THURSDAY 21 MAY 2015
LUCA SILVESTRINI: BORDER TALES
This week Luca Silvestrini's Protein revives acclaimed piece 'Border Tales', an exploration of multi-cultural living, as the opening event for the annual Greenwich Dances festival. The company is known for its high quality, accessible and humorous work.

The piece was conceived and directed by artistic director Silvestrini himself. I put some questions to the renowned choreographer. You can read it here.

Border Tales launches the Greenwich Dances festival at Borough Hall from 22-23 May. See this page here for more information. You can also view listings here for other Greenwich Dances events.



ODD COMIC: MY CHAMPION HEARTACHE
Odd Comic, aka artists Holly Bodmer and Dot Howard, this month bring their new live art performance 'My Champion Heartache' to The Yard Theatre in London, following a premiere at the currently ongoing 2015 Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

The show focuses on people's relationships with their pets, and features an appearance by an especially talented tortoise. I sent some questions over to the duo, to find out more. You can read it here.

'My Champion Heartache' can be seen as part of a double bill at the Now 15 Festival at The Yard Theatre from 26-30 May. See this page here for more info and to book tickets.




BEN DUKE: PARADISE LOST
Can you imagine a one man 'Paradise Lost' incorporating theatre, dance and spoken word...? For Ben Duke of Lost Dog Dance, it was a vision that he has turned to reality; the resulting (and brilliant-sounding) show heads to BAC next week for two performances only.

I sent some questions over to Ben, find out more about the piece, how it was created, and how the show compares to Milton's epic poem. You can read it here.

Paradise Lost (Lies Unopened Beside Me) is on as part of The Place at Battersea Arts Centre from 26-27 May. See this page here for more info and tickets.




VICKI AMEDUME: BEDTIME STORIES
Half term is coming up, so if you are a parent, you might be interested to hear that family circus piece 'Bedtime Stories' is headed to Stratford Circus Arts Centre for four performances next week.

The show has been created by Vicki Amedume, aerialist and circus practitioner, via her critically acclaimed company Upswing. I put some questions to Vicki, ahead of the imminent run. You can read it here.

'Bedtime Stories' is on at Stratford Circus Arts Centre for four performances from 28-30 May. See the venue website here for more info and to book.
FRIDAY 22 MAY 2015>>
EXHIBITION: Riviera Style - Resort & Swimwear since 1900 | Fashion & Textile Museum | 22 May - 30 Aug
Summer is fast approaching, so ready yourself with this exploration of beach fashions over the last 115 years, from beach pyjamas to bikinis and examples from the race to design a material that wouldn't sag when wet. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Mara Carlyle | RichMix | 22 May (pictured)
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Mara Carlyle comes to Bethnal Green's RichMix as part of a week-long Serious Space takeover, performing songs from her albums 'The Lonely' and 'Floreat'. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Tom Vek - We Have Sound 10 | Electric Brixton | 22 May

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of its original release, Tom Vek will perform his debut album 'We Have Sound' live in full at Brixton's Electric venue, maybe throwing a couple of songs from his two more recent albums too. Details and tickets here.
SATURDAY 23 MAY 2015


EVENT: Foodies Festival | Syon Park | 23-25 May
Do you like food? Might you consider yourself a 'foodie'? And how about going outside, are you up for that? Well then this is the event for you. A whole three days of chefs and food makers showing off their skills and wares. There's even a daily chilli eating challenge, to ensure you don't forget the event for some time afterwards. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Labyrinth Masquerade Ball | Prince Charles Cinema | 23 May (pictured)

Sometimes just sitting down and watching a film isn't enough. Especially not with one like 'Labyrinth'. No, for that you want to dress up, wear a mask, have a bit of a party (presided over by a David Bowie impersonator) first, and then sit down with a load of like-minded people ready to sing along with all the songs. And that is what this is, if I hadn't made that clear. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Hawaiian Bop | CLF Art Cafe | 23 May

I don't know about you, but I don't go to enough Hawaiian-themed club nights. As a child, American movies make be believe that this was a major part of adult life. Bloody Hollywood. Well, luckily there's one right here, with a range of great music spanning the 40s to the 60s. Details and tickets here.
SUNDAY 24 MAY 2015>>


EVENT: DIY Cultures 2015 | RichMix | 24 May
A day long festival celebrating independent creators and creations, with talks, exhibitions, music, film, workshops and poetry exploring zines, artist books, comics, artists-run spaces and more. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Hozier | The Garage | 24 May
Rising pop superstar Hozier headlines a special Xfm-hosted night at The Garage in Islington to raise money for the Make Some Noise charity to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people around the country. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Ride | The Roundhouse | 24 May (pictured)
Ride come to the Roundhouse for the biggest date of their ongoing reunion tour, which sees them playing their first live shows for 20 years. The show also acts as a warm up for their headline slot at this year's Field Day festival next month. Details and tickets here.
MONDAY 25 MAY 2015 >>
CHILDREN'S SHOW: The Cat In The Hat | Greenwich Theatre | 25-27 May (pictured)
Adapted from the original Dr Seuss book by Katie Mitchell and directed by Paul Taylor-Mills and Lillie Collier, 'The Cat In The Hat' comes to the London stage following a UK tour. Can Sally and her brother get that cat in check before their mum comes home? It's going to be a close call. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Sheeps Wembley Previews | Soho Theatre | 25-30 May
Sprightly sketch three-piece Sheeps - that's Daran Johnson, Liam Williams, and Alastair Roberts - work on the (imaginary) premise that they're practising ahead of a (not real) show at Wembley Stadium. So this involves them repeatedly binning and re-inventing the same aquarium-based scenario in a variety of styles, and eventually picking apart a) each other and b) the very nature of what makes good comedy. Details and tickets here.

EVENT: Russell Brand's Trew Musings | The Proud Archivist | 25 May
Russell Brand's Trew Musings night of readings, musings and discussions returns to The Proud Archivist in Dalston for a second series. Details and tickets here.
TUESDAY 26 MAY 2015 >>


MUSIC: Kelela | XOYO | 26 May (pictured)
Two years on from her still excellent 'Cut 4 Me' mixtape, R&B vocalist Kelela comes to London for a headline set at XOYO. In addition to that mixtape, check out her recent Arca collaboration 'A Message' here. Details and tickets here.

POETRY: Poetry @ The Print Room | The Print Room | 26 May

A night of poetry from Declan Ryan, Daljit Nagra, the award-winning Jo Shapcott, a students of the Faber Academy, part of a series of intimate evenings with contemporary poets at The Print Room. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Dogs Of War | Old Red Lion Theatre | 26 May - 20 Jun

A dark comedy written by Tom O'Brien, and directed by Tim Foley (who has previously earned 5/5 status from ThreeWeeks), follows a family battling with the fear of change, isolation and separation. Details and tickets here.
WEDNESDAY 27 MAY 2015 >>


COMEDY: Tim Vine - Tim Timinee Tim Timinee Tim Tim To You | Bloomsbury Theatre | 26-30 May (pictured)
On his first stand up tour for four years, Tim Vine is back with another barrage of one-liners, prop-based gags, and silly songs. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Ryoji Ikeda - Supercodex | Village Underground | 27 May

Electronic musician and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda brings his impressive talents to Village Underground, in partnership with the Barbican Centre. 'Supercodex' sees him rework his 2013 'Superposition' piece into an immersive club show. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Clockmaker's Daughter | Landor Theatre | 27 May
The world premiere of a new show by writers Daniel Finn and Michael Webborn, 'The Clockmaker's Daughter' is set in a fictional Irish town and built around themes of prejudice, discrimination, animosity and a fear of the unknown, accompanied by a soundtrack of original folk music. Details and tickets here.
THURSDAY 28 MAY 2015 >>
CHILDREN'S SHOW: Bedtime Stories | Stratford Circus Arts Centre | 28-30 May (pictured)
This circus show takes a girl from her bed, to the moon, across the sea, over mountains and then back home again. Find out more in this TWL interview with creator Vicki Amedume. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Alex Burey | London Fields Brewery | 28 May
Hotley-tipped singer-songwriter Alex Burey, whose soulful vocals belie his nineteen years, headlines a special show at the London Fields Brewery in Hackney, ahead of the release of his new EP, 'The Family Stone', on 13 Jun. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Kafka On The Shore | Barbican | 28-30 May
The Ninagawa Company's stage adaptation of Haruki Murakami's best-selling novel comes to London. Performed in Japanese with English subtitles, the performance has already been described as "stunning". Details and tickets here.
 
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