Culture Calendar #25: Picks For The Week

Let The Tung Plan Your Week

w/c 3rd July

What: PLAY Theatre Take Over

Where: Bunker Theatre, Southwark

When: Monday 3rd – Saturday 8th

Award winning theatre company Play are celebrating their second birthday in style with a week-long takeover of the Bunker Theatre in Southwark. Collaboration is their bread and butter, and each event to take place over the week bears that out. They’re premiering two brand new PLAYs, ‘All Songs Are Love Songs’ by Samuel E. Taylor, and ‘Pancake Day’ by Miriam Battye. Lunch time workshops on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday include Yoga For Creatives, and A Sit Down With: The Monobox, a charity focussing on supporting the development of emerging and professional theatre makers. As if that all wasn’t enough, catch a Play Late every night of the week, ranging from The Civilised One on Tuesday featuring jazz and cocktails, The Ultimate Quiz Night on Thursday, and the Official Birthday Bash on Saturday night. In many ways this whole thing negates the need for us to include anything else in this edition of the Culture Calendar, but then this post wouldn’t be very long and we’re nothing if not ramblers…

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What: Jon Pointing: Work In Progress

Where: Soho Theatre

When: Monday 3rd

You might recognise Jon Pointing already. He’s the guy from that actually very funny Virgin Games ads ( He’s also an actor and comedian, and a preview of his debut show, Work In Progress’, is coming to the Soho Theatre ahead of his upcoming stint at the Fringe. In it he’ll present Cayden Hunter, an actor, sharing tips through a (non-participatory) workshop.

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What: Arcade Fire

Where: York Hall, Bethnal Green

When: Tuesday 4th – Wednesday 5th

The Tung’s favourite motley crew of weirdos are hitting York Hall this Tuesday and Wednesday in anticipation of their forthcoming album Everything Now. We’ve been into every one of their new releases so far, and they absolutely shut down Saturday night at the Isle of Wight festival a few weekends ago, so we’re confident this will be another special set of gigs. Catch us dancing to the new tracks, and one of us in particular weeping whenever anything Neon Bible era gets played because it reminds us of listening to it full blast in the car with our mum.

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What: Joseph Beuys: Boxkampf Fur Die Direkte Demokratie (Boxing Match For Direct Democracy)

Where: Waddington Custot Galleries

When: Thursday 6th

The myth that is Joseph Beuys continues to elude many yet we continue to revel in his thought-provoking and often intoxicating work and legacy. Waddington Custot continue their excellent exhibition programme with a contextualising of Beuys infamous sculpture Boxkampf Fur Die Direkte in which Beuys was challenged by Abraham Christian. Christian stood for ‘representative government’ against Beuys ‘direct democracy’. The exhibition will be accompanied by a presentation of the archive footage of the actual match.

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What: Erykah Badu

Where: Eventim Apollo

When: Friday 7th

The woman, the myth, the legend Erykah Badu is gracing the Eventim Apollo stage this Thursday and we’re about to lose it. Since the release of her debut record Baduizm in 1997, Badu has been a mainstay of the world of neo soul (a term created by Kedar Massenburgh just after Baduizm’s release). This year we celebrate the 20th anniversary of her first release. No excuses – this isn’t one to be missed.

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What: Artwork presents Art's House with Nicky Siano's Gospel Choir

Where: XOYO

When: Saturday 8th

Artwork’s ‘Art’s House’ parties are always special yet this one may be the most special of them all. This Saturday the night former Apple Records dubstep and now disco pioneer is joined by Nicky Siano who, get this, is bringing a gospel choir!! Not content with deejaying Siano, resident at the infamous Studio 54, will curate a performance of disco classics before joining Artwork on the ones and twos.

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