in a fictional club based on the Shimmy Club in Glasgow. Her conflicted journey is spliced with flashbacks to the toilets of the Shrine nightclub in Lagos, Nigeria, where her younger self, dreams of becoming a dancer in the revolutionary band of the late Nigerian musician, Fela Kuti.
An all-female Black cast star in this award-winning, Afrobeat filled exploration of female empowerment, moving from modern day Glasgow to Fela Kuti’s infamous Shrine Club in 1980s Nigeria.
64 Bits: An exhibition of the Web’s Lost Past HereEast
30 Mar – 21 April | Free Entry
Exhibition. A celebration of the formative years of digital culture; the back story.
Billions of people use it on a daily basis – but do you know who invented the search engine? Would you be interested to browse the world’s first ever website? Have you ever heard of Susan Kare?
64 Bits is a fun, interactive recreation of the early years of the web. As part of a wider digital archaeology project, it seeks to plug gaps in the historical record by telling the stories of the forgotten artist-engineers that shaped today’s digital culture. Take Alan Emtage, Barbadian-born inventor of the search engine. Billions of people use the technology he created on a daily basis but very few know his name. The exhibition includes a working version of his first search engine, Archie.
Monday to Sunday 12:00-18:00
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Theatre. Natives is a rallying cry to a generation of unlikely heroes and celebrates coming of age online in a chaotic world.
Three countries. Three teenagers. One average, life-altering day.
Young man battles with feelings of love and violence. Another is stuck with the image of someone being pushed from between her friends and her conscience.
Sirena Riley Royal Festival Hall
21 April | Free Entry
Gig. American singer-songwriter Sirena Riley enchants at this lunchtime concert.
Like her musical heroes Prince and Nina Simone, Riley draws from a broad range of influences, including jazz, r ‘n’ b, and even visual art.
Having sung in choirs as a child living in Washington, DC, she moved to London after meeting several skilful and inspired artists in Europe and the UK. She has since played at venues such as the Vortex and Jazz Cafe, as well as being both a vocalist and presenter at several London Jazz Festivals.
Show Time 13:00
Royal Festival Hall
Central Bar Foyer
Thames RIB Speed Boat Cruises
London Eye Waterloo Millennium Pier | Current
Experience. Let your adrenaline levels go through the roof during a 50-minute white-knuckle ride on the Thames River.
Feel your excitement heighten as the boat’s engine roars into life and propels you toward iconic London landmarks like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s Cathedral. Gaze at the sharp spire of the Shard as you reach speeds of up to 35 miles (56 km) per hour. Listen to fascinating commentary during slower periods of sailing and glide under the monumental Tower Bridge as your skipper yanks back the throttle and accelerates to high-velocity speeds. Gasp as your skipper performs break-neck turns and wave jumps, and then catch your breath during a brief interlude at Canary Wharf. Enjoy a leisurely cruise back to the boat’s original departure point
Departure hourly 10:00 – 12:00 then 15:00 and 17:00
Running time 50 mins
Tickets from $53
The Wipers Times
Arts Theatre | 21 March – 13 May 2017
Stage. The Wipers Times tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme.
In a bombed out building during the First World War in the French town of Ypres (mis-pronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. Far from being a sombre journal about life in the trenches, they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the front line. Defying enemy bombardment, gas attacks and the disapproval of many of the Top Brass, The Wipers Times rolled off the press for two years and was an extraordinary tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.
Tickets from £18.35
6-7 Great Newport Street
020 7836 8463
The Photographers’ Gallery | 3 March – 11 June 2017
Exhibition. The iconic work of British photographer Roger Mayne (1929-2014).
This major exhibition is the first since 1999 to show the iconic work of British photographer Roger Mayne (1929-2014).
It includes his pioneering photographs of 1950s and early 1960s community life in London’s Southam Street. Mayne’s humanistic approach has influenced subsequent generations of photographers, and made a significant contribution to post war British photography. Also featured are examples of Mayne’s less well known work from outside the Capital,
Doors Mon-Sat 10:00 – 18:00 | Thu 10:00 – 20:00 | Sun 11.30 – 18:00
16-18 Ramillies St
Electricity: The Spark Of Life
Wellcome | 23 Feb – 25 June 2017
Exhibition. The story of electricity is the story of life itself. Within every object on earth is hidden either a positive or negative electric charge.
Three celebrated artists have been commissioned to create three new artworks for this exhibition: John Gerrard has taken inspiration for his commission from Luigi Galvani’s famous experiments into bioelectricity; Bill Morrison explores historical footage from the Electricity Council archive to consider the movement and networks of electricity and its profound interconnectedness with our daily lives; and Camille Henrot considers our energy-dependent lifestyles, as well as the relationship between humans, technology and the environment.
Tue – Sat 10:00 – 18:00 | Thur 10:00 – 22:00 | Sun 11:00 – 18:00 | Mon Closed
183 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE
020 7611 2222
Savoy Theatre | To 21 Oct 2017
Stage Play. A musical loosely based on Diana Ross and The Supremes.
Inspired by R&B music acts in 1960s America and loosely based on Diana Ross and The Supremes, Dreamgirls transports you to a revolutionary time in American music history. Dreamgirls charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called ‘The Dreams.’ They learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous.
Tickets from £15 plus £3 booking fee
Strand WC2R 0ET
Foundling Museum | To 30 April 2017
An exhibition of photographs, and a symposium (20 March) exploring children at play around the world.
The exhibition presents a series of Neville’s photographs of children at play in diverse environments around the world. Immersing himself in communities from Port Glasgow to North London, and in the war zones of Afghanistan and Ukraine, the artist has captured beautiful moments of free, spontaneous play.
Mark Neville is renowned for his socially focused projects. The aim here is to generate debate on the complex nature of children’s play and to advocate for improved provision for this universal right.
Armed conflict has internally displaced 13 million children, and traditional public space is being privatised. So this is a timely exhibition. Child’s Play reinforces our responsibility to ensure that children the world over have full opportunity for play and recreation.
Admission Tue-Sat 10:00 – 17:00 | Sun 11:00 – 17:00 | Mon closed
40 Brunswick Square
020 7841 3600
How We See Animals
Wellcome Collection | To 21 May 2017
Exhibition. It’s not what you see; it’s how you see it.
Organised around four themes – ‘Ordering,’ ‘Displaying,’ ‘Observing’ and ‘Making’ – this exhibition questions the approach of ‘learning through looking.’
A major exhibition that examines what we think, feel, and value about other species and the consequences this has for the world around us. It brings together over 100 fascinating objects from literature, film, taxidermy and photography to reveal the hierarchies in our view of the natural world and consider how these influence our actions, or inactions, towards the planet.
Admission Tues – Sat 10:00 – 18:00/Thurs 22:00 | Sunday 11:00 – 18:00
183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK.
tel: +44 (0)20 7611 2222
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Royal Observatory | To 25 June 2017
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 Science Museum | To 03 Sep 2017
Exhibition. Robots reveal’s the astonishing 500-year quest to make machines human.
Exhibits from the dawn of mechanised human forms to cutting-edge technology fresh from the lab. Focusing on why they exist rather than on how they work, this blockbuster exhibition explores the ways robots mirror humanity and the insights they offer into our ambitions, desires, and position in a rapidly changing world.
An incredible journey spanning five centuries, illustrated with robotic artifacts from around the globe. From a 16th century mechanised monk to some of film’s most iconic robotic creations and the very latest humanoids, Robots will make you look at yourself and society in a whole new way.
Entry 10:00 – 18:00
Tickets adults £15 | kids £13 Under 7’s free
Museum Lates: Adults Only from £ £7:50 | £6:50 concs | £7:00 seniors. Last Wednesday of each month until August
London, SW7 2DD
What’s on Wildlife Photographer of the Year*
Natural History Museum | To 10 Sept 2017
Exhibition. 100 exceptional images, revealing the astonishing diversity of life on our planet.
From intimate portraits to dramatic landscapes, see how photographers’ passion for the natural world produces startling images.
Admission 10:00 -17:50
Tickets Adults from £10.50 | Child & concs from £6.50 | Family from £27.00
The Natural History Museum
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