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Thursday 19 June 2014

Hello there ThisWeek London and ThreeWeeks Edinburgh readers - here is the very second edition of the all-new ThisWeek London weekly e-bulletin, packed full of recommended events taking place in the UK capital this coming week.

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Caro Moses
Editor, ThisWeek London

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Renowned composer and singer Helen Chadwick, possibly best known for her Royal Opera House commissions 'Dalston Songs' and 'The Singing Circle', has written more than 200 songs and made six solo albums. This weekend at the Greenwich And Docklands Festival will see three performances of her currently touring show 'War Correspondents', a piece that's been six years in the making and features choreography from Frantic Assembly's Steven Hoggett.

The performance combines song and sound, theatre and choreography to haunting effect, all the while dealing with some very difficult themes. Intrigued, I decided to find out more about the content of the show, its inspiration, and about Helen herself.

Read the interview here
FRIDAY 20 JUNE 2014 >>
MUSIC/FESTIVAL: The Camden Crawl | various locations | 20-21 Jun
Whilst the Camden-wide #CC14 fest (which is spread over 25+ stages in the NW1 area, all accessible all weekend with wristband), is headliner-less per se, it certainly isn't lacking in big acts. Playing over the two-day span are weirdo psych-poppers Of Montreal, mind-bending electro sprite Laurel Halo, Croydon producer Plastician, NYC-based nu-rap pack Shabazz Palaces, Belfast band Girls Names, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor and The Beta Band's Steve Mason. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: In Dreams – David Lynch Revisited | Barbican | 20 Jun
Villagers' Conor O'Brien, Savages' Jehnny Beth, Japanese alt-pop pairing Cibo Matto, choral folk flock Stealing Sheep and Tindersticks' Stuart Staples pay live homage to the original scores and borrowed soundtracks to a host of films from master-of-darkness David Lynch. With David Coulter directing, tonight's eerie repertoire features covers of songs by Roy Orbison, David Bowie, Chris Isaak, Marilyn Manson and Elvis Presley. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Valley Of Astonishment | Young Vic | 20 Jun – 12 Jul (pictured)
Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne's new play examines the very zeitgeisty effects of synaesthesia (or blending the senses), integrating real-life stories of those with the condition to look at the world in all kinds of radical ways. Details and tickets here.

SATURDAY 21 JUNE 2014 >>

MUSIC: Vanessa Paradis | The Forum | 21 Jun
Franco-pop royalty Vanessa Paradis, also an acting and fashion darling since the the 1980s, picks tracks from her latest LP, 'Love Songs' (and perhaps her timeless girly hit 'Joe Le Taxi' as well) to fill this rare live appearance. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Crucible | Old Vic | 21 Jun – 13 Sep (pictured)
Brit actor Richard Armitage stars as John Proctor in Arthur Miller's visceral parable on the frightening potency of fears, lies and mindless convictions in a tight-knit village. This production is helmed by acclaimed 'Mies Julie' director Yaël Farber. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Twelfth Night Reimagined | Regent's Park Open Air Theatre | 21 Jun – 12 Jul
Director Max Webster re-designs Shakespeare's madcap 'Twelfth Night', a fast-paced froth of plots, coincidences and of gender-based disarray, for kids (and big kids) aged 6 and over. Details and tickets here.

SUNDAY 22 JUNE 2014 >>

COMEDY: Comedy In The Sun w/ Tony Law + Ian Smith + Lou Sanders | The Sun Of Camberwell |  22 Jun
Priced at £1 shy of a fiver, this bright little Camberwell comic showcase today features surreal Canadian wildman Tony Law, off-piste comedienne Lou Sanders, 'flappable' stand-up Ian Smith, all-American funny guy Al Lubel, and moonlighting Weirdos wit Joz Norris. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL/THEATRE: Hostage Song | Finborough Theatre | 22 Jun – 8 Jul (pictured) Anyone with a bleak or black SOH will appreciate this anti-musical from off-Broadway writers Clay McLeod Chapman and Kyle Jarrow, the indie-rock story of a man and woman taken captive. Blindfolded and waiting their fate, Jim and Jennifer distract themselves by inventing a fantasy land in which everything is fine. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Legend Of Hamba | Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College / Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park | 22-26 Jun
Linking in with this year's infinitely varied Greenwich+Docklands International Fest, British-African theatre co Tiata Fahodzi's 'Legend Of Hamba' is so named because 'hamba' is the Ndebele way to say 'let's go!'. Enacted in energetic and kinetic physical style, it's a thing of spirits, myths, and empires won and lost, as a young man goes to war, is crowned king and condemned as a thief. Details and tickets here.

MONDAY 23 JUNE 2014 >>

COMEDY: Old Rope w/ Abandoman + Bridget Christie + Chris Martin | The Phoenix, Cavendish Square | 23 Jun
It's totally worth swapping some money for Old Rope at The Phoenix tonight, as a £5 ticket means getting to see highly-prized Irishman Rob Broderick doing his 'improv hip hop' shtick as Abandoman, the great and rarely late Bridget Christie previewing her new Edinburgh Fringe hit-to-be 'An Ungrateful Woman', and Chris 'not off of Coldplay' Martin trialling his forthcoming solo show 'Alright?'. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Cloud Boat | St Pancras Old Church | 23 Jun (pictured)
A lightly pop-leaning guitar act signed to British bass label R&S, deep-sea divers Cloud Boat preview latest LP 'Model Of You', the follow-on to last year's 'Book Of Hours', in the approach to its big release on 7 Jul. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Dawn Golden | The Waiting Room | 23 Jun
Flying in for the night from LA, avant-garde DJ Dexter Tortoriello, aka Dawn Golden, layers beats on the themes of addiction, love and death on his recently-released LP 'Still Life', which was made neath the captaincy of Mad Decent boss Diplo. Details and tickets here.

TUESDAY 24 JUNE 2014 >>

COMEDY: Jenny Eclair | Bowler Hat, Paternoster Sq | 24 Jun
Jenny Eclair is first comic on at this year's ma-ha-hoo-ssive City Of London Festival, which begins this week with entertaining arts events, parades and  taking place... well, everywhere, really. Perrier-winning gem Jenny gets 'Eclairious' in the fest's all-new central tent, The Bowler Hat, which over the next few weeks will be brimming with cabaret, comedy, circus and theatre-type attractions. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Kindness Of Strangers | Watford Palace Theatre | 2-28 Jun (pictured)
Taking place inside a real, moving ambulance in transit, Curious Directive writers Jack Lowe and Russell Woodhead's oft-fraught, of-life-affirming insight into the NHS' front-line is free to view for these five days at Watford Palace Theatre, with daily take-off times set at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 6pm and 8pm. The play moves to Southwark Playhouse for a paying run from 1-12 Jul. Details here.

THEATRE: The Notebook | Battersea Arts Centre | 24-26 Jun
Experimental wave-makers Forced Entertainment present this take on Ágota Kristóf's tale of two twin boys evacuated to their grandma's farm; a bold, crisp and stark narrative of morals, codes and naive logic. Details and tickets here.


COMEDY: Museum Of Comedy w/ Susan Calman + Jessica Fostekew | The Undercroft, St Georges Church | 25 Jun
England's first exhibition given over entirely to comic memorabilia, Leicester Square Theatre boss Martin Witts' Museum Of Comedy is a grotto of historic props in its own on-site venue, the Cooper Room. Workshopping rough-ish routines tonight are Susan Calman (who'll be toting her new show 'Lady Like'), and kooky bright spark Jessica Fostekew, who'll rehearse 'Jessanory'. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/FILM: Charleroi Danse – Kiss & Cry | Barbican | 25-28 Jun (pictured)
A pair of flirtatious dancing hands create a film live on stage in filmmaker Jaco Van Dormael and choreographer Michèle Anne De Mey's remarkable (say the reviews) 'Kiss & Cry', a sensual ballet that takes place in real time amidst small-scale sets, and is then projected onto a big screen. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time | Gielgud Theatre | – 14 Feb 2015
Following that shocking roof-collapse at its original Apollo Theatre venue last year (which meant the show having to break and find a new place to stay) Simon Stephens' Olivier-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon's 'Curious' is hoping to pick up again at the Gielgud with no further incident. Guildhall drama grad Graham Butler stars as an autistic boy trying to understand the world around him. Details and tickets here.

THURSDAY 26 JUNE 2014 >>

COMEDY: Ritzy Crackers w/ Dan Clark + Pat Cahill | Brixton, Upstairs At The Ritzy | 26 Jun
Snapping this particularly piquant Ritzy Crackers bill in two tonight, it's 'How Not To Live Your Life' showman Dan Clark and offbeat singing surrealist Pat Cahill, who'll be tinkering with their respective Edinburgh Fringe shows. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Brontide | Oslo | 26 Jun
Tip top vox-less instrumentalists Brontide have put a stop to a long(ish) period of quietude by announcing a new album called 'Artery'. Turns out the band have been working on it for a while, because, they say: “We put a lot of care into every aspect of these songs and wanted to get everything just right”. Catch them in search of ear-ringing perfection tonight at Oslo. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Long Story Short | Pleasance Theatre | 26-28 Jun (pictured)
 theatre ensemble Squint present this episodic piece on the 'modern media world' of the 1960s, in which a teen criminal tries to find his missing brother, travelling with a Fleet Street entrepreneur, with their singular mix of drama, group stories and a live score. Details and tickets here.

CARO MOSES | Co-Publisher & Editor
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