Culture Calendar #27: Picks For The Week
Let The Tung Plan Your Week
w/c 17th July
Where: Southwark Playhouse
When: Monday 17th
They say: A British financier and his wife host a lavish dinner party for their affluent American friends. The food is delicious, the conversation animated and dessert is on its way – when, from one second to another, the evening takes a sinister and alarming turn... With dark comic moments and unexpected twists, this world premiere of Dessert, written by Oliver Cotton and directed by Trevor Nunn, is a powerful, thought-provoking play about wealth, greed and the lengths to which people will go to claim what’s theirs.
What: When The Going Gets Duff
Where: Rose & Crown, Kentish Town
When: Tuesday 18th
Get down to Kentish Town (or to Brixton’s House of Idiot the following day) to see Amused Moose finalist 2017 and Fringe First nominated comic Helen Duff perform her eagerly awaited new show, which fearlessly unpicks the role of a woman in a post-truth world. Expect to be lulled into a relentless alternative reality through a tapestry of storytelling, stand-up and physical comedy, all in the noble pursuit of a new way to find wonder in an increasingly overwhelming world.
What: Novelist, Gabriella Vixen, Anjelo Disons, Jords, and Ella Frank
Where: Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
When: Wednesday 19th
Hungover Jams continues its run of showcasing London’s best new talent from various genres including RnB, Soul, Grime, Spoken Word, and Hip-Hop with this summer special at Hoxton Square Bar & Grill. The first half of the evening is an open mic competition, followed by performances from grime MC Novelist, Anjelo Disons, Gabriella Vixen, Hak Baker, Jords, Aine Zion, Etham, Ella Frank, and previous open mic winner, Alrie. Get over to Hoxton to get some new sounds in your ears.
What: Edinburgh Preview: Wife
Where: Theatre 503
When: Thursday 20th
They say: Based on and incorporating ‘The World’s Wife’ by Carol Ann Duffy, this is a journey through history and mythology from the obscured, female perspective. Including poetry, physical theatre, puppetry and verbatim, this is an exploration of womanhood through the ages. After all, behind every great man…
‘Wife’ is just one of many preview shows on at Theatre 503 until the 29th. Get down any day of the week to see some of the best and brightest making the trek to Edinburgh.
What: Laura Mvula and the London Symphony Orchestra
Where: Barbican Centre
When: Friday 21st
There’s something about Laura Mvula’s voice that, when combined with the richness of an orchestra, takes on an other-worldly quality. Her songs, even without orchestral backing, rise and fall in movements, slinking through sounds, defying genre. This isn’t the first time she’s played with the LSO, having collaborated with the collective on her second album, 2016’s The Dreaming Room. Don’t miss this evening of virtuosic talent, led by the double Mercury Prize nominated vocalist.
What: AFROPUNK Festival 2017
Where: Printworks London
When: Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd
Described by The New York Times as “the most multicultural festival in the US,” AFROPUNK has expanded beyond Brooklyn, offering dates in Paris, London, Atlanta and Johannesburg. AFROPUNK LONDON promises an eclectic line-up including Nadia Rose, Little Simz, Saul Williams, and NAO, and an audience as diverse as the acts they come to see. Join us to add your voice to the sound behind the movement. And most importantly, come ready to party.