THURSDAY 12 MARCH 2015
ANTHONY NIKOLCHEV: ALL THE THINGS YOU SAID YOU NEVER SAID BEFORE YOU THOUGHT YOU COULD EVER SAY
Compagnie TDU's Dance Theatre piece 'All the Things You Said You Never Said Before You Thought You Could Ever Say' was guaranteed to catch my eye with that ludicrously long title but that's not the only thing about it that got my attention; it's a collaboration from a number of highly talented creatives, including leading contemporary dance artist Vivien Wood.

Also on board is actor and writer Anthony Nikolchev, who has achieved critical acclaim in his native US with a number of self-written one-man performances, but has in recent years also spent significant periods of time training and performing in Europe. To find out more about the piece, and his involvement in it, I asked him the following questions... You can read the interview here.

'All the Things You Said You Never Said Before You Thought You Could Ever Say' is on at Ovalhouse from 17-28 Mar. See this page here for more info and tickets.
FRIDAY 13 MARCH 2015>>
MUSIC: Clean Bandit | Alexandra Palace | 13 Mar (pictured)
Clean Bandit bring a UK tour to a close with a headline show at Alexandra Palace, featuring support from Jess Glynne and MNEK. Which, I hope you'll agree, is quite a line-up. Clean Bandit's ascent has been pretty rapid since releasing their top five debut album, 'New Eyes', last year, and they look set to keep growing, so they may not be around playing venues even this size for long. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Dalloway | Greenwich Theatre | 12-14 Mar

Adapted from Virginia Woolf's 1925 novel 'Mrs Dalloway' by writer and director Elton Townend Jones, and performed by Rebecca Vaughan, we find the titular character preparing for a party in Westminster and giving us a feminine response to the aftermath of the First World War. Details and tickets here.

WORDS & EVENTS/MUSIC: In conversation with David Vorhaus and Bernard Szajner + White Noise live performance | Rough Trade East + The Social | 13 Mar

Electronic pioneers David Vorhaus and Bernard Szajner come together for an on-stage interview with The Wire's Jennifer Lucy Allan. Szajner released his debut album as Z in 1979, while a full decade earlier Vorhaus release the first White Noise album, a collaboration with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop's Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson and a pivotal moment in the history of electronic music. You'll be able to hear that with modern ears later when the current line-up of White Noise perform at The Social. Details and tickets here and here.
SATURDAY 14 MARCH 2015


FESTIVALS: FutureFest | Vinopolis | 14-15 Mar
FutureFest aims to gather some of the planet's most radical thinkers, makers and performers together to create an immersive experience of what the world might be like in decades to come. Cool, huh? An array of exciting speakers will ponder how why might view politics, technology, money, music and more in decades to come. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Noel Fielding - He Wore Dreams Around Unkind Faces | Royal Albert Hall | 14-15 Mar (pictured)

Open from 7-17 Mar to people attending shows at the Royal Albert Hall, this weekend gives a chance for all-comers to take a look at comedian Noel Fielding's latest exhibition of his art. A mixed media artist, this show see Fielding working exclusively in watercolour, though with the surreal visual style you would expect. Details here.

WORDS & EVENTS: The Great Home Hack | Fulham Palace | 13-15 Mar

Curated by Channel 4's Max McMurdo, the weekend will include workshops and live demonstrations of how to upcycle and adapt items from your own home to improve the way you live. There will also be wine, because somehow this is supposed to mark the 40th anniversary of Brancott Estate wines. Details and tickets here.
SUNDAY 15 MARCH 2015>>


FESTIVALS: St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival 2015 | Trafalgar Square | 15 Mar
It isn't actually St Patrick's Day until Tuesday, but I think we can overlook that when there's celebrating to be done. Pitched up in Trafalgar Square, you'll be able to immerse yourself in Irish music, dance, art, food and more. Maybe a pint of Guinness too. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Nomad Cinema - Moulin Rouge | Hippodrome Casino | 15 Mar (pictured)

Nomad Cinema rests in the fancy pants surroundings of the Hippodrome Casino for a screening of Baz Luhrmann's 'Moulin Rouge'. As well as the film, you'll get a cocktail, burlesque performance and a betting chip to match the ticket price. I like those odds. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Royale | Bush Theatre | 13 Mar - 14 Apr

Based on the real life story of Jack Johnson, 'The Royale' follows Jay 'The Sport' Jackson, who dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. However, it's 1905, boxing is a racially segregated sport, and he is black. A boxing promoter hatches a plan to get him in the ring with the reigning - white - heavyweight champion, but what will be the cost if he wins? Details and tickets here.
MONDAY 16 MARCH 2015 >>
EXHIBITIONS: Fashion On The Ration - 1940s Street Style | Imperial War Museum | 5 Mar - 31 Aug (pictured)
How did fashion survive under 1940s ration? This exhibition at the Imperial War Museum shows how men and women created and adapted clothes and accessories to ensure that war and austerity did not force them to give up on their appearances. It also shows how this still has an effect on fashion today. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The 2000 Year Old Man | JW3 | 9-22 Mar

Back in 1960, before 'The Producers', 'Blazing Saddles' and 'Young Frankenstein', Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner wrote 'The 2000 Year Old Man', a comedy routine pitched as an interview with an extremely elderly man (I reckon you can guess how old) about the many historical figures he has known in his long life. A best-selling album at the time, the show has never been performed live in the UK until now - featuring actor Kerry Shale in the title role and comedian Chris Neill as the interviewer. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Joshua Reynolds - Experiments In Paint | The Wallace Collection | 12 Mar - 7 Jun

This free exhibition gives access to an array of paintings by Joshua Reynolds, widely considered to be one of the greatest portraitists of the eighteenth century. The show offers a snapshot of Joshua Reynolds's creative process, and reveals discoveries made during a four-year research project into the Reynolds works in the Wallace Collection. Details here.
TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2015 >>


COMEDY: Al Murray - One Man, One Guvnor | Queen Elizabeth Hall | 17-18 Mar (pictured)
Taking time off from his attempt to beat Nigel Farage to the position of MP for South Thanet in the upcoming General Election, Al Murray marks his 20th year as the pub landlord with two nights at Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Lunchbox Theatre - Romeo & Juliet | Bridewell Theatre | 17-27 Mar

Evenings are one thing, but is your daytime lacking a bit of culture? The Bridewell's Lunchtime Theatre packs shows into 45 minutes over you lunchbreak. Up next on the schedule is a production of 'Romeo & Juliet' set during 1920s prohibition. Bring your own sandwiches. Details and tickets here.

WORDS & EVENTS: St Patrick's Day Silent Disco | View From The Shard | 17 Mar

What could be more traditional than celebrating St Patrick's Day at a silent disco with a 360 degree view across London? Not much. You'll be welcomed with some Irish whiskey before dancing the night away to your choice of three DJs - including, of course, one playing only Irish music. Details and tickets here.
WEDNESDAY 18 MARCH 2015 >>


DANCE & PHYSICAL: All The Things You Said You Never Said Before You Thought You Could Ever Say | Ovalhouse | 17-28 Mar (pictured)
Compagnie TDU brings to Ovalhouse this tale of two couples. Well, one couple, but two versions of them. One lives with the consequences of a grudge held over a miscommunication, the other embraces the challenge of a shared life. Meanwhile, a greater disaster looms over both possible sides of the relationship. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Trainspotting | King's Head Theatre | 17 Mar - 18 Apr

Given a five star rave review by ThreeWeeks at last year's Edinburgh Festival, Harry Gibson's smart adaptation of Irving Welsh's novel comes to London for a month of performances. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Hiraeth | Soho Theatre | 18-21 Mar

Exploring the decline of Welsh tradition through the story of one woman, 'Hiraeth' follows Bud Jones as she wrestles with her desire to move to London and the knowledge that this will mean the end of her family's 300 year ownership of the farm on which she grew up. Details and tickets here.
THURSDAY 19 MARCH 2015 >>
COMEDY: John Hegley - New And Selected Potatoes | King's Place | 19 Mar
The world can be easily categorised into two types of people: People who like John Hegley, and people who shouldn't be trusted. Oh sure, you might argue, some of those people in the second category might just not be aware of him yet. Well, I wouldn't lend them money. Unless, perhaps, it was to buy a ticket for this show. Details and tickets here.

FILM: BFI Flare - The London LGBT Film Festival | BFI Southbank | 19-29 Mar
The 29th edition of the BFI's annual LBGT film festival begins today, kicking off a ten day programme exploring the best in queer cinema from around the world with a screening of 'I Am Michael' starring James Franco. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Sam Lee album launch shows | various venues | 17-20 Mar (pictured)

Mercury nominated folk musician launches his new album, 'The Fade In Time', with a series of shows around London this week. Tonight he plays Sandy's Row Synagogue, which I'm singling out because it looks like an amazing (not to mention unusual) place to see some live music. Details and tickets here
 
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