Sunday 24th September

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Woody at work
Woody at work on the decks

Sublime Soundcrash Scares

Soundcrash hosts a night of DJing excellence to thrill audiophiles and revellers alike.

Sitting on a side road off Shoreditch High Street, Village Underground is fronted by a bustling stream of people. Most are in a jubilant mood though some are plastered in a palette of deathly face paint which belies the general atmosphere of merriment.

It’s the night after Halloween – traditionally a time when those of a Catholic persuasion are preparing for All Souls’ Day. But Soundcrash wants to extend the spook-filled festivities of the previous night for a few more hours. They’ve commandeered the venue and have assembled three of the world’s finest DJs, Messrs Yoda, Woody, and Cheeba, to entertain, guide, and perhaps even frighten revellers until the early hours of the morning.

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Category: Clubs
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Breaking 30: Halloween Cabaret – Review

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Breaking 30 / Worlds End Studios

A surprise on arrival: the venue was a covered courtyard with heat-lamps – and all the better for it. In fact, the perfect way to spend an otherwise dreary autumnal London evening. There was quite a crowd gathering and a real buzz to proceedings. It was truly heartening to see such a level of support for this fundraiser, under the clearly imaginative direction of Sophie Moniram.

‘With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm’ made for a rousing chorus taking full vantage of prime performance space, faces underlit by torchlight. Coupled with the artful lighting of Justin Williams, the place afforded ameniable acoustics for consistently consumate performances. Pretty soon though, things were thrown into crisis: that of a rotund seasonal vegetable, in a not-quite-so-Juliet-ish balcony scene. No pumpkin had more stage presence or was more dramatically expressive, in this endearing ugly-duckling yarn.

Tanja Mariadoss

Being carved-up every October 31 presents a conflict of emotions.

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Category: Comedy
The Invisible Dot

The Scary Halloween Show. The Invisible Dot.

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Nestled in the heart of King’s Cross, The Invisible Dot has rapidly become one of the hippest places to watch comedy in London.  Tonight it’s been done up for The Scary Halloween Show.  And by “done up”, I mean two ominous Jack-o’-lanterns sitting in the corner.  Whilst waiting for the show to begin, we’re treated to some eerie music from theremin player Susi O’ Neill.  Special mention goes to her, as these things are notoriously hard to play.  With the pre-match amble done and dusted, let’s crack on with the review.

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Category: Comedy
Amy Neilson Smith
Amy Neilson Smith

Poetry Café: Playerist Comedy Night – Review

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I was thrilled to present the Comedy Night for Playerist Literary Magazine at the Poetry Society in Covent Garden. Needing to ensure spot-on timing felt a little like operating a conveyor-belt. But what a conveyor-belt. It’s rare to be privy to such a collection of talent, and so pleasing to see a full-house at this venerated venue. The Poetry Café is smartly situated, central but hidden, in the heart of the city. This year saw Jillian Miller come aboard as the magazine’s patron, and she kicked-off proceedings with much appreciated verse by John Cooper Clarke. Drawing on two decades of public speaking, as CEO of an international charity, Jillian sparkled and lit the touchpaper. Next up was Brighton poetess (self-termed) Amy Neilson Smith who recited her naughty-but-nice rhymes. This girl has gumption and little wonder she’s in such demand, as fellow of the iPoets collective that last summer performed at the Royal Festival Hall.

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Category: Comedy