THURSDAY 26 MARCH 2015

IDLE MOTION: SHOOTING WITH LIGHT
We first came across theatre company Idle Motion at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where they've impressed our review team with their excellent, thought-provoking work. When I heard they were planning to shine their light on on the subject of Gerda Taro, a skilled German photographer who worked on the frontlines of the Spanish Civil War, I was intrigued.

I sent some questions over to Grace Chapman, who performs in the play, 'Shooting With Light', but is also co-director, producer and company manager of Idle Motion. You can read the interview here.

'Shooting With Light' is on at New Diorama Theatre until 11 Apr. See the venue website here for more information and tickets.

BRIAN LOGAN: SPRINT AT CAMDEN PEOPLE'S THEATRE
Sprint Festival at Camden People's Theatre has been running since early in March, but comes to an end on Sunday. It may be nearly over but there's still a chance to catch some of the excellent events on offer.

So, now might be a great time to re-visit the interview with CPT artistic director Brian Logan that went live on the ThisWeek website earlier this month, to find out more about the highlights of this year's festival. You can read it 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.

FRIDAY 27 MARCH 2015>>
COMEDY: Omid Djalili - Iranalamadingdong | Hammersmith Apollo | 27-28 Mar (pictured)
Omid Djalili brings a six month tour of his latest stand up show, 'Iranalamadingdong', to a close with the second of two nights at the Hammersmith Apollo, giving his take on everything from the Middle East to Miley Cyrus. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Susie Essman | Soho Theatre | 27-29 Mar
Known for her role in 'Curb Your Enthusiasm', Susie Essman also has almost 30 years of experience as a stand up under her belt. Following a run at the Soho Theatre in 2012, the US comic is back again for three nights. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: GoGo Penguin | Union Chapel | 27 Mar

Mercury-nominated last year for their debut album 'Fanfares', jazz trio GoGo Penguin return to headline Islington's Union Chapel for the second time for a special one-off show. Details and tickets here.
SATURDAY 28 MARCH 2015


THEATRE: I Am & Under The Covers (Double Bill) | Battersea Arts Centre | 28 Mar
Despite a major fire causing considerable damage to the building earlier this month, the Battersea Arts Centre was partly re-opened a day later, with many shows still running as planned. This double bill, as part of the BAC's Hourglass Festival, features two shows that examine the beliefs and attitudes held by young people in contemporary society. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Violetta's Last Tango | Artsdepot | 28 Mar (pictured)
Combining theatre, opera and dance, this show, loosely based on 'La Traviata', stars operatic soprano Ann Liebeck and West End star Arthur Kyeyune, with tango dancers David and Kim Benitez, and Cuban jazz violinist Omar Puente's tango band. Details and tickets here.

WORDS & EVENTS: Independent Label Market | Old Spitalfields Market | 28 Mar

The Independent Label Market comes back to London for its first event of 2015. Browse stalls set up by over 100 independent record labels, such as Warp, Domino, Fabric, City Slang and more, and then sample some fine ales at the adjacent London Brewers’ Market while a a range of DJs spin out some tunes. Details here.
SUNDAY 29 MARCH 2015>>


CHILDREN'S SHOWS: Against Captain's Orders - A Journey Into The Uncharted | National Maritime Museum | 28 Mar - 31 Aug
Created by Punchdrunk Enrichment, this new interactive show takes groups of 6-12 year olds and their families and places on the crew on the HMS Adventure. They then explore the vast wealth of maritime history and artefacts the National Maritime Museum has to offer. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Ameriie | The Jazz Cafe | 29 & 31 Mar (pictured)

R&B singer Ameriie comes to London's Jazz Cafe for two shows as part of her 2015 UK tour, at both of which she will be performing with a full live band. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Fragile | King's Head Theatre | 22 Mar - 12 Apr

The second of four weekly performances of Geoff Thompson's "emotionally raw and uncompromising" 'Fragile' at the King's Head. Feeling that there are no people he can trust with his secrets, he pours his thoughts into a tape recorder, telling it everything he is unable to say to anyone else. Details and tickets here.
MONDAY 30 MARCH 2015 >>
CHILDREN'S SHOWS: Comedy Club 4 Kids | Greenwich Theatre | 30 Mar (pictured)
If you're looking for something to keep the kids occupied as the Easter holiday start, this is always something to stick on your to do list. And I'll let you into a little secret - you'll enjoy this just as much as they will. MCed by the brilliant Tiernan Douieb, there will be sets from Johnny & Inel and Iain Stirling. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: No Such Thing As A Fish Podcast | Soho Theatre | 30 Mar
Named the best new podcast of 2014 by iTunes, The QI Elves' No Such Thing As A Fish Podcast finishes its current weekly run of recordings at the Soho Theatre tonight. Read this ThreeWeeks interview with one of the elves, Dan Schreiber, to find out more. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Tove Lo | Koko | 30 Mar

With songwriting credits for the likes of Girls Aloud and Icona Pop already under her belt, not to mention a string of her own singles, rising Swedish popstar Tove Lo heads to Camden for her biggest UK show to date. Details and tickets here.
TUESDAY 31 MARCH 2015 >>


COMEDY: John-Luke Roberts – Stnad-Up | Soho Theatre | 31 Mar - 1 Apr (pictured)
John-Luke Roberts is a man who, when not trying to make people think I've put a typo in his show title (it really is called 'Stnad Up'), is a member of the 'Alternative Comedy Memorial Society' and a writer on 'The News Quiz' and 'Have I Got News For You'. Here he brings his third solo show to the Soho Theatre, "an emotionally raw and incredibly silly hour of sort-of-stand up". Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Future Islands | The Roundhouse | 30-31 Mar

Together for a decade already, Future Islands boosted their fanbase massively last year with a series of impressive TV performances and their fourth album (first for the legendary 4AD label), 'Singles'. This will be the second of two nights at The Roundhouse. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales For Young & Old | The Bargehouse | until 11 Apr
This has been on for a little while already, but the Easter holidays provide the perfect opportunity to grab some last minute tickets. Philip Pullman's collection of Grimms' fairytales is adapted into a piece of immersive theatre by Philip Wilson. Details and tickets here.
WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL 2015 >>


COMEDY: Des Bishop - Made In China | Soho Theatre | 31 Mar - 11 Apr (pictured)
Des Bishop went to China. Des Bishop went to China to learn Mandarin. Des Bishop went to China to learn Mandarin so that he could perform stand up to a Chinese audience. This is his story. In English. Mostly. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Abyss | Arcola Theatre | 1-25 Apr

Karla Richter goes to the shop, but never comes back. The friends she left waiting for her set out to find her, but how will digging into her past affect the way they feel about her? Maria Milisavljevic's acclaimed play receives its UK premiere at the Arcola. Details and tickets here.

WORDS & EVENTS: Letters Live | Freemasons' Hall | 31 Mar - 4 Apr
The live offshoot of the brilliant Letters Of Note blog returns and stretches out to a five-day affair. Every night, Benedict Cumberbatch and Leslie Brealey will take to the stage to read a selection of letters, joined by guests including Matt Berry, Caitlin Moran, Sally Hawkins and Tom Odell. Details and tickets here.
THURSDAY 2 APRIL 2015 >>
CHILDREN'S SHOWS/DANCE: My First Ballet - Swan Lake | English National Ballet | 2 Apr - 23 May (pictured)
The English National Ballet and English National Ballet School's My First Ballet series returns with an adaptation of 'Swan Lake' for children aged three and up. A narrator is on hand throughout to help the children follow the story, providing an easy way to introduce them to ballet. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: The Beta Males | Soho Theatre | 2-4 Apr

Described as "something really quite special" by ThreeWeeks at last year's Edinburgh Festival, The Beta Males' latest show 'Happenstance' comes to the Soho Theatre for a three night run, showing off their exciting take on sketch comedy. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: The Lock Tavern Festival | The Lock Tavern | 2-5 Apr

Here's a great way to spend your Easter weekend - The Lock Tavern is putting on four days of exciting new and established bands to keep you entertained. The likes of Skinny Girl Diet, William Arcane, The Voyeurs, Flowers and more will all take to the stage. And best of all, entry is free. Details and tickets (to ensure guaranteed entry) here.
 
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