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WOW 2017
Royal Festival Hall | 7 – 12 March 2017


WOW – Women of the World festival at Southbank Centre champions gender equality, celebrating the achievements of women and girls and examines the obstacles that keep them from fulfilling their potential.


Hear influential and challenging speakers, take part in mentoring sessions and workshops, and see some of the best female comedians, musicians, performers and writers around.


There are one day and three-day passes and weekend passes available

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX

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Missing From History WOW
Royal Festival Hall | 7 – 12 March 2017


Exhibition. Celebrate disabled heroines who have been written out of history or whose disability has been wiped from their popular narrative. Illustrations by Ziyue Chen


Born profoundly deaf and raised in Sunny Island, Singapore, Ziyue Chen (pronounced Zzz-yuair) is a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design. Her life goal is to have an emotional connection with those who view her work.

Part of WOW Festival 2017


Entry Free

Riverside Terrace Cafe Level 2
Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent WOW
Royal Festival Hall | 10 March 2017


Debate. The path to justice for victims of rape or sexual assault is not an easy one anywhere in the world. We look at what needs to change.


A look at what’s not working in the UK criminal justice system, before looking at other models in countries including Sweden and Iceland, to consider what kind of systems would serve women better.

Speakers include Pavan Amara, founder of My Body Back; Harriet Wistrich, lawyer and founder of Centre for Women’s Justice; Guðrún Jónsdóttir, Icelandic feminist activist and spokeswoman for Stigamót; and Halla Gunnarsdóttir, head of policy and partnerships, Women’s Equality Party


Performance 11:30
This event is included in WOW Day Passes

Weston Roof Pavilion
Level 6, Green side
Royal Festival Hall

Angela Davis in Conversation WOW
Royal Festival Hall | 11 March


Talk. Writer, scholar and African American activist Angela Davis, one of the heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, in conversation.


Angela Davis is known internationally for her ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression in the USA and beyond. A writer, scholar, teacher and activist/organiser, Davis is a living witness to the historical struggles of the contemporary era. She is the author of many books, including Angela Davis: An Autobiography; Women, Race, and Class; and Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday.


Running time
Admission Mon – Sun 10:00 – 23:00
Tickets £15-£25

Belvedere Rd

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Gyal in da Corner: Women in Grime WOW
Royal Festival Hall | 11 March


Gig. What album gave you permission to be who you are, to let go, to find your voice? Part of WOW


Astounding female Grime and rap artists from around the world meet on stage to smash open stories in a rave, pirate radio station and everything in between.

Performers include AG the DJ, emcee TrueMendous, journalist and battle rapper Bridie Squires (aka Brizzaling), singer-songwriter Emily Franklin, Asher X, plus new tracks from Producer Bamz.

Debris Stevenson is a poet, emcee and dancer who has performed in The Roundhouse London, Nuyorican Poetry Cafe NYC, Haven for Artists Lebanon, The National Theatre of Slovakia, open air stages in Koln and more. She has also collaborated with Lady Leshurr for Trevor Nelson’s show on BBC 1xtra, danced for Kurupt FM and published poetry with Louis Vuitton.


Age 16+
Performance 22:00
Entry Free

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Dub Me Always w/Ras Kush
Ritzy | 8 March


A night of rare reggae vinyl and exclusive dub plates.


A sound system special, with Ras Kush of the Black Redemption sound system and label, MC Brother Culture and upcoming vocalist Sista Kaya, joins regular host, DJ David Katz, for a night of rare reggae vinyl and exclusive dub plates.


20:00 – 00:00
Free Entry

Upstairs at the Ritzy
Brixton Oval
Brixton SW2 1JG
Tel: 0871 902 5739

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#SHECAN: Cultural Showcase Feat. Females in the arts
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan | 08 March 2017


Gig. A unique performance and cultural event celebrating the talent of London women.


#SHECAN will be an exciting opportunity to watch and listen to a range of different performances of talented women in London who have a heart for peace work!

Though women are disproportionately affected by the problems and conflicts in the world, they are also the greatest force for peace, and are able to solve issues of injustice, war, violence, and conflict creatively and permanently. Through our #SHECAN event, we hope to inspire others with performances that exhibit women’s passion for creative approaches to peace.

#SHECAN will inspire and celebrate a culture of peace and women’s empowerment. We are already looking forward to seeing some incredible acts – ranging from beatboxing to dance, from spoken word to song, and interviews with inspirational VIP guests.


Running time 2 hours
Performance 18:15 – 21:15
Tickets £5.90
Institute of Indian Art and Culture
4a Castletown Rd
London W14 9HE
020 7381 3086

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Ibrahim Mahama – Fragments
White Cube Bermondsey | 1 March – 13 April 2017


An exhibition by Ibrahim Mahama. One of the most prominent artists to emerge from Ghana in recent years, Mahama is known for large-scale installations i


The title of the exhibition is taken from the book of the same name by the renowned Ghanaian author Ayi Kwei Armah. Published in 1970, the novel explores the relationship between the individual and society within the newly independent Ghana, set against a backdrop of self-serving materialism and a corrupt, crumbling civic environment. Mahama’s practice equally points to the recurring themes of decay and collapse, while exploring systems of capital and production. For the work Non-Orientable Nkansa, for example, he worked with collaborators to exchange or produce hundreds of ‘shoemaker boxes’: small wooden objects made from structural materials found in the city, used to contain tools for polishing and repairing shoes. Bearing the marks of the trade of ‘shoeshine boys’, the boxes also function as an improvised drum, and are pounded to solicit business. Gathered together here in a precariously balanced single unit, the containers are crammed with other repurposed items such as heels, hammers and needles. Having been broken down and reassembled through a collaborative production staged inside a former state-owned paint factory, the boxes are an extension of Mahama’s inquiry into the life of materials and their dynamic potential, which also relates to his work with cast-off jute sacks.


Admission Tue-Sat 10:00 – 18:00; Sun 12:00 – 18:00

White Cube Bermondsey
144 – 152 Bermondsey Street
London SE1 3TQ
020 7930 5373

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The Wipers Times
Arts Theatre | 21 March – 13 May 2017


The Wipers Times tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme.


In a bombed out building during the First World War in the French town of Ypres (mis-pronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. Far from being a sombre journal about life in the trenches, they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the front line. Defying enemy bombardment, gas attacks and the disapproval of many of the Top Brass, The Wipers Times rolled off the press for two years and was an extraordinary tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.


Age 12+
Performance 19:30
Tickets from £18.35

6-7 Great Newport Street
London WC2H7JB
020 7836 8463

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Sunday Jamm: Reggae Roast
Brixton Jamm | 12 Mar  2017


Music. A weekly Reggae showcase home to an array of delicious street food.


A weekly Reggae showcase home to an array of delicious street food, happy hour drinks deals, reggae sound system’s on rotation and yes, bottomless Bloody Marys This is the ultimate Brixton ‘Sunday Funday’ spot for those who want to chill out with your pals or shake off any remaining weekend energy.


Free entry b4 17:00!
£5 entry all night tickets
£3 – Draught Lager or Cider / Small glass of Wine / Single spirit & mixer
£3.50 – Bottles
£15 – Bottomless Bloody Marys / Bottle of house wine

HAPPY HOUR 14:00 – 17:00
£8 Pizza + Pint✔ £8 Jerk Chicken Wings + Rice & Peas + Pint


Doors 14:00 – 00:00
Age 18+
ID required for entry.
Tickets £5 Tickets guarantee entry before midnight only

261 Brixton Rd
London SW9 6LH

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Roger Mayne
The Photographers’ Gallery  | 3 March – 11 June 2017


Exhibition. The iconic work of British photographer Roger Mayne (1929-2014).


This major exhibition is the first since 1999 to show the iconic work of British photographer Roger Mayne (1929-2014).

It includes his pioneering photographs of 1950s and early 1960s community life in London’s Southam Street. Mayne’s humanistic approach has influenced subsequent generations of photographers, and made a significant contribution to post war British photography. Also featured are examples of Mayne’s less well known work from outside the Capital,


Doors Mon-Sat 10:00 – 18:00 |  Thu 10:00 – 20:00 | Sun 11.30 – 18:00

16-18 Ramillies St

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Dana Lixenberg
The Photographers’ Gallery  | 3 March – 11 June 2017


Talk. Artist Dana Lixenberg in conversation as she talks about her work Imperial Courts.


Dana Lixenberg (b. 1964, The Netherlands) has been nominated for her publication Imperial Courts (Roma, 2015). In 1992, Dana Lixenberg travelled to South Central Los Angeles for a magazine story on the riots that erupted following the verdict in the Rodney King trial. What she encountered inspired her to revisit the area, and led her to the community of the Imperial Courts housing project in Watts. Returning countless times over the following twenty-two years, Lixenberg gradually created a collaborative portrait of the changing face of this community. Over the years, some in the community were killed, while others disappeared or went to jail, and others, once children in early photographs, grew up and had children of their own. In this way, Imperial Courts constitutes a complex and evocative record of the passage of time in an underserved community.

Host Mark Sealy is interested in the relationship between photography and social change, identity politics, race, and human rights. He has been director of Autograph ABP (London) since 1991 and has produced artist publications, curated exhibitions, and commissioned photographers and filmmakers worldwide.


Doors 18:00

Tickets £8/£5 members & concessions

16-18 Ramillies St
London W1F 7LW

020 7087 9300

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Dirty Great Love Story
Arts Theatre | To 18 March 2017


An achingly funny, romantic catastrophe fuses poetry and prose to ask can a one-night stand last a lifetime.


Two hopeful, hapless romantics get drunk, get it on, and then get the hell away from each other. In her eyes, he’s a mistake. A mistake who keeps turning up at parties. In his eyes, she’s perfect. He’s short-sighted.

A very human tale of good intentions and bad timing. Dirty Great Love Story is a tale of the chance of love in a one-night stand.
Winner of 2012 Fringe First (for innovation and outstanding new writing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe).


Age 12+
Contains strong language. Contains scenes of sexual nature.
Running time: 90 minutes. No interval
Start 19:30 | Matinee 14:30
Tickets from £18

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Southwark Playhouse | To 18 March 2017


Never, ever give up on the game of love…You know what they say, love makes the world go round. And sex of course, when you can get it.


Sex at 70?
Falling in love at 65?
Coming out at 62?

Roundelay, a fantabulous conglomeration of circus, dance and music. We may not have lions in this little circus of ours, but we have tigers….How’s your inner tiger tonight? Ladies and gentlemen, prepare yourself for close encounters with the third age!

Post Show Talks 

Saturday 11th March 2017
Provocations | post-show matinee panel discussion and audience exchange, 3.30pm (45 mins)
Writing the end of Roundelay

An invitation into the writer’s process: writer Sonja Linden and actress Clare Perkins, Roundelay’s Ringmistress, will discuss the nature of their close collaboration in writing the epilogue for Roundelay.

Tuesday 14th March 2017
Provocations | post-show matinee panel discussion and audience exchange (45 mins)
Age Diversity Matters: Why is addressing age diversity a concern for all British actors?

With older age effaced in our theatres and on our screens, Visible think it vital that we openly debate ways we can work together to secure the futures of our professional actors, while representing the diversity of the British population (1 in 3 of which are now over 60 years old). This session crucially aims to bring to the fore the necessity of ‘age’ in ‘diversity in theatre’ discussions and build steps toward longer and more meaningful careers in British theatre.

Thursday 16th March 2017
Artist Talks | post-show evening discussions with Roundelay artists. (30 mins)
Sonja Linden’s Roundelay

An interview with Sonja Linden by her daughter and Co-Director of Hackney Showroom, Nina Lyndon, unveiling the extent to which Roundelay and her former work have been inspired by her personal narrative.


Start Time 19:30  |  Matinee Starts 15:00
Running Time TBC
Tickets £20 | £16 concessions | £12 preview

Southwark Playhouse
77-85 Newington Causeway
020 7407 0234

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Electricity: The Spark Of Life
Wellcome | 23 Feb – 25 June 2017


Exhibition. The story of electricity is the story of life itself. Within every object on earth is hidden either a positive or negative electric charge.


Three celebrated artists have been commissioned to create three new artworks for this exhibition: John Gerrard has taken inspiration for his commission from Luigi Galvani’s famous experiments into bioelectricity; Bill Morrison explores historical footage from the Electricity Council archive to consider the movement and networks of electricity and its profound interconnectedness with our daily lives; and Camille Henrot considers our energy-dependent lifestyles, as well as the relationship between humans, technology and the environment.


Tue – Sat  10:00 – 18:00 | Thur 10:00 –  22:00 | Sun 11:00 – 18:00 | Mon Closed

Wellcome Collection
183 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE
020 7611 2222

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Speech & Debate
Trafalgar Studios | To  01 April 2017


Three misfit teenagers are brought together by a sex scandal in their school with nobody taking them seriously until they speak out with hilarious consequences.


Three misfit teenagers are brought together by a sex scandal in their school with nobody taking them seriously until they speak out with hilarious consequences.

Living in a social media minefield, where peers are judgmental and adults are dictatorial and condescending, Howie, Solomon and Diwata grapple with homophobia, online privacy and how to get the lead in the school play!

Featuring Douglas Booth (Riot Club, Noah) and Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel and coming soon Spiderman:Homecoming), Patsy Ferran (Treasure Island,  As You Like It) and Charlotte Lucas (Red Velvet, Posh).


Running time TBC
Age 14+
Doors 19:00
Tickets from £19

14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY, UK


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Dream Girls
Savoy Theatre | To 21 Oct 2017


A musical loosely based on Diana Ross and The Supremes.


Inspired by R&B music acts in 1960s America and loosely based on Diana Ross and The Supremes, Dreamgirls transports you to a revolutionary time in American music history. Dreamgirls charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called ‘The Dreams.’ They learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous.



Tickets from £15 plus £3 booking fee

Savoy Theatre
Savoy Court
Strand WC2R 0ET

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The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin
Theatre Royal Stratford East | To 11 March 2017


It is a musical that follows the life of Viveca, a young African-American girl who dreams of becoming a dancer in 1960’s America. A cheeky and satirical coming-of-age story with an original score fusing Motown, pop, and R&B.


There isn’t a black child who hasn’t woken up one day to realise they won’t ever be the blond haired blue eyed princess or prince. In a world where black is always trouble – that smiling and fitting in costs – so you become a chameleon – changing who you are to fit others!

We follow Viveca journey from school in 1960s LA through to auditions on Broadway. It is a look at how women have been defined by others and themselves from the 1960s to present day. It also considers growing up during the civil rights movement. Viveca chooses to face the realities of racism and sexism with optimism and faith and discovers her self-worth.


Suitable for ages 13+

Post Show Talks
Fri 10 Feb: discussion panel includes Fadi Tavoukdjian (Writing Manager) and Kirsten Childs (Writer).
Sat 11 Feb: Bonnie Greer leads a discussion about the themes of the show with Writer Kirsten Childs, Actress and Twerk Innovator Kelechi Okafor and Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway.
Thurs 9 March: TRSE Artistic Director Kerry Michael chairs a Q&A with members of the Bubbly company.

Access Nights
Signed 9 Mar 7.30pm
Captioned 10 Mar 7.30pm
Audio described 11 Mar 2.30pm

Newham Resident Discount Night
Wed 1 Feb £2.50 proof of address required, subject to availability

Tickets £12-£15.

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

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Mother Africa: Khayelitsha — My Home
Peacock Theatre | To 11 Mar 2017


In Mother Africa, dozens of acrobats, dancers and musicians from seven African nations blend spectacular circus feats, shimmering costumes and jaw-dropping dance, to bring the pulse of daily life in Khayelitsha to the West End.


Mother Africa is more than just a circus show – it is a journey through the African continent, guided by some of its most talented performers. As the only African circus production, Mother Africa is giving African artists the opportunity to present themselves to audiences on an international level. Only ‘real’ African artists are cast for Mother Africa – artists whose lives are firmly rooted in this exciting, vibrant continent full of contrasts.

About 25km away from the city of Cape Town and Table Mountain lies Khayelitsha. Close to two million people live in Khayelitsha – the Xhosa word for “New Home” – in self-built shacks made of panel sheets, wood and cardboard. Founded as a sanctuary for black people, who had been banned from South African cities by the Apartheid government, Khayelitsha remains plagued by violence and crime – but is also a place of hope, talent and positive energy, on which the show focuses.


Performances Tue – Sat 19:30pm | Sat at 14:30pm | Sun 14:00 & 18:00
Running Time 2 hrs 20 min interval
Age guidance: 7+

Tickets £15 £24 £32 £38 (Transaction fee applies)

Peacock Theatre
Portugal Street
020 7863 8222

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Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear
The V&A | To 12 March 2017


Discover the fascinating and sometimes controversial story of underwear design from the 18th century to the present day.


EXHIBITION: Discover the evolution of underwear design from the 18th-century to the present day.Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear features over 200 examples of underwear for men and women, highlighting the enduring themes of innovation and luxury. From the custom-made, such as a rare example of home-made ‘stays’ worn by a working woman in England in the 18th-century, to pieces by current designers including Stella McCartney, Rigby & Peller and Paul Smith, the exhibition explores the relationship between underwear and fashion. It covers notions of the ideal body, and the ways that cut, fit, fabric and decoration can reveal issues of gender, sex and morality.


Entry 10.00 – 17.30
Tickets from £12

Room 40
V & A Museum
Cromwell Road
020 7942 2000

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Terrains of The Body
Whitechapel Gallery | 16 April 2017


An exhibition that showcases women’s photography and video work from around the world.


Drawn from the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, U.S.), this collection display showcases photography and video work by seventeen contemporary artists from around the world.

By turning their camera to women, including themselves, these artists embrace the female body as a vital medium for storytelling, expressing identity and reflecting individual and collective experience.


Admission Tues – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 | Mon Closed

Whitechapel Gallery
Gallery 4
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
E1 7QX

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Child’s Play
Foundling Museum | To 30 April 2017


An exhibition of photographs, and a symposium exploring children at play around the world.


The exhibition presents a series of Neville’s photographs of children at play in diverse environments around the world. Immersing himself in communities from Port Glasgow to North London, and in the war zones of Afghanistan and Ukraine, the artist has captured beautiful moments of free, spontaneous play.

Mark Neville is renowned for his socially focused projects. The aim here is to generate debate on the complex nature of children’s play and to advocate for improved provision for this universal right.

Armed conflict has internally displaced 13 million children, and traditional public space is being privatised.  So this is a timely exhibition. Child’s Play reinforces our responsibility to ensure that children the world over have full opportunity for play and recreation.


Admission Tue-Sat 10:00 – 17:00 | Sun 11:00 – 17:00 | Mon closed

Foundling Museum
40 Brunswick Square
020 7841 3600

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How We See Animals
Wellcome Collection | To 21 May 2017


It’s not what you see; it’s how you see it.

Organised around four themes – ‘Ordering,’ ‘Displaying,’ ‘Observing’ and ‘Making’ – this exhibition questions the approach of ‘learning through looking.’


A major exhibition that examines what we think, feel, and value about other species and the consequences this has for the world around us. It brings together over 100 fascinating objects from literature, film, taxidermy and photography to reveal the hierarchies in our view of the natural world and consider how these influence our actions, or inactions, towards the planet.


Admission Tues – Sat 10:00 – 18:00/Thurs 22:00 | Sunday 11:00 – 18:00

Wellcome Collection
183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK.
tel: +44 (0)20 7611 2222

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Royal Observatory | To 25 June 2017


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)

Blackheath Avenue
SE10 8XJ

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The Science Museum | To 03 Sep 2017


Robots reveals the astonishing 500-year quest to make machines human.


Exhibits from the dawn of mechanised human forms to cutting-edge technology fresh from the lab.  Focusing on why they exist rather than on how they work, this blockbuster exhibition explores the ways robots mirror humanity and the insights they offer into our ambitions, desires, and position in a rapidly changing world.

An incredible journey spanning five centuries, illustrated with robotic artifacts from around the globe. From a 16th century mechanised monk to some of film’s most iconic robotic creations and the very latest humanoids, Robots will make you look at yourself and society in a whole new way.


Entry 10:00 – 18:00
Tickets adults £15 | kids £13 Under 7’s free
Museum Lates: Adults Only from £ £7:50 | £6:50 concs | £7:00 seniors. Last Wednesday of each month until August

Science Museum
Exhibition Road
South Kensington
London, SW7 2DD

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What’s on Wildlife Photographer of the Year*
Natural History Museum | To 10 Sept 2017


100 exceptional images, revealing the astonishing diversity of life on our planet.


From intimate portraits to dramatic landscapes, see how photographers’ passion for the natural world produces startling images.


Admission 10:00 -17:50
Tickets Adults from £10.50 | Child & concs from £6.50 | Family from £27.00

The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road

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