Next week sees the staging of playwright Bea Roberts' first full length play 'And Then Come The Nightjars', a play which explores the effects of the Foot and Mouth epidemic of 2001. The piece has been produced for the London stage by Theatre503 - as the opener to their autumn 2015 season - after it became one of two winners of their international playwriting award, selected from more than 1600 submissions.

To find out more about the play, and the playwright, I sent some questions over to Roberts, ahead of the opening night. And you can read that interview here.

'And Then Come The Nightjars' is on at Theatre503 from 2-26 Sep. See the venue website here for more information and tickets.  You can find info about the playwriting award here.
FRIDAY 28 AUGUST 2015 >>
COMEDY: MJ Hibbett (And Steve) - Hey Hey 16k | Camden Comedy Club | 28-29 Aug
MJ Hibbett and Steve (just Steve) return with their latest two-man rock opera based on the viral internet hit Hibbett had back in 2001 when the internet was all still held together with string. Find out more in an interview with Hibbett on this edition of the ThreeWeeks podcast. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Richard Herring - The Headmaster's Son | Leicester Square Theatre | 28 Aug

Richard Herring is still powering through every single one of his solo shows, getting ever closer to a brand new one as the finale of the run. Tonight we reach 2008 and one of our favourites, 'The Headmaster's Son', in which he recalls his childhood as... well the clue's in the title. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Planet Of The Apes - Live | Royal Festival Hall | 28 Aug
The original 'Planet Of The Apes' film from 1968 is a stone cold classic. Who wouldn't want to go and see it shown on the big screen. And the BBC Concert Orchestra are performing a live soundtrack too? You maniacs! Sounds brilliant. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: An Audience With Fenella Fielding | The Gatehouse | 29-30 Aug (pictured)
Best known for her appearances in two 'Carry On' films, 'Carry On Regardless' in 1961 and 'Carry On Screaming!' in 1966, Fenella Fielding takes to the stage to tell stories from her career. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Richard Herring - Hitler Moustache | Leicester Square Theatre | 29 Aug

Tonight as Richard Herring works his way through all eleven of his previous solo shows at the Leicester Square Theatre, he attempts to reclaim the 'Hitler moustache' for comedy - after all, Charlie Chaplain had it first. How successful this 2009 show was in its aim isn't clear, but it is very funny. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: South West Four | Clapham Common | 29-30 Aug

Clapham Common's dance music focussed SW4 festival returns, with a headline set from Faithless tonight and Skrillex tomorrow. Also on the bill are Fatboy Slim, Eric Prydz, Sasha, Carl Cox, Basement Jaxx, and more. Details and tickets here.
SUNDAY 30 AUGUST 2015 >>

EVENT: Notting Hill Carnival | Notting Hill | 30-31 Aug (pictured)
The Notting Hill Carnival! You know the Notting Hill Carnival. Two days of carnival action in Notting Hill, filling the streets of West London with colour since 1966. Go down, dance, eat and soak up the atmosphere. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Quills And Crosses | The Gatehouse | 30 Aug
Mathias is an up and coming merchant in Tudor England who wishes to escape his religious background by embracing the tradesmen's life and reap the rewards. But when the monasteries are under threat from the Act of Supremacy he suddenly finds a need to reconnect with his father. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: This Heaven | Finborough Theatre | 30 Aug - 15 Sep

The European premiere of Nakkiah Lui's 'This Heaven'. Set in Mount Druitt, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, Sissy Gordon's father, an Aboriginal man and pillar of the community, has died in police custody. Suddenly justice seems to have been taken away, and as anger spreads into the streets Sissy has to decide what is her next step. Details and tickets here.
MONDAY 31 AUGUST 2015 >>
CABARET: Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School | London Wonderground | 31 Aug
Part life drawing class, part cabaret show, Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School started in Brooklyn and now runs in cities all over the world. Its models are burlesque performers and circus acts, who will also perform for you in between posing for you to draw. Details and tickets here.

CHILDREN'S SHOW: Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure For Kids | London Wonderground | 31 Aug

Join master beatboxer Shlomo on a sonic adventure into sound, as he creates all kinds of noises and music using only his mouth and a microphone. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: TV On The Radio | The Roundhouse | 30-31 Aug (pictured)

The second of two nights for TV On The Radio headlining the Roundhouse, appearing off the back of the release of last year's 'Seeds' album. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Stealing Klimt + Q&A | JW3 | 1 Sep
'Stealing Klimt' follows the story of Maria Altmann and her attempts to reclaim five paintings stolen from her family in Vienna in 1938 and latterly displayed in the Austrian National Gallery. After tonight's screening, there will be a discussion with the film's producer, Anne Webber, founder and Co-Chair of the Commission for Looted Art in Europe, and Michael Newman, Executive Director of the Association of Jewish Refugees. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Mac DeMarco | The Roundhouse | 1 Sep (pictured)

Lo-fi superstar Mac DeMarco headlines a show at the Roundhouse in support of his recently released new album, 'Another One'. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: In Love/Out Of Love | The Arts Theatre | 2-13 Sep
Action To The Word premiere their new show 'In Love/Out Of Love' at The Arts Theatre Upstairs, a journey through the trials and tribulations Shakespeare's lovers pulled together with music created by the company. Details and tickets here.

POETRY: Stand Up And Spit | The Saison Poetry Library | 2 Sep
'Stand Up And Spit' is a night of angry poetry, tracing its inspiration back to punk and reggae of the early 80s. Original ranters Tim Wells and Janine Booth will be joined by young poet Emily Harrison at the Royal Festival Halls' Saison Poetry Library. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Late Henry Moss | Southwark Playhouse | 2-26 Sep

Sam Shepard's 2000 play 'The Late Henry Moss' has only been performed in London once before. Two brothers, Earl and Ray, travel to Bernalillo New Mexico upon the mysterious death of their estranged father, Henry. Over a bottle of bourbon and a box of old photographs, they try to reconcile their very different childhood memories. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Win Bin | Old Red Lion | 1-26 Sep (pictured)

A dark comedy that blends sketch comedy with theatrical narrative. Bash, a comic book artist, has been shortlisted for the last paid job in the arts, competing against a taxidermist, choreographer, photographer, writer and crafter. They claw their way into the brutal final round, a twelve hour assessment day that is monitored by The Bench who judge their every move. Details and tickets here.
EVENT: Southbank Centre Architecture Tour | Southbank Centre | 3 Sep (pictured)
A tour of the whole Southbank Centre site that looks at the design of the various buildings, with wider discussion of 20th century architecture. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Hatched N Dispatched | Park Theatre | 1-26 Sep

In this dark comedy set in 1959, the Needham family have buried Uncle Arthur and christened Baby Clifford in a double booking at the church, back at home family tensions erupt and Dorothy-Mavis takes charge of the situation. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Lela & Co | Royal Court Theatre | 3 Sep - 3 Oct
Based on true events, 'Lela & Co' is a new play by playwright Cordelia Lynn directed by Jude Christian about a young girl trapped in an increasingly tiny world. Details and tickets here.
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