London To Do List – 23-29 September
Our fab weekly London To Do List continues, with plenty of free, cheap and offbeat treats to get you through the week!
// All Week //
They Say: Social Media Week is returning to London in September 2013 and, for the fourth consecutive year, is hosted by Chinwag.
This year’s theme is Open & Connected reflecting on the global impact of social media and its role as a catalyst in driving cultural, political, economic and social change.
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// Monday //
Claudia O’Doherty: Pioneer | Soho Theatre | 9:15pm | £10 – £17.50
They Say: Australia’s prodigal daughter returns with another eccentric & groundbreaking show.
Claudia O’Doherty invites you to witness the annual spectacle that, so far, none of you have attended. It’s 2013. For over 10 years the harsh hand of commercialism has held comedy in its vice-like grip, and in Claudia O’Doherty: Pioneer ‘the man’ has finally found his way onstage…
Pioneer runs until October 5th // More Info & Buy Tickets
// Tuesday //
They Say: Banned in their own country and driven underground, Belarus Free Theatre return to the Globe following a triumphant run at the Young Vic with their production of Trash Cuisine.
Belarus Free Theatre’s King Lear, Shakespeare’s great play about speaking the truth, proved one of the highlights at 2012’s Globe to Globe Festival. Terrifying, provocative and charming, this is King Lear as you have never seen it before.
King Lear runs September 23-28 // More Info & Buy Tickets
// Wednesday //
They Say: Delve into the world of photography at this month’s Lates.
The Science Museum’s Lates with MasterCard, is a free night for adults that takes place on the last Wednesday of the month. Lates are themed, spanning issues as far apart as sex, alcohol and climate change, but always contain science shows, a pub quiz, Punk Science comedy shows, the best silent disco in town (underneath real space rockets) and sell out speed dating. Dubbed ‘drinking and thinking’ by visitors, Lates regularly attracts over 3000 adults each night, with DJs and bars on three floors of the museum.
They Say: Following previous productions of tick, tick…BOOM! and Spring Awakening performing to packed houses, Completely Productions is back with a new production of Songs For A New World.
Written by Jason Robert Brown, Songs For A New World is neither musical nor song cycle. It is an abstract musical, a series of songs all connected by a theme: the moment of decision.
Songs For A New World runs until September 28 // More Info & Buy Tickets
// Thursday //
They Say: Are you one of those people who loves music but just can’t gear up to tent it and go to the bathroom outside? You prefer your festivals local, intimate and mud free but just can’t seem to find any other than Glastonbury on TV?
Welcome to Apartment 58’s Playtime Boutique City Festival – experience a music festival in a uniquely intimate setting that you’ve never seen before. Confirmed acts include: Morcheeba, Noisettes, GhostPoet, DJ Nikki & Beatnik, Terri Walker, Delilah, Polly Scattergood, PB Underground, Ryan Molloy, Chasing Grace, Lipstick Melodies, Swallow & the Wolf, Ruth Royall, Sophie Delila, Killa Flaw, Vince Kidd, Izzy Bizu, Zalon Thompson, Duke Live…
Thinking with the body: Mind and movement in the work of Wayne McGregor | Wellcome Collection | FREE
They Say: This exhibition, staged during the run-up to the first performances of his new work for Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, ‘Atomos’ at Sadler’s Wells, offers a glimpse into this interdisciplinary research process and the impact it has in the rehearsal studio. Find out more about the process of choreography and how mind, body and movement interact in each of us.
From Saturday 28 September to Sunday 13 October there will be opportunities to meet dancers who have experience of working with the ideas discussed in the exhibition. The dancers will offer a unique insight into and practical demonstration of physical thinking techniques. Sessions will run on Thursdays 18.00-21.00, Saturdays and Sundays 14.00-17.00. Drop in at any time.
The exhibition runs until October 27 // More Info
They Say: Alongside Needless Alley, Oxjam Dalston presents a gratuitous night of music and performance art. Based on their endless love of pop music, they invite you to head down to Vogue Fabrics on 27 September to escape from your worldly woes into our decadent new world.
Adam Kay & Enemies | Pleasance | 7:30pm | £12.50
They Say: Amateur Transplants frontman Adam Kay is delighted to bring his brand new monthly residency to The Pleasance. Alongside his uniquely depraved pop music re-imaginings, Adam is joined on stage by special guests he doesn’t particularly get on with, but are funnier than him. He’ll probably do the London Underground Song.
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// Saturday //
Open Doors | Various Locations | FREE
They Say: Open Doors gives you a unique opportunity to have a behind the scenes look at major construction sites across the country and the wonderful range of things that we do – over one weekend.
You are invited to take a look into the diverse world of modern construction and meet the fantastic men and women who make it all happen. Whether you are thinking about work and a career, or just curious to see what goes on behind those big hoardings, Open Doors has something for you!
And we think that you will be quite surprised about what you might find…
// Sunday //
They Say: Step into the world of the small screen as we host an all-day celebration of the wonderful world of the supernatural, murder, vampires, and freaks & geeks.
Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin (Part 1) | St Stephen’s | 3pm | £8 – £30
They Say: The brilliant young American violinist, Tai Murray, will, over two concerts, perform the complete set of Bach’s masterworks for unaccompanied violin. This rare complete performance will be Tai’s first and will also include several miniatures by the late American composer, Elliott Carter. Expect two thrilling concerts.
Hampstead Arts Festival runs until December 3 // More Info & Buy Tickets