London based physically integrated dance company Candoco has been creating great work for many years now, so I was very happy to hear that they are bringing a wonderful sounding show to London audiences this week.

To find out more about this latest outing 'CounterActs', I spoke to artistic co-director Pedro Machado. And you can read the interview here.

'CounterActs' is on at Trinity Laban from 2-3 Oct before heading off on tour. See this page here for more info and tickets.
Making It | Canal Cafe Theatre | 2-10 Oct (pictured)
One for all the struggling actors out there who need to know that they are not alone... in this short-but-sweet one woman comedy drama, Davina Leonard gives an engaging and confident turn as aspiring performer Jess, detailing her trials and tribulations and the characters she meets along the way. See this page here for more info and to book.

Measure For Measure | Young Vic | 1 Oct-14 Nov
Well, it may be one of the bard's "problem plays" but I'm sure Young Vic Artistic Associate Joe Hill-Gibbins is up to the challenge. More importantly, Romola Garai is in it, and I like her a lot, because she's an angry feminist with an expressive face and a propensity to swear a lot. Like me. Tickets and info here.

Sleaford Mods | The Forum | 2 Oct
If you are a big fan of ranty post punk/hip hop pairing Sleaford Mods, then this is definitely a good week for you. Not only can you see them at this gig, which I am tipping here, you can also catch a screening of their documentary 'Invisible Britain' at the previously-tipped Doc n Roll Festival the following day. Don't say I don't offer you doubly delightful treats. More info and tickets for the gig here, and more info on the film here.

The Mighty Prince And Other Fabulous Fables | Canada Water Culture Space | 3 Oct (pictured)
It's a Saturday in autumn and I bet there will loads of parents out there looking for stuff to entertain their kids that doesn't depend on the weather... so here's a good option. This looks like a lovely colourful show for younger audiences, and features five separate bite-size stories, based on tales told by the Buddha, incorporating rhyme, puppetry, live music and song. Get more info and book your tickets here.

The Fabric Of India | Victoria and Albert Museum | 3 Oct-10 Jan

A new exhibition at the V&A opens today, and I think they might have designed it specifically with me in mind, because I am mildly obsessed with textiles at the moment, and I love the look of these amazing fabrics, wall hangings and clothes. There will be more than 200 objects on display, so that should keep you busy for a little while. It's all part of a wider India Festival taking place over the next few months, so check out the other things too. More info on the Fabric exhibition here.

Live At The Chapel With Reginald D Hunter | Union Chapel | 3 Oct
This super-sounding comedy night, helmed by everyone's favourite export of the city of Albany, Georgia, US (Reginald D Hunter, if that's not clear), features some of my very bestest funny people. The Horne Section, Boy With Tape On His Face, Sheeps, Roisin Conaty. Guaranteed not to be a waste of your time. See this page here for more info and tickets.

Kid Carpet and The Noisy Neighbours | Arts Depot | 4 Oct
If you have never been exposed to the delights of one of punk-folk-disco purveyor Kid Carpet's children's shows, then you have really, really missed out. Time to rectify the situation, and be popular with your kids. Or, if you have no kids, borrow some, and make yourself popular with them. And believe me, you won't be sitting there wishing it could be over, as is sometimes the case with children's shows. Kid Carpet's contemporary music based theatre shows are brilliantly entertaining for all. More info from just about right here.

Eleanor Morton: Allotted Mucking About Time | Museum Of Comedy | 4 Oct

Eleanor Morton's won a lot of fans at TW towers over the last few years, and I can prove this by linking to this page here, where you will see just a a small amount of the evidence. She's a very funny, very talented comedian, and I heartily recommend you go and see this particular show, which our reviewer described as a "wonderfully whimsical experience". More info and tickets here.

Barbarians | Former Central St Martin's School Of Art | 29 Sep-7 Nov

This sounds like it will be a great site-specific revival of Barrie Keeffe's 1977 piece set against the contemporary backdrop of the queen's silver jubilee, youth employment, and the anarchic, punky sensibilities of that era. See this page here for all the info and tickets.
Ali Brice - Eric Meat Has No Proof, Only Memories Of Pasta | Aces and Eights | 5 Oct (pictured)
Coming up, Aces and Eights have a run of shows forming a 'Best Of Edinburgh' strand, and here's one I think you'll like: a character set from the talented Ali Brice, who revives Eric Meat for a second bizarre and chaotic outing. If you fancy spending your whole evening at the venue, I can also recommend the other Edinburgh export playing tonight, Twins' 'Pret A Comedy'. And they are both available to view for only a fiver. A bargain evening of entertainment. See this page here for 'Eric Meat', and this page here for all the listings.

BalletBoyz - Young Men | Sadler's Wells | 5-10 Oct

The company known as BalletBoyz bring their sell-out show 'Young Men' back to Sadler's Wells, following its successful premiere there in January. It's a poignant piece blending together dance with other media, focusing on love, friendship and loss, against the backdrop of war and conflict. Go to this page here for more info and tickets.

Comedy Couplets | Royal Festival Hall | 5 Oct
This is part of the line up of Southbank Centre's London Literature Festival (for more events see this page here) and it sounds great. Partly because it's poetry with a comic twist, which is always fun, and partly because a few of my favourites, Mark Watson, Tim Key and Sara Pascoe, are involved. See the venue website here for more info and to book.

The Great Gatsby | Greenwich Theatre, ArtsDepot | 6-14 Oct
You've got two London venues to choose from to see this staging of 'The Great Gatsby', Greenwich Theatre or Finchley's ArtsDepot. This adaption, commissioned by Blackeyed Theatre to mark the 90th anniversary of the novel's publication, is on a significantly sized 98 date tour of the UK, and looks brilliantly like a fabulously roaring, flappertastic production. See the Greenwich theatre website here or the ArtsDepot website here for more info.

The Fallen Woman | The Foundling Museum | 25 Sep-3 Jan
This is a fascinating looking exhibition focusing on the theme of the Victorian ere portrayal, in art and in the media, of 'fallen women'. It features the work of artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Richard Redgrave, George Frederic Watts and Thomas Faed, as well as a specially commissioned sound installation from composer Steve Lewinson. See this page here for more info.

Filmland | Camden People's Theatre | 6-7 Oct
The Calm Down Dear festival of feminist stuff is still ongoing over at the Camden People's Theatre, and this particular show caught my attention because of its historically factual jumping off point, and the fact that it combines styles of the period covered - silent film and music hall - in a radical alternative history of the birth of film. See this page here for more info and tickets.

Dark and Lovely | Ovalhouse | 7-10 Oct
The talented Selina Thompson presents this exploration of afro hair: the politics of it, the history, what it can tell us about what it's like to be black, British and female. Very interesting and important subject matter, especially in the light of the way white standards of beauty dominate our culture and media. See this page here for more info and to book tickets.

London Film Festival | Various venues | 7-18 Oct
Yay, the London Film Festival starts today, so you've 240 films to see, and you've got twelve days to see them all. Don't worry, though, I won't be critical if you don't manage to make it to all of them. Virtually impossible to suggest highlights, really, in a short little recommendation piece like this (if pushed, I'd suggest there's a lot of interesting looking stuff in the Debate strand) so I suggest you go here to have a browse of the extensive programme.

Political Mother - The Choreographers Cut | Brixton Academy | 7-8 Oct

Hofesh Shechter's 'Political Mother' was first staged back in 2010 to much, much, much, critical acclaim, and the hip and gritty dance piece has been revamped for this new version, which features forty international musicians and dancers. It's the final event of Hofest, which has been celebrating with a number of stagings of the choreographer's work, so don't miss this one. More info and tickets here.
Joan | Camden People's Theatre | 8-10 Oct
This, I am sure, will prove to be an unusual and unconventional sort of telling of the Joan of Arc story, given that it's described as a fusion of new writing and drag king cabaret. This highly original sounding piece is performed by Lucy Jane Parkinson, AKA Drag Idol UK Champion 2014 LoUis Cyfer. See this page here for more info and to book.

She Called Me Mother | Stratford Circus | 8-11 Oct (pictured)
Playwright Michelle Innes has penned this piece in the Trinidadian vernacular, which is interesting, and it's to be performed by award winning-and-nominated actress Cathy Tyson, which is great, so I think it's a safe bet that this will be pretty good; it promises to be a highly poignant exploration homelessness, love, loss and society. See this page here for more info.

Comedy International Showcase | Pleasance London | 8 Oct
The title of this is mildly uninspiring, if you ask me, but I suppose it accurately describes what's going on. The host is the fabulous US import Abigoliah Schamaun, the headliners are Men In Coats, and they're joined by a wonderfully international (clue was in the great title) cast of supporting comedians including Francesco De Carlo and Yuriko Kotani. Plus, the proceeds of this evening are going to charity, which is lovely. More info from right about here.
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