Culture Calendar w/c 11th June
What: BREAKING OUT
Where: Bunker Theatre
When: Monday 11th - 7th July
Bunker Theatre are fast becoming one of our favourite London venues thanks to their commitment to platforming challenging new work, and giving voice to a diverse cross-section of theatre-makers. For the next month, they continue to do just that with BREAKING OUT, a festival of world premiere shows by six of the country's most exciting emerging theatre companies (Poke In The Eye, Sleepless, This Noise, Paper Creatures, Second Circle, and Leoe&Hyde) chosen by The Bunker artistic team from over 45 different projects. Featuring plays, interactive theatre, electronic musicals, and devised work, BREAKING OUT is your chance to see the future of theatre in the here and now.
What: Art and Civic Responsibility
Where: Katherine Lowe Settlement Centre
When: Tuesday 12th
Tobi Kyeremateng is genuinely one of the people that keep us coming back to the hell-scape that is twitter.com. She’s a young, engaged and engaging theatre producer and the co-founder of brand new organisation The Black Ticket Project, which aims to provide young Black people with free theatre tickets.
This week Tobi’s coming to the Katherine Lowe Settlement Centre to deliver a presentation exploring the civic responsibility in the arts. Based on her 10/10 piece exploring social justice and spaces, Tobi will ask: what civic responsibility do the arts have?; how might we feasibly build social justice approaches to the arts programmes?; and how can we use public space differently? Don’t miss it — she’s a boss.
What: Redefining Consent - Power, Pleasure & Patriarchy
Where: Libreria Bookshop
When: Thursday 14th
What better way to spend a Thursday evening than deepening our understanding of consent? The excellent people at Break The Habit Press are joining forces with 100 Women I Know, whose book of the same name BTHP put out into the world earlier this year, to create an evening of talks, screening and performance exploring how gender roles are performed and enforced through stereotypes and patriarchal definitions of (toxic) masculinity and (fragile) femininity.
Expect a screening of the award-winning doc 100 Women I Know, a reading from the book of the same name, and discussions with poet, playwright and performer Tanaka Mhishi about his work on trauma and consent, and Dr Racheal O’Neill, who’ll be talking about her newly published book Seduction: Men, Masculinity and Mediated Intimacy.
What: The Breakup Monologues
Where: St Pancras Room, Kings Place
When: Friday 15th
This is perfect timing! Last week Anna chomped through of comedian and broadcaster Rosie Wilby’s Is Monogamy Dead? and this week Rosie's hosting live chat show and podcast recording of The Breakup Monlogues! She and acclaimed performer and writer pals look back at their best and worst romantic breakup stories and discuss ghosting, divorce parties, open relationships and more. Tragedy plus time equals comedy, right?
Her guests for Friday’s show are TV comedians Brett Goldstein (Derek, Uncle, Drifters, The Catherine Tate show), Jen Brister (Live at the Apollo), Cally Beaton (QI) and award-winning journalist and agony aunt Daisy Buchanan.
What: Robert Smith’s Meltdown
Where: Southbank Centre
When: Friday 15th - 22nd
Were you a little late on the uptake getting tickets to The Cure frontman and living legend Robert Smith’s 2018 edition of Meltdown? Have no fear! From the totally free Friday I’m In Love Party to a late-night DJ set from Kiasmos to Sunday Surprises (a Sunday afternoon line-up of emerging bands chosen by Robert himself), there’s still loads to see over his week-long takeover.
Where: Alexandra Palace
When: Saturday 16th
Guys, this isn’t going to last for much longer, but there are still tickets for HAIM’s 2nd date at Alexandra Palace! Snap ‘em up quick to get a massive dose of Americana-inflected joy, made all the better by some delicious dance moves and a bass face the likes of which we’ve never seen before and will likely never see again. What are you waiting for?! Do it!