Culture Calendar w/c 2nd July
What: For King and Country
Where: Southwark Playhouse
When: Monday 2nd - 21st July
John Wilson’s military courtroom drama will be seen in London for the first time in over 30 years this summer to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. For King and Country follows a soldier’s court martial for desertion and the struggle of his defending officer to acquit the young man in the face of bureaucracy and his own naïve honesty. Many years before PTSD was officially recognised, it explores the brutality of war and what happened to the men who could take no more.
What: Bechdel Theatre presents Drag To Watch Out For
Where: Styx, Tottenham Hale
When: Wednesday 4th
Bechdel Theatre is one of our favourite organisations. We caught up with them last week to talk about their plans for the future which include going up to Edinburgh with their famous stickers, awarding them to Bechdel test passing plays (loosely speaking, shows that include conversations by two or more named female characters who have a conversation that’s not about a man). This Wednesday, they’re throwing a one-off night for all their favourite kings, queens, and cabaret superstars to come together at Styx to raise funds to get them up to the Fringe. It’s a pay what you can event — come down and help Bechdel Theatre amplify voices who stand out against the pale/male/stale theatre crowd!
What: Concrete Lates: Laurel Halo, Coucou Chloe, Cõvco & Object Blue
Where: Southbank Centre
When: Thursday 5th
Come to Southbank Centre this Thursday to check out their new late-night music venue within Queen Elizabeth Hall! The line-up is mega. Laurel Halo brings her shapeshifting, moody and ecstatic tunes to the venue, while Coucou Chloe presents beats from sensuous and slow hip-hop bangers to nervously energetic four-to-the-floor. Cõvco creates a high-energy mix of footwork edits and experimental dance music, resulting in a frenzied dance floor experience, and Object Blue combines experimental sounds with techno, focusing on their potential as live performances. This is not one to miss.
What: E1 presents John Talabot, I-F and Cleveland
Where: E1 London
When: Friday 6th July
This Friday a selection of true electronic pioneers is coming to the warehouse space of E1. John Talabot has become one of the biggest revelations of the last years. He has gone from a complete unknown to one of the biggest electronic hopes in Spain. Joining John is the veteran DJ, producer and broadcaster I-F from The Hague who has been making, unearthing, sharing, spinning and defining myriad different electronic sounds since his emergence in the 90s. From Italo disco to acid, house to electro, I-F knows and plays it all. Lastly Hivern Discs label mate Cleveland will be warming up the night with his eclectic sounds. This promises to be a particularly hot and sticky night.
What: Pop-Up Artisan Fair
Where: Duke Of London, Brentford
When: Saturday 7th July
The West Collective are a brand new start up bringing creativity to Brentford and the local areas. After years of travelling to East London for these sorts of fairs, they’ve decided to bring it West! The Pop-Up Artisan Fair will be held at Duke of London, a warehouse space on Brent Way just off Brentford High Street. They’re bringing together 40 independent sellers and makers from across London and beyond, along with plenty of craft beer and street food. Sellers include Candy ward, Mude Threads, Disco Dust, Ellen Von Wiegand, Meylor Goods, Bag and Bones (and many more!). It’s going to be a great day, so come and support!
Where: King’s Head Theatre
When: Saturday 7th - Sunday 8th July
Ouroboros, Charlotte Fox’s debut show is a visceral, raw picture of an actress who, under the instruction of her agent, embarks on a mission to achieve ‘wellness’. The newfound regime — essentially revolving around abstinence — ultimately threatens to destroy her. Far from being a depressing picture of disordered eating patterns though, Fox manages to create a show that plays wth the surreal and, ultimately, reminds us that we’re more powerful than we think we are in the face of harmful food fads. Read our review of the first iteration of the show at Rosemary Branch back in April, and book those tickets.