December 18, 2015

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 18.12.15

Here’s your weekly co. mailer, featuring a host of handpicked recommendations from the left-field of London’s arts and culture world.

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A festive show with a real difference, this production stars two cosmonaut bears hurtling towards the impossibly distant limits of the Universe.

It brings together puppetry, comedy and music – all thanks to the creative genius of one of Ireland’s most exciting theatre companies.

This cult hit stars Jack Gleeson, Aaron Heffernan, Cameron McCauley & Eoghan Quinn – telling a remarkable story about the perils of a journey across time and space.

WHERE? Soho Theatre, 21 Dean St, London
WHEN? Until January 2nd
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This brilliant new show features poet-comedian Tim Key in his rather special Christmas party. The show is produced by hip comedy crew, The Invisible Dot.

The show promises a vat of mulled wine and “the opportunity to catch a sprout in your mouth”.

Previous Tim Key Christmas shows have been huge critical and commercial success stories – one critic saying it is “ambitious, inventive, shambolic, theatrical and strangely beautiful”.

WHERE? 6-7 Great Newport St, London
WHEN? Until December 19th
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Want to experience a more relaxed kind of Christmas special? Then prepare for a cozy evening snuggled up in a bean bag chair in a Grade II listed house, watching a selection of great films with wintery snacks and booze.

This successful pillow-based filmic event returns for a special evening of Christmas fun. Throughout the screenings the team will be serving up treats like mince pies and mulled wine, and throughout December, movie goers can catch a wide range of Christmas films from Love Actually and Bad Santa to Bridget Jones’s Diary.

WHERE? Sutton House, 2 Homerton High St, Hackney
WHEN? Until December 21st
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This is a chance to make some all-new Christmas traditions! Audiences can join TV comedian Sara Pascoe for a Christmas get together of songs, fables and celebrations.

Hear the mouse choir sing, ponder Father Crispin’s Centipede, learn the secret of not dying, donate your morals into the chastity bucket, find the Dead Sea Dolls and dispel the myth of the haunted instruments.

This is promised to be a human-centred show, perfect for Unity’s On Your Radar readers, so all believers and non-believers are welcome to invent their own way of looking at the festive season.

WHERE? Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, Clapham Junction, London
WHEN? Until December 23rd
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A family festive favourite, this is a chance to get into the festive spirit by joining the Moomintroll and friends – the perfect magical midwinter experience for this Christmas time.

Tove Jansson’s cherished original stories come to life with actors and beautiful hand-crafted puppets, accompanied by a specially-written soundtrack for the show. The story follows Moomin as he awakes early from his winter hibernation and sets off to explore a snowy Moominland, a world he has never seen before.

WHERE? 1 Waterside Plaza, Sale, Manchester
WHEN? Until January 2nd
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Christmas is the perfect time to enjoy a haunting production of a ballet classic, Sleeping Beauty. This new performance is the latest re-imagining of the epic fairytale. Sleeping Beauty is a timeless story about a young girl cursed to sleep for 100 years, first turned into a ballet in 1890.

Award-winning choreographer Matthew Bourne returns to the music of Tchaikovsky to complete a trio of masterworks, which started with Nutcracker! and Swan Lake.

This show (at Sadler’s Wells, in Unity’s Clerkenwell neighbourhood) features spectacular designs by Olivier Award winners Lez Brotherson and Paule Constable.

WHERE? Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London
WHEN? Until January 24th
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