Theatre

London-Theatres

I started the week by checking out Jeremy Reed at Chelsea Theatre as part of their SACRED Season.

On Wednesday, I listened to David Byrne of Talking Heads fame in conversation with Matthew Herbert aka Doctor Rockit/Radio Boy/Wishmountain amongst other muso identities. The first question put to this duo was ‘Do we have enough music?’ The evening was an opportunity to indulge in a discussion about the state of today’s music industry, which was fascinating.

I attended a cocktail-making masterclass at Mahiki. But beforehand I sipped a couple of cocktails from the bar, including this Wiki Tiki delight. Yummy!

I finally managed to enjoy Sophie’s free breakfast offer this weekend, which ends on 4th November 2012. A tip: get there early because not only does it get very busy but the steak and chips breakfast also goes very quickly.

Spotted at Burlington Arcade: Pudsey in Theo Fennell’s window. Have you seen their limited edition bracelets for BBC Children In Need?

One of my fave documentaries is Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop and I’m wondering if this is a piece of work by Space Invader in Soho. Anyone know?

Who, in Chelsea, hasn’t spotted the parrot man yet?

I love being a member of the V&A. Not only can you just walk into an exhibition by simply showing your membership card but you can also pop in over and over again, if you enjoyed the exhibition that much.

The Hollywood Costume exhibition was heaving on Saturday – and I’m keen to return. There’s plenty to take in and with the crowds, it wasn’t easy to read all the placards which contribute largely to the meaning of the costumes.

The Gourmet Burger Kitchen tomato sauce container always makes me smile. I love it. Yesterday, I grabbed a Classic Burger from the O2 branch whilst discovering that GBK are also still serving the Windsor Burger, which I wholly recommend.

Last night was Muse’s gig, which was amazing!! Laser lights, stunning visuals and rockstar performances – I wanted to see it all over again as it came to an end. Definitely going to see them again!

I took this photo whilst walking across Hungerford Bridge yesterday and as I watched a similar view whilst watching Skyfall earlier today, it made me feel lucky to be a Londoner. Urban paradise. ūüėČ

SACRED is back for another season at the¬†Chelsea Theatre¬†and on Monday night I went along to experience Jeremy Reed’s poetry reading.

But this was not just one man in a performance space reciting his poetry, which incidentally has been championed by the likes of Bjork, Seamus Heaney and J.G. Ballard – as well as Pete Doherty.

Reed performed with a musician called Itchy Ear whose style is electro. And with enthralling visuals being projected on the backdrop, what I assumed would be a simple recital turned out to be a captivating multimedia experience.

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The poetry was moving and explored the lives of individuals Reed once knew, including Francis Bacon. And one of the poems involved music from Marc Almond who Reed has collaborated with on his recent publication, Piccadilly Bongo.

This year’s SACRED season is running for a longer period than usual – until February 2013 to be precise. So there is still plenty of opportunity to witness contemporary theatre that enjoys pushing the boundaries on the King’s Road.

It’s a wonderful experience to be able to step into a space and be forced to abandon expectations. Your imagination and emotions are allowed to flow unhindered as a result. That’s what happened on Monday night.

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There is so much going on this month and I’ve had quite a task narrowing down my top 5 recommends, but here goes:

1. Celebrate Chocolate Week with Hotel Chocolat at The Botanist! You can read my post on the amazing hot chocolate cocktails on the menu here.

2. Designer Sales UK (DSUK) returns to the Chelsea Town Hall from 25th until 27th October.

There will be markdowns from 60-90% off retail prices. Labels include See by Chloe, Belstaff, Moschino, Jimmy Choo, Valentino, Missoni, Lanvin, YSL and King’s Road fave Vivienne Westwood. Entry fee is ¬£3/¬£2 (concs).

3. SACRED returns to Chelsea Theatre on 19th October and will be running until February 2013. Live art events and contemporary performances¬†kick off with¬†So Below, from Chelsea Theatre Associate Artist Karen Christopher, (Formerly part of Chicago’s Goat Island) and Gerard Bell on October 19 and 20 at 7.30pm. For more information on SACRED’s programme, click here.

4. On 4th October, Ross X Bute will be having an in-store event for their customers which includes an informal wine tasting and styling tips from the creative team behind this fabulous King’s Road boutique. See your invitation below!

5. I have yet to pop down to the Hollywood Arms for the Sunday Cinema nights but the screening on 21st October sounds very appealing. Which film is good enough to take me away from the cinema and sway me towards a pub supper and free screening upstairs?

Drive!

I LOVE THIS FILM! (More details)

If you have anything you’d like to add to the list to let folks know, please feel free to leave details in the comment box below because I haven’t even touched upon Halloween. So much going on! x

It had been a while since I visited The Royal Court and last week I decided to head back for the preview of Love and Information, written by Caryl Churchill.

When I booked my ticket, I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of plot or characters. The video on The Royal Court’s website evoked a sense of fragmentation in the narrative and didn’t give too much away.

But I wouldn’t call it blind faith that convinced me to purchase my ticket because in my eyes, Caryl Churchill is the most prolific British female playwright around. Forgive me if I have forgotten someone obvious but whilst studying theatre, it was Churchill’s female voice that rang out to me.

Today Churchill’s voice is still as strong as ever and at the age of 74 years old she hasn’t lost her sense of humour.

Love and Information is 50 scenes, divided into seven parts plus an epiologue. Each scene explores the dynamics of a relationship where love is either examined or questioned through the revelation or the holding back of a piece of information.

Sometimes the scenes are touching or thought-provoking but for the most part, they are hilarious yet truthful. And as hinted in the promotional video, the narrative is episodic and the scenes are not related to each other. They are random moments in 100 random people’s lives, played by 16 actors, that we have managed to capture albeit very briefly.

Normally Churchill’s plays can provide hard hitting left-wing blows with her political messages but in Love and Information, Churchill seems to be having more fun with her characters – even at those she pokes fun at.

At just under two hours, with no interval, the pace may have lagged towards the end of part six but as I started to realise that the evening was soon coming to an end, I sat back to soak up the wit and insight that Churchill was ready to throw at us in their bite-sized yet very entertaining chunks.

And as I stepped out of the theatre and onto Sloane Square, I could honesty say that Love and Information was a fun night out which I would definitely recommend.

Love and Information runs until 13th October 2012 at The Royal Court.

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