London To Do List – 20–24 August

London To Do List – 20–24 August

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

// All Week //


Revolution Farm | Newham City Farm | Various Times | £10

A brand new adaptation of Animal Farm, bringing a a fresh, contemporary twist, to the famous story of a revolution gone wrong, staged on one of London’s oldest and largest inner city farms.

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The Boy Who Climbed Out Of His Face | The Jetty, Greenwich | Multiple Times | £10

The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face is an immersive, promenade-style performance piece. From a Charlie & The Chocolate Factory-esque corridor at the beginning, to the final ‘scene’ of a singing, guitar noodling man in a dress (mostly), via a series of episodes that test all of your senses – this is challenging but rewarding performance art, creatively staged and executed with conviction. (Full Review)

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// Wednesday – Sunday //


The Ring Cycle Plays – A Tale of Gods and Monsters! | The Scoop at More London | 6pm | FREE

A unique opportunity for opera buffs and fantasy fans alike to gain fresh insight into Wagner’s extraordinary chronicle by encountering The Ring Cycle operas performed as plays.

A new theatrical adventure from The Scoop’s award-winning, resident company Gods and Monsters Theatre.

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// Wednesday – Saturday //


Summer Cinema | Regent’s Place | 6:30pm (5:30pm on Saturday) | FREE

The Summer Cinema series continues on the Regent’s Place Plaza:

Wednesday – School of Rock (6:30pm)
Thursday – 27 Dresses (6:30pm)
Friday – Anchorman (6:30pm)
Saturday – Slumdog Millionaire (5:30pm)

Summer Cinema runs until August 29th //More Info

// Thursday – Friday //


Me, Bill Nighy and the Goblin | Canal Cafe Theatre | 7:30pm | £7

They Say: There are 2 rules in life “drink tea” says her carefree Sri Lankan father and “make lists” says her outspoken Yorkshire mother. Nalika thanked her parents and moved to London to “make it” but reality hits when she ends up living with a violent squirrel. A comical coming of age tale about what happens when big dreams are confronted with reality.

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// Thursday //


Imogen Heap’s Reverb: Black Box Explorations | The Roundhouse | 6pm | £25-£35

Imogen Heap curates Reverb 2014,  which kicks off with this evening of aural and visual sensory madness!

Featuring cutting-edge, contemporary artists Simon Steen-Andersen, Århus Sinfonietta, Bruno Zamborlin + Plaid, Leafcutter John, London Soundpainting Orchestra, Nick Ryan & Tim Exile.

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// Saturday //


Triffids Fest II | The George Tavern | From 4pm | £8-£10

Triffids Fest returns for a second visit to The George Tavern – the line-up of ace bands includes MarthaDog LegsNo CarsPAMSGloss RejectionFulhästGoldBlooms & MORE!

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Breakdance: The Movie (aka Breakin’) | Shortwave Cinema | 4pm | £7

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of its UK cinema release, ilovethatfilm is holding an exclusive screening of Breakdance – featuring only the best body popping, back spins, locking and shocking as performed by Turbo and Ozone!

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Up Hill Down Hall: An Indoor Carnival | Tate Modern | 3pm | FREE

To coincide with the Notting Hill Carnival, Tate Modern presents Up Hill Down Hall: An indoor carnival, a new performance commission offering critical and artistic perspectives on Carnival.

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Nollywood in the Park | Albany Park | 6pm | £6

A Pop Up Cinema event showcasing Nollywood movies. Tonight, the film of choice is Mrs Somebody: the story of Keira (Uche Jombo), a desperate single woman who attends a motivational singles seminar where she is told to have faith and also exercise the faith so as to become a MRS before the year ends. In exercising her faith, Keira goes ahead to buy herself a wedding gown, gets her invitation ready and begins mounting pressure on her boyfriend (Yemi Blaq) to propose to her. In her bid to get married, she does some questionable things and meets some questionable men along the way.

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// Sunday //


Night of the Gypsies | Le QuecumBar | 6pm | £10-£13

They Say: Authentic musical Gypsy Roma family, playing acoustic magic with fire and soul; amazing their audiences with back-to-front violin playing and soul searching ballads followed by musical Gypsy mayhem, a magical cocktail shaken not stirred.

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I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.