We first came across Caroline Horton at the Edinburgh Festival, where she achieved high praise for shows like 'You're Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy' and 'Mess'; the acclaimed midlands-based playwright and performer heads to Albany Deptford next week for three performances of the latter play, which deals with the thorny subject of anorexia.

I sent a few quick questions over to Caroline, to find out more about 'Mess', and what we can expect from her in the future. You can read it here.

'Mess' is on at The Albany from 19-20 May. See the venue website here for more info and to buy tickets.

You might be more familiar with Ellie Taylor's TV appearances than her stand up, but she's won a lot of acclaim in recent years for her live sets, and next week brings her Edfest-tested comedy hour 'Elliementary' to the Soho Theatre as part of a country-wide tour.

I sent a few questions over to the 'Snog Marry Avoid' presenter, to find out more about the show, and how TV compares to being on the road. You can read it here.

Ellie Taylor is on at Soho Theatre from 19-21 May, see this page here for more info and tickets.
FRIDAY 15 MAY 2015>>
COMEDY: John Robertson - The Dark Room | Udderbelly | 15 May (pictured)
"You’ll struggle to find better than John Robertson’s show – or perhaps game show – ‘The Dark Room’", said ThreeWeeks in this 5/5 review. Robertson appears as a floating head, guiding you through a mind-bending choose-your-own-adventure. There's a grand prize of £1000 for anyone who can beat the game (but be prepared, only a handful ever have). Details and tickets here.

FILM: Science Flicktion | Chelsea Old Town Hall | 15-17 May

How often have you wondered if the science in films actually stacks up? Endlessly, if you're anything like me. And therefore, this is the perfect event for both of us. Five films - 'Alien', 'Apollo 13', 'Terminator 2', 'Shaun Of The Dead' and 'Good Will Hunting' - will be screened over three days, with commentary on each from one scientist and one comedian to confirm authenticity or (more likely) tear it all to pieces. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Myrddin | RichMix | 15 May

A night of contemporary flamenco music and dance, featuring music from Belgian guitarist Myrddin's latest album 'Rosa de Papel'. He is joined by dancers Alicia Carrasco and Ana Llanes, plus special guest, Syrian kanun player Maya Youssef. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Joseph Morpurgo - Odessa | Soho Theatre | 14-16 May (pictured)
Given 5/5 by ThreeWeeks at last year's Edinburgh Fringe, Joseph Morpurgo's 'Odessa' sees him craft a detailed, but entirely fictional history from a short clip of found VHS footage. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: If Tate Modern Was Musée De La Danse? | Tate Modern | 15-16 May
Part of a series of performances created by French choreographer and dancer Boris Charmatz, 'If Tate Modern Was Musée De La Danse?' will see around 90 dancers take over the Tate Modern's gallery spaces and Turbine Hall. Details here.

MUSIC: The Prodigy | Alexandra Palace | 15-16 May
With their latest album 'The Day Is My Enemy' out now, The Prodigy are spending the night tearing up Alexandra Palace. Details and tickets here.
SUNDAY 17 MAY 2015>>

CHILDREN'S SHOW: The Paper Dolls | Little Angel Theatre | 18 Apr - 28 Jun (pictured)
Adapted from the book by Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson, 'The Paper Dolls' sees a string of paper dolls - Ticky, Tacky, Jackie the Backie, Jim with two noses and Jo with the bow - and the little girl who cut them out go on an adventure with the friends and foes found around her house and garden. Details and tickets here.

EVENT: FestivalAsia | Tobacco Dock | 15-17 May

The very first FestivalAsia takes place at the Tobacco Dock this weekend, celebrating culture from across the entire continent of Asia. There will be food, fashion, spirituality, art, music, performance, culture, artefacts, and much more to check out. Details and tickets here.

EVENT: Mwalimu Express | RichMix | 17 May

This monthly Sunday afternoon event brings together culture from across Africa, with music, film, poetry, dance, market stalls and more. Entry is free. Details here.
MONDAY 18 MAY 2015 >>
COMEDY: Another Comedy Night | Hackney Attic | 18 May
Currently preparing to take his debut solo show 'Mulitifarious' to the Edinburgh Fringe, character comedian John McKeever hosts Another Comedy Night at the Hackney Attic, joined by a collection of other rising comics. Free entry but tickets required. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: The Horne Section's Question Session | The Invisible Dot | 18 May (pictured)
Comedian Alex Horne and his very own house band host their own quiz, giving them the chance to show off their skills in both improvised and pre-prepared musical comedy. Also, it's a quiz! Who doesn't like a quiz? Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Twerps | The Shacklewell Arms | 18 May

Australian quartet Twerps head to London following the release of their second album 'Range Anxiety' in February. Having honed their stage craft supporting the likes of Yo La Tengo, Deerhunter, and Mac DeMarco, catch them here in unrestrained headline form. Details and tickets here.
TUESDAY 19 MAY 2015 >>

COMEDY: Ellie Taylor - Elliementary | Soho Theatre | 19-21 May (pictured)
You might recognise Ellie Taylor as the host of 'Snog Marry Avoid' on BBC Three, but Ellie Taylor is also a skillful stand-up comedian, described as "sparkling and energetic company" by ThreeWeeks. In her 2014 Edinburgh show here she covers all the big issues: life, love and Matalan. Details and tickets here.

EVENT: The Improbability Principle - Why Coincidences, Miracles, And Rare Events Happen Every Day | Conway Hall | 19 May

When coincidences and incredibly unlikely things happen, it seems somehow miraculous. But these things also happen so often that they seem quite normal too. Professor David J Hand, author of 'The Improbability Principle', discuss why improbably event occur so frequently and how to understand them. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Beaux Stratagem | National Theatre | 19 May - 20 Sep

George Farquhar's final play, 'The Beaux Stratagem', opened in London less than two months before his death in April 1707. The story is a comedic tale of two men, Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer, who get carried away and spend their fortunes on having fun in London. To regain their social standing, they come up with a plan to marry for money. Details and tickets here.
WEDNESDAY 20 MAY 2015 >>

COMEDY: Investigations With Josie Long | The Invisible Dot | 20 May (pictured)
The latest edition of Josie Long's new regular show at The Invisible Dot, which sees her joined by investigative journalist Martin Williams to present the findings of research they have carried out (all wrapped up with jokes, of course). Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Manger | Sadler's Wells | 19-20 May

As part of Sadler’s Wells and Tate Modern presentation of Musée De La Danse in London, French choreographer Boris Charmatz's new work 'Manger' aims to set bodied in motion with not the limbs or eye, but the mouth. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Mew | Roundhouse | 20 May
A year and a half on from their last London show at the same venue, Danish band Mew return to the Roundhouse following the release of their brilliant new album, '+-'. Always an impressive live act, this is a show well worth checking out. Details and tickets here.
THURSDAY 21 MAY 2015 >>
COMEDY: Festival Of The Spoken Nerd - Just For Graphs | Udderbelly | 21 May (pictured)
Self-confessed nerd comedians, mathematician Matt Parker, physicist Helen Arney and all-rounder Steve ‘Danger’ Mould come together for their latest show at the Festival Of The Spoken Nerd. There will be experiments, songs, graphs and fire. And, of course, lots of laughs. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Julian Clary | The Crazy Coqs | 19-23 May

Following on from his residency at The Crazy Coqs last year, Julian Clary returns for another run, accompanied by pianist Simon Wallace. "I'm hoping it will be a classy occasion. Me perched on a stool sharing a bowl of cheesy balls with the audience before launching into my carefully honed musical repertoire", says Clary. "Think Bruce Springsteen without the gingham shirt". Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Temple | Donmar Warehouse | 21 May - 25 Jul

Steve Waters' new play is a fictionalised account of the events surrounding the appearance of the Occupy London camp from outside St Paul's Cathedral in October 2011, covering protesters pitching their tents, and the City Of London's legal action to remove them. Details and tickets here.
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