Pick of the Line – September 14 – September 20

Christopher Marlowe emerges in New Cross. Pic: Ewan Munro; Laurence Dodds

The East London overground line is an audiovisual smorgasbord this week, or perhaps more of a sushi conveyor belt; along its length you’ll find immersive screenings of classic sci-fi flicks, histories of animation, co-operative opera and a classic of the pre-Shakespearian playhouse. Immerse yourself in the theatric, the cinematic, the operatic…there’s a market on at Lewisham Shopping Centre on Saturday too.


Saturday, September 15, 7:30 pm

The Vanishing Point

120 Deptford High Street, Lewisham, SE8 4NS

The immersive cinema company based in Deptford will be organising a spacey screening of classic 70s movie Silent Running, described by critic Mark Kermode as “one of the greatest sci-fi films ever.” This tale of a far-future gardener who hijacks a spaceship carrying the last plant and animal life of a now-scorched earth will be accompanied by special guests, interaction with ‘crew members’, a “blast off bar” and rooftop seating. Bring cushions and a tinfoil robot costume (or wear tie-die, apparently).

Admissions: £10 on the door


Sunday, September 16, 7:30 pm

A Voyage Through Animation

The Yard Theatre, Queen’s Yard, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN

Take a tumble through the trippy history of the living line in Hackney Wick, where the Yard Theatre is showcasing 90 years of animation. The films will be accompanied by a live score by The Cabinet of Living Cinema, and will include specially commissioned pieces for the occasion, including a piece of ‘live animation’, however on earth that works.

Tickets £9, or £7 for Whirlygig Cinema badge-holders



Tuesday, September 18 – Wednesday 19, 7:30 pm

Doctor Faustus

The London Theatre, 443 New Cross Road, New Cross ,SE14, 6TA

Not far from where Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe got stabbed in the eye over a bar bill in 1590s Deptford (or, legend has it, faked his death), Venture Wolf are staging a production of his seminal Doctor Faustus, the lurid tale of a restless scholar who, like the Very Hungry Catarpillar, has exhausted all the fruits of the world but still wants more. Unlike the Catarpillar, however, he signs his soul away to a devil in exchange for ultimate power and infinite knowledge. Suffice it to say things go downhill from there.
Time: 8pm doors 7:30pm
Price: £12



Thursday, September 20, 7:45 pm

Hansel and Gretel

Ashcroft Theatre, Fairfield Halls, Park Lane  Croydon CR9

The Co-Opera Company’s mission is to support and train up-and-coming opera singers and musicians so they can earn while they learn alongside seasoned professionals – and get a foot in the door of the presumably cut-throat world of opera. Now, they’re doing an English translation of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel (that’d be Humperdinck the 19th-century German composer, not Humperdinck the second-worst singer in this year’s Eurovision). Come along to Croydon’s Ashcroft Theatre to experience a fully-realised, fully-scored proper thoroughgoing opera.




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