THURSDAY 25 JUNE 2015
BARELY METHODICAL TROUPE: BROMANCE
We first heard about Barely Methodical Troupe and their debut production 'Bromance' when they performed it to high acclaim at last year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe. They are taking the show back up to the Scottish capital this year, but before they do that, they are doing a run at London's South Bank Centre, as part of the Udderbelly Festival.

I've been interested in finding out more this group ever since we first came across them, so, when the opportunity arose, I sent some questions over to the trio, to find out more about this show, their techniques, and the company. You can read the interview here.

'Bromance' is on as part of the Udderbelly Festival at the Southbank Centre, until 19 Jul. More info and tickets here.




ANDREW KEATES: AS IS
Following a stint at the Finborough in 2013, director Andrew Keates next week brings his production of William M Hoffman's critically acclaimed eighties AIDS play 'As Is' to Trafalgar Studios for a month long run, accompanied by a series of associated events.

Keen to discover more about the play, the activity and activism surrounding it, and his reasons for staging it now, I sent some questions over to Andrew, ahead of the upcoming performances. You can read the interview here.

‘As Is’ is on at Trafalgar Studios from 1 Jul until 1 Aug. For more info and tickets see this page here.
FRIDAY 26 JUNE 2015 >>
COMEDY: Reginald D Hunter - The Man Who Attempted To Do As Much As Such | Hammersmith Apollo | 26-27 Jun
Reginald D Hunter hits London on his latest tour with two nights at the Hammersmith Apollo. In 'The Man Who Attempted To Do As Much As Such' he explores recent events in his life, from stirring up anger in the media to documenting the music of his home state, Georgia. Details and tickets here.

EVENT: Westway Beach | Acklam Village Market | 26-28 Jun

The seaside comes to West London this weekend, with Acklam Village Market under the Westway and off Portobello Road is transformed into a beach. The market will run as usual on Saturday and Sunday, plus there'll be plenty of beach activities and the Portobello Pop-Up Cinema show sea-related films. Details here.

MUSIC: Burt Bacharach - A Life In Song | Royal Festival Hall | 26 Jun
Burt Bacharach comes back to the Royal Festival Hall for one night only, performing some of the best of the songs he's written over the last 50 years live with a full orchestra as well as being interviewed on stage about his life and career. The show will also be filmed for later broadcast by the BBC. Details and tickets here.
SATURDAY 27 JUNE 2015 >>


COMEDY: Luisa Omielan – Am I Right Ladies?! | Udderbelly | 26-27 Jun (pictured)
Luisa Omielan brings her acclaimed show 'Am I Right Ladies?!' to the Udderbelly for two nights (tonight being the second, so move fast). This "party with jokes" is an emotionally upfront and unique show filled with positivity. Details and tickets here.

EXHIBITION: Duane Hanson | Serpentine Sackler Gallery | 2 Jun - 13 Sep
A retrospective of work by American sculptor Duane Hanson, who died in 1996. Throughout his 40 year career, he created lifelike sculptures portray the lives of working class Americans shown here at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Details and tickets here.

EXHIBITION: Station To Station - A 30 Day Happening | Barbican | 27 Jun - 26 Jul
Doug Aitken's "living exhibition" will take over the Barbican Centre for 30 days, featuring over 100 events (both free and ticketed) with no two days the same. See music recorded, vinyl pressed, art made, dancers dance, and more. Details and tickets here.
SUNDAY 28 JUNE 2015 >>


CIRCUS: Barely Methodical Troupe – Bromance | Udderbelly | 24 Jun - 19 Jul (pictured)
Fusing circus with comedy, brotherhood with romance, and sex appeal with stunts, ‘Bromance’ is brought to you by Barely Methodical Troupe, winners of Circus Maximus, the UK’s first circus competition. Using powerful music and spotlights, the troupe perform an array of acrobatics around the central theme of friendship. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: British Summer Time Family Event | Hyde Park | 28 Jun

It's family day at the British Summer Time festival, with a line-up featuring Union J, Collabro, Brainiac Live, Justin Fletcher, Dick & Dom, Horrible Histories, and more. Details and tickets here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: FreshFaced + WildEyed | The Photographer's Gallery | 16 Jun - 5 Jul

The Photographers’ Gallery presents FreshFaced+WildEyed 2015, its annual exhibition dedicated to recognising and nurturing new talents. 25 emerging photographers and artists have been selected by a judging panel of photography experts. Details and tickets here.
MONDAY 29 JUNE 2015 >>
COMEDY: Stewart Lee - A Room With A Stew | Soho Theatre | 29 Jun - 3 Jul (pictured)
Stewart Lee continues his run of work in progress shows in preparation for the next series of 'Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle'. Worth attending because it is Stewart Lee. Details and tickets here.

EVENT: Wimbledon | The All England Lawn Tennis Club | 29 Jun - 12 Jul

There are few things as British as Wimbledon. Queuing. Eating strawberries and cream. Waiting for rain to pass. Shouting the name of a person because they are British. Being shushed for shouting. Being vaguely interested in a sport for a set period of time. It is our entire culture compressed into two weeks. Details and tickets here.

EXHIBITION: Summer Exhibition | Royal Academy | 9 Jun – 17 Aug

Packed full of work by emerging and established artists across a variety of media,The Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition has been held every year since 1769, and they're not about to stop now. Imagine if they just took a year off suddenly. For one thing we'd have to work out what the largest open submission exhibition in the world was, because currently this is it. Details here.
TUESDAY 30 JUNE 2015 >>


COMEDY: James Acaster - Work In Progress | The Invisible Dot | 30 Jun (pictured)
James Acaster will be performing some work in progress new material at The Invisible Dot tonight. "But how can I be sure this will be good?" You ask. Well, he's been nominated for Best Show at the Fosters Comedy Awards for the last three year's running. Also, shut up. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Lampedusa | Soho Theatre | 30 Jun - 25 Jul

Anders Lustgarten’s Lampedusa follows the stories of two people working on the island of Lampedusa, sat between North Africa and Italy. Stefano’s job is to pull drowned migrants out of the sea, while Denise goes door to door collecting payday loans. Along the way these two strangers find hope and connection where they least expect it. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Serial Killers | Bridewell Theatre | 30 Jun - 4 Jul

James Griffin's comedy 'Serial Killers' follow a week in the lives of five writers of TV medical soap opera 'Heart Of Hearts'. Ratings are falling, so they come up with an exciting storyline for one of the main characters, heart-throb surgeon Dr Robert Gilligan, which will ultimately see him written out. But the actor behind him doesn't want to go, and quickly behind-the-scenes the drama becomes all too real. Details and tickets here.
WEDNESDAY 1 JULY 2015 >>


CHILDREN'S SHOW: The Three Pigs | Little Angel Theatre | 1-5 Jul
'The Three Little Pigs', 'Susannah The Fanciful Sow' and 'The Old Woman And Her Pig' are all brought to life with songs and storytelling by Rod Burnett and Storybox Theatre. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Steen Raskopoulos - Character Assassin | Soho Theatre | 1-11 Jul (pictured)
Back in London with his latest hour, it's one man sketch show Steen Raskopoulos showing why he's one of the most hotly tipped newcomers on the circuit. "It’s facial expressions and subtle gestures that help him become his characters – not costume changes", said ThreeWeeks in this 5/5 review. "It’s in the nuance, not the overt". Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: As Is | Trafalgar Studios | 1 Jul - 1 Aug
Set in New York in 1985, Rich, a young writer beginning to find success, has just broken up with his long term boyfriend Saul and started seeing someone else, when he discovers that he has contracted AIDS and returns to his former partner for comfort. This new staging at Trafalgar Studios, following a 2013 sell out run at the Finborough, marks 30 years since William M Hoffman's powerful play was first staged in New York. Details and tickets here.
THURSDAY 2 JULY 2015 >>
COMEDY: Liam Williams - Work In Progress | The Invisible Dot | 2 Jul (pictured)
Liam Williams appears at The Invisible Dot tonight to work through some new material, which is an exciting prospect because, as you'll hopefully already know, he's already got a lot of very good material written. He's good at it, you see? And that's why you should go to this. Details and tickets here.

EVENT: RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show | Hampton Court Palace | 30 Jun - 5 Jul

Do you like flowers? Who doesn't like flowers? Actually, thinking about it, I can think of several people who have told me they don't really like flowers. Oh well, they won't be at the Royal Horticultural Society's annual show, which means there'll be more room for you, the noted flower fancier who has bothered to read this far. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Orson’s Shadow | Southwark Playhouse | 1-25 Jul

Based on true events and set in 1960, Orson Welles has agreed to direct Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright in a production of Eugène Ionesco’s 'Rhinoceros' at the Royal Court Theatre. But with Olivier’s eccentric wife Vivien Leigh added to the volatile mix, legendary egos collide both on stage and off. Details and tickets here.
 
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