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Leave Taking @ Bush Theatre
24 May – 30 June Tickets

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Leave Taking a play about a Caribbean family in Deptford, London.

In Deptford, Del and Viv are soul-sick. Del doesn’t want to be at home – staying out late, 3pm-the-next-day late, is more her thing. Viv scours her school books trying to find a trace of herself between their lines.

When Enid takes her daughters to the local ‘obeah’ woman for some traditional Caribbean soul healing, secrets are spilled. There’s no turning back for Del, Viv and Enid as they negotiate the frictions between their countries and cultures.

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Two generations. Three incredible women. Leave Taking is one epic story of what we leave behind in order to find home.
Madani Younis (The Royale) directs the contemporary revival of Winsome Pinnock’s classic, award-winning play.

Leave Taking by Winsome Pinnock is a beautifully observed account of a second generation immigrant family navigating familial conflicts between cultures.

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Flick Pick The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

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The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society @ various cinemas

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The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society is the embarrassing outing how the Brits handed Jews to the Germans.

There was no fighting on the beaches but a collaboration between Britain and Germany. AKA a surrender when Germany occupied the Channel Islands between 1940 to 1945.

They were undefended and alone so ‘there but for the Grace of God’

The trailer looked a little boring however it was very interesting period drama. It’s a defo to watch if you’re into history…

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Manfly @ Orange Tree Theatre
Until 26 May Tickets

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The mayfly hatches in the morning, mates in the afternoon, dies at night: a lot can happen in a day.

A family searches for new beginnings:

Ben thinks they might be better off without him, but his wife Cat has read her stars: ‘Today a very special person will appear from out the blue’.

Their daughter Loops is getting ready for a date. It’s her first one, and she has everything crossed.

People think that cos you’re from a small village, everyone will know you. But we can still go missing. Even out here.

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Joe White’s debut play Mayfly explores rebirth in the aftermath of tragedy.

“this heartbreakingly funny debut play by Joe White… a tender and wise play suffused with grief and absence that scratches at the fragility of our existence and asks how we keep alive our memories of those we have lost. It’s a play about people consumed by misery yet it is unexpectedly funny and – like its dented, broken characters – always likable.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

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An Evening With Deva Mahal @ Rich Mix
16 May Tickets

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Powerhouse vocalist and songwriter Deva Mahal performs her unique brand of soul in a special live show!

Deva’s particular brand of soul embraces her blues roots, with an infusion of gospel-tinged vocals, funk rhythms, jazz-like arrangements, and an R&B sensibility. Her undeniable vocal talent never ceases to blow audiences away, and her star continues to rise, with new music due out on Motéma in 2018.

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Immersing herself in the musical culture of New York City, Deva has had the pleasure of collaborating with Jaleel Bunton of TV on the Radio, Binky Griptite of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Living Color, and the New York Pops Orchestra, and has performed onstage alongside such legends as Etta James, Dianne Reeves, Maceo Parker, Bettye Lavette, The Roots, and Cyndi Lauper. She is also the daugher of legendary blues musician Taj Mahal, with whom she wrote the song ‘Never Let You Go’ on his Grammy Award nominated album ‘Maestro’.



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Seven Sisters Of Comedy @ Bernie Grant Arts
17 May Tickets

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Kill yourself laughing with a night of the best new comedy talent!

Thanyia Moore and her merry band of comics will make you roar with laughter at Seven Sisters of Comedy/Mayday, starring some of the best up-and-coming London talent.

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The best U.K. comedy talent with enough award-winning circuit regulars and TV names to satisfy any comedy appetite. You’ll see Michael Odewale (BBC New Talent Hot List 2017), Twix, Evelyn Mok and Twayna Mayne delivering giggles and belly-laughs galore, all hosted by the incredible Thanyia Moore.



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The Magic Hour @ Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel
18 May Tickets

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Enter the wood paneled drawing room of London’s 5 star Sheraton Park Lane Hotel for an award winning show of magic and illusion in the style of the Victorian masters of deception.

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Consent @ Harold Pinter Theatre
18 May – 02 August Tickets

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Why is Justice blind? Is she impartial? Or is she blinkered? Friends take opposing briefs in a contentious legal 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.

This ‘tense, entertaining modern-day tragi-comedy’ (Daily Telegraph) takes a searing look at the law whilst putting modern relationships into the dock.

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Overjam Launch @ Brixton Jamm
20 May Tickets

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Macka B
Solo Banton
Coxsone Outternational
Jacky Murda (Chopstick Dubplate)
Kings Hi-Fi
David Katz(Dub Me Crazy / Overjam University)
Leo Samson (Love Kulture /Reggae Roast)
Love Kulture Sound

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Love Kulture Project & Sunday Jamm team up to bring you the official
Overjam International Reggae Festival London launch party at Brixton
Jamm, forthcoming on the 20th of May. Hailing down from Wolverhampton
we have UK reggae legend Macka B, alongside him we have Solo Banton,
UK veteran Coxsone Outternational , Jacky Murda. Expect a killer set
from Kings Hi-Fi as well as from Love Kulture co-founder Leo Samson .
Expect some special surprise guests too !



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Ratchet @ Bread & Roses Theatre
22nd – 26th May Tickets

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Jarrett and Sharkey are ready to work. The job is imminent. The job is on! What the job will be is not quite clear.

Will it be totally legal?…this is uncertain.
Will they be on their own?…this will become clear.
Are they the men for the job?…Well, are they?

As they wait things get progressively stranger and they begin to doubt if they are capable of work at all. And in this business doubt can be the end you.

‘Ratchet’ a dark comedy about neurosis when it comes to work.

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Running time: 90 minutes
16+ Very strong language. Ticket purchases are non refundable.


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Unwavering Vision #3 @ Somerset House
17 – 20 May Free

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Delve into ICP’s extensive photographic archive using the specially created interactive touchscreen interface that displays large-scale images projected onto the installation screen. Explore images from across history that capture some of the most poignant and important events of the modern age, as well as document everyday life. Unwavering Vision #3’s more than 5,000 images span the history of photography; it also includes audio segments, film clips, and biographies.

At its core, Unwavering Vision #3 is an artwork and an interactive metaphor, simultaneously alluding to the tenacity of photographers and to the commitment of ICP and Photo London to facilitate a dialogue about image making, past, present, and future.

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Shebeen @ Theatre Royal Stratford
20 Jun – 7 Jul Tickets

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You are invited to the party some never knew existed.

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It’s a hot and humid summer in 1958 St Anns, Nottingham. Tempers are flaring and Teddy Boys are on the march.

Jamaican couple Pearl and George are helping Caribbean migrants to cut loose by hosting a forbidden party at their Shebeen.

Pearl has dreams of opening a restaurant on the Wells Road. George, a retired boxer, has hung his dreams next to his gloves. A young interracial couple are falling in love and figuring out how to be together.

As tensions mount on a night filled with rum, calypso and dancing, and with the Shebeen under threat from the police, everyone is forced to confront the uncomfortable truths their relationships are built upon.

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Age 14+ (plot includes strong language and violence)
Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN
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Why Is The Sky Blue @ Southwark Theatre
Until 19 May Tickets

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Why is the Sky Blue is a groundbreaking new show about love and pornography in the words of children.

“You know like in A Midsummer Night’s Dream where they go to the forest and they explore all these different things – like the donkey and the different creations – porn is like that isn’t it?” – 14 year old girl, Manchester, February 2018

Tackroom Theatre have interviewed over 10,000 children in order to devise this piece where they’ll utilise verbatim songs, live music, and improvisation

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The Fall @ Southwark Playhouse
Until 19 May Tickets

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Two teenagers sneak into an old man’s home for a secret meeting. A young couple try to build their future whilst looking after an ailing parent. A care home offers its residents the opportunity to unburden their children. James Fritz’s The Fall asks how much can a younger generation, dispossessed and disenfranchised, truly empathise with the old – especially when their future is at stake?

The Fall takes a funny, moving and candid look at young people’s relationship to older people, confronting the frightening prospect of ageing in a country undergoing a crises of housing and care.

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Yvette – Touring Venues Below
Until 23 May 2018

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Based a true story, Yvette is a one-woman show with original music about a stolen childhood and growing up with a secret.

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Evie is thirteen and lives in Neasden with her Mum. She wants to tell us about something… her crush on Lewis, trying to be a woman, friends, virginity, garage remixes, hello kitty underwear… an ‘Uncle’ lurking in the corner of her story.

She wants to make us laugh, she’s pretty good at it. She wants to tell us something, but she daren’t let it out.

London Tour Dates
08-09 May Camden People’s Theatre
14-16 May Battersea Arts Centre
17-19 May The Albany
21-23 May Bush Theatre



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The Writer Almeida Theatre
Until 26 May tickets

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A young writer challenges the status quo but discovers that creative gain comes at a personal cost. Ella Hickson returns to the Almeida following Oil in 2016 with this searing exploration of power and patriarchy directed by Blanche McIntyre, featuring Romola Garai.

It’s a play about putting gender at the forefront in a world that is historically and systematically against you. Sex and

★★★★ AN INGENIOUS SERIES OF AMBUSHES… UNFLAGGINGLY INVENTIVE
DAILY TELEGRAPH

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Grotty Bunker Theatre
Until 26 May tickets

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Welcome to the desert. The London lesbian scene. A couple of little sad old basements that drip with sweat and piss. We sit, listening to second-hand pulsating noise coming from some gay boy night upstairs. And it’s a Wednesday. And it’s a night called the ‘Clam Jam’. Can you imagine being straight and going to a night called the ‘Cock and Hole’?

The women in black. The best tables are marked theirs by a crowd of empty prosecco bottles. They sit there in their uniformed black, a deep rich black only lots of money can buy… and they are looking at you.

They are not nice girls. But this is not a nice story.

Grotty is a dark, savage, and unflinching exploration of lesbian subculture in London.

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Grotty is a dark, savage, and unflinching exploration of lesbian subculture in London. Written by award-winning writer Izzy Tennyson (Brute, Runts, Career Boy) and directed by Hannah Hauer-King (Dry Land, Brute, Fury), Damsel Productions presents this fierce new lesbian drama that takes no prisoners.
Building the Wall examines what happens when an ordinary person becomes a cog in a regime and how the inconceivable becomes the inevitable.



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Nine Night @ National Theatre
Until 26 May Tickets

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Family, food, music and mourning.

Nine Night is a touching and very funny exploration of the rituals of family.

Gloria is gravely sick. When her time comes, the celebration begins; the traditional Jamaican Nine Night Wake. But for Gloria’s children and grandchildren, marking her death with a party that lasts over a week is a test. Nine nights of music, food, sharing stories – and an endless parade of mourners.

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1 hour 45 mins no interval

Gordon started her career as an actor, who’s appeared in the NT’s ‘Red Velvet’ and ‘The Low Road’ at the Royal Court. ‘Nine Night’ is her debut, directed by JMK Award winner Roy Alexander Weise.


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Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins @ Barbican
Until 27 May Tickets

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Touching on themes of gender and sexuality, drugs and addiction, youth culture and minorities of all kinds, the show features the work of 20 photographers from the 1950s to the present day.

Capturing the lives of people living on the fringes of society all over the world, this diverse exhibition features the work of 20 photographers working from the 1950’s to today. A cast of outsiders is documented in both gritty street photography and elegant formal portraiture, with the identities of junkies, circus performers, gangs, and cross-dressers being negotiated through the lens.

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Another Kind of Life follows the lives of individuals and communities operating on the fringes of society from America to India, Chile to Nigeria. The exhibition reflects a more diverse, complex view of the world, as captured and recorded by photographers. Driven by personal and political motivations, many of the photographers sought to provide an authentic representation of the disenfranchised communities with whom they spent months, years or even decades with, often conspiring with them to construct their own identity through the camera lens.

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Silk St
London
EC2Y 8DS



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Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11 @ IWM
Until 28 May 2018 Tickets

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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.

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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.

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Admission 10.00 – 18.00
IWM London
Lambeth Road
London SE1 6HZ
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7416 5000



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Building The Wall Park Theatre
Until 2 June tickets

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Don’t miss this gripping political thriller.
2019, America. Rick is incarcerated awaiting sentencing for the crime of the century. He grants just one interview – to Gloria, an African American historian. In a world of ‘fake news’ surrounding one of the world’s most powerful and controversial political figures, Gloria is Rick’s only chance to tell his version of the truth.

Building the Wall examines what happens when an ordinary person becomes a cog in a regime and how the inconceivable becomes the inevitable.

The UK premiere of this cutting and timely new drama is as hot as the US political debate that fills our news feeds. Don’t miss this gripping political thriller from Robert Schenkkan, a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright and Academy Award nominee (Hacksaw Ridge).

Angela Griffin (Lewis, Brief Encounters, Ordinary Lies) plays Gloria, Trevor White (The Durrells, Dark Knight Rises, Jason Bourne films) plays Rick.

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Sex With Robots and Other Devices @ Kings Head
Until 02 June Tickets

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Eight tantalising tales of future worlds where robots are replacing humans at home, at work and in bed by award-winning playwright Nessah Muthy

Journey to a world where your partner can arrive in an Amazon package or your child can be chosen from the top shelf. It could be the answer to all our problems, but what might we lose along the way?

By turns intriguing, amusing and terrifying, Sex with Robots and Other Devices offers a fascinating vision of where humanity could be heading next.

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The piece has been inspired by a wealth of research including the work of Isaac Asimov, Abyss Creations and their development of ‘real dolls’, and the Science Museum’s robotics exhibition 2017. It takes a bold look at the development of robotics, and the ethics behind their use in day to day life.

Sex With Robots and Other Devices is presented in a co-production between King’s Head Theatre and Cloakroom Theatre. Cloakroom are an all-female collective, and are working with an all-female creative team to create the show. It is a direct response to the under-representation of female voices in theatre.



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Not Talking @ Arcola
Until – 02 June Tickets

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“If I don’t want to tell anyone, it’s up to me, right?”

A relationship where it has become impossible to talk. A system that protects abuse of power. How do you speak out?
Not Talking is the never-before-seen first play by Olivier award-winning writer Mike Bartlett (Doctor Foster, King Charles III, Albion).

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24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
020 7503 1646



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3 women @ Trafalgar Studios 2
Until 9 June Tickets

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Raise a glass to female family bonding and buried resentment!

3 Women is a brand-new comedy drama by Katy Brand.

From generation to generation, from Mother to Daughter, this female-led play explores what it means to be a woman in the 21st century and the consequences of the generational gap on our attitudes, cultural expectations and family dynamic.

From wedding celebrations to relationship disillusionment, 3 Women is razor-sharp funny and caustically irresistible.

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Schism @ Park Theatre
Until 09 Jun Tickets

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Failed architect Harrison had plans to end his life. The last thing he needed was Katherine, a young student, breaking into his house begging for his help…

As their chaotic first encounter turns into the beginning of a twenty year relationship, the unlikely couple grow to realise that they are capable of either building something great together – or absolutely destroying each other.

‘As authentic as they come.’
Time Out

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Following the journey of Harrison and Katherine, Schism is a stunning new play about two people finding each other, and questions at what point does a dream become unrealistic and out of date.



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Half Breed UK Tour 2018
Until 09 June 2018 Tickets

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Jazmin feels different. She doesn’t want to stay in the village. She doesn’t want to have a baby. She doesn’t want to laugh at racist jokes in the local pub. She’s got to get out.

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HALF-BREED is a one-woman partly autobiographical dark comedy about faith in yourself: finding your voice, fighting for what you want and being fearless in who you are.

Written and performed by Natasha Marshall, HALF-BREED was shortlisted for the Tony Craze Soho Young Writers’ Award, the Alfred Fagon Award (2016), and nominated for Best new play in the 2017 UK Theatre Awards. Natasha Marshall was also nominated as ‘Most Promising New Playwright’ for HALF BREED in the #Offies2018.

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Quiz @ Noël Coward Theatre
Until 16 June Tickets

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The coughing Major Millionaire Scandal

April 2003. Army Major Charles Ingram, his wife and coughing accomplice are convicted for cheating on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

The evidence is damning. The nation is gripped by the sheer audacity of the plot to snatch the £1,000,000 jackpot.

But was he really guilty? It’s time for you to decide.
Question everything you think you know in James Graham’s provocative new play.

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Fatberg! @ Museum of London
Until 1 July Free

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The highly anticipated display of the last remaining parts of the Whitechapel fatberg – a sewer blockage which became an international media sensation when it was discovered in September 2017. Weighing 130 tonnes and over 250 metres long, it is one of the largest fatbergs ever found.

Find out more about the challenges of curating and conserving this disgusting, fascinating and dangerous mass, and see the fatberg samples close-up – if you dare!

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150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN
020 7001 9844



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Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-2018 @ Design Museum
Until 12 Aug Tickets

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Public engagement with politics has changed dramatically since 2008. Discover how graphic design and technology have played a pivotal role in dictating and reacting to the major political moments of our times.

#hopetonope

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Graphic design in the form of internet memes, posters and protest placards is being used by the marginalised and powerful alike to shape political messages like never before.
From the global financial crash and the Arab Spring, to ISIS, Brexit and Trump, this exhibition explores the numerous ways graphic messages have challenged, altered and influenced key political moments.
Journey through Occupy Wall Street, Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution and the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Have your fortune told by the All-Seeing Trump. Explore over 160 objects and installations, and uncover the real-time social media conversation around political leaders, through dynamic displays created in partnership with leading social listening platform, Pulsar.

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Killed Negatives @ Whitechapel Gallery
Until  21 Aug Free

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Thousands of negatives by American photographers were systematically destroyed in the 1930s; these irreparable images were known as ‘killed negatives’.

Roy E. Stryker, head of the Information Division of the Farm Security Administration (FSA), launched a historic photographic initiative between 1935 and 1944. In order to expose American rural poverty, the FSA commissioned photographers, including Walker Evans (1903–1975) and Dorothea Lange (1895–1965), to record the struggles of rural life following the Great Depression. Omitted from the story of this landmark documentary project is the ruthless method of editing Stryker deployed for the final selection. The negative of each rejected image was punctured with a hole puncher; if a print was made the image would feature a black disc, floating surreally over faces and landscapes.

This display presents prints made from some of the rejected negatives as well as photographers’ personal and administrative records. Also included are contemporary artists’ responses to these haunting images. The photographs transform an act of censorship into abstract, conceptual and strangely beautiful pictures.

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FSA photographers include Paul Carter, Jack Delano, Walker Evans, Theodor Jung, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, Edwin Locke, Carl Mydans, Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn, John Vachon, Marion Post Wolcott, alongside contemporary works by Etienne Chambaud, Bill McDowell and Lisa Oppenheim.
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Fighting for Empire: From Slavery to Military Service in the West India Regiments @ Museum of London Docks
Until 09 Sept Free Entry

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This display explores the changing image of the West India Regiments, starting from the life a single man, Samuel Hodge, the first black soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross for valour. It focuses on the history of Britain’s West India Regiments from their creation at the end of the 18th century up to the First World War. Read more about the extraordinary story of Samuel Hodge.

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“The key message from this display is that people of African and Caribbean descent played a significant part in our military history long before the First World War. This was not well acknowledged at the time, or well known since, which is why it is important to highlight this history in this display.”
Professor David Lambert, Professor of History at the University of Warwick

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Museum of London Docklands, No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL


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Teeth @ Wellcome Collection
Until 16 Sept Free

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From folk remedies and tooth fairies to barber-surgeons and professional dentists, Teeth tells the tale of our pursuit of a pain-free mouth and the perfect smile. Explore over 150 objects including ancient protective amulets and dental bling, dentures and drills, sketches and spittoons, tooth transplants and toothpaste ads. Inspired by The Smile Stealers

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Discussion – Left to Rot
Wednesday 23 May 2018
18:00–19:00
Free Entry Ticketed

In the 1940s, patients at the Vipeholm Institution in Sweden were force-fed toffee in order to investigate whether sugar caused tooth decay. A panel will discuss the ethical problems with such experiments and more broadly look at dental research in Britain during the early 20th century.



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