One off events in and around the city.
Fuel presents The Ring – 28th March.
Ring is a sound journey in complete darkness and an antidote to choice. Wearing headphones that amplify every intimate detail, you are transported to another room very similar to the one you entered…
Four Rooms of Refuge 2 -7th April
A sight specific homage to the cult classic film Four Rooms by Tarantino, Anders, Rockwell, and Rodriguez. Bringing four new directors to the scene, a coven of witches, gangsters and tied up girlfriends, the children from hell, and Hollywood’s greatest, we retell the stories by building an empire of the absurd where anything that could never really happen absolutely happens.
Punchdrunk: The Drowned Man, A Hollywood Fable – Sept 29th
Step into the world of Temple Pictures where the Hollywood studio system meets a forgotten hinterland filled with dreamers who exist at the fringes of the movie industry. Here, celluloid fantasy clings to desperate realism and certainty dissolves into a hallucinatory world.
The Architects: Shunt at The Biscuit Factory – 27th Nov – 2nd Feb – V22 workspace, SE16 4DG
In the custard halls of the biscuit factory in Bermondsey, the walls are smeared with history – the history of mass producing biscuits. Shunt have taken the extraordinary liberty to extend this history to ancient Greece. The Architects is inspired by the labyrinth and the horror it contains.
National Theatre. Lyttelton exhibition space – 12th Nov – 12th Jan
Over 100 stunning photographs of some of the most beautiful landscapes in the UK will be on display, from entries to this popular annual competition, now in its sixth year. A full-colour book will also be available from the NT Bookshop. This year’s Awards are held in association with Network Rail, with the exhibition sponsored by Epson UK.
A Clockwork Orange. A Panel / Q&A – 24th Nov
To celebrate the stage adaptation of A Clockwork Orange and the republication of one of Anthony Burgess’s most experimental works, Napoleon Symphony, Soho Theatre will be hosting a panel of special guests to discuss Burgess’ career in writing entitledTHE GENIUS OF BURGESS on Saturday 24 November 2012, 5pm. Looking closely at the lasting impact his work has made on today’s novelists, journalists and performers, the discussion will be followed by a Q&A and an exclusive reading from Napoleon Symphony. Panelists will include Andrew Biswell, Alexandra Spencer-Jones and John Sutherland.
Come Rhyme With Me. 30th Nov
An evening of poetry and spoken word. Thanks to the imaginative minds of its founders, Dean and Deanna, the show takes inspiration from a meal and is served in ‘3 courses’. The starter consists of an up-and coming poet, followed by a meaty main of an experienced professional. Finally, dessert bears witness to something more light-hearted perhaps some cabaret, comedy or music.
Saul Williams’ Literary Mix Tape. Southbank Centre – 29th Nov.
Acclaimed poet and musician Saul Williams is back. He has pinball-bounced from Morehouse philosophy scholar to cerebral street sermoniser to breakout indie actor. He has read poetry to opera house audiences with full orchestral backing. Don’t miss him.
- Saul Williams
Radar: Bush Theatre until the 22nd Nov.
This November, the Bush explores the future of new writing with a three week festival. RADAR 2012 sees performances from some of the UK’s most exciting artists, reveals sneak peeks of work in progress, and presents a series of provocative talks and debates led by theatre makers from across the industry.
Tongue Fu. Rich Mix – 8th Nov
A lively combination of poetry and live music that attempts to re-invent and re-energise spoken word.Tongue Fu sets artists alongside a live band improvising a backing track to underpin and support the performer. Past participants include Kate Tempest(needless to say, fresh out of the very well reviewed Brand New Ancients at Battersea Arts Centre) alongside great names likeScroobius Pip, Inua Ellams and Zena Edwards among others.
PROPSTORE. 22nd May – 29th Sept
A pop-up riverfront cafe-bar at The National Theatre. Created from stage sets and filled with props from The National’s store.
It’s open 7 days a week and from 12 daily, street food will be available. Music and DJ’s on fridays and saturdays make this the
coolest new weekend hang out.
Udderbelly Festival. 6th April – 8th July
The E4 Udderbelly festival at the southbank is back for its 4th year. Come along and witness some of the hottest names in theatre, comedy and and music in the 400 seated upside down purple cow.
Festival at The National Theatre. 16th April – 4th June
From the riotous colour and noise of Rio to the more cerebral rhythms of Hay, festivals offer an escape route from the everyday to the urgent and boisterous celebration of harvests, music, books, tomatoes, and bog snorkelling. As we approach a summer of unprecedented festivity, images from the Corbis archive take us into the pop-up worlds of the vibrant, the sacred and the very, very odd. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk
London Literature Festival. 3rd July – 12th July
This is the 6th annual literature festival featuring headline names: Will Self, Mark Haddon, Stella Duffy to name but a few. It has secured the first ever UK production of Don DeLillo’s The Word for Snow
, which is only on for 3 nights from the 10th of july. The biggest UK poetry slam Shake The Dust
will feature the likes of Kate Tempest and Saul Williams and don’t miss Capital Stories
will take place: a playful and provocative look at the city the world calls home. Join in the fun.
Check website for more details and how to book.
Paradise Gardens Festival. 30th June – 1st July
A weekend of FREE music, theatre, art and other cultural adventures. This weekend of fun opens the new London Pleasure Gardens: A new urban oasis created from a former wasteland in London’s Docklands. The event is suitable for all ages, creeds and mindsets, fans of all sports teams, high-culture lovers, low-culture lovers, the culturally indifferent and pensioners.
Camden Crawl. 4th – 6th May
The Camden Crawl has grown from a 5 venue and 20 artist affair to an event which included more than 50 venues and 250 artists and events in 2011. One ticket (available as a weekend pass or day ticket) is exchanged for a wristband at a main entrance point and allows unlimited access to all Crawl venues, outdoor arena, after show parties and daytime activities.
HighTide Festival. 3rd – 13th May
This will be the sixth annual HighTide Festival. It will premiere eighteen plays in world and European premiere productions in partnerships with emerging companies and leading theatres. Taking place in the beautiful Halesworth, rural Suffolk, this has become one of the UK’s leading theatre events. Information on deals on transport to and from the event in the link below.
Samantha’s Sunday night Super Club. 6th May
Held in the Bethnal Green working man’s club this is a charming and lo-fi variety evening and social club. Produced by Vera Chok – this event brings a warm-hearted, room full-of -love platform for musicians, story-tellers and artists.
Writers’ Retreat. 30th March – 1st April
This spring, HighTide Festival Theatre is hosting a unique writers’ retreat in Suffolk with writers being hosted in one of three beautiful yurts. For three days, a group of writers will be encouraged and lead by HighTide Literary Manager, Rob Drummer.
Rapid Write Rewind. 5th March – 10th March
Featuring 16 writers within two programmes, the performances for this event highlight the exciting array of talent that
Theatre503 has helped to nurture over the last three years. A new writing extravaganza! www.theatre503.com
Sprint Festival. 9 -31st March Live art, performance and theatre from a wide variety of companies. The Sprint festival starts Spring season at Camden People’s Theatre off with a bang. www.cptheatre.co.uk