Sunday 24th September

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The writing was on the wall
The writing was on the wall // Photograph by Martin Slidel

The Review that Never Was

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Arrived at the Oxford Arms to a review a fringe production. Usual enough. Long day at the office followed by an inspirational exhibition of children’s art that I’d been invited to by a local secondary school. Spent my time and money staying out, traipsing around my old (very old) stomping ground of Camden before time to venture forth.

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Category: Comedy
Tom Gamble
Tom Gamble

Playerist Comedy Night 2 // Poetry Café // Review

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A school night if not for half term, those in the know braved the dullest weather to arrive at a sparkling evening of comedy by Playerist Performance Collective at the Poetry Café.

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Category: Art
Darren Beaumont
Darren Beaumont // Photo credit: Tim Stubbs Hughes

Pool @ Jack Studio Theatre

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Showing until June 7, 2014 // The Write Now Festival

As always, setting the scene is a vital aspect of a visit to The Jack. This time, literally stepping into a Hockney-esque painted ‘pool’ can feel quite disconcerting. The attractive and effective set by David Shields makes full use of Amy Mae Smith’s transcendent lighting; birthing those lovely rippling reflections of sunlight-on-water. Kate Bannister comments that “the designers have done a cracking job…” and likewise the director. The sound-scaping by Mark Webber is exemplary.

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Category: Culture
Playerist
Graphic by Sofia Hagen

Playerist Comedy Night // Thursday May 29 // Poetry Café

Playerist returns for another Comedy Night at the much-loved Poetry Café in Betterton Street, in the heart of Covent Garden, kicking-off at 7.30pm on Thursday May 29. A widely diverse range of talent promises a memorable occasion, at the attractive door price of £3. Playerist supports writers, musicians and artists, and offers a unique showcase of billed acts comprising a varied programme. The events offer further opportunities for chatting and drinking (or networking if you like) and this time around the venue has guaranteed a well-stocked fridge…

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Category: Art
Imogen Miller Porter
Imogen Miller Porter photographed by Martin Slidel

Spotlight on Imogen Miller Porter

It’s a delight to catch up with actor and writer Imogen Miller Porter, just as she’s finishing her current run as the screeching matriarch in the interactive Faulty Towers Dining Experience at Charing Cross Hotel. Despite what I imagine as an exhaustive role she blusters into the nearby café looking fresh as a daisy; resplendent in turquoise plaid shirt, plaited locks not quite free of that infamous Sybil coiffure.

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Category: Comedy
Jammatology: Adam Hutchings and Chris Sav
Jammatology: Adam Hutchings and Chris Sav

‘Philosofood’ Book Launch

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An excellent evening at The London Particular launched Adam Hutchings’ and Chris Sav’s first foray into publishing. ‘Philosofood’ is essential reading for any self-respecting foodie, an adult ‘Horrible Histories’ wandering into both faction and imaginative fiction. A friendly and accessible tome, as its title may or may not indicate, ‘Philosofood’ is jam-packed with titillating tales and titbits, with scandalous stories of Roman excess – all those famous characters we think we know so well. Plus the odd, sometimes very odd, recipe; culinary or otherwise.

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Category: Art
Sofia Hagen
Sofia Hagen

Independent Spook Flick: Inside Shadows

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insideshadows.com // SchnitzelMonster

All arty angles on the mundane accoutrements of urban life, I very much enjoyed Londoner Chris Silver’s Vauxhall-based low-budget chiller ‘Inside Shadows’. Coupled with a hauntingly jangly soundtrack by John Harris, acoustic instruments blending with real-world sounds, it instantly captures that eerie essence of home-alone-ness. Although nothing much happens during the first half it does prove immersive, a little like those infant episodes of ‘Big Brother’. Are the actors playing themselves? Is it scripted or improvised? Who cares, if it works. Seventy minutes is the ideal length for an independent production, as for many other movies I should say. The film tends to abstraction, a continual cinematic survey, perfectly-paced to effect an intimate and nervy atmosphere. At points I wanted to drain the colour, it could certainly take a monochrome ‘print’.

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Category: Cinema
Monday

The Park Theatre: A Bad Case of the Mondays

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Seven short plays on Monday nights: January 13, 20, 27

The Park Theatre, Finsbury Park (Finsbury Park Tube)

The Morris Space upstairs at the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park was pleasingly full for the opening night of the first of four Mondays. Two pop-songs on loop alternated between ‘Manic Monday’ and ‘Between Sunday and Monday’ – no Boomtown Rats. The programme by Paradigm Theatre was set very attractively with seven short themed works from a number of gifted writers.

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Category: Comedy