Children's Shows Festivals Film Theatre

Today in London: Thursday 22 August 2013

By | Published on Saturday 17 August 2013

The Man Who Planted Trees

Since it’s basically Bank Holiday Weekend already, let’s start the ‘three-day-break’ party early via these tempting cultural treats…


Film4 Frightfest, Empire Leicester Square, 22-26 Aug
It’s time to get behind thy cinema seat as Film 4 eases into the Bank Holiday weekend via a creaky, creepy screenings season featuring several high-profile international premieres, not least the first ever ‘undead’ film set in India, Zachary Quinto’s new flick ‘Banshee Chapter’, Christoph Behl’s Argentine end-of-days drama ‘The Decent’, and Navot Papushado’s violent vigilante thriller ‘Big Bad Wolves’. Details and tickets here.


The Man Who Planted Trees, Purcell Room at Southbank Centre, 22 Aug – 1 Sep (pictured)
Back at the SB after a smash-hit international trek, Richard Medrington, Rick Conte and artist Ailie Cohen’s beautifully vivid family fave relates its leafy-green tale (that of a shepherd and his dog’s dream to change a barren space into a verdant landscape teeming with life) to a new set of kids aged 7+. Details and tickets here.

The Nightvision Experiment, various locations, 22-26 Aug
Billing itself as a ‘new kind of digital theatre’, PlayThisNext’s Keith Allen-featuring ‘Nightvision Experiment’  is a series of five online performances that are screened in real time via Twitter and YouTube. Experienceable only by paying and logging on, the live narrative involves the viewer in a girl’s quest to find her AWOL boyfriend. Details and tickets here.