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Oracle’s guide to what’s on featuring Gal Dem, Girls and One Night In Miami (review)

Gal Dem
V&A | 28 Oct 2016

This October the V&A is teaming up with online magazine and collective gal-dem. Made up of over 50 women of colour, Gal-Dem offers their take on the world. With an all-female lineup, you are invited to twerk to empowerment, share a soul food recipe and hear London’s best MCs.

DJ A.G mix and blend  18.30 – 21.45
Female MC Corner 20.30 – 21.45
Featuring MCs. A.G and DJ Darkstepper go b2b, with Souljah, Flohio and Melz on the mic.

Speak Up
Chaired by Zahra Swanzy, founder of newspaper zine ROADFEMME, join us as we unpick what it means to be a woman of colour across three industries; arts, music and politics. Speakers include Ayishat Akanbi, Eloise King, Emerald Rose Lewis, Klein, Danai Mavunga, Meltem Avicil, Nadia Vogel, Chante Joseph and Eleanor Lisney.

Arts 19.00 – 19.30
Music 20.00 – 20.30
Politics 21.00 – 21.30

Black History Tours 18.30, 18.45, 19.00, 19.30, 20.00, 20.15
Discover objects relating to black women history in these guided tours through the Europe 1600-1815 Galleries. From slavery and plantation life to colonialism and biblical representations.

Soulfood Kitchen 

Hosted by Jasmine Brienburg, Soulfood Kitchen is an online cooking show. Filmed from her family kitchen in Deptford, recipes are inspired by West African, Caribbean and South East Asian ingredients found at the local market. Tonight learn how to cook spinach and plantain stew, with special guest and acclaimed musician, Klein.
18.45 – 19.45

And much more here.

This is the first of two events in collaboration with gal-dem, as part of preparations for V&A East, our new museum planned for East London opening in 2021. Part two will be held close to the site of the new Museum in February 2017 – watch this space for further details!

Doors 18.30-22.00
Entry Free and drop in
Last Friday in every month (except December & September)

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL

The Nest
Young Vic | 28 – 31 Oct 2016

Parents-to-be Kurt and Martha just want the best for their baby. They’re not afraid of hard work – the latest buggy doesn’t come cheap. But when Kurt’s boss offers him a chance to make some easy money with a mysterious side job, his rashness catches up with him.

Performances 19:45 & 14.45pm

Tickets from £10

Young Vic
66 The Cut
Waterloo SE1 8LZ
020 7922 2922

Soho Theatre | To 29 Oct 2016

Regular girls. Explosive World

Three girls. Best friends forever. All the big issues: love, sex and religion.  Then they’re kidnapped from home!  Their world is turned upside down. Hope and despair blur, jokes and fights become one, and the only hashtag that matters now is survival.

A funny and fiercely passionate new play about enduring friendship, the power of imagination and the stories behind the headlines that quickly become yesterday’s news.

Performances 19:00 | Matinee 14:30 Thu & Sat
Tickets £10:00

Soho Theatre Company
21 Dean Street
Box Office 020 7478 0100

The Mountaintop
Young Vic | To 29 Oct 2016

Set during the height of America’s Civil Rights Movement, Katori Hall’s sharp and powerful play confronts the legend and his legacy. Are we free or do we live in a world of false liberation?

An intimate look into the quieter moments of King’s life, The Mountaintop chips away at the myth of the great man to expose his fears about his family, his country and the ever-looming threat of a violent death.

Performances 19:45 & 14.45pm
Tickets from £15

Young Vic
66 The Cut
Waterloo SE1 8LZ
020 7922 2922

Dane Baptiste: Reasonable Doubts
Soho Theatre | Tue 1 – Sat 5 & Tue 8 Nov 2016

Dane Baptiste is already being hailed as one of the most exciting comic talents to break in years.  He is original, provocative and exceptionally prolific,

The London-born stand up made comedy history in 2014 as the first black British act to be nominated for a Fosters Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Now he’s back with his first nationwide tour of his second smash hit show Reasonable Doubts.

Performance 21:30

Tickets Tues 1 £10, Wed 2 & Thu 3- £12.50 (£10) Sat 5 £15 (£12.50)

Soho Theatre
21 Dean Street
Box Office 020 7478 0100

The Royale – A Bush Theatre Production
The Tabernacle | 03 – 26 November 2016

“It’s about bein’ Champion, period.”

Jay “The Sport” Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But it’s 1905 and, in the racially segregated world of boxing, his chances are as good as knocked out. Told in six rounds and set in a boxing ring, The Royale is inspired by the often overlooked story of Jack Johnson, a boxer who–at the height of the Jim Crow era–became the most famous and the most notorious black man on Earth.

Performance 19:00
Saturday Matinees: 12, 19, 26 November
Tickets from £15

The Tabernacle
35 Powis Square
off Portobello Road
London W11 2AY
Tel: 0207 221 9700

Shakespeare’s Hamlet
Stratford Circus Arts Centre | 02 – 05 Nov  2016

For the first time in Britain, an all-black cast.

Denmark, a Black empire of modern England, where an intelligent student discovers the world he once knew has crumbled. Implored to defend what is left of his father’s legacy, Hamlet now faces the greatest moral challenge – to kill or not to kill.

Doors: 18:00 – 00:00

Age Guidance:11+
Duration:2hrs 30 mins

Tickets from £13

Stratford Circus Arts Centre
Theatre Square
London E15 1BX
020 8279 1001

The Hotel Cerise
Theatre Royal Stratford East | To 12 Nov 2016

By Bonnie Greer Inspired by Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard.

While, America’s first black president his set to end his eight years in office, Anita Mountjoy risks losing her family’s beloved hotel and cherry orchard.

Bonnie Greer’s new play is T he Hotel Cerise.  It is was a famous retreat for middle-class black people during the time of segregation. It’s a landmark and symbol: a place where Black America once felt welcome and safe.

Are the family keepers of its proud history or simply trapped by its ghosts?

Stars include Ellen Thomas and Angela Wynter

Performances: 19:30
Previews: £12/£15 (20 – 24 Oct)
Sat eves £12 – £25
All other shows £12 – £22
Tickets from £12:00

Theatre Royal Stratford East
Gerry Raffles Square
London E15 1BN
Box Office 020 8534 0310

A Man Of Good Hope
Young Vic | To 12 Nov 2016

Asad is a young Somali refugee with a painful past, miraculously good luck and a brilliant head for business. After years in a refugee camp and then learning to hustle in the streets of Ethiopia, he sets off for the promised land of South Africa. But when he arrives, he discovers the violent reality of life in the townships – and his adventures begin.

Asad’s story is told through song and dance.
Music by the critically-acclaimed South African Isango Ensemble

Performances: 19:30 & 14:30

Tickets from £10

Young Vic
66 The Cut
Waterloo SE1 8LZ
020 7922 2922

The Red Barn
Lyttelton Theatre | To 19 Nov 2016

A psychological thriller set in a New England farmhouse.

On their way back from a party, two couples struggle home through the snow. Not everyone arrives safely…

Performances: 19:30 & 14:15

Tickets £26 – £60

National Theatre
Upper Ground
South Bank
020 7452 3000

Pigeon English
Ambassadors Theatre | To 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 a tightrope towards manhood. Events quickly spiral out of his control and the world will never be the same again.

Running time 90 minutes
Performances 19:30 & 14:30

Tickets from £17.50

Ambassadors Theatre
West Street
020 73955

Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds
British Museum | To 27 Nov 2016

Vanished beneath the waters of the Mediterranean, the lost cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus lay at the mouth of the Nile. Thonis-Heracleion was one of Egypt’s most important commercial centres for trade with the Mediterranean world and, with Canopus, was a major centre for the worship of the Egyptian gods. Their surprising discovery is transforming our understanding of the deep connections between the great ancient civilisations of Egypt and Greece.

Preserved and buried under the sea for over a thousand years, the beautiful objects in the exhibition range from great colossal statues to intricate gold jewellery. Sacred offerings and ritual objects reveal the cult of Osiris – the god of the underworld who held the promise of eternal life. They tell stories of political power and popular belief, myth, and migration, gods, and kings. Journey through centuries of encounters between two celebrated cultures, meeting iconic historical figures such as Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Hadrian and Antinous on the way.

Entry 10.00 – 17.30
Adults £16.50, under 16s free

Tickets £16.50

44 Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG

One Night In Miami…(Reviewed)
Donmar Theatre | To 03 Dec 2016

Before they were icons, they were friends.

25 February 1964: 22-year-old Cassius Clay (soon to become Muhammad Ali) has just won the world heavyweight boxing title. Instead of hitting the town, he chooses to celebrate in a Miami hotel room with three close friends – activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke, and American football star Jim Brown.

This fictional account of a real night imagines what might have happened in that tiny hotel room. As the Civil Rights movement stirs outside, and the melody of ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ hangs in the air, four men will emerge from that one night ready to define a new world.

Performances: 19:45 & 14;30
Running time 70 minutes – no interval
Tickets £10 – £40

Donmar Theatre
41 Earlham Str
0844 871 7624

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Royal Observatory | To 23 Dec 2016

Come and be inspired by 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)
Free Event

Blackheath Avenue
SE10 8XJ

TATE MODERN | To 08 January 2017

Wifredo Lam sought to portray and revive the enduring Afro-Cuban spirit and culture.

Wifredo Lam’s distinctive style shook the assumptions of Western Modernism. His unique paintings introduced the symbolism of his Cuban roots and defined a new way of painting for a post-colonial world. As he travelled in Europe and North and South America, he was a witness to twentieth-century political upheaval – including the Spanish Civil War, the evacuation of artists and intellectuals from France with the onset of World War II, and the new Cuba borne of the Revolution.

Throughout his long career, his work addressed themes of social injustice, nature, and spirituality, that challenged prevailing attitudes held by western artists about other cultures.

Tickets £14.50 FREE for Members

Tate Modern
020 7887 8888

The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures
Hampstead Theatre | To 10 Jan 2017

New York, 2007. Gus Marcantonio, a retired longshoreman, former trade union organiser, renaissance man, feels that the world has turned its back on everything he has fought for in life. With his sister, he summons his three grown children home, trailing the appendages of their chaotic lives, to their Brooklyn brownstone for the most unusual family reunion yet…
Performances 19:00 Matinee 14:00

Tickets from £10 – £35

Hampstead Theatre
Eton Avenue
Swiss Cottage
020 7722 9301

Malick Sidibé
Somerset House | To 15 January 2017

The eye of modern Malie.

Sidibé is celebrated for his black-and-white images chronicling the lives and culture of the Malian capital, Bamako, in the wake of the country’s independence in 1960.

At a time when the West was fretting about whether photography was even an art form, Malick Sidibé was taking pictures of young people in Bamako which contain all the issues in that debate: authenticity, imitation, control of the image. Not because he was a theorist, but because all of those issues were also central to the newly emerging country. We see teenagers doing the twist, showing off their record collections, rocking drainpipes, then flares, then pimp suits. Friends relax by a river: everyone is young and carefree. But there are questions in these images too.

Doors 10:00 – 18:00
Entry Free

Somerset House
Terrance Rooms
South Wing

Bedlam: The Asylum
Welcome Collection | To 15 Jan 2017

Asylums are a thing of the past in Britain, whether they helped the patients is debatable.

Named after the South London Royal Bethlem Hospital, Bedlam a new exhibition at the Wellcome looks at the tensions between biomedical and psychosocial therapy for mental illness, the imperative to protect patients, and how integration benefits patients and the public.

Doors: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 Sunday 11:00
Entry Free

Welcome Collection
83 Euston Road
020 7611 2222

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