Your Weekly Entertainment Guide
To what’s on, not to be missed and coming soon…
Pick of the week What’s On * of Kith and Kin
Of Kith & Kin @ Bush Theatre
18 Oct -25 Nov Tickets from £10
Daniel and Oliver are about to have their first baby. With their best friend, Priya, acting as surrogate, they’ve turned the study into a nursery and the bottles are sterilised. All that’s missing is the bundle of joy they’ve been pining for.
But when Daniel’s chaotic mother gatecrashes the baby shower with a few home truths, the cracks in Daniel and Oliver’s relationship begin to show. Are they as ready for this as they think they are? And more importantly, is Priya?
Everyone knows you can choose your friends. Chris Thompson’s gripping new comedy takes us to the heart of what happens when we choose our family too.
Admission 19.30 14.30
Duration 1hour 45 mins
7 Uxbridge Road
Poster Girls – A Century of Art and Design
@ London Transport Museum
Until 1 Nov Tickets from £15.00 Children Free
This powerful new exhibition shines a spotlight on 20th and 21st-century female graphic designers and reveals the contribution they have made to poster design over the last one hundred years. With over 150 posters and original artworks on display, this exhibition attempts to recognise some of these forgotten design heroines and reveal the hidden stories behind their work.
Starting in the early 1900s the exhibition will take a broadly chronological approach, moving through the decades to contemporary times, unearthing how each era influenced the artists’ stylistic approach and highlighting the role played by London Transport in commissioning female talent.
Poster Girls – a century of art and design will feature some of the leading female artists who have worked for London Transport and Transport for London including well-known designers, such as Mabel Lucie Attwell, Laura Knight, Enid Marx and Zandra Rhodes, alongside lesser known individuals who nonetheless changed the way Londoners viewed their city. The works on display show a dazzling spectrum of artistic styles and mediums; modernist, figurative, flat colour, boldly patterned, abstract, collage and oil.
39 Covent Garden Piazza
Mary and Me @ Omnibus
17-19 Oct Tickets £12/10
Inspired by a true story.
Ireland, 1986 and a fifteen-year-old girl dies giving birth at a grotto. An original and sometimes humorous imagining of a young woman’s search for understanding in a conversation with the statue of the Virgin Mary.
Nominated for a Bobby Award, Brighton Fringe 2017.
This event is part of Perception 2017
A festival about going against the tide (3 – 28 October 2017) at Omnibus Theatre
020 7498 4699
Soul of Nation Closing Party @ Tate Modern
20/21 Oct Tickets From £7
Soul of a Nation closing party, featuring Hip Hop Karaoke and Brooklyn Brewery.
One of London’s most legendary weekly events and Brooklyn Brewery, an award-winning US craft brewery are coming to Tate for a one-off special event, over two nights to celebrate the success of the Soul of a Nation exhibition.
Both nights feature an electric mix of soul-inspired music blended with your favourite hits of today, selected by DJ Rob Pursey for a fun-packed Hip-Hop based party.
There will be Brooklyn craft beer on tap and delicious soul food. Expect hush puppies and buttermilk fried chicken selected from Tate’s very own Soul of a Nation set menu.
20 October 2017 at 18.30–23.00
21 October 2017 at 18.30–23.00
London SE1 9TG
Julie Wheelwright uncovers the stories of women who served in the army and navy by dressing as men.
From the 18th century onwards, women such as Christian Davies, Hannah Snell, Mary Talbot and Sara Edmonds swapped their skirts for trousers to enlist in the army and navy.
Over the last few decades historians have uncovered the lives of these women who not only fought alongside their male comrades but whose exploits on the battlefields have been largely forgotten.
This talk will provide details about cases of female-to-male cross-dressers, exploring how and why women signed up, what they experienced at war, and what became of them once they returned home.
National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road
London SW3 4HT
020 7730 0717
Danny is a straight-talking 19 year old, son of an immigrant cleaner and an aspiring artist, whilst Michelle is a reserved, oft-neglected daughter of church leaders.
When they meet in a room that only exists to replay their darkest memories, they find common ground in one thing – their guilt. In this room, Danny and Michelle are involuntarily exposed and made to face their pasts.
As long as Danny and Michelle remain here, they will be confronted by their past mistakes. Will Danny and Michelle ever find the way out?
free post show Q&A with cast on both nights.
Admission 19.30 – 21.00
London SE8 4AG
020 8692 4446
Battling Lewisham @ The London Theatre
24-28 Oct Tickets from £12
Black History Month
A senior police officer responsible for co-ordinating the policing on the ground during the Battle of Lewisham in the 1970’s is forced to confront his own values and attitude to race.
Written by local writer Andy Rothery
Admission 19.30 – 21.00
The London Theatre
443 New Cross Road
0208 694 1888
Silent Screams @ Broadway Barking
24-29 Oct Tickets £12.00
Black History Month
A glimpse into a true unknown story.
Set in Nyasaland in 1917, Joseph (Larry Olubamiwo), a local Church Minister is furious at the oppression on the plantations and the forced conscription of local men to fight an European war. When his appeals to the Governor-General fails, Joseph plans a revolution. His life is in danger.
Using a blend of audience participation, African drumming, and physical theatre, the audience are taken on a journey based on a true story, less told. ‘Silent Screams’ commemorates the lives of African men who fought The Great War (The Forgotten Heroes), but also explores the tragic impact of war on the local community.
The Broadway, Broadway, Barking IG11 7LS
Tel: 020 8507 5610
Ghosts @ Colour House Theatre
24 – 26 Oct Tickets from £10/£6
Oswald, a young artist, returns to his home from Paris, carrying a hidden and deadly disease. His mother is opening an orphanage in memory of her late husband, a pillar of the community whose perversions were kept from public view. But the orphanage is uninsured and one of the builders is careless with matches…
Increasingly desperate, Oswald asks his mother to help him die when the time comes.
Ibsen’s play sparked moral outrage when it was first performed, and over 100 years later remains a visceral portrayal of the diseased side of the human condition.
Colour House Theatre
020 8542 5511
Bitched @ Tristan Bates Theatre
25 Oct – 11 Nov 2017 Tickets £14/10
Sleepless and sexless
Seductions and success
Can Ali and Rob survive it all?
BITCHED looks at the endemic sexist structures of society through Ali’s struggle to get back to work at an appropriate level following having a child.
A biting take on parenting, sex and power
Ali is a new mum, loving wife and successful hair stylist. Two years after her son’s birth, things aren’t going to plan. She is stuck in a shabby local salon trying to make ends meet. Husband Rob is so intent on making it as an artist, he barely notices.
Their luck seems to change when glamorous Shoreditch gallery owners Suzanne and Nirjay launch Rob’s career. But what are they really after?
Admission | Show Times 19.30 15.00
1A Tower St London WC2H 9NP
5 mins walk from Leicester Square underground
020 3841 6611
Not To Be Missed
1. Another world for mythical creatures
2. Demon world
3. A dimension of Evil or Imagination
The internet has evolved into the Nether, a vast network of virtual reality realms. Users may log in, choose an identity, and indulge any desire. When Detective Morris investigates a realm called The Hideaway where people with a sexual interest in children may live out their fantasies involving children, she brings its creator in for interrogation.
They discover they have made emotional attachments in his realm that blind them to the greater questions of ethical behavior, both in the imagination and the outside world.
Tickets only available online
Admission | Show Times 19.00 | 17.00
020 7353 3331
Set against the backdrop of the harsh economic times of 1979, the play follows the hilarious struggles of four Londoners as they attempt to better themselves by attempting the fearsome “Knowledge” – the exam needed to become a London black cab taxi driver. Standing between them and the coveted green badge is the eccentric Mr Burgess, an examiner known as “The Vampire” with an obsessive mission to maintain standards.
The Knowledge cast includes of Steven Pacey as Mr Burgess, Celine Abrahams as Brenda, James Alexandrou Gordon, Jenna Augen as Val, Louise Callaghan as Miss Staveley, Ben Caplan as Ted, Michael Chance as Arab Tourist, Alice Felgate as Janet and Fabien Frankel as Chris.
Until 11 Nov
Admission | Show Times 19.45 14.30
The Arches, Villiers St, London WC2N 6NL
020 7930 5868
Stan Firm Inna Inglan Tate Britain
Until 19 Nov | Free admission
Exhibition. Explore the experience of those who traveled 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
Ellida, the lighthouse-keeper’s daughter, is trapped in her marriage and longs for the sea. When a former lover returns from years of absence, she is forced to decide between freedom and the new life she has made for herself.
Donmar Associate Kwame Kwei-Armah directs Ibsen’s moving play about duty and self-determination following the Olivier Award-nominated One Night in Miami….
Nikki Amuka-Bird returns to the Donmar as Ellida, following her recent BAFTA Television Award nomination for Zadie Smith’s NW.
Show Times 19.30 | 14.30 Latecomers will not be admitted.
41 Earlham Street
London WC2H 9LX
020 3282 3808
Arthur Jafa: Love is the Message, the Message is Death @ Store Studios
Until 10 Dec Free Entry
Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death, is an eight-minute film consisting of clips and photographs from all avenues of Black life and media in all forms. From music visuals, video art, YouTube videos, dash-cam footage and photographs, Jafa’s piece presents still visuals of the everyday reality of Black folks. Soundtracking Kanye’s, “Ultralight Beam” over raw footage (both past and present), the filmmaker also included photos of Malcolm X, Dr. King, President Obama, Beyonce, Nina Simone, Jimi Hendrix and Lebron James.
Arthur Jafa exhibits Love is the Message, the Message is Death (2016) in a site-specific installation.
Jafa’s work is a convergence of found footage that traces African-American identity through a vast spectrum of contemporary imagery. The meticulously edited 7-minute video jumps from photographs of civil rights leaders to helicopter views of the LA riots, suspending viewers in an emotional montage that is a testament to Jafa’s masterful ability to juxtapose and sequence footage and that poignantly embodies the artist’s desire to create a cinema that ‘replicates the power, beauty and alienation of Black Music’.
Arthur Jafa is a director, filmmaker, and cinematographer who has used his platform to promote and express Black culture through a variety of mediums.
Admission Tue-Sat 12.00-20.00 | Sun 12.00-19.00 check event details.
180 The Strand
‘100 years ago the biggest killer of young men was war, now they kill themselves.’
Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.
Every 31 hours someone takes their own life by jumping in front of a train.
They are ten times more likely to be a man.
31 HOURS is the story of four men who clean up after rail suicides. Filled with humour and humanity, it takes us on a high-speed kaleidoscopic journey through masculinity, mental health and messy aftermaths in modern Britain.
Admission | Show Times 19.30 15.00
Duration 80 mins no interval
53a Southwark Street
London, SE1 1RU
0207 234 0486
Fleet Street. 1969. The Sun rises. A young and rebellious Rupert Murdoch asks the impossible and launches The Sun’s first editor’s quest: to give the people what they want. No matter the cost.
This roller-coaster play tells the story of The Sun, an ailing minor title bought for a song by Murdoch and relaunched with a skeleton staff of weirdos and rejects, led by scar-faced Yorkshire sub-editor Larry Lamb.
Admission 19.30 14.30
104 St Martin’s Lane
The first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960—1988).
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
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