THURSDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2015
SUSAN JELLIS: EMMA 200 BRUNSWICK SQUARE
If you go down to Brunswick Square this weekend, you may get a big surprise. No, not bears, but perhaps the odd sighting of folk dressed in regency costume. That's because, starting Thursday, the locale plays host to a festival of Jane Austen related activity marking the bicentenary of the publication of her 1815 novel 'Emma'.

When I heard about Emma 200, I thought all the events sounded rather good (not least because of a performance by TW favourites Austentatious), so I sent some questions over to Susan Jellis, festival organiser and vice chair of Friends of Brunswick Square. And you can read the interview here.

Emma 200 takes place in various venues around Brunswick Square, from 10-13 Sep. See the festival website here for more info and tickets.



AIDAN ROBERTS: TUBULAR BELLS FOR TWO
This month you have two chances to take in highly acclaimed music show 'Tubular Bells For Two', courtesy of Australian pairing Aidan Roberts and Danny Holdsworth. We first became aware of the duo up at the Edinburgh Festival in 2012, and that year, and on two occasions since, published a glowing review.

When I heard that they would be headed to London Wonderground following this year's expedition to the Scottish capital, I thought it was about time we talked to them. I sent some questions over to Aidan Roberts (he's the one the one with the beard). And you can read the interview here.

'Tubular Bells For Two' is on at London Wonderground at South Bank Centre on 12 and 15 Sep. See this page here for details and tickets.



ZOE COOMBS MARR: DAVE
Australian Zoe Coombs Marr has received a lot of acclaim for this show starring her character Dave - a struggling, sexist comedian - and a lot of that approbation comes from her stand-up comedy peers. Who I reckon know what they are talking about.

Coombs Marr has recently headed down to London for a number of dates at the Soho Theatre, following a full run at the Edinburgh Fringe this August. I sent some questions over, to find out more about Dave, Zoe, and what's coming next for both of them. And you can read the interview here.

'Dave' is on at Soho Theatre until 12 Sep. See this page here for more info and tickets.



MADE IN CHINA: TONIGHT I'M GONNA BE THE NEW ME
When we were in Edinburgh this summer (yes, you will never hear the end of that) we heard great things about a show called 'Tonight I'm Gonna Be The New Me' from producing company Made In China. And when we sent our reviewer along, she loved the show.

Next week, the show starts a run at Soho Theatre, so we sent a few questions over to the show's creators, Made In China founders Jessica Latowicki and Tim Cowbury. And you can read the interview here.

'Tonight I'm Gonna Be The New Me' is on at Soho Theatre from 7-26 Sep. See this page here for info and tickets.
FRIDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2015 >>
Richard Herring - Lord Of The Dance Settee | Leicester Square Theatre | 11 Sep
As you may well recall, Richard Herring came up with a spectacular wheeze to encourage ThisWeek London feature him in our Threes To Sees on a weekly basis for a sustained period, when he decided to perform his entire back catalogue of shows at intervals throughout the summer, and autumn, I suppose (time may be getting on, but I'm still holding out for lots of lovely mellow sunshine in September). Info and ticketry here.

Emma 200 | Brunswick Square | 10-13 Sep

If you are a fan of Jane Austen (and I know a great many people who are), you might want to nip along to this mini-fest of Austenalia (if that isn't a word, I just made it up, and it's mine) celebrating the 200 year anniversary of the publication of 'Emma'. It features talks, concerts, guided walks, a film screening, and even a Georgian Country Dance...find lots more info about what's going on here.

Ayanna Witter Johnson | King's Place | 11 Sep (pictured)

The major talent that is Ayanna Witter Johnson is on the bill as part of the King's Place Festival at, er, King's Place. For those who don't know, she already has a MOBO nomination under her belt and she hasn't even released her debut album yet. A classically trained cellist, singer, and composer, she has worked with the likes of sitarist Anoushka Shankar and the Kronos Quartet. She'll be showcasing tracks from that aforementioned debut album. More info about the show here, and help her get her album out here.
SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2015 >>


Tiger, Mog and Pink Rabbit: A Judith Kerr Retrospective | Jewish Museum London | until 14 Oct
This exhibition has been running for quite a while, but I thought lots of you might have missed it over the summer, what with being out there enjoying that good old British sunshine over the last couple of months...anyway, this is one for both parents and children to enjoy, an in-depth and interactive look at the work of a much loved author whose books have been delighting children and young people since about 1968. More info and tickets from the museum website, here.

Post Fringe Gala Bash with Stewart Lee | Union Chapel | 12 Sep

Well, you're probably slightly aware that we're Edinburgh Fringe addicts here at TWHQ, so thank goodness for events like this, a post-festival event featuring some of our favourite acts and including one of our August cover stars, Sofie Hagen. Lee is the headliner, obviously, but he's supported by a very super award-winning and award-nominated line up. See this page here for more info.

Richard Herring - Happy Now? | Leicester Square Theatre | 12 Sep

Meanwhile, about three miles away from the Union Chapel, Stewart Lee's erstwhile partner in comedy crime Richard Herring will be performing the final instalment in his much afore-tipped season of back-catalogue revivals. In 'Happy Now', his latest show, he looks at the question of whether we can ever be truly content, in the light of the fact that he is now settled down with a wife and baby. More info and tickets from this page, right here.
SUNDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2015 >>


Hackney One Carnival | Hackney Town Hall + environs | 13 Sep
Bright, fun, and free. What's not to like? Haste ye to the borough of Hackney to witness a diverse array of entertainment; live music, DJs, children's area and of course, the carnival procession itself, which will see 750 performers taking to the streets, bringing with them the traditional carnival arts of  Africa, Bolivia, Brazil, Caribbean, Ireland and the UK. And if you live along the route of the parade, you can decorate your property and potentially win a prize...! I wish I lived along the route of the parade. Hmmph. See this page here for more details.

Maria Camahort Quintet - Iberian Colours | King's Place | 13 Sep (pictured)

This is the second event that I have plucked from the programme of the King's Place Festival (yes, you know, the one that's at King's Place) and with good reason: I am a sucker for Spanish rhythms. This concert offers performances of the work of tradionally-influenced Spanish composers, promising a "journey through the relationship between Spanish Classical repertoire and influences from Iberia's traditional music". Sounds fab. See more info and arrange tickets here.

NewsRevue | Canal Cafe Theatre | 13 Sep and ongoing
If you haven't yet managed to catch an edition of NewsRevue, then shame on you, frankly, they've been around long enough. You can see the "world's longest running live comedy show" at Canal Cafe Theatre every Thursday through to Saturday, so this show isn't just for today, it's for soon, and the rest of your life. Once you have been once, you will want to go again and again, so it's a good thing the news keeps giving 'em food for new material. More info and tickets from this location here.
MONDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2015 >>
Liam Williams – Bonfire Night | The Invisible Dot | 14-26 Sep
You know how I keep talking about shows that just did a run at the Edinburgh Festival? Yes, well, yep, this is another one of those. Liam Williams seems like a bit of a rising star, in my humble experience of rising stars, and is clocking up those four and five star glowing reviews at an almost undignified speed. Exactly our kind of comedian: intelligent, dark-of-humour, and passionate about social justice. See this page here for more info and tickets.

And Then Come The Nightjars | Theatre503 | until 26 Sep
A couple of weeks ago we ran a Q&A with 'And Then Come The Nightjars' playwright Bea Roberts, ahead of the premiere of this, her first produced fully length play. The show went up at the start of the month, to loads of critical acclaim, and a week into the run is a great time to see a show... the piece centres on the effects of the foot and mouth epidemic of 2001 and explores themes of friendship and rural life. More info and tickets from right about here.

Beyond Expectations | Etcetera Theatre | 14 Sep

Just one London-based chance to see this adaptation from Untold Theatre, a slightly skewed take on Dickens' 'Great Expectations', told from the perspective of the story's cold-hearted female protagonist Estella. Sounds like a very interesting way to approach the text, and allows a woman to take centre stage. Which is always a good thing. See the venue website here for more info and tickets.
TUESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2015 >>


Pig | New Diorama | 15-19 Sep
This is a piece of darkly comic theatre focusing on the police, and those who find themselves at the mercy of the police, and has been developed with the help of anonymous interviews with both serving officers and offenders. Brought to London by Hull based theatre group Silent Uproar, with the support of Hull City Council, Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and the New Diorama Emerging Companies Fund. Go to this page here for more info and tickets.

Tubular Bells For Two | London Wonderground | 15 Sep

Yay for Aidan Roberts and Daniel Holdsworth, and their high energy, super fun two man performances of 'Tubular Bells'. If you didn't manage to catch the show on 12 Sep, here's your last chance for the moment, so don't waste it: 'Tubular Bells' lover or not, you will love this. If you want to know more from them, you can read our recent Q&A here, and you'll find info and tickets on the venue website here.

What The Ladybird Heard | Hackney Empire | 15-16 Sep
If you have children, there's pretty much no question at all that you will have heard of Julia Donaldson, and it's also pretty likely that you will be familiar with one of her seminal tomes 'What The Ladybird Heard'. This staged adaptation will, I am sure, be the perfect daytime treat for your pre-schooler. Younger school-age children needn't miss out though, there's one 4.30pm performance to take in. See this page here for more info and tickets.
WEDNESDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 2015 >>


Mirrors | Camden People's Theatre | 16 Sep
Just one chance to see 'Mirrors', to be staged as part of Camden People's Theatre's Calm Down Dear Festival. Crikey, that's a mouthful, isn't it? Don't try reading aloud. Do, however, go and see this show, a solo piece from Siobhan MacMillan, which explores the experiences of the modern woman via characters, story-telling and comedy. See more info and sort tickets here.

Octagon | Arcola Theatre | 16 Sep-17 Oct

One of my favourite Fringe theatre producing companies Supporting Wall is behind this production of 'Octagon' by US performance poet, playwright and activist Kristiana Rae Colón. The play, which focuses on a group of slam poets, is directed by Nadia Latif, who first came into contact with Colón back in 2008 and directed their first collaboration 'but i cd only whisper'. I really, really want to see this. More info and tickets right here.

Greenwich Comedy Festival | National Maritime Museum | 16-20 Oct

Whoop de doo, is it that time again? Yes, I can confirm that it is, so you can all look forward to five days of fabulous comedy acts to get your teeth into. Well, not literally, obviously. I don't think they would appreciate that. Anyway, some real TW favourites are on the line-up, and I don't think they would mind me mentioning a few names: the likes of Mark Steel, Joe Lycett, Felicity Ward, Bridget Christie, Adam Buxton, Nish Kumar, Luisa Omielan, Kevin Eldon, James Acaster, Tim Key and Mark Thomas. They've even thrown in a couple of TW Editors' Award winners, there, with the fabulous Andrew Maxwell and the marvellous John Robins (pictured). Lots of info on these, and the many other fabulous acts, here.
THURSDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2015 >>
A Girl And A Gun | Camden People's Theatre | 16 Sep-3 Oct
This is part of Calm Down Dear, Camden People Theatre's festival of feminism, which you may have heard of, especially if you read yesterday's set of tips, which included another show from their impressive line up of events. This offering is the work of festival veteran Louise Orwin, who explores the slightly odd trope of girls with guns, and whether Jean-Luc Goddard was right when he said "All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun". See the show listing on the CPT website here for more info and tickets.

Doc Brown | artsdepot | 17 Sep

Doc Brown's career seems to be going pretty well, doesn't it, what with TV appearances on shows like 'Law and Order' and that Russell Howard show, and that viral YouTube thing he did with Ricky Gervais...? Not sure he really needs me to tip him. But, you might need some help, if you haven't yet been exposed to his tip top brand of hip hop comedy. Details and tickets from right about here.

And The World Goes Pop | Tate Modern | 17 Sep-24 Jan

Opening today is this fascinating-looking exhibition at Tate Modern which promises that this "is pop art, but not as you know it". One does tend to think of it very much as a western reflection on consumer culture, but these art works come from all over the world, and show how different cultures from every part of the responded to the pop art movement. See this page here for more info.
 
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