London To Do List - 29 July-4 August 2013

London To Do List – 29 July-4 August 2013

Our fab weekly London To Do List continues, with plenty of free, cheap and offbeat treats to get you through the week!

// All Week //

Camden Fringe 2013 | Various Locations | Various Times

pigeon_2013Camden Fringe returns for its 8th year, with over 180 different productions at 17 venues across the borough. A proper variety pack of great comedy, experimental theatre, dance, cabaret – you name it, it’s on the programme. Lots of new, invigorating, cutting edge stuff from first-time and experienced performers. Take a punt, see something you wouldn’t normally see – you’ll love it!

Camden Fringe runs July 29th-August 25th – More Info

// Monday //

Starting a Mobile-Only Business: Hotel Tonight, Uber, YPlan | Apple Store Regent Street | 7pm | Free

mobilebusinessLearn about the making of a mobile-only business with some hot new app creators including To Do List favourites YPlan and others.

Make sure to reserve your place at http://www.apple.com/uk/retail/regentstreet/

// Tuesday //

War of the Waleses | Tristan Bates Theatre | 9pm | £11/9

War of the Wales'sA stylish and highly acclaimed re-imagining of the 1992 split of Charles and Diana and the fall of the Conservatives as a witty Shakespearean history full of 90s Britpop nostalgia. Created for the RSC Open Stages project in 2012 and chosen for performance at the RSC last August, War of the Waleses returns after last year’s sold-out Camden run.

War of the Waleses runs July 29th-August 3rd – Book Tickets

Nicer Tuesdays | Shoreditch Studios | 7pm | £10

nteventbriteNicer Tuesdays returns after a month off in June, and it’s “back with a vengeance in a new guise perfectly suited to the sultry summer days London is currently enjoying/enduring”.

Expect an informal evening of short, sharp talks with a night exploring and examining erotica – speakers to include Alex Tieghi-Walker (founder and editor of The Anonymous Sex Journal), photographer Bronia Stewart, artist, illustrator and animator Jasper Goodall, and Flo Nicoll (editor at Mills & Boon).

More Info & Buy Tickets

// Wednesday //

#Craftivists #MiniFashionProtest Project Stitch-In | Southbank Centre | 7pm | £7

1001752_275634015910957_252568665_nCreate your own mini protest banner whilst raising awareness and joining discussion about unethical fashion practices and injustices – then leave your beautiful creation hanging on the streets of London as street art. Craftivist Sarah Corbett will be on hand to talk about the history of craftivism and the benefits it gives to both makers and viewers/receivers.

“Kits cost £7 to join in (containing everything you need to make your own cross stitched ‘mini protest banner’ including instructions, fabric, aida, threads, needle & more!) – or you can just come for a chat”.

More Info

 

The Cock Factory | Amersham Arms | 7.30pm | £4/3.50

1016689_10200209664226603_1938947841_nAn Edinburgh Fringe preview performance presenting “the surreal journey of a human forced to live the manufactured life of a chicken.

From the cage to the kitchen table the cock has no control? In the cock factory, who rules the roost?”

More Info & Buy Tickets

The Cock Factory will run at the Edinburgh Fringe, August 3rd-10th

Festina Lente: Part of Science Museum Lates | Science Museum | 6.45pm | Free

sciencemuseumlatesCoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle will be leading the first of a series of guided gallery tours at the Science Museum’s Lates – tours run at both 7:30pm and 8:30pm.

“The tour is entitled ‘Festina Lente’ (Hurry slowly) and will explore how the modern pace of life affects our mental wellbeing. The Industrial Revolution brought about new technologies in transport and communication, like the steam engine and the telegraph. These kinds of developments have profoundly changed our pace of life and continue to do so. Is the modern pace of life making us sick?”

More Info about Science Museum Lates

 

// Thursday //

Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens | Leicester Square Theatre | 7.30pm | £18.50

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One of our favourite shows (ever!) returns for a run at the Leicester Square Theatre, with Leanne Jones (Best Actress Olivier Award winner as Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray) heading the cast for this cult sci-fi musical adventure!

“Set in the seedy cabaret club Saucy Jack’s, on the planet Frottage III, all is not well. Danger lurks in every corner as the cabaret acts are being picked off one by one by the relentless slingback killer, plunging a murderous heel deep into the victim’s chest! Against the backdrop of gloom and fear, down-trodden waitress Booby Shevalle, talented Sammy Sax, barman Mitch Maypole, bar-fly Dr Von Whackoff and pan-galactic Chesty Prospects share their dreams and reveal secrets as the evil shadow of the Slingback Killer draws ever near. All is not lost as the glorious Space Vixens arrive, interstellar, super-fashion crime fighters here to save the day by the Power of Disco, with glowing Glitterboots and disco beams. Love interests develop, closets are opened and lives are saved before everything builds to an extraordinary musical climax!”

Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens runs 1st August-15th September 2013 – Buy Tickets

Dante or Die present ‘I Do’ | Hilton London Islington | 7pm & 9pm | £15/10

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A site-specific jigsaw puzzle in six of Hilton London Islington’s hotel rooms reliving the ten minutes before a couple says ‘I Do’.

“The ceremony begins in ten minutes. The Best Man is practising his speech. The Bridesmaids are squeezing the bride into her dress. Mum and Dad are filling envelopes with cash. Grandma is dressing her husband, next door the groom’s brother is getting frisky with the maid of honour. But the Groom is frozen.”

I Do runs August 1st-3rd at the Hilton London Islington – More Info & Buy Tickets

// Friday //

Biped’s Monitor by Arbonauts | Nunhead Cemetery | £15/12

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Arbonauts take over our local cemetery to create “a complete world, a surreal performance at dusk in the trees, chapel and avenues of Nunhead Cemetery. An evening of unexpected events that re-imagines and fragments Italo Calvino’s magical folktale Baron In the Trees”.

Biped’s Monitor marks the opening of both the Nunhead Festival and the Elephant and the Nun Festival.

Biped’s Monitor runs July 31st-August 4th – More Info

Boylexe | The Shadow Lounge | 8.30pm | £25

Boylexe_Poster_BlogBoylexe is about the lives of men in cabaret and ‘boylesque’ (the male equivalent of burlesque), mixing male striptease with theatrical performance.

Prepare to be taken on a wild ride from the 80s to present day with inspiring monologues, a unique spin on Twister and a performance of Shania Twain’s ‘Man I Feel Like A Woman’ like you’ve never seen before…

Tickets also include entry into the Shadow Lounge’s Friday night, which takes place afterwards.

Boylexe runs at Shadow Lounge on the first and last Friday of each month – More Info & Buy Tickets

 

// Saturday //

Warhol Birthday Party – Planet Warhol | Resistance Gallery | 9pm | £5

1012379_10153047596565397_1014107021_nThey Say: Recreating the Summer of Love at Plant Warhol – a feast of sexy sounds and visions inspired by Studio 54 and the Factory – DJs Gemma O’Brien and Toby Woby

Featuring a Warhol Icon exhibition, Warhol films and an exclusive Warholian inspired film projection by Angel Rose and Josh Quinton”.

Special guests will include Jack Psychosis, Jah Geisha, Cathy Flower, Quilla Constance and more!

More Info

// Sunday //

Coffee Cruise Canoe & Kayak| Canalside Activity Centre | 12:30pm | £10

571Enjoy a relaxing kayak along the Grand Union Canal and socialise over a perfect coffee. Simple as that (well, as long as you don’t fall in, but maybe that’s the bit you enjoy…)

The Coffee Cruise also runs on August 18th – More Info & Book Tickets

Rupert Dannreuther

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I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.