Culture Calendar #28: Picks For The Week

Wanna know what's on in London this week? Look no further...

w/c 24th July 

What: Dust and Brutal Cessation, two plays by Milly Thomas

Where: Bunker Theatre

When: Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th 

With the Edinburgh Festival Fringe only a little way off, head to the Bunker Theatre this week for a bumper selection of previews. Two amongst the many are Dust and Brutal Cessation, both written by one of the UK’s most exciting young writeers, Milly Thomas. Dust deals with the aftermath of a suicide, through the lens of a fly on the wall, while Brutal Cessation presents a rotting relationship via two actors swapping roles. Deborah Frances-White of The Guilty Feminist has called Thomas ‘never disappointing - like the love child of Charlie Brooker and Diablo Cody’, and if that’s not reason enough to go check out these plays we don’t know what is.

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What: Plan B

Where: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

When: Monday 24th

Despite The Globe powers-that-be showing a distinct lack of vision through the dearth of support they’ve shown Emma Rice over the course of her instalment as Creative Director, nonetheless every now and again they show a little imagination. Following Mercury Prize nominee Roisin Murphy’s show live on The Globe’s stage last year, Plan B is the next to take over for a one-off gig. While at first the setting might seem at odds with Plan Bs contemporary sound, we at The Tung feel like his music, which boldly addresses socio-political issues, and delivers brutal cultural commentary is most likely something Shakespeare could have got on board with.
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What: Little Simz

Where: KOKO

When: Tuesday 25th 

Catch Islington’s finest Little Simz headline show at Koko for a night of red hot bars and explosive talent. She’s made her name not through major label deals and PR marketing, but through the raw power of independent, un-signed talent. Her last album and second full-length effort Stillness In Wonderland tracked her journey through the perils of London and the pitfalls of the music business, but still she seems to rise, journeying through both on precisely her own terms. 
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What: road

Where: Royal Court Theatre

When: Wednesday 26th 

Head to Sloane Square to see this brand new production of Jim Cartwright’s seminal play, tin which he ‘gives expression to the inhabitants of an unnamed northern road in Eighties Britain’, thirty years after it was originally staged at the Royal Court. Full of the desperation of a time of high unemployment in the north under Margaret Thatcher, road manages to find humour in the darkness.
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What: Shikeith - This Was His Body / His Body Finally His

Where: MAK Gallery

When: Thursday 27th (Private View) 

Shikeith’s film and photography work is a medtation of the pscyho-emotional landscape of Black masculinity. ‘This Was His Body / His Body Finally His’ deals with the alientation and the double exclusion that queer Black men often face because they don’t fit into the stereotype of the hyper- masculine Black men. This very personal exhibition sees Shikeith using his own experiences, and drawing heavily from personal trauma exorcised through a recurring dream, to comment on his experience of his place in his own community, and in the world. 
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What: Ebo Taylor 

Where: Jazz Cafe

When: Sunday 30th 

Don’t miss legendary afrobeat artist Ebo Taylor at the Jazz Cafe to immerse yourself in the music that has made him a stalwart figure of the Ghanaian music scene for over six decades. In recent years his music has been given a new public life outside of Africa thanks to Strut Records, who released his first internationally distributed album Love and Death in 2010 to huge success, followed by Life Stories: Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1973-1980 in Spring 2011. Head to Camden to catch a glimpse of one of Africa’s most influential artist.
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