THURSDAY 28 AUGUST 2014
RICHARD MARSH: WINGMAN
Some members of the ThisWeek team have recently returned from Edinburgh where we've been busy covering the Festival for our sister publication ThreeWeeks Edinburgh. One of the plays we heard good things about was 'Wingman', by award winning (don't forget that) writer and slam poet Richard Marsh.

But, just because the Fringe has ended, doesn't mean the show is over. The play begins a run at Soho Theatre next week, so I caught up with Richard to find out more about the piece, as well as his plans for the future.. You can read the interview here.

'Wingman' is on at Soho Theatre from 2-20 Sep. See the venue website for details and tickets.
FRIDAY 29 AUGUST 2014 >>
CABARET: The Not Television Festival | Chelsea Theatre | 29-31 Aug (pictured)
Bringing over a heap of solo acts still ripe from the Edinburgh Fringe, this remote festival of comedy, cabaret and physical theatre is led, terrifyingly, by the bloblike spectre of pugnacious clown Red Bastard, who (try to keep in mind) is really a non-scary human man in disguise named Eric Davis. Also prominent on the bill are go-go gameshow host Miss Behave, a shamelessly heathen service by The Sunday Assembly, Tomás Ford's dizzying Electric Midnight Cabaret, and Iranian writer-actor Nassim Soleimanpour, who reprises his acclaimed one-man show on isolation and exile, 'White Rabbit, Red Rabbit'. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Raw Power Festival | Tufnell Park Dome | 29-31 Aug
Baba Yaga's Hut pitches on a temp basis at the Dome for the latest cycle of its trippy psych weekender, presenting leftfield elders Acid Mothers Temple, longhaired rock coven Bo Ningen and Liverpool noisemakers Clinic as headliners; and besides them, the likes of The Oscillation, Shopping, Flamingods, and Black Moth. Plus on the side; DJs from pirate radio stations NTS and Resonance FM, a 'giant' merch area, and an open-air BBQ. And beer, litres and litres of beer. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Spoiling | Theatre Royal Stratford East | 29 Aug – 31 Sep
Also moving on from a ticket-shifting run at the E-Burgh Fringe, John McCann's uncannily-timed power-play imagines a newly-independent Scotland, as the renegade Scottish Foreign Minister prepares to make a high-profile speech on her nation's relationship with the remaining UK. Will she speak against the party? Or give in and toe the line? Details and tickets here.
SATURDAY 30 AUGUST 2014 >>


FILM: The Night Is Young | Barbican | 30 Aug (pictured)
The Barbican hosts (as the finale to its 'Eye-Popping Colour!' season) this one-off 4pm showing of Leos Carax's 'The Night Of Young' circa 1986. Defined by its bright-hued cinematography, it stars Michel Piccoli as an ageing gangster who traps Alex, the younger son of his slain comrade, into a plot to break into a lab and steal an AIDS-like virus. Juliette Binoche plays Piccoli's mistress who, in inveitable French 'ménage à trois'tradition, Alex falls in love with. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Nina Kraviz + Midland + Marcel Dettman | Fabric | 30 Aug
The high tsarina of Detroit-style electronica, Ms Nina Kraviz, takes the 'Room 1 Headliner' title at tonight's Fabric-xtravaganza, backed by pivotal London DJ Midland and William Kouam Djoko, aka the host of Amsterdam super-club Trouw. Spaces 2 and 3, meanwhile, will be piloted by techno maestro Marcel Dettman and relatively fresh-faced label Danse Club. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Comedy Of Errors | Shakespeare's Globe | 30 Aug – 12 Oct
A classic case of Shakespearean 'mistaken identity' bants, 'The Comedy Of Errors' (here directed by Blanche McIntyre) is a long and complicated chain of slapstick mishaps co-starring estranged twin bros Antipholus and Antipholus, and their manservants (estranged twins Dromio and Dromio) who are all thrown into a city known for its sorcery. Duly, beautifully-scripted chaos follows. Details and tickets here.
SUNDAY 31 AUGUST 2014 >>


FILM: Routes – Dancing To New Orleans | BFI Southbank | 31 Aug
British director Alex Reuben's intimate doc follows a road-trip he made south from New England to a post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, shooting film all the way. Closing off the BFI's 'Gotta Dance, Gotta Dance!' programme, 'Dancing To New Orleans' celebrates The States's diverse dance lineage, and finds Reuben filming everyday Americans as they express themselves via a variety of steps and styles. The main film screening is followed by 'Que Pasa' and 'Line Dance', a pair of animated shorts also by Reuben, and 'Newsreel: Melt Down', which he recorded live during 2011's LDN-based Dance Umbrella festival. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Freddie Gibbs | XOYO | 31 Aug
Now one of the hip hop world'smost coveted collaborators in light of his and Madlib's acclaimed 'Piñata' LP, no-frills Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs appears tonight in solo mode ahead of a disc that's all his own, the forthcoming 'Eastside Slim'. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Titus Andronicus | Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park | 31 Aug – 20 Sep
The first piece of theatre (apparently) to be staged inside Peckham's suitably brutalist, Frank's-capped Multi-Storey Car Park, Bold Tendencies' adaptation of Shakespeare's timeless vengeance tragedy features beatboxing, Parkour (aka free-running), and a community choir. Details and tickets here.
MONDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2014 >>
COMEDY: Tig Notaro – Boyish Girl Interrupted | Shepherd's Bush Empire | 1 Sep
Having first gained poignant notice in 2012 after confirming, live on stage at LA's Largo, that she'd been diagnosed with breast cancer earlier that day, laidback American comedienne Mathilde 'Tig' Notaro is now back, "happy and healthy", with her latest solo show 'Boyish Girl Interrupted'. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Chad Vangaalen | Oslo | 1 Sep
Calgary's #1 garage-rock scrap man, the amazing Chad VanGaalen, plays live at Oslo all for the love (and sales) of his brillo latest LP, 'Shrink Dust', which is also the score to an animated sci-fi film he made titled 'Translated Log Of Inhabitants'. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: Aikainen | Arcola Theatre | 1-3 Sep
A multimedia meditation on time and temporality with a score generated by 3D-printed instruments, this experimental movement by Miika Hyytiäinen is (obvs) no ordinary opera. It plays on as part of the Arcola's innovative Grimeborn festival, and features real-life vocalists Annika Fuhrmann and Frauke Aulbert singing against three voices on a 3D video screen. Details and tickets here.
TUESDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2014 >>


COMEDY: The Lost Treasures Of The Black Heart | The Black Heart, Camden Town | 2 Sep
Following a stint sailing the high seas of the Edinburgh Fringe, Cap'n Josie Long re-opens her still-golden comedic trove, inviting fixed guest Nathaniel Metcalfe and some other TBC figures to dig into its spoils. And the premise of 'Lost Treasures', by the by, is that comedians present short sets revering people/things they think don't get the credit they deserve. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Unlimited | Southbank Centre | 2-7 Sep (pictured)
A festival highlighting the vision, originality and capabilities of disabled artists, the SB Centre's Unlimited will this year feature its patented, glass-ceiling-smashing array of theatre, dance, literature, visual art, stand-up and music. Leading the itinerary are the likes of Robert Softley Gale (who'll share his show 'If These Spasms Could Speak', a collation of real-life narratives of disability), playwright Julie McNamara's wry portrait of her mother's Alzheimer's disease, a "theatrical piece that plays on life's crutches" by Claire Cunningham, and 'The Dinner Party Revisited', which will see performance artist and character actress Katherine Araniello reprising her TV-screened soiree of 2011. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Whose Gaze Is It Anyway? | ICA | 2 Sep – 5 Oct
The ICA hosts showcase looking at the history of Arab pop culture through various printed matter (rare posters, diaries, book covers and the like) and via the moving media of film AND video. Having taken shape in the archives of Beirut-based cultural aficionado Abboudi Bou Jaoudeh, 'Whose Gaze Is It Anyway?' features pieces of art and advertising dating back to as early as the 1930s to the present day, many being presented in Britain for the first time, and all raising pertinent points on how the 'popular gaze' is constructed from within the Arab world. Details and tickets here
WEDNESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2014 >>


MUSIC: Hyperdub 10th Anniversary Party w/Jessy Lanza Cooly G | Corsica Studios | 3 Sep
Hyperdub, the alt-dance label your grandma probably hasn't heard of/will likely never hear of, invites the likes of pop oddment Dean Blunt, sleek R&B artiste Jessy Lanza and singer/rapper Cooly G to a) attend and b) play live at its tenth anniversary party. Lighting fires in the DJ booth tonight are Ikonika, Scratcha DVA and label boss Kode9. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Fully Committed | Menier Chocolate Factory | 3 Sep – 15 Nov
TV's Kevin Bishop gives his snappiest NYC accent as Sam Peliczowski, the man manning the reservations line at an eatery that's essentially Manhattan's Chiltern Firehouse, only not real. Add in a parade of blaggers and B-list celebs, a tyrannical boss and Sam's failing acting career and well, a trip to 'Fully Committed' seems all set to be one heck of a great dinner date. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Land Of Our Fathers | Trafalgar Studios | 2 Sep – 4 Oct
Picture this; it's 1979, Thatcher lives (and is PM), and six miners are wedged down a Welsh mine together for a whole fortnight. The West End premiere of Theatre503 and writer-in-chief Chris Urch's greatly acclaimed coal-black comedy stars 'The History Boys' actor Clive Merrison as wiry old Bomber, a man who risks losing his voice against the din of Britain's changing social landscape. Details and tickets here.
THURSDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2014 >>
COMEDY: Comedy In The Attic w/ Alfie Brown | Hackney Attic | 4 Sep
Combatant comic (and TW interviewee) Alfie Brown headlines this night of loft-based stand-up in Hackney, with likeable everyman Luke Graves, idiosyncratic entertainer Harriet Kemsley and Funny Women Awards Finalist circa 2013 Saskia Preston adding extra appeal to the bill. 'Coach Trip' star Joey Page is MC-ing for the duration, and entry is a mere fiver OTD, or in advance. Details and tickets here.

FILM/FESTIVAL: The Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival | various locations | 4-14 Sep
So, cinema fans, one of a crowd of trendy yet kid-friendly free-entry film fests taking place in the city at various intervals this year, the Peckham & Nunhead FFF with a selection of restored digitised shorts made by the Edwardian-era Gaumont Film Studios, which was based in Camberwell. There'll be a live piano score playing alongside the films, which will be shown, aptly, at the Dog Kennel Hill Open Space in Camberwell! Latter highlights of the programme at large are a rooftop spool of Hitchcock's 'Vertigo', a showing of the movingly monochrome 'Nebraska' in a deli, a bike-powered 'Belleville Rendez-vous' in the open air, a night of 100% free cinema at the usually pay-per-view Peckhamplex. Details here.

FILM/THEATRE: National Theatre Live presents... Medea | Barbican | 4 Sep (pictured)
Beaming live into the Barbican via the digi-miracle of 'real-time streaming', it's the NT's eerie adaptation of Euripides' ultra-tragic spine chiller 'Medea'. Directed by the dynamic Carrie Cracknell, the play stars Narcissa Malfoy aka stage/screen actress Helen McCrory as an exiled wife willing to do anything (anything) to keep her children close. Details and tickets here.
 
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