THURSDAY 4 JUNE 2015
SIMON STEPHENS: REALITY FROM THE BRIDGE
You've no doubt heard of The BRIT School and its myriad successful alumnae (the likes of Cush Jumbo, Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Jessie J) , but you may not have heard of The Bridge Company, its theatre-department off-shoot, which provides a bridge (see what they did there?) for graduates of the school to a career in theatrical performance.

Their current show 'Reality', which is suitable for teenage audiences, heads to London's Ovalhouse this month. I sent some questions over to BRIT School theatre director Simon Stephens. You can read the interview here.

Reality is on at Ovalhouse from 9-27 Jun, book tickets for the show right about here.



DANIEL FINN: THE CLOCKMAKER'S DAUGHTER
'The Clockmaker's Daughter', a new musical from the writing partnership of Michael Webborn and Daniel Finn, has just begun a month-long run at London's Landor Theatre, and early responses to the production appear to be extremely positive...

Intrigued by the sound of the show's folky subject matter and themes, I sent some questions over to Daniel Finn, to find out more about the musical, and the team behind it. You can read the interview here.

'The Clockmaker's Daughter' is on at Landor Theatre until 4 Jul. See this page here for more info and tickets.

FRIDAY 5 JUNE 2015 >>
COMEDY: Disney Night III | Camden Comedy Club | 5
Jun

Laugh Out London's third Disney-themed night takes place tonight, hosted by comedy's Disney authority Thom Tuck. Also on hand to deliver animation-related jokes will be Andrew O'Neill, Lou Sanders, Beth Vyse, and more. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Pop Forensics | Wellcome Collection | 5-6 Jun

A two-day event at the Wellcome Collection in collaboration with the BFI looking at how forensics is portrayed in film, literature and television. A series of film screenings with Q&A sessions will look at how the popular perception of forensics affects the courtroom. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Oresteia | Almeida Theatre | 29 May - 18 Jul (pictured)
Orestes' parents are at war. A family drama spanning several decades, a huge, moving, bloody saga, Aeschylus' greatest and final play asks whether justice can ever be done - and continues to resonate more than two millennia after it was written. Details and tickets here.
SATURDAY 6 JUNE 2015 >>


CHILDREN'S SHOW: Kid Carpet And The Noisy Neighbours | Greenwich Theatre | 6 Jun (Pictured)
The utterly, utterly, utterly brilliant Kid Carpet comes to Greenwich Theatre with his latest show for children. Through the combined arts of theatre and pop music he'll ask questions, such as are the neighbours really feeding cats to their dog? And Why do they smell like lemons and cat wee? Details and tickets here.

MAGIC: Pete Firman | Udderbelly | 6 Jun
Top comedic magician, or magical comedian - No, I think the first one was better - Pete Firman will be performing for one night only at the Udderbelly down on London's Southbank. If you like magic tricks and jokes, you should head down to see him. If you don't like magic and jokes, I don't think we can be friends anymore. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Field Day | Victoria Park | 6-7 Jun
Headlined by Caribou and Ride, Field Day returns to East London's Victoria Park for its ninth year. Other acts on the impressive two day line-up include Run The Jewels, Patti Smith, Hudson Mohawke, Tune-Yards, FKA Twigs, Savages, Sophie, and Tei Shi. Details and tickets here.
SUNDAY 7 JUNE 2015 >>


CIRCUS: Circus Geeks - Beta Testing | Udderbelly | 29 May - 21 Jun
There are two performances of Circus Geeks' 'Beta Testing' today, which gives you very little excuse not to set it in your diary. The group reveal the secrets of life as a juggler, and most importantly show off the incredible skills that have allowed them to go pro. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Dan Clark - The Wow Wow Show | Soho Theatre | 7 Jun (pictured)
Funny fella Dan Clark brings his British take on the classic American talk show to the Soho Theatre, with stand up, sketches, music and more, showcasing the finest in upcoming comedy talent. Guests announced so far include Natasia Demetriou, Liam Williams, and Oliver Maltman. Plus there will be music from house musicians the Wow Wow Band. Details and tickets here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Victorian London In Photographs | London Metropolitan Archives | 5 May - 8 Oct

I don't know about you, but I find looking at old pictures of London endlessly fascinating. Especially areas I recognise well. So this free exhibition of pictures from the arrival of photograph in capital in 1839 and beyond is very appealing. See the first known photograph of the capital to the opening of Blackwall Tunnel, daily life on the city streets and more. Details here.
MONDAY 8 JUNE 2015 >>
MUSIC: Amanda Palmer | Union Chapel | 8-9 Jun (pictured)
In support of her book 'The Art Of Asking', Amanda Palmer will perform two shows at Union Chapel in Islington that will be a mixture of music, spoken word pieces and audience Q&As. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Death Cab For Cutie | Shepherds Bush Empire | 8-9 Jun

In town to promote their latest album 'Kintsugi', the first without co-founder Chris Walla, Death Cab For Cutie hit the Shepherds Bush Empire. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Take That | O2 Arena | 4-19 Jun

Like Death Cab For Cutie, Take That are also now slimmed down to a trio (this may be where the similarities end). Nonetheless, they're playing ten nights at the O2 Arena, which suggests their popularity hasn't been hurt by this. Details and tickets here.
TUESDAY 9 JUNE 2015 >>


FILM: London Road - The Live Film Premiere | various cinemas | 9 Jun
The premiere of the film version of National Theatre production 'London Road', which stars Olivia Colman, Anita Dobson and Tom Hardy, will be broadcast in cinemas around the capital (and nationwide). Key cast and crew will be on hand for a Q&A after the screening. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: d(ARE) / Here Be Lions | The Print Room | 9-27 Jun (pictured)
The original French production of 'd(ARE) / Here Be Lions' was created by artist, choreographer and dancer Sandrine Buring, and playwright and director Stéphane Olry, an inspired by their artist residencies at the Hôpital de la Roche-Guyon, a hospital for children with multiple and severe neurological difficulties. Translated by Neil Bartlett, with performers including actor Hayley Carmichael and vocal improviser Phil Minton, this is the UK premiere of this blend of dance and immersive theatre. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Reality | Ovalhouse | 9-27 Jun

A new play from Georgia Fitch, directed by Sarah Bedi, 'Reality' follows Darren as he prepares for new reality TV show 'The Hostage'. It becomes apparent that the show is going to be a lot tougher than he initially imagined, but if he gets through it he believes his life will be turned around. Find out more in this TWL interview. Details and tickets here.
WEDNESDAY 10 JUNE 2015 >>


THEATRE: An Audience With Jimmy Savile | Park Theatre | 10 Jun - 11 Jul (pictured)
The world premiere of Jonathan Maitland's 'An Audience With Jimmy Savile', starring Alistair McGowan. Set in 1991, just after Savile received his knighthood, the story examines how he got away with the sexual abuse he was carrying out apparently unnoticed and follows one woman who fought back. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Education Of A Lapdancer | Courtyard Theatre | 10-14 Jun
John Cooper's 'The Education Of A Lapdancer' explores the growing ethnic diversity of contemporary London and looks at values and morals in a rapidly changing culture, and the realities of life for those at the frontline in public sector education and those trying to get their first job - what will get a personable young girl from Romania further, a GCSE or a G-String? Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Motherfucker With The Hat | National Theatre | 10 Jun - 20 Aug
The Broadway production of Stephen Adly Guirgis' 'The Motherfucker With The Hat' received six Tony nominations. Now it comes to London's National Theatre, telling the story of Jackie, just out of prison and staying out of trouble. It looks like he's found a job and he's together with his high school sweetheart. The only problem is this hat. Details and tickets here.
THURSDAY 11 JUNE 2015 >>
COMEDY: The Horne Section's Question Session | Udderbelly | 18 May (pictured)
Comedian Alex Horne and his very own house band host their own quiz, giving them the chance to show off their skills in both improvised and pre-prepared musical comedy. Also, it's a quiz! Who doesn't like a quiz? And there will be special guests in the form of Andrew Maxwell and Ivo Graham. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Hang | Royal Court | 11 Jun - 18 Jul
Written and directed by Debbie Tucker Green and starring Marianne Jean-Baptiste, 'Hang' is the story of a woman who is the victim a crime and is asked to make an unspeakable decision about the fate of the perpetrator. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: We Want You To Watch | National Theatre | 11 Jun - 11 Jul

The latest play from rapidly rising playwright Alice Birch's latest play, 'We Want You To Watch', follows two women as they attempt to shut down the porn industry - a monumental task that takes them down increasingly strange avenues. Details and tickets here.
 
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