King's Head-affiliated new writing venue The Hope, which opened its doors in November last year, this month hosts the HopeFull Rep Season, a season of four new plays by different writers: 'Madame Bovary' by Rosanna Lowe, 'Flood' by DHW Mildon, 'The Long Road South' by Paul Minx and 'Dirty Promises' by Lilly Driscoll.

The season has been produced by So And So Art Club, which brought together the four pieces via its rehearsed reading programme. I asked the company's founder Sarah Berger about the upcoming events. You can read the interview here.

The HopeFull Rep season is on at The Hope Theatre, Islington, until 30 Aug. See this page here for more info on the shows and on which dates they can be seen, and also to book tickets.
COMEDY: Bill Bailey Unplugged | Leicester Square Theatre | 8-16 Aug
The one, the only Bill Bailey gives a reminder of his weird excellence with this no-frills 'work-in-progress' show in which no bells, nor whistles, nor owls feature even lightly. Details and tickets here.

FILM/PHOTOGRAPHY: Stanley Kubrick – New Perspectives | WORK Gallery | 8 Aug – 27 Sep
Marking the publication of a book of essays of the same name, the free-entry 'New Perspectives' exhibit centres on filmmaking icon Stanley Kubrick's eye-popping cinematic style, especially highlighting the research and incredible attention to detail involved in creating the iconic 'filmic spaces' in 'The Shining', 'Full Metal Jacket', and '2001: A Space Odyssey'. Details here.

THEATRE: Russell Kane – The Closure Of Craig Solly | Artsdepot | 8 Aug (pictured)
Usually sharp and silly comic Russell Kane comes over all dark in this pitch black one-man show, voicing violent gangland convict Craig Solly in a so-called 'Closure Session' designed to provide solace for the bereaved, with the audience acting as friends and family of Solly's victims. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Comedy Carnival w/ Ben Norris + Jarred Christmas + Pete Jonas | Bar Rumba | 9 Aug (pictured)
Buoyant Aussie comics Pete Jonas and Jarred Christmas, and Christmas' 'Mock The Week' bezzie, the splendid Ben Norris, are the main attractions at tonight's Leicester Sq-sited Comedy Carnival, which is ring-led by a mystery MC. Details and tickets here.

DANCE/CIRCUS: Funk Da Cirque – Soul Trip | Roundhouse | 9 Aug
Rock-steady street dance/acrobatics crew Funk Da Cirque, whose super-young cast are all aged 11-25, mix it up at the Roundhouse with a soulful show made up of b-boying, body percussion, waakin, boogaloo and even a human pyramid, damn it. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Sink The Pink presents... Gloria's | XOYO, Room 2 | 9 Aug
A five-week residential link-up between London nightspot XOYO and LGBT party clique Sink The Pink, Gloria's is a crossover of on-point DJing by the likes of Seb Chew, Severino, Lemmy Ashton and Jonjo and 'anything-goes'-type vibes. Details and tickets here.
SUNDAY 10 AUGUST 2014 >>

FILM: Outdoor Cinema presents... Casablanca | Hampton Court Palace | 10 Aug
Why not enrich your real-life hot city night with the steamy on-screen scenery in Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart's film classic 'Casablanca', which is showing neath the moon and barely-visible LDN starscape tonight via Luna Cinema. And please note that a ticket to the screening does NOT – I said NOT – grant admission to the palace. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Penguin Cafe | Roundhouse | 10 Aug
Carrying on the legacy of the new-age chamber/jazz ensemble Penguin Cafe Orchestra, which was led by his late dad Simon Jeffes, musician Arthur Jeffes joins with his band to play tracks off their latest LP, this year's 'The Red Book', and also to re-animate PCO's greatest hits. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Immortal Hour | Finborough Theatre | 10-26 Aug (pictured)
An airy-fairy fantasy folk "music-drama" first seen in 1914 at the first ever Glasto festival, 'The Immortal Hour' features a parade of strange, magical creatures and many a 'spiritual' going-on. Details and tickets here.
MONDAY 11 AUGUST 2014 >>
THEATRE: Sleeping Truths Lie | Tristan Bates Theatre | 11-16 Aug
Actress/writer Melanie Hunter plays Anna, a coma patient trapped alone with her mind (oh, and a simple, biscuit eating, shape-shifting entity named Sammy), in this subconscious show laid kindly on as part of the Camden Fringe. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Brett Goldstein Tolerated This So His Children Will Be Next | Etcetera Theatre | 11-13 Aug
Skilled story-sharing comic Brett Goldstein follows his gift to last year's Fringe field – a clever, "sincere and inventive" porn-themed show – with a nod to a Manic Street Preachers track, in which he alights nimbly on topics like sex, narcotics and Kevin Bacon. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Othello | Bussey Building/CLF Art Cafe | 11-21 Aug (pictured)
Devising a topical (if pretty high-risk) new twist on Shakespeare's classic play, the By Jove Theatre co instead make the titular 'Othello' a gay woman, even splicing newly-written speech and modern meaning into Shakey-P's medieval text. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Simon Evans – Leashed | Soho Theatre | 12-23 Aug
Esteemed ThreeWeeks interviewee Simon Evans, who isn't a fan of wild n whiskey-snorting-type comedians, instead pays his respects to 'Leashed' entertainers like Frank Muir and Humphrey Littleton, also talking marriage, kids, and the limitations of life in the middle-class. Details and tickets here

MUSIC: Grumbling Fur + Tim Burgess | Corsica Studios | 12 Aug (pictured)
Interplanetary psych cadets Grumbling Fur, aka experimental pairing Daniel O'Sullivan and Alexander Tucker, fly their strange and spangly new disc 'Preternaturals', which lifts off (aka is released) in tandem with tonight's set. Part-time Charlatans man Tim Burgess also plays a solo acoustic show of his own, appearing again with his headliners-in-chief since he features on 'Preternaturals' track 'Lightsinisters'. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Sinead O'Connor | Roundhouse | 12 Aug
The OG bald vocalist, Irish icon Sinead O'Connor, proves nothing compares 2 her tenth solo LP 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss', which represents a fresh phase in her career (and her style), and is released this week. Well, yesterday (ie 11 Aug). She plays select tracks off it tonight, as well as her all-time defining hits. Details and tickets here.

ART: Liana Psarologaki – Cryptopology | The Crypt Gallery | 13-26 Aug
Artist Psarologaki transforms the tombs of St Pancras Church into an 'omni sensorial' space, a free-entry maze of light, scent, temp and airflow-based stimuli designed to cause "un-patterned" reactions in visitors. Details here.

MUSIC: Slint | Electric Brixton | 13 Aug
The Slint Show is coming to town, which is to say that unsmiling post-rock unit Slint, advertising the recent(ish) re-release of their 1990 anti-classic 'Spiderland' LP, are playing the Brixton Electric tonight. Cool. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Hired Man | St James Theatre | 13-16 Aug (pictured)
A gritty musical based on a 1969 novel of the same name by TV fave Melvin Bragg (the first in his 'Cumbrian Trilogy'), Howard Goodall's Ivor Novello-winning portrait of a young husband and wife's working life in 1900s Cumbria brings alive a cavalcade of British history; from ale-drinking, to whippet-racing, to coping with the looming shadow of The Great War. Having premiered in 1984, it is this year, timing with the WW1 Centenary, revived by the National Youth Music Theatre. Details and tickets here.
COMEDY: Cafe 1001 Comedy Club w/ Nat Luurtsema + Tony Dunn + Laurence Tuck | Cafe 1001 | 14 Aug
Brilliant Jigsaw sketch trio member Nat Luurtsema (who's solo in this case), "simultaneously enlightening, hilarious and reprehensible" stand-up Tony Dunn and comic oddment Laurence Tuck are all on show at Cafe 1001 for the bargain bin price of £5. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Luna Cinema presents... The Birds | Holland Park | 14 Aug
The hope is that life does not mirror art at this open-air showing of Hitchcock's avian horror 'The Birds', which, for the unfamiliar, is about some birds. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Boy Who Climbed Out Of His Face | The Jetty | 14 Aug – 28 Sep (pictured)
Innovative drama bizarros Shunt are giving little (okay, nothing) away as to what's going on in 'The Boy Who...', apart from that the show is taking place in a Thameside space made from shipping containers, and that its narrative has some kind of link to Charles Kingsley's 'The Water Babies', Joseph Conrad's 'Heart Of Darkness', and a strange man-child with a strange face. Details and tickets here.
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