Film & Theatre
Gothique Film Society
18 October 2013 - 7 March 2014
The Gothique Film Society presents
Their long running specialised club for Fantasy, Mystery and Horror enthusiasts, founded in 1966. Each season comprises 7 shows, 2 films each show, on Friday nights over the winter period, October to March.
Tickets for a single show (2 films) cost £7.00 or membership for the whole season of 7 shows is £17.50. These can be purchased from the Secretary in advance or on the night. See the website for more details.
Wed 12 Mar 2014, 19.00
Central London Humanists presents
Honor Diaries - Culture is no excuse for abuse
The first film to break the silence on ‘honor violence’ against women and girls in Muslim societies.
Doors 18.30, Start 19.00
Tickets £6 Advance /£10 cash only on the door
Honor Diaries features a cast of women’s rights activists, including New York Times Bestselling author Ayaan Hirsi Ali. “In male-dominated cultures, like Saudi Arabia, women and girls are treated like property, forced into marriage, and suffer female genital mutilation,” said Ayaan Hirsi Ali. “In Honor Diaries, I am proud to join these courageous women to speak the truth; that culture is no excuse for abuse.”
Honor Diaries brings together a diverse coalition of human rights groups to champion this important cause, including: Women’s Voices Now, the AHA Foundation, All Afghan Women’s Union, Alliance of Iranian Women, American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Congress of Racial Equality, Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, Girls’ Globe, Tehrik-e-Niswan (The Women’s Movement of Pakistan) and more.
These women, who have witnessed firsthand the hardships women endure, are profiled in their efforts to affect change, both in their communities and beyond.
The film gives a platform to exclusively female voices and seeks to expose the paralyzing political correctness that prevents many from identifying, understanding and addressing this international human rights disaster. Freedom of movement, the right to education, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation are some of the systematic abuses explored in depth.
Spurred by the Arab Spring, women who were once silent are starting to speak out about gender inequality and are bringing visibility to a long history of oppression. This project draws together leading women’s rights activists and provides a platform where their voices can be heard and serves as inspiration to motivate others to speak out.
More than a movie, Honor Diaries is a movement meant to inspire viewers to learn more about issues facing women in Muslim-majority societies, and to act for change.
Going Solo: An evening of the best new solo performance
Wed 26 Mar 2014, 19.30
The Centre for Solo Performance presents:
Another evening of the best new solo performance
Based at Conway Hall The Centre for Solo Performance is a crucible for the creation of the one person show. With weekly workshops, scratch events, mentoring, advice and a supportive solo performer community, the Centre nurtures new and old talent in fresh work.
Tonight's event will include the best new work to come out of recent workshops.
Michele Wells Wells
Our society asks us to consume values just as we consume our dinner. Black Pearl explores the values one woman is asked to consume. It reveals a fragile world aiming for perfection.
Nell Gwyn’s History Laid Bare
Bringing the 1660s sexy back….
Pull out the party poppers* and dust off the decorations – it’s time to party like it’s 1669!
The hedonistic courts of the Charles II were the breeding grounds of the original “it girls”, and none more so than Nell Gwyn, a thoroughly modern restoration pinup.
Wearing breeches on stage and baring breasts in paintings this sovereign Cinderella added the spice to 17th century girl power.
Burlesque performer Ginger Blush gets her baps out all the time but, using the brains behind the bust, this show sees her stripping back the life and times of a fellow redhead, comedy actress and breast barer.
In her debut solo show, the fabulous Miss Blush will take us on a whirlwind tour through the 1660s in her own inimitable style.
Expect risqué song parodies and absurdist pastiches as Ginger brings Nell’s Gwyn’s sexy back to the modern day.
Bound Feet Blues - A life told in shoes (work in progress)
In Chinese tradition, women with tiny bound feet were desirable as wives and lovers, their delicate feet seen as objects of both status and sexual fetish. Chinese-Malaysian story performer Yang-May Ooi explores themes of female desirability, identity and empowerment in this personal story told through the shoes in her life.
Yang-May Ooi is a mixed media author and story performer of Chinese-Malaysian heritage. She is the author of two legal thrillers, best described as "Amy Tan meets John Grisham" (re-issued later this year by Monsoon Books). Her recent TEDx talk Rebel Heart/ "F*** the Labels!" was hailed as "one of the best and most moving talks at a TEDx event". Bound Feet Blues is her first full length story performance piece. She blogs at www.StoryGuru.co.uk
Gulliver, tourist time traveller: Modern English Crash Course
Michaël Vidon is a French performance poet, interested in language and found text as a starting point for poetical enquiry.
Gulliver, comes from 2084, where English, in a simplified and sanitised form, is the only authorized language on Earth.
His collection of linguistic fossils (ads, eBooks and tweets from early the 2000s) does not make any sense to him out context.
He decides to go on an linguistic holiday to understand the culture behind this lost language. What will he find?
Tickets £10 adv.
Wed 16 Apr 2014. 19.30
The Conway Collective presents:
An evening of new dance
Over the last 2 years Conway Hall has become London's new home for the most exciting and innovative of new choreography.
On the floor of the building's beautiful Main Hall, have been seen ravishing, stimulating and thrilling new works from around the world.
Join us for our latest night of new work, a chance to catch performance in the making, still red-hot from the coals of choreographic creativity.
Tonight's performers include:
Sugar and Salt
In his ‘On Love’ of 1822, the writer Stendhal, with an metaphor inspired by the beauty of some formations of salt deposits he found bespangling a stray branch which had fallen into the Mines of Salzburg, describes the working of love on the mind as analogous to a process of crystal formation: love is the ‘the working of the mind, as it draws from all around it new discoveries of the loved object’s perfection.’ This piece, loosely inspired by this concept is an attempt to encapsulate the obsessive aspects of romantic desire, the narrative of its development from hope and admiration through to complete emotional and psychological
immersion, but in a specifically female incarnation.
Nashira Santanatalia-Gomez, Emelie Wangstedt, Maggie Tolmie
How twisted are you?
A light-hearted piece telling two stories by two bodies and one twisted brain.
Angel of Death
1st Runner Up - Burlesque Idol 2013 ,
Heat Winner - Burlesque Baby New Burlesque Awards
Watch out for her coming 1st place in everything in 2014. With classic thematic acts such as Bad Puss and the fairy-tale Red Riding Hood, to the intriguing story of Sam the Fisherman, you never quite get what you bargain for when you are in the company of Little Madame.
Little Madame has been described as the Higgs Boson of burlesque. Recently discovered, and thought to be the secret element of the universe, she embodies the art of dark energy with her amazing powers of elegance and surprise. She brings you not just a show, but tales of the unexpected. This flirtatious minx will captivate you with her charms and humour.
She has performed at London venues including Madame JoJo's, Volupte Lounge, Cabarama - Leicester Square, Finger in the Pie Cabaret, Masks and Basques,and Speak Easy Cabaret in Paris, as well as appearing in UK festivals. She produces Hooray Cabaret and Les Cockettes Cabaret and is one part of Les Cockettes Collective.
This is a character driven piece which incorporates Isis wings and puppetry. Synopsis: It is the Day of the Dead and the Angel of Death (Santa Muerta) is stalking her next victim. But even the Reaper is not immune to the intoxicating charms of the Burlesque world.
Choreography - Tamar Daly
Dancers - Tamar Daly & Oscar Morgan
Original music - Jamie Sturrock
Outside eye - Nick Lawson
'Trigger' places two individuals hand in hand in the process of finding a solution to a riddle. With the initial idea of making a whodunnit, the work began by looking into detective stories and optical illusions as a basis for creating movement. With substantial creative input from Oscar Morgan (14 yrs), the piece developed by questioning the relationship of an adult and a younger person having to solve a problem that weighs on their mind. The play 'The Bride and the Butterfly Catcher' was also an inspiration.
3 Sided Man
He said to me to go around the bed
I load my gun and wait
The pain won't break a man
Choreography, performance by Danai Pappa
Danai is a performer and choreographer based in London. Her work can include dance, dance theatre and site-specific performances. She is a founding member of Agony Art collective and holds a collection of degrees in humanities and dance.
For the Time Being
A performance about new beginnings, For the Time Being takes different routes as it attempts to grasp the ungraspable: the moment we recognise time, it is already gone. Time to restart.
Tickets £10 adv. (£12 door)
Urban Retreat @ Conway Hall
Sat 19 Apr 2014, 10.00
Urban Retreat @ Conway Hall
Spring Clean: A mini retreat to nourish body, mind and soul.
Treat yourself to a day of relaxation, yoga, mindfulness, cooking, healthy eating and regeneration
In Ayurveda the transition between seasons is the ideal time to cleanse and gently detox the body and mind. This mini retreat celebrating the transition to spring will include a ninety minute hatha yoga session to tone the abdominal organs, increase the digestive fire and charge the system. The session will include a mix of flowing movement alongside meditative, longer held postures. Music will set the tone of the session and support movement. The session will end with deep relaxation using Yoga Nidra to enhance the intention set at the beginning of the class.
The cooking session afterwards is inspired by the six tastes of Ayurveda. Together we will make a meal to celebrate food and community using seasonal ingredients and herbs to gently increase the digestive fire, nourish and balance the system. You will also find out what your Ayurvedic constitution is and come away with some tools to keep it in balance.
Menu: Watercress soup with coriander sauce, quinoa and lentil pilaf with kale and purple sprouting broccoli, ‘spring’ rolls with mint chutney, raw brownie (menu subject to change)
The day will end with some mindfulness meditations on life changes and possibilities in the season to come.
Sat 19 Apr 2014, 10.00 - 16.00
For further information please call:
Joanie Magill 07910 839002
Luke Dixon 07952 960424
To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine
Sat 3 May 2014, 19.00
“The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion”
- Thomas Paine
Was he “one of the most brilliant minds in human history” or merely a “filthy little atheist”? He was certainly one of the most misunderstood men in American history.
Thomas Paine is a man largely forgotten and greatly misunderstood yet his ideas about democracy, equality, slavery, social programs and morality were truly revolutionary. He changed the world, only to have the world he changed turn its back on him. He ignited revolutions but died largely ignored and disdained, yet when he was writing he was at the epicentre of world events and literally transforming nations through his words.
The one-man show “To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine” , leaps from the stage and captures the living essence of America's brilliant, fiery and most radical Founding Father. It brings to life the wit, contradictions and contrariness of a man whose intellect and words shaped the American national character, inspiring Americans always to be their better selves.
His pen sparked the American Revolution,
defined the French Revolution and championed the Age of Reason. He went from hero on the streets of Philadelphia to prisoner in Paris awaiting the guillotine. His books were the biggest best sellers in history and at his funeral… there were six mourners.
Today there is the Occupy movement, back then there was Thomas Paine.
Tickets Advance: £10 (plus booking fee), Concs. £5
Admission £15/£7 on the door.
Doors 18.30. Start 19.00
Ian Ruskin (writer/actor) trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. He has performed his other one man play From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks about labour leader Harry Bridges well over 200 times. The film version, directed by Haskell Wexler, has aired in America on PBS for the past 4 years. This is the London première of To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine which has been performed just over 30 times in the past two years.
“Ruskin’s Paine provides more than a mere history lesson; it’s a sort of performance art. Not only do we learn of a largely untold slice of the American story, we also get to see an actor in top form. So nuanced and layered is Ruskin’s performance, and so enlightening is his script, it’s as if Paine has been brought to back life just to speak to us”.
Ben Miles, showmag.com, Los Angeles
“Ian Ruskin’s performance had a profound impact on our students…who are all in their own right struggling to realize their own value and contributions to this world, and the lessons learned as a result of experiencing this brilliant performance are many…for weeks following they commented on such things as: wanting to read more about the extraordinary life of Thomas Paine; wanting to read a particular work mentioned in the play…It is our upmost pleasure to give the highest praise and to recommend this play without reservation”.
Julie Davis, Professor, History and Women’s Studies, Cerritos College
“It is a spectacular way to introduce people to the historical struggles and the ideas of the most important revolutionary thinker of the late eighteenth century. You bring Paine alive and create throughout the play excitement for history and the world of ideas, and deliver important lessons for our own time…to the possibility that democracy can attain great things, and that we have visionaries who can get us back on that virtuous forward path.”
Elaine Bernard, Executive Director, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School
London Burlesque Festival
15 - 25 May 2014
Chaz Royal presents
The 8th Annual London Burlesque Festival
Red Carpet Rollout
VIP Opening Gala
Thursday May 15th
The 8th Annual London Burlesque Festival is back in full glory and the Red Carpet Rollout previews some of the finest and most inspiring talent this year. Witness high octane glamour and sheer opulence at this prestigious 5 star VIP Opening Gala.
Crown Jewels - 'Best of British'
Saturday May 17th
LBF has scoured the nation for the most talented and unique British Burlesque & Variety acts. Bringing new, emerging and established performers together, the Crown Jewels creates a magnificent display of the best talent in the UK scene.
Tuesday May 20th
Lights, camera, action! LBF pulls out all the stops for an evening of star-studded glamour, paying tribute to the greatest film stars and most memorable moments from the silver screen.
Burlesque, Gin & Jazz
Wednesday May 21st
Infusing sultry classic Burlesque with a night of sizzling hot, steamy wailing jazz from the 1930′s-60′s. Dust off your dancing shoes and prepare for an evening at LBF like no other with Burlesque, Gin & Jazz, the hottest show around!
Sexy Circus Sideshow
Thursday May 22nd
If you're looking for candy floss this isn't it. If you're after a thrilling boozy freak show, then you've come to the right place! A 'Carnival cavalcade of saucy showgirls, sexy sideshow stunts, neurotic novelty and vaudeville variety', this acclaimed extravaganza is guaranteed to blow your mind!
Big Burlesque Day Out
Saturday May 24th
A fun and informative daytime event for all fans of Burlesque. Whether you're a performer, fan, promoter or complete newbie, if you love Burlesque we can guarantee that this event will have something for you! With seminars, a vendors market, fashion shows, workshops, tea, cakes, cocktails and an afternoon Burlesque show, The Big Burlesque Day Out is the No.1 social event for any Burlesque aficionados calendar.
Saturday May 24th
LBF has become renowned for bringing together the most superior acts from around the globe and this year is no exception. The most acclaimed names from past LBF moments and award winning artists from the World Burlesque Games come together for a prestigious evening of show-stopping entertainment. LBF at its very best!
London's Premiere Burlesque, Cabaret & Variety Festival Since 2007.
*Early bird prices are marked at 50% - 63% OFF (Select Shows) until December 27th.
LBF 2014 All Access Pass: General £109, VIP Pass £199. For Day tickets. Please check website.