The best of what to do for the rest of the week and over the weekend from the four most fabulous boroughs
Wednesday- The Works@Goldsmiths, University of London
Thursday- A Midsummer Night’s Madness @Hackney Empire Main House
Friday- Ian Shaw @ Vortex jazz club, Dalston
Saturday- Forest Fest 2011@ Forest Hill School, Mayow Road
Sunday- The London Improvisers Orchestra @Cafe OTO, Dalston
Monday- Lost Victorian London- Sydenham Arts Festival@Kirkdale Bookshop
A festival of new theatre, dance-theatre, live art and performance installations from emerging international artists.
29th June- 2nd July
Full Price ticket: £8
Two days of the Festival OR Saturday matinee + evening
Full price: £10
Student ticket: £8
Bookings: 07538 297810 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue: Main House
Dates: 30 Jun 2011 – 2 Jul 2011
Following 5 star reviews in New York and Edinburgh, our award winning theatre company returns with a hot, fast, hip hop adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Hot from their huge success in both New York and the Edinburgh Festival, Hackney Empire’s very own Hackney Harlem Theatre Company present their stunning Hip Hop version of Shakespeare’s classic. See the Empire’s stalls as you’ve never seen them before. A show suitable for all the family.
Directed by Hackney Empire’s Creative Director, Susie McKenna.
Find out more about the show (plus parking and love advice!) at twitter.com/NickBottomio
Ian Shaw Ian Shaw’s career in performance began unusually for a jazz musician on the Alternative Cabaret Circuit, alongside such performers as Julian Clary, Rory Bremner and Jo Brand. Shaw was spotted by Dave Illic, jazz critic for “City Limits” and was described as “the voice of the decade”. He has since gone on to win “Best Jazz Vocalist” at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2004 and 2007, and has amassed a number of highly acclaimed albums. A popular performer both in the UK and the US, Ian Shaw is an incredibly colourful character and has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists.
This year’s programme is shaping up to be the most exciting ever, with a variety of performances from local music, dance and drama groups confirmed. Highlights include a writer’s workshop with BAFTA award-winning playwright Roy Williams OBE organised by the Sydenham Arts Festival, a collection of themed short stories by London Bubble Youth Theatre, plus a ‘don’t miss it’ performance by renowned Jazz musicians the Tomorrow’s Warriors.
Visitors will have a chance to get involved with hula-hoop, dance (including salsa from Leigh Knight and workshops from Laban and a performance from Militree Dance) and DJ workshops, and there will be a chance for you to record your own tracks at the XLP mobile recording studio. On top of all of this, there will be art installations and exhibitions celebrating our home-grown creative talent, plus performances from our local primary schools including the Christ Church, Horniman, St Michael and Holy Trinity School Choirs.
Cost:£6/£4 concessions (Tickets on the door only)
Regular meeting of The London Improvisers Orchestra drawing on London’s rich pool of improvising musicians. The LIO is part of a long and varied heritage that stretches back to the free-jazz big bands of Chris McGregor and Mike Westbrook, the intuitive ensembles of John Stevens and purely improvising groups such as the Continuous Music Ensemble.
Start time: 7.30pm
Venue: Kirkdale Bookshop – 272 Kirkdale, Sydenham SE26 4RS
Gavin Stamp is an architectural historian. His recent books include The Memorial to the Missing of the Somme and Britain’s Lost Cities.
His talk will discuss London examples from his latest book, Lost Victorian Britain, which illustrates the many fine Victorian buildings which were demolished, usually unnecessarily, in the 20th century – some by war or accident (like the Crystal Palace) but most through anti-Victorian prejudice.