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This Week 11th - 17th January

11 January 2016 Ryan Ormonde

Theatre, literature, world music, contemporary art and circus cabaret are the delights of the week ahead, so stop pretending there’s nothing to do at this time of year.

The Rolling Stone / Nine Lives

Two stories about gay African men are playing to fringe theatre audiences this week. Opening on Thursday at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, The Rolling Stone follows the high-risk relationship between Dembe and Sam in Uganda, one of the most homophobic countries in the world. Ellen McDougall directs Chris Urch’s Bruntwood Prize-winning play, in a production running until 20 February. On the other side of town, Zodwa Nyoni’s Nine Lives follows the experiences of a gay Zimbabwean who has escaped his country for the UK, where in Leeds he hopes to find acceptance and a place to call home. Nine Lives is showing at the Arcola in Dalston until 30 December.

To book tickets for The Rolling Stone at the Orange Tree Theatre, see website.

To book tickets for Nine Lives at Arcola, see website.


Reptember Reloaded at New Diorama Theatre

Reptember Reloaded is The Faction’s series of solo plays adapted from international literary works, performed at the New Diorama theatre on Sunday and Monday nights throughout January. This week sees versions of Lorca’s Duende, An Arab Woman Speaks by Dario Fo and Joan of Arc by Schiller. Tonight’s programme includes Ibsen’s Borkmann and Sunday’s addition is Man with a Flower in his Mouth by Pirandello. Tucked behind Euston Road, the New Diorama is ideally located to attract bookish (or not so bookish) students, and at £5 this looks just the ticket.

For more information and to book tickets, see website.


The Duhks at Cecil Sharp House

Cecil Sharp House specialise in traditional English Folk music, but on Wednesday the Regent’s Park Road venue welcomes the eclectic sounds of Canadian roots band The Duhks. No strangers to a bouzouki or a claw hammer banjo, The Duhks might be pronounced ‘ducks’ but they are more like magpies, picking up a little Franco-Canadian folk here and some Afro-Cuban rhythms there. Like fantastical filmmaker Guy Maddin, The band hail from Winnepeg, recently revealed to be the home of the real life Winnie-the-Pooh, a former inmate of the nearby London Zoo.

For more information and to book tickets see website.


Julian Charrière at Parasol Unit

Various globes constructed between 1890 and 2011 are suspended above a table, all of them sanded down to erase their political divisions, the combined dust covering the surface beneath. This is a description of ‘We Are All Astronauts’, an artwork by Julian Charrière, whose first solo exhibition For They That Sow the Wind opens at Parasol Unit (just off City Road) on Friday. Other works have taken the artist to some of the remotest areas of the real globe in his exploration of ecological issues. In other installations, Cretaceous plants are preserved in liquid Nitrogen and a blowtorch is put to use in the melting of an iceberg. By the way, Charrière didn’t use any old sandpaper on those globes: his ‘international sandpaper’ was produced from mineral samples gathered from all countries recognised by the United Nations.

For more information, see website.


Last chance: La Soirée

Cabaret was a big deal in the first decade of the 21st Century and in 2004 at the Edinburgh Festival, a circus style cabaret show called La Clique launched the career of singer Camille O’Sullivan. 12 years on, O’Sullivan is set to headline the Roundhouse this month, while La Clique, now known as La Soirée, returned for its sixth London season in 2015. Sunday is the last chance to see the show at Southbank Centre’s Spielgeltent, featuring former Cirque du Soleil clown Mooky, pole-dancing and pipe-puffing duo The English Gents, leather clad impresario Mario Queen of The Circus, outrageous comic Asher Treleaven, charming contortionist Captain Frodo, indie aerialist Bret Pfister, ‘jaw dropping’ hand balancer Melanie Chy and single strap performer Yammel Rodriquez, ‘notoriously known for her love of the finest Cuban cigars’. Returning to the Spiegeltent for the last few weeks of the run is O'Sullivan herself.

La Soirée is part of Winter at Southbank Centre with NatWest. For more information and to book tickets see website.

 

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