This week’s round-up of events from Oracle
The Hard Stop – Film
Tricycle Theatre | 22 – 28 July 2016
Mark Duggan was just aged 29 when he was shot and killed by the police five years ago. The procedure was known as the Hard Stop.
For 28 months, director George Amponsah (The Fighting Spirit) filmed around Broadwater Farm in Tottenham, where Duggan grew up, capturing his family’s distress and focusing on two of his best friends, Marcus Knox and Kurtis Henville. We follow the men closely as they attempt to get on with their lives, look for a job, talk about the discrimination they experience on a daily basis and the impact Duggan’s death has had on the community. Duggan is present throughout, in peoples’ testimonies and news broadcasts. What emerges is a profoundly humane, thought-provoking and topical testament, which gives a voice to people who are rarely heard.
Running time 85 minutes
Tickets from £10
The Tricycle Theatre
269 Kilburn High Road
London NW6 7JR
020 7328 1000
AfroUnites – A Sports and Entertainment Weekend
The Copper Box Arena | 23 – 24 July 2016
Afro Unites is a unique weekend celebrating Afro Culture through entertainment, music, and sports.
PERFORMING: Akala, Kyla, Donaeo, Crazy Cousinz, Fuse ODG, Stylo G, Ghetts, MOELOGO, Wiley, Chip and Maverick Sabre
Saturday 23 July there is women’s and men’s football
Sunday 24 July there is women’s and men’s basketball
Tickets from £10
Copper Box Arena
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
London E20 3HB
Now We Are Here
Young Vic | 20 – 30 July 2016
A true story of four refugees: Michael, Mir, Desmond, and Tammy. They have come to Britain to escape wars and persecution. Their tales are woven together into a heartbreaking story of the pursuit of freedom: Freezing temperatures, an alien culture and a fight for a new life
Created by refugees in collaboration with Deanna Rodger, Ian Rickson, and Imogen Brodie
Performances Monday – Saturday: 19:00
(Except Friday 29 July)
66 The Cut
Waterloo SE1 8LZ
020 7922 2922
Pigs and Dogs
Royal Court Theatre | 20 Jul – 30 Jul 2016
A very short, very political play by Caryl Churchill.
“You western-backed goats. They forced us into slavery and killed millions. Now they want us to accept the sinfulness of homos.
It shall not work.”
In 2014 Uganda passed an Anti-Homosexuality Act. This short startling play looks at what lies behind it.
How does a white woman manage this political minefield?
Running time 10 minutes
Royal Court Theatre
50 -51 Sloane Square
London SW1W 8AS
020 7565 5000
The Shaw Theatre | 21 – 25 July 2016
Wakaa is a two-hour Nigerian musical.
It is a satire of Nigeria’s politics and society. It follows the lives of graduates from a cross section of backgrounds. It centres around a wager made between them and the consequences that follow.
It is a story of their trials and tribulations. It’s laughter and tears.
Running time 120 minutes
Recommended age 12+.
Tickets from £22.00
The Shaw Theatre
100-110 Euston Rd
London NW1 2AJ
0844 248 5075
Sadler’s Wells | 26 July – 21 August 2016
The show is set in the crazy chaos of Havana airport, where families are parted, lovers reunited, and time flies when you’re having fun. In this place of new beginnings and old romances, where reality calls and dreams take flight, we experience the joys and vibrancy of Cuban life with all the passion and humour that embodies the Cuban spirit.
Vamos Cuba! This play is an exuberant mix of traditional and modern dance styles including salsa, rumba, cha-cha-cha, and reggaeton. There is a live band led by Julito Padron, a DJ and a cast of the hottest dancers Cuba has to offer.
Saturday Matinees: 12, 19, 26 November
Tickets from £12
Sadler’s Wells Theatre
London, EC1R 4TN
020 7863 8000
Trafalgar Studios | 26th Jul to Sat 27th Aug 2016
‘No, Alice, I don’t want to become a man, I just want to stop trying to be a woman.’
A bittersweet comedy about gender, sexuality and being a long way from home.
It’s New Year in Rotterdam, and Alice has finally plucked up the courage to email her parents and tell them she’s gay. But before she can hit send, her girlfriend reveals that he has always identified as a man and now wants to start living like one.
Now Alice must face a question she never thought she’d ask, does this mean she’s straight?
Tickets from £32
0844 871 7632
Bitches by Bola Agbaje
Finborough Theatre | 06 -20 August 2016
Bitches is a two-hander about running a YouTube channel. It follows teenage friends Funke and Cleo as they set up ‘Sons of Bitches’ with the hopes of getting rich quick but everything starts to fall apart when a meme of Funke’s mum goes viral.
Thursdays & Saturdays
Tickets from £10 0844 847 1652
18 Finborough Rd
London SW10 9ED
0844 847 1652
Royal Festival Hall | 31 Aug – 03 Sept 2016
The life of Nelson Mandela is brought to the stage in an epic operatic tribute. It follows Mandela from tribal initiation rites on the banks of the Mbashe River and heady and rebellious jazz-fuelled days in Sophiatown, to incarceration and reflection on Robben Island and finally freedom and liberation.
Peter Louis van Dijk: Mandela Trilogy, Act 1
Mike Campbell: Mandela Trilogy, Act 2
Peter Louis van Dijk: Mandela Trilogy, Act 3
Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
Tim Murray conductor, 31 Aug, 1 & 3 Sep
Alex Fokken’s conductor, 2 Sep
Cape Town Opera Chorus
Michael Williams director, librettist
Tickets from £15
Royal Festival Hall
London SE1 8XX
020 7960 4200
Ambassadors Theatre | 26 Sept -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 on a tightrope towards manhood. Events quickly spiral out of his control and the world will never be the same again.
This play contains strong language.
Running time 90 minutes
Tickets from £17.50
020 7395 5405