March 18, 2016

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 18.03.16

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

Lock down your aerials…

1. ALL THAT FALL

Opening on Wednesday, All That Fall is an atmospheric look at Beckett’s first radio play, presented by Out of Joint and the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival.

Internationally-acclaimed director Max Stafford-Clark will be bringing blindfolded audiences into the darkness for the rare live production, inspired by Beckett’s description of his radio plays as ‘coming out of the dark’.

Influenced by memories of Foxrock, Beckett’s home town in Ireland, All That Fall is a story about faltering journeys – examining an elderly woman’s slow walk to a country station to meet her husband on his birthday, her blind husband’s train home, and the events and people that hinder or delay them.

Playful, enjoyable and mysterious, this is a brilliant exploration of words and sounds performed by renowned actors, including Tony Award-winner Bríd Brennan.

WHERE? Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley

WHEN? March 22 – April 9 Find out more

2. THE CLANGERS, BAGPUSS & CO

This weekend sees the opening of a brand new exhibition at the V&A’s Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green: The Clangers, Bagpuss & Co, the first major retrospective of Smallfilms.

Explore the world of Oliver Firmin and Peter Postgate’s popular and influential production company, whose collaborative puppets have shaped 20th century British culture and the childhoods of millions since the 1950s. Known for their detailed craftsmanship and bold thinking, they pushed the boundaries of children’s television before the age of CGI.

Adults can enjoy some nostalgia while introducing their families to well-loved characters including Bagpuss, the Soup Dragon and Noggin the Nog. You’ll have the chance to discover original puppets, sets and filming equipment, as well as seeing how characters and stop-frame animation techniques developed.

WHERE? V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green

WHEN? From March 19 Find out more

3. PORTALS AND PATHWAYS

One of London’s best immersive storytelling groups, London Dreamtime, is offering the chance to travel through time and space this weekend with its journey through Brompton Cemetery at night.

Wrap up warm and venture boldly into the dark on this special out of hours tour for tales of magic, time travel and the empty tomb of Hannah Courtoy and her daughters.

Home to the mysterious Courtoy Mausoleum, which is rumoured to be a time machine, and the focus of recent ‘psychic researches’ of Stephen Coates, this is bound to be a night full of surprises.

WHERE? Brompton Cemetery North Gates (West Brompton tube), Old Brompton Road

WHEN? March 20 Find out more

4. HOW TO SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MURDER

Back again after its sold-out run in September 2015, How To Solve A Problem Like Murder has taken up residence at Paradise by way of Kensal Way.

Offering a night of immersive theatre and intrigue, UnCorked Theatre welcomes you to a unique murder mystery experience in an exceptionally eccentric location. Set in a prestigious masquerade event, you will need to identify seven deadly suspects with the help of two storytellers to solve a murder that has not yet happened.

Don your mask and question everything as the party and secrets unfold around you. We recommend arriving early to grab a drink and get acquainted with your suspects.

WHERE? Paradise By Way Of Kensal Green, Kensal Green

WHEN? Until April 28 Find out more

5. DJANGO BANGO

Grab your cowboy boots and plaid – Brick Lane is currently playing host to another themed pop-up event, this time inspired by the world of the American Wild West.

Designed by immersive experience company Apocalypse Events, Django Bango offers visitors the chance to explore a buckaroo town of multi-storey buildings and dusty streets – complete with a Saloon Bar, creaky church confessional, and a jail.

Grab some street food from American-style food stalls, pick up some outback gear from a general store, or just relax on a bale of hale in this wooden cowboy paradise. The Saloon Bar offers the chance to sample Django Bango’s signature cocktail and live country music, or alternatively you can test out your skills at the gun range.

WHERE? Brick Lane, East London

WHEN? Every Friday and Saturday until April 2 Find out more

6. THE MUSEUM OF BRANDS

If there’s one museum guaranteed to invoke nostalgia, this is it. Newly relaunched this week, The Museum of Brands is the place to explore a huge collection of branded objects linked to London’s past.

Based on one man’s compulsive collecting habits, which started with a packet of Munchies, this history of consumer culture acts as a super-sized time capsule.

Starting in the early 1800s, journey across the years to see the evolution of today’s everyday goods through their packaging and advertising. From the cereal box toys you once coveted as a child to weird-and-wonderful memorabilia, you’re certain to find some memories amongst this playful collection.

WHERE? 111-117 Lancaster Road, Notting Hill

WHEN? Tuesdays – Sundays Find out more

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