If you like your theatre to slap you in the face, then this show is for you. Forced Entertainment’s latest piece sees the anarchic theatre-makers taking apart the concept of narrative. Incorporating live music for the first time, the company continue to push at the foundations of theatre as a model, always challenging, always questioning. This is sure to have an impact.
The Coming Storm' plays at the Battersea Arts Centre between 19th and 23rd June, at 7.30pm. Tickets from £13. See London Calling’s interview with the director, Tim Etchells, here.
This eight hour theatrical epic, imported from the States, sees an office worker discover a copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and proceed to read the entire novel, word for word. Requiring three intervals (one of an hour and a half) it certainly requires a substantial time commitment, but is well worth it. Having already pulled in top reviews from across the board, it works skilfully to generate a shared reading experience which enhances Fitzgerald’s classic in a way that highlights its brilliance.
‘Gatz’ plays at the Noël Coward Theatre between 8th June and 15th July, with tickets from £27.50.
To be performed on a secret rooftop location in or around the National Theatre, the duo who make up the emergent Made in China, promise a parable of consumer culture, placed at the juncture between playwriting and live art. Set against an impressive backdrop of views across the Thames, this should be excellent. Be warned though: the performance will go ahead regardless of the weather! Coats are a must.
‘Get Stuff Break Free’ plays at a secret rooftop location near the National Theatre between 25th June and 4th July, at 8.45pm. Tickets £10.
Well known for their innovative work on the National Theatre’s War Horse, Handspring here take on Ted Hughes’ Crow poems. Re-imagining these poems through ever-inventive puppetry, in collaboration with dance choreographer Ben Duke of Lost Dog, the company have produced a dance theatre piece that deftly narrates Hughes’ first-class wordplay.
‘Crow’ plays at The Borough Hall at Greenwich Dance between 18th June and 7th July. Tickets from £10.
The Science Museum plays host to a ground-breaking interactive digital installation based on a performance by the Philharmonia Orchestra of Holst’s The Planets. This free exhibition allows the visitor to experience orchestral performance from within, with options to join in as a musician, conductor, arranger or composer. Performances can then be recorded and shared online. In addition, musicians from the orchestra will be at the exhibition daily, to guide visitors through the exhibits. A unique opportunity to experience participation in a top-level orchestra.
‘Universe of Sound’ is on display at the Science Museum until 8th July. Free entry.
This three-day music festival in East London (centred around the Old Billingsgate Market) celebrates the cultural relationship between Brazil and Africa, through a line up including funk, reggae, dub, blues, hip hop, samba and blues. Headed by world-renowned Gilberto Gil, the festival promises a jam-packed selection of musical offerings. With both day tickets and full weekend passes available, there are flexible ways to enjoy either a selection of the music or the entire festival.
The ‘Back2Black Festival’ is at Old Billingsgate between 29th June and 1st July. Tickets from £20.
Sunbathe on the Roundhouse's rooftop beach, get lost in a world of storytelling in the National Theatre's Propstore or fly to 'Beirut' Pan Am style. This summer, Pop Up Bars are surfacing all around town. Here's our Top 5!
It’s easy to put off that morning jog because it’s too cold, too wet, and too much like jogging. But your lungs need that fresh air. Summer has landed, so it’s your chance to explore the capital’s scenic corners, where running tracks are outlined by flower beds instead of chalk. Exercise isn’t always fun, so here are some alternate outdoor sports for you to enjoy.
The best thing about having kids is days out and the best thing about being a kid is days out. You just need to know where to go, or more specifically where you can find/avoid Peppa Pig. Well, here you go...
Broadway superstar, singer-songwriter and part of the cast of Glee, Idina Menzel has so many strings her bow it’s hard to keep up, quite frankly! Fresh from her one off concert 'Idina Menzel and Friends' at the Hackney Empire and set to perform this much loved live show at the Olivier awards this Sunday, London Calling caught up with her to find out what it’s like being the superwoman of musical theatre!