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This Week June 5-11

This Week June 5-11

5 June 2017 Will Rathbone

There’s plenty to put a smile on your face this week in London. Literally, in the case of Dr. Mark Williamson. He runs Action for Happiness, an organisation dedicated to making the world a happier place, and he’s delivering a fantastic talk at 93 Feet East. There’s also a comedy tour of London, a gig/theatre hybrid show at Village Underground and a stand-out concert from this year’s Meltdown festival. Phew - all this without mentioning the election once. Dodged that landmine, eh?

Bullshit London: Factually Inaccurate Walking Tours

Set up in 2013, and still going strong, Reuben Williams’ Bullshit London tours are a glorious mix of genuinely interesting routes around the capital and complete and utter nonsense. Although the occasional fact is thrown in – a fellow guest spotted one on the tour we went on – the majority of the accompanying dialogue is complete rubbish, but it’s clever, witty and highly enjoyable rubbish. The Southbank Stroll is recommended, and highlights areas of the well-trodden route that may often go unnoticed, whilst Reuben is excellent company. He may be talking bullshit, but we’ve all had enough of experts anyway.
 
Bullshit London takes place every Thursday and Sunday till October. Tickets are £10.


Image courtesy of Bullshit London Walking Tours

 
Young Fathers

The divisive hip hop trio may not suit everyone’s tastes, but there’s no denying that their charged, uncomfortable sound conjures a feeling that manages to be both primal and futuristic at once. M.I.A. has programmed this gig as part of her Meltdown Festival, and they’ve promised a unique, choir-filled show especially for it. Given their superb live reputation, this show promises to be something pretty special.  
 
Young Fathers perform at the Southbank Centre on Friday June 9. Tickets start at £20.


Image courtesy of the Southbank Centre

 
Still I Rise: Hip Hop, Feminism and Poetry

Poet in the City curate a number of events throughout the year, and this latest looks at modern-day feminism through the lens of hip hop and spoken word. Taking London as a framework, the night features a panel of artists using spoken word, rap, open discussion and audience Q+A to explore issues of feminism and identity.
 
Still I Rise: Hip hop, Feminism and Poetry takes place at Kings Place on June 10. Tickets are free!
 
1927: Cat and Mouse

There’s honestly nothing else like a 1927 production. Their blend of animation, physical theatre and live music creates a world, and a vision, that is at once familiar and refreshingly new. Golem, their biggest UK show to date, had a successful West End run a couple of years back and this is their first show since - which is very exciting news. Village Underground is more of a gig venue than a theatre space, and the onus is very much on this being an equal billing between the two mediums. Whatever it ends up being – you can rest assured you will enjoy it. Promise.
 
Cat and Mouse is at Village Underground from June 8-9. Tickets are £21.


Image courtesy of Paul Barritt

 
LDN Talks at Night: The Science of Happiness

There’s a science to happiness, and this talk from Dr. Mark Williamson explains how learning about it can increase our own wellbeing and create more happiness in the world around us. Who doesn’t want that? Mark’s Action for Happiness movement is a global organisation dedicated to creating a more balanced, collaborative society which takes the focus away from material gain and concentrates more on community and helping people. The LDN Talks at Night series is chock full of fascinating subjects and knowledgeable speakers, so it’s well worth checking out their other events too.
 
The Science of Happiness is on at 93 Feet East on June 6. Tickets are £12.
 

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