THURSDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2015


AATIF NAWAZ: MUSLIMS DO IT 5 TIMES A DAY
The highly likeable and very talented Aatif Nawaz impressed our reviewer in Edinburgh this summer with his thoughtfully put together show focusing on Western misconceptions about Islam, and it's not something I'd like you Londoners to miss. Luckily for you, a few dates over at that there Musem of Comedy are imminent.

I put some questions to Aatif, to find out more about the show, his career, and what it's like making jokes about these sensitive issues. And you can read the interview here.

Aatif Nawaz performs 'Muslims Do It 5 Times A Day' at Museum Of Comedy from 6-8 Nov. See this page here for tickets and info.

FRIDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2015 >>
Aatif Nawaz - Muslims Do It 5 Times A Day | Museum Of Comedy | 6-8 Nov (pictured)
The super Aatif Nawaz - as featured in a Caro Meets Q&A this week - heads to the Museum Of Comedy this week for three performances of this much praised set addressing the growing divisions between Muslims and non-Muslims in the UK. Serious issues handled with a funny, deftly light touch. See this page here for more info and to book tickets.

Sean Hughes - Mumbo Jumbo | ArtsDepot | 6 Nov

I have had a bit of a soft spot for Sean Hughes for...well, longer than I would really care to remember. The award winning comic, I am pretty sure, gets better as he gets older; a thought that is vaguely topical, as this show about "staying on the right side of sanity" apparently contains some material about ageing. So there you go. More info and tickets here.

LIFEM 2015: Sylvain Chauveau | King's Place | 6 Nov

Sylvain Chauveau's minimal compositions have been released on solo records through companies such as Type, Les Disques du Soleil et de l'Acier, and Brocoli, and he also runs two of his own rather idiosyncratic labels. He's on as part of the generally very interesting sounding London International Festival of Exploratory Music, on at King's Place from 5-8 November; see this page here for more info on Chauveau, and this here for links to info on the three other performances in the strand.
SATURDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2015 >>


Chilly Gonzales and Kaiser Quartett | Royal Festival Hall | 7 Nov
That most excellent Canadian-resident-in-Europe Chilly Gonzales heads London-wards for a date on the South Bank accompanied by Hamburg's Kaiser Quartett. He'll be performing material from latest album 'Chambers', released earlier this year, in which he re-imagines romantic period chamber music as contemporary pop. Sounds interesting, huh? Well, hurry up and get your tickets because there's only a limited number of tickets left. If you can't get one, get that album instead. See here for info.

Al Cubo | The Albany | 7-8 Nov (pictured)

Slapstick, skill, wit, enthusiasm and a large number of white buckets form the basis for this energetic and entertaining celebration of mayhem, brought to you by award winning French/Italian trio BettiCombo. Very promising. Plus, the fact that they're selling family tickets makes me think this is something you could very well take your older kids along to. Which is grand, as it's Saturday. More info right about here.

The Snow Dragon | Canada Water Culture Space | 7 Nov

One more squarely aimed at kids now, from Tall Stories, a company renowned for the quality of their children's entertainment. Featuring songs, laughs, hungry wolves and an adventure through the woods, the play tells the tale of a spoiled little goat who is looking forward to the visit of the legendary Snow Dragon. More info and tickets from this page here.
SUNDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2015 >>


Bear And Butterfly | ArtsDepot | 8 Nov (pictured)
Okay, it's Sunday, and let's face it, it will probably be raining, so let's start with something to entertain those little ones. A sweet little show for your 4-7 year olds, it tells the story of the relationship between a bear and a caterpillar, and how said bear deals with the confusion of his friend's transformation into a beautiful butterfly. Renowned children's theatre types Hullabaloo are the team behind it, so you can expect good things. See this page here for more info and tickets.

Grounded | The Park Theatre | 27 Oct-21 Nov
This has already been on a while, and I haven't yet tipped it, because I am foolish. Or, you know, busy, important, and struggling to find time to do everything. But this looks great, and you've still got a couple of weeks left to fit it into your super busy schedule. So, I suppose I should tell you something about the actual show: well, the play, if you haven't heard of it, tells the story of a former fighter pilot, reassigned to operating military drones from a distance, and was first staged as a one woman show back in 2013 to great acclaim. This version, from Deaf-led producers Deafinitely Theatre features two performers, who together combine British Sign Language, visual storytelling and the spoken word. More info here.

Into The Hoods: Remixed | Peacock Theatre | 23 Oct-14 Nov

Er, yes, so, I was a bit slow off the mark about this one, too, but I feel as though this is a show that you probably should see if you haven't already. Even if you saw it back when it first blew everyone away, this is the 'remixed' version of Zoonation's award winning hip hop dance piece, so you might want to see it again anyway. All the info and tickety business is right here.
MONDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2015 >>
Vampire Hospital Waiting Room | Above The Arts | 9-21 Nov
This critically acclaimed (by us, at least) 2013 Edinburgh Festival hit (see our reviewer's dotingly impressed assessment here) makes its gruesome way to the Arts Theatre to delight audiences with its comic B-movie styled music-infused tale. Dark yet funny; just what you need when the nights are drawing in. See the venue website here for more info.

Mike Wozniak - One Man Cat Band | Invisible Dot | 9-14 Nov (pictured)
Another Edinburgh favourite now, and in fact appearing as part of Invisible Dot's 'From The Fringe' strand with his much lauded 2015 Festival offering. A you may well know, this engaging comedian specialises in vivid storytelling, and is pretty much guaranteed to provide quality entertainment. And if that doesn't persuade you, then perhaps his facial hair will. Just take a look at that lovely moustache. See this page here for more info and to book.

The Platypus Playpen | The Harrison | 9 Nov

Well, you know, you could regard this regular Monday gig as a potentially hit and miss option - a bunch of comedians trying out their new material on you - but on the other hand, you could regard it as a great opportunity to see some really good comedians at a very reasonable price (the show is free with a collection at the end but you can pay five pounds to guarantee entry). The resident MCs - Garret Millerick, Chris Betts and Pierre Novellie - are all fabulous, and amongst the acts lining up on this occasion are some real TW favourites - Dane Baptiste and Abigoliah Schamaun, to name but two. More information here.
TUESDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2015 >>


Sparks | Old Red Lion | 10 Nov-5 Dec
This sounds like an interesting play from award-winning young playwright Simon Longman, which has its premiere next week at the Old Red Lion. It's described as "a touching play about abandoned responsibilities, what we choose to remember and what we thought we'd forgotten", and appears to involve rain in the midlands, a rucksack filled with alcohol, and, er, a fish. Intrigued...? Head this way for more info and to book tickets.

Ian Smith - Whereabouts | Museum Of Comedy | 10 Nov (pictured)

If you haven't yet heard of Ian Smith, you should have heard of him, and not just because he has been on the telly. His brilliant stand-up has been making a serious impact on the TW team in recent years: beginning in 2012, his Edinburgh Fringe shows have garnered four consecutive 5/5 reviews from our writers, and that's a pretty freaking rare achievement, let me tell you. See him now, quickly, before it gets too hard to get a ticket. More info here.  Oh, and if you want to read a really engaging article in which he discusses this show, and other stuff, look at the Q&A we did with him this summer.

Score | Camden People's Theatre | 10-14 Nov
I love the idea of this show from Documental Theatre, which tells the story of two childhood friends, and their journey through the ups and downs of life, but in particular the highs and lows of heroin addiction. It's inspired by the accounts given by parents at Bournemouth Drug Treatment Centre about how they got their kids back, and portrays the central characters not as one-dimensional 'druggie' stereotypes, but normal, flawed, complex individuals like everyone else. See the venue website here for more info.
WEDNESDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2015 >>


Stand Up In Action | Hammersmith Apollo | 11 Nov (pictured)
An extremely starry line up makes its way to west London for this comedy benefit gig, organised in response to the refugee crisis by familiar TV face Greg Davies. All proceeds will go to Action Aid and The UN Refugee Agency, and the likes of Jo Brand, Roisin Conaty, Russell Howard, Reg D Hunter and Dara O'Briain will appear alongside Davies, who hosts the event. Get your tickets here.

Radar 2015 | Bush Theatre | 11-26 Nov

The Bush Theatre's new writing festival Radar kicks off today, and there are all sorts of tasty theatrical treats to choose from over the next couple of weeks. Today you can see the shows 'Misty' and 'Dirty Little Secrets', both of which look excellent, but there are plenty more double bills to look out for in subsequent days. See this page here for your guide to what's on each day.

Trois Ruptures | Print Room | 11-18 Nov

This new-ish play - it premiered last January at the Chelsea Theatre - is a dark comedy from French playwright Rémi De Vos which depicts the disintegrating relationships of three separate couples, investigates the human condition, and brings humour out of situations that should not really be funny...it's in French, but with English surtitles, so you don't need to be French or fluent to enjoy it. Find more info and book tickets here.
THURSDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2015 >>
I Want My Hat Back | National Theatre | 12 Nov-2 Jan
Jon Klassen's witty book-for-children-that-appeals-very-much-to-parents, published in 2011 and quickly established as a modern classic, is brought to the stage for this National Theatre production. The show has been adapted by acclaimed playwright Joel Horwood and the music has been written by that nice Arthur Darvill off the telly. Today is the first day, but you've got lots of chances to see it as it's on until the new year. See this page here for info and to book.

Denmarked | Battersea Arts Centre | 12-14 Nov (pictured)
This is an autobiographical performance conveyed via the media of storytelling, singing, rapping and a loop station. Conrad Murray is the star, telling stories from the council estate - rites of passage, dodgy friends, your first arrest. Sounds like it will be a heartfelt, personal show, which aims to explore just how much events in our lives change and shape us. See the venue website here for more info and tickets.

The End Festival | various venues in N8 | 12-22 Nov

Lots of different, exciting, interesting underground music acts, all squashed together in one big happy Crouch End smorgasbord. Acts lined up to play include The Wave Pictures, The Fierce and The Dead, Emma Pollock, DJ Jeanette Leach and You Are Wolf. If you haven't heard of any of them, then maybe you should get along to N8 and discover them. Then you really will be a really hip hipster. For real. Details and ticket info here.
 
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