Award winning playwright Silva Semerciyan's latest work, 'I And The Village', begins a run at London's Theatre503 this week. The play is set in the US-born writer's home state of Michigan, and deals with a thorny topic involving youth, non-conformity, and guns.

I sent some questions over to Silva, to find out more about the show and its inspirations, as well as a wee bit about the playwright herself. You can read the interview here.

'I And The Village' is on at Theatre503 until 4 July. See this page here for more info and tickets.
FRIDAY 12 JUNE 2015 >>
EVENT: Sunset Safari | London Zoo | 5 Jun - 17 Jul
Going to the zoo during the day is fine. I mean, you can do that if you want. But why would you go during the day when you could be there at night? And I'm not even suggesting you break in. Not this time. In June and July London Zoo is opening up its doors to a limited number of people on Friday nights. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: 5 Seconds Of Summer | Wembley Arena | 12-14 Jun (pictured)

Australian pop-punk quartet 5 Seconds of Summer are performing three nights at Wembley Arena, starting tonight, playing songs from their debut album, which was released last year. Yeah, that's right, they've released one album and they're playing three nights at Wembley Arena. What has your band done? Nothing. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: 1984 | Almeida Theatre | 12 Jun - 5 Sep
Returning to the Almeida for a twelve week run, '1984' brings George Orwell's dystopian classic to life on stage. Since first appearing at the Almeida in 2013, and subsequently touring the UK, the production has been seen by over 250,000 people. Still room for a few more. Details and tickets here.
SATURDAY 13 JUNE 2015 >>

COMEDY: James Acaster - Represent | Udderbelly | 13 Jun (pictured)
James Acaster will be hanging around the Udderbelly on the Southbank this evening being funny. It is his job. And he will be on stage. And you will have to pay to see him. I should probably have been clearer about this at the offset. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Luna Gale | Hampstead Theatre | 13 Jun - 18 Jul
The latest play from multi award-winner Rebecca Gilman, 'Luna Gale' receives its premiere at the Hampstead Theatre, directed by Michael Attenborough. Caroline Cox has been working in The Department of Human Services. She thinks she has a typical case on her hands when she meets troubled teenagers Peter and Karlie, the parents of newborn Luna Gale. But as she digs deeper she discovers an array of unspoken motives amongst all the parties with an interest in Luna’s future. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Carsten Höller - Decision | Hayward Gallery | 10 Jun - 6 Sep

Good art makes you think, Carsten Höller's forces you to. Interactive exhibition 'Decision' explores perception and decision making, starting before you even enter by giving you a choice of two entrances. From there you're offered the chance to take pill, the contents of which you are not told, sleep in a roaming bed, fly over Waterloo Bridge, and drop down the artists' Isomeric Slides. Details and tickets here.
SUNDAY 14 JUNE 2015 >>

COMEDY: Greg Proops - The Smartest Man In The World Book Event And Podcast | Soho Theatre | 14 Jun
Greg Proops will hold an event to promote his new book, 'The Smartest Book In The World', based on his 'Smartest Man In The World Podcast'. Then afterwards, he will record a live edition of that very podcast. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Jenny Hval | Cafe Oto | 14 Jun (pictured)
The entirely wonderful Jenny Hval will play a show at Cafe Oto in Dalston tonight to mark the release of her new album, 'Apocalypse, Girl'- described as "hallucinatory narrative that exists somewhere between fiction and reality, a post-op fever dream, a colourful timelapse of death and rebirth, close-ups of impossible bodies — all told through the language of transgressive pop music". Perfect. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Not A Game For Boys | King's Head Theatre | 10 Jun - 5 Jul

Starring Bobby Davro and directed by Jason Lawson, Simon Block's 'Not A Game For Boys' tells the story of three cabbies and a vital stage in the local table tennis tournament they are part of. Details and tickets here.
MONDAY 15 JUNE 2015 >>
MAGIC: Carl-Einar Häckner | Soho Theatre | 15-20 Jun (pictured)
Swedish comedic magician Carl-Einar Häckner is back in the UK for a run of shows at the Soho Theatre, filled with tricks, songs and jokes. He'll also be joined by the escapologist Houdini! (Please note: Houdini is a dog.) Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Lead Belly Fest | Royal Albert Hall | 15 Jun

A whole evening of performances celebrating the music of blues musician Lead Belly, headlined by Van Morrison and also featuring artists including Billy Bragg, Jools Holland, Manfred Mann's Paul Jones, Dr Hook's Dennis Locorriere, and more. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Oh Land | Islington Assembly Hall | 15 Jun
A former ballet dancer who turned to music after an injury put an end to her dancing career returns to London to perform songs from her fourth album 'Earth Sick', and more from her back catalogue. Details and tickets here.
TUESDAY 16 JUNE 2015 >>

CABARET: Diane Chorley - Duchess Of Canvey | Soho Theatre | 15-27 Jun (pictured)
Diane Chorley recounts her former life as the owner of a celeb-filled 80s nightclub in Essex, how she ended up in prison, and her returned to the stage through Hackney's nightlife, all broken up with songs performed with her band The Buffet. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Lolitics | The Black Heart | 16 Jun

Chris Coltrane's political comedy night returns to The Black Heart in Camden for another evening of "cool lefty comedy with a radical edge". For a better idea of what it's all about, check out the rules. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Chef | Soho Theatre | 15 Jun - 4 Jul

Winner of a First Fringe award in Edinburgh last year, Sabrina Mahfouz’s 'Chef' is the story of how one woman went from being a haute-cuisine head-chef to a convicted inmate running a prison kitchen. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Alan Davies and Paul Merton's Impro Chums | Hampton Court Palace | 17 Jun
A comedy double bill as part of the Hampton Court Palace Festival. Alan Davies will perform a solo atand up set, while Paul Merton will draft in his 'impro chums', Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Josie Long Investigations | The Invisible Dot | 17 Jun (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.

SPOKEN WORD: Eddie Argos | The Courtyard | 17 Jun
Art Brut frontman Eddie Argos follows his 'I Formed A Band' memoir will a spoken word show recounting his time at the helm of the indie outfit. Details and tickets here.
THURSDAY 18 JUNE 2015 >>
MUSIC: DJ Yoda | Koppaberg Urban Forest | 18 Jun
Koppaberg's Urban Forest in Hackney Wick is hosting various gigs over the summer with a wide variety of bands. One of our picks of the whole line-up being tonight's show from DJ Yoda, a master of cutting up and scratching music, jingles, spoken word and more. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Three Trapped Tigers | Electrowerkz | 18 Jun
A trio of incredible musicians, Three Trapped Tigers return after some time away to give a live airing to songs from their upcoming second album, the follow-up to 2011's 'Route One Or Die'. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Ted Bundy Project | Ovalhouse | 17-21 Jun
In November 2012 Greg Wohead stumbled across the confession tapes of serial killer Ted Bundy, which gave way to the creation of this show, an examination of the line between attraction and repulsion. Details and tickets here.
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