THURSDAY 5 MARCH 2015

BRIAN LOGAN: SPRINT AT CAMDEN PEOPLE'S THEATRE
Camden People's Theatre is renowned for staging really interesting, new and innovative stuff, and their annual Sprint Festival showcases a whole lot of brilliance and brilliance-in-development. This year's programme is no exception; on casting my eye over the 2015 line up, I pretty much wanted to see everything.

That being the case, I thought it might be a good idea to get an overview of this year's event from CPT's current artistic director Brian Logan. So I did just that. You can read the interview here.

Sprint runs from 5-29 Mar. There are many, many promising events, so have a look at this page here for more info about them all.



GILES COLE: THE HEART OF THINGS
Next week sees the timely premiere, at Jermyn Street Theatre, of Close Quarter Productions' 'The Heart Of Things', a play set against the backdrop of Westminster politics, during the aftermath of the last general election.

The production reunites writer Giles Cole and director Knight Mantell, who previously worked together on the highly acclaimed Terence Rattigan bio-piece 'The Art Of Concealment', which was also staged at Jermyn Street, back in 2012. To find out more about the play - and just how much politics plays a part - I sent some questions over to the playwright. You can read the interview here.

'The Heart Of Things' is on at Jermyn Street theatre from 10 Mar until 4 Apr. See the venue website here for more info and tickets.



DANIEL BUCKLEY: LARDO
When I heard about pro-wrestling themed play 'Lardo', which kicks off a month long run at the Old Red Lion this week, I suddenly remembered that I went through a brief period, years ago, when I became utterly fascinated by WWE (or WWF, which is what it was called back then) and the machinations of its colourful stars. So of course I immediately thought "well, that should make an interesting show, then".

That said, it sounds like the play, with its very human, family-centred storyline will be entertaining whether you are a wrestling fan or not; I spoke to lead actor, Daniel Buckley, to find out more. You can read the interview here.

'Lardo' is on at Old Red Lion Theatre until 28 Mar. See this page here for more info and to book tickets.



RACHEL PARISH: HELLSCREEN
'Hellscreen' is a multi-genre immersive performance inspired by a classic Japanese horror story in which Jonny Woo plays a successful artist with a dark personality; the resulting production, created by a host of highly talented creatives, promises to be sensual, terrifying and exciting.

Ahead of the show's run at Vault Festival, I sent some questions over to director and co-creator Rachel Parish, to find out more about the show, and the team behind it. You can read the interview here.

'Hellscreen' is on at Vault Festival until 8 Mar. See this page here for more info and to book tickets.

FRIDAY 6 MARCH 2015>>
COMEDY: 90s TV Night | Camden Comedy Club | 6 Mar
I was watching an old episode of 'Fun House' on Challenge the other week in which, when asked to name three types of nut, all one of the teams managed to come up with was acorn. So, clearly 90s TV is ripe with comic potential. And that potential will be explored full by a line-up of acts, including Mark Stephenson, Sad Faces and Brydie Lee-Kennedy, at this themed comedy night. Details and tickets here.

EVENTS: Sleuthing With Sherlock | Museum Of London | 6 Mar

There's been a murder. Two, in fact. And someone is going to have to solve them. As part of the Museum Of London's Sherlock Holmes-themed series of events, attendees of this interactive workshop will compare Victorian and modern methods of solving crimes. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Coffin Dodgers Disco | The Phoenix, Cavendish Square | 6 Mar

Young people, eh? They're bloody everywhere. Not here though. It's only old people here, dancing away to tunes spun by DJs Don and Reg. Old people, according to the door policy of the Coffin Dodgers Disco, count as anyone over the age of 28. I realise you may find it quite upsetting to learn that you're actually old. Why not buy a ticket to cheer yourself up? Details and tickets here.
SATURDAY 7 MARCH 2015


COMEDY: Mark Thomas - Cuckooed | Artsdepot | 7 Mar
As discussed in this edition of the ThisWeek Podcast, Mark Thomas' 'Cuckooed' tells the story of how a fellow activist and close friend turned out to be a spy working for arms manufacturer BAE Systems. What does it feel like to find out something like that, what's the aftermath, and can you forgive such a thing? All will be revealed. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVALS: London Electronic Arts Festival | Tobacco Dock | 6-7 Mar
LEAF is a two day celebration of electronic music, art and technology set up by Bestival founder Rob Da Bank. Day one on Friday will feature talks, demonstrations and panels as well as music, while today's second day will all be about the music. Ten hours of some of the finest artists working today, including Modeselektor, Sasha, Anja Schneider, and Enzo Tedeschi. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Sing For Your Life | The Vaults | 4-8 Mar (pictured)

Artist Charlie Tuesday Gates brings an array of deceased animals back from the dead through the combined arts of taxidermy and puppetry. "It's a musical of misfortune, a bit like 'X Factor' meets 'Pet Rescue'... apart from that the entire cast are dead", she told TWL in this interview. Details and tickets here.
SUNDAY 8 MARCH 2015>>


THEATRE: The Collector | The Space | 3-14 Mar
Written by Mark Healey and based on the novel by John Fowles, this Lotte Ruth Johnson-directed production follows reclusively entomologist Frederick Clegg and the latest addition to his collection - not an insect but rather art student Miranda Grey. He attempts to keep her in a manner he feels she will enjoy so that he can admire her, she struggles to understand why she is being held against her will in a cellar with no seeming desire for ransom or sex. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Lardo | Old Red Lion | 3-29 Mar (pictured)
Lardo dreams of becoming a professional wrestler. When this dream becomes a reality, and he becomes an overnight sensation, his personal life descends into something reminiscent of a wrestling storyline. "The story sees how he copes when he is pushed to his own limit, and how those people he innocently neglected choose to help him, or not, when things get too tough", says lead actor Daniel Buckley in this TWL interview. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Mr Elbank - Beard | Somerset House | 5-29 Mar

Beards, eh? There's everywhere at the moment. Not least at Somerset House, where photographer Mr Elbank is exhibiting over 80 portraits of people and their facial hair. The show comprises Elbank's '#Project60' collection, created for skin cancer charity Niggles' Beard Season, plus new and previously unseen works. Details and tickets here.
MONDAY 9 MARCH 2015 >>
MUSICALS: Jerry's Girls | St James Theatre | 3-15 Mar
Some classical Broadway for you here, with a musical revue based on the songs of multi-award-winning composer and lyricist Jerry Herman. Created in 1981 by Herman and Larry Alford, 'Jerry's Girls' collectors songs from musicals including 'Hello Dolly!', 'Mame, Mack And Mabel' and 'La Cage Aux Folles'. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Inventing Impressionism | National Gallery | 4 Mar - 15 May

The UK's first major exhibition devoted to Paul Durand-Ruel, the entrepreneurial art dealer who discovered the Impressionists - a term originally meant to be derogatory. In the late nineteenth century, as they struggled for acceptance, Durand-Ruel took a punt on the likes of Monet, Degas, Manet, Renoir, Pissarro and Sisley and came out smiling (though not before he near bankrupted himself a couple of times in his devotion to the new style and its creators). Details and tickets here.

WORDS & EVENTS: Salon Discussion - Female Film Critics | BFI Southbank | 9 Mar (pictured)
As part of International Women's Day, the BFI is hosting this discussion exploring the history of female film critics. Pamela Hutchinson, Sophie Mayer, Francine Stock and Catherine Wheatley will sit on a panel chaired by Sight & Sound's Production Editor Isabel Stevens. Details and tickets here.
TUESDAY 10 MARCH 2015 >>


COMEDY: Stephen K Amos - Welcome To My World | Soho Theatre | 10-21 Mar (pictured)
"The maestro of feel-good comedy" brings his current tour to the Soho Theatre for a week and a half of feel-good comedy maestro-ing. Having spread now across radio, TV and the printed page, Amos' charming, enthusiastic comedy style is at its very best on the stage, where it was crafted. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Matthew E White | LSO St Luke's | 10 Mar
Modern soul proponent Matthew E White brings to St Luke's a full performance of his second album, 'Fresh Blood', which is due for release the week of this show. Accompanied by a sizeable band, he'll bring his new songs the the audience in his own jubilant style. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Rendezvous In Paris | BFI Southbank | 10 Mar
French Nouvelle Vague director Eric Rohmer's 1995 low budget triptych 'Rendezvous In Paris' comes to the beautiful main screen at the BFI Southbank. The three stories within the film explore the role that chance plays in romance, shaped both by the characters themselves and places where they fall in love. Details and tickets here.
WEDNESDAY 11 MARCH 2015 >>


MUSIC: The Veronicas | Heaven | 11 Mar (pictured)
Identical twin pop duo The Veronicas play London's Heaven as the finale to a UK tour to promote the release of their long-awaited second album, 'The Veronicas', which wis due out on 16 Mar. Head down to get a preview of the new songs, plus live renditions of brilliant singles like 'You Ruin Me' and 'Untouched'. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Heart Of Things | Jermyn Street Theatre | 10 Mar - 4 Apr

Against a backdrop of the limbo period in 2010 when the main political parties were trying to work out who actually should be in government, a disillusioned English teacher and part-time election volunteer travels home to a village on the Norfolk coast and tries to put his life in order. In doing so, he finds the politics of family life just as complicated as that of Whitehall. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Revenger's Tragedy | Jack Studio Theatre | 3-21 Mar

Jacobean play 'The Revenger's Tragedy', written by Thomas Middleton and first performed in 1606, is a violent bloody affair. The story follows Vindice, as he infiltrates a corrupt Italian court in order to get revenge for the death of his former lover. It doesn't prove as easy as it sounds. Details and tickets here.
THURSDAY 12 MARCH 2015 >>
FESTIVALS: Convergence | various venues | 12-22 Mar
Bringing together music and visual art that use technology in new and interesting ways, Convergence takes place in various venues across London, including Royal Festival Hall, Village Underground and St John-at-Hackney Church. There are numerous events scheduled over the course of the festival, kicking off with tonight's opening party, with live performances from Clark, Vessels and Rival Consoles. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Laura Welsh | Electrowerkz | 12 Mar (pictured)
Hotly-tipped musician Laura Welsh, fresh from an appearance on the soundtrack of '50 Shades Of Grey', will headline a show at Electrowerkz in Islington tonight. She'll be performing tracks from her fresh-out debut album, 'Soft Control', four of which you can listen to here - including her duet with John Legend, 'Hardest Part. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Wink | Theatre503 | 10 Mar - 4 Apr
John is a 27 year old teacher, Mark is one of his sixteen year old pupils. After school, Mark dreams of another life, and starts to build it online. Unfortunately, that life already belongs to John. Written by Phoebe Eclair-Powell and directed by Jamie Jackson, 'Wink' explores two lives heading for collision. Details and tickets here.
 
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