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Little Did I Know @ Bread and Roses Theatre
06 – 10 Feb Tickets from £10/£8
Told from Yarl’s Wood Detention and Removal Centre (for Women Asylum Seekers) in England, Aaneseh recounts her horrendous and sometimes amusing journey as a teen refugee, pretending to be a boy, and all those she meets along her journey from Syria to England.
Her wise old grandmother’s Syrian folktales and insights have set Aaneseh on this challenging road to possible freedom, independence from male ownership, eventual safety- although the road she travels is anything but safe – and, ultimately, to a proud womanhood.
Admission showtime 19.30
Duration 1hr 30
The Bread & Roses Theatre
68 Clapham Manor Street,
Clapham SW4 6DZ, London
020 8050 3025
London Short Film Fest @ Various
12th – 21st Jan tickets from £8
LSFF is an annual event that presents the best in UK short film-making talent. For a couple of weeks in January it take over London’s best independent cinemas and venues to showcase some amazing short films. Oh, and LSFF throw in a bunch of live music and parties too.
DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST
14 Jan 2018 Sun, 18:30 Moth Club
Julie Dash’s critically acclaimed portrait of the Black women of Gullah, Daughters of the Dust.
15 Jan 2018 Mon, 20:40 BFI Southbank
Political and thought-provoking short films taking us on a provocative global journey exploring alienation and displacement
MUSLIM PUNK AND THE NEW SUBCULTURE
16 Jan 2018 Tue, 19:00 Moth Club
What happened to Taqwacore, and how is class, race, and gender tied in with Muslim resistance to Trump and Brexit?
NGOZI ONWURAH: Short Films
17 Jan 2018 Wed, 20:30 ICA
We celebrate pioneer of black British cinema Ngozi Onwurah’s body of work, hosting Onwurah herself on a panel discussing her legacy.
The full programme guide is at shortfilms.org.uk download brochure and you can catch them on FB.
Admission Showtime Various check venue
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Collective Rage: A Tale of Five Betties @ Southwark Playhouse
13 – 18 Jan Tickets from £12.00
In Collective Rage, the lives of five very different New York women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex and “theat-ah.” As they meet, fall in love, rehearse, revel and rage, they realise that they’ve been stuck reading the same scripts for far too long.
Hitting the ring with an electrifying soundtrack, looks to kill and spectacular routines, this outrageous comedy packs the punch to shatter lacquered femininity into a thousand glittering pieces. Strongly influenced by cabaret and female drag, this exquisite rejection of shame and stereotype will punch you in the gut, break your heart and then take you dancing.
Admission showtime 19.30 15.00
Duration 95 mins
77-85 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BD
020 7407 0234
Friday Lunch: De’Borah@ Royal Festival Hall
19 Jan Free
Sit back and enjoy the soothing acoustic tunes of De’Borah – a captivating, thought-provoking and emotive singer-songwriter from London.
Balancing softly sung lyrics with powerful songwriting, De’Borah’s songs are potent and unforgettable.
De’Borah has been described as a “delicate and perfect writer” by Chris Difford (Squeeze), and as having “a wonderful purity to her voice and songs” by BBC Radio London’s Gary Crowley.
Admission | showtime 13.00
Duration 60 min
Royal Festival Hall
Central Bar Foyer, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall
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There and Here @Park Theatre
23 Jan – 17 Feb Tickets from £14.50
There or Here is a dramatic comedy about relationships, race, belonging and… outsourcing.
“…a thought-provoking play that touches on reproductive yearnings, sexual desire, cultural imperialism and more… never less than engaging.” The New York Times
Jennifer Maisel’s poignant comedy follows the journey of Robyn and Ajay; when illness prevents them from having a child of their own, they return to India – the country of Ajay’s birth – to outsource their pregnancy. As they come together to face this next step in their lives, their increasing inability to be each other’s comfort drives them to seek solace from strangers on the other end of their phone lines in the unlikeliest of places – call centres, drive thrus and even sex lines…
Admission | Showtime 19.45 13.00 15.15
Duration 1hr 40mins
London N4 3JP
020 7870 6876
Asian Dub Foundation ‘La Haine ‘ Live Soundtrack@ Rich Mix 18 Jan Tickets from £17.50
Asian Dub Foundation celebrates cult film La Haine with an exclusive live soundtrack
This incredible live show brings on stage a live sonorization of the original soundtrack to critically acclaimed La Haine (dir. Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995) played live by the band while the movie airs in the background, for a unique and powerful journey between music and frames.
Admission Showtime 20.00
35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.
Dry Powder Hampstead Theatre
26 Jan – 3 March Tickets from £10
New York City – open for business 24/7.
The game is on in Sarah Burgess’ breathtakingly witty and virtuosic comedy exploring the vision, the vulnerability, and the vilification of those shaping – and skewing – the economy.
In the same week his private equity firm forced massive layoffs at a supermarket chain, Rick threw himself a lavish engagement party – which even featured an elephant – setting off a publicity nightmare. However all’s not lost when you’re the titan of high finance – there’s still an abundance of cash in reserve and Seth, one of Rick’s partners, spots an opportunity to salvage the company’s reputation with an investment that’s both sound and PR-friendly. But Jenny, the third partner, and Seth’s nemesis, has other ideas: she’s not in business to make friends. If there’s money to be made, she’ll do whatever it takes to generate the maximum return, irrespective of what the critics might say…
Admission 11.15 – 21.00
ETON AVENUE, SWISS COTTAGE,
LONDON, NW3 3EU
Afrotech Festival @ Rich Mix
26/27 Jan Tickets £10.00
A two-day tech festival by and for black people of African and Caribbean heritage.
Full Participant List here
Afrotech Fest will explore where technology meets the arts, history, news, activism and representation. With talks, workshops, a hackathon, digital installations, tech fuelled parties, as well as a tech fair and making stations for young people, there’s something for everyone, regardless of their technical ability.
Throughout the two days – Friday and Saturday, the festival will host some of the tech world’s brightest and boldest speakers, facilitators and artists who will share their unique perspective on the tech world and what they’re doing with technologies they use. Facilitated workshops will provide the opportunity to explore an area of interest or learn something new, be it a new technology or the unique work black people are doing with tech.
Admission 26 Jan 13.00 27 Jan 10.00
35-47 Bethnal Green Road,
London E1 6LA.
Catherine and Anita @ King’s Head Theatre
07 – 24 Feb Tickets from £18/£15
All hell breaks loose when a tortured young misfit named Catherine strikes up a friendship with the mysterious Anita. As their unlikely relationship develops, their world escalates into a violent cycle of destruction and revenge.
CATHERINE AND ANITA transfers to the Kings Head Theatre after a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival 2017.
“Catherine and Anita is a neat psychological thriller with a streak of twisted, pitch-black humour… Sarah Roy gives a riveting performance” – The Stage
Told over the course of decades, CATHERINE AND ANITA is a dark comedy about heartbreak, illness and ultimately how those in need so often slip through life’s cracks.
Show Times | Admission
King’s Head Theatre
115 Upper St, N1 1QN
0207 226 8561
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Saul Williams @ The Roundhouse
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30 June Tickets from £17.50
American rapper and poet Saul Williams headlines The Last Word Festival with a night of spoken word, with work drawn from album MartyrLoserKing.
Written and recorded between Senegal, Reunion Island, Paris, Haiti, and New Orleans and New York, Martyr Loser King is a multimedia project that engages the digital dialogue between the 1st and 3rd worlds, with influences from Beyoncé, Fredo Santana and Haitian field recordings.
Williams has gained global fame for his poetry and writings at the turn of the century, having performed in over 30 countries and at places including the White House, the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, The Louvre, The Getty Center and Queen Elizabeth Hall. He has also gone on to record with Nine Inch Nails and Allen Ginsburg, as well as countless film and television appearances.
Chalk Farm Road,
London, NW1 8EH
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Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 @ Gate Theatre
Until 10 Feb Tickets from £15.00
This is a city at war with its own children.
When the policemen accused of assaulting young, black taxi driver Rodney King were acquitted, deadly riots broke out across LA, laying bare the recurring pattern of racial oppression and police brutality in America.
For this ground-breaking piece of verbatim theatre, Anna Deavere Smith interviewed hundreds of people from police commissioners to Rodney King’s family about those devastating few days in the summer of 1992.
These are their words.
11 Pembridge Road
Notting Hill Gate
London W11 3HQ
020 7229 0706
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The Brothers Size @ The Young Vic
19 Jan – 14 Feb Tickets from £10
After a spell in prison, two African-American brothers reunite through Yoruba mythology and live music.
Bijan Sheibani directs this long-awaited revival of a deeply moving fable about the bonds between men.
Admission 19.30 14.00
Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LZ
020 7922 2922
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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.
Show Times 19.45 14.30
London, WC2N 5DE
Michael Armitage: ‘The Chapel’ @ South London Gallery
Until 23 February 2018 Free
A solo exhibition by London-based, Kenyan-born artist, Michael Armitage. Armitage show’s East Africa as somewhere very familiar. That is a welcome change from the ‘exotic’ ‘dark’ continent or ‘other’ images Western art has conjured up.
His large-scale paintings explore the ambiguous boundaries between religion, folklore and social consensus, particularly in relation to issues of mental health in East Africa. Referencing historical and contemporary news stories, internet gossip, and the artist’s own experiences of Kenya, the paintings blend dream-like figuration with compositional references to masters of Western art history.
Painted on Ugandan lubugo bark cloth, the texture and ruptures within this distinctive material are integrated into Armitage’s surreal imagery, the surface beauty of which often belies the disturbing subject matter upon which it is based.
Admission 11.00 – 18.00
65 Peckham Rd
London Visions @ Museum of London
Until 15 April Free Drop In
Fantastical realities seen through the eyes of artists, architects and designers.
Using video, installations and architectural narratives, this exhibition fantastical visions from the past of a future London. Contemporary artists, architects and designers have been enlisted to explore ideas about tomorrow’s possible worlds, taking the challenges we face today into account.
The future has never felt closer than it does today. Just a few decades ago we thought that at the start of a new millennium we would holiday on Mars and commute by spaceships. This new exhibition uses video installations, architectural narratives and video games to explore fantastical visions of the future as seen through the eyes of contemporary artists, architects and designers who unfold their own virtual depictions about tomorrow’s possible worlds based on the challenges we face today.
Show Times Daily 10.00 – 18.00
150 London Wall
London EC2Y 5HN
020 7001 9844
Venom: Kill or Cure @ NHM
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Until 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.
Please note this exhibition contains images that some may find distressing.
Get up close to a live venomous creature
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
The Tina Turner Musical @ Aldwych Theatre
21 March 2018 – 16 June Tickets From £34.50
From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules, she rewrote them. This new stage musical in London reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race.
Show Times 19.30 14.30
Duration 75 mins
London WC2B 4DF
Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11 @ IWM
Until 28 May 2018 Tickets from £15/£7.50
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.
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.
Admission 10.00 – 18.00
London SE1 6HZ
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7416 5000
Shebeen @ Theatre Royal Stratford
20 Jun – 7 Jul Tickets from £10
You are invited to the party some never knew existed.
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.
Show Times | Admission 17.00
Age 14+ (plot includes strong language and violence)
469 Brixton Rd, Brixton, London SW2 1JQ
0871 902 5739
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