Archive for May, 2012


Mysteries of Puppetry. A full day at the Wellcome Collection

Wednesday, 30 May, 2012

Objects of Emotion 16 June 2012, 10.30 – 17.00

A performance of The Table, by Blind Summit is included in the day

As humans, we have an ability to empathise with one another. Reading emotions and sharing them are integral to our survival and social cohesion. But why is it that objects can also spark these feelings in us? When we watch puppets, what triggers our emotions? Is it their movement or is it simply the stories they tell? And can we be just as moved by everyday objects?

None of these questions have straightforward answers, but this unique event tries to uncover the latest science exploring the mysteries of empathy in puppetry and elsewhere in culture.

The morning will start with an extract of Blind Summit’s critically acclaimed performance The Table, followed by discussion about the relationship between puppeteers and puppets. Satellite performances will happen over lunch, followed by a discussion about the ways humans relate to objects in the afternoon.

£20 full price/£15 concession including a full day of discussion and performance as well as lunch and refreshments.

To book, please call 020 7611 2222.


Air-conditioned Finborough on a hot streak

Wednesday, 30 May, 2012

“Events while guarding the Bofors gun,” is revived at the Finborough till 16 June

Latest productions at the Finborough Theatre in Earl’s Court are getting good reviews, which could make tickets for the small theatre even more difficult to get.

The main production at the moment is a well-regarded revival of the late John McGrath’s ‘Events while guarding the Bofors gun.” Directed by emerging director Robert Hastie, John McGrath’s depiction of young men coming to terms with a new, inhuman era of warfare is based on his own experience of National Service in the 1950s.

On Sundays and Mondays, the theatre is presenting Merrie England, a light opera from the early 1900’s.

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Camden Fringe: Programme and Venues now online

Friday, 25 May, 2012

Camden Fringe launched its programme on 1 June 2012

Camden Fringe launched its seventh successful year on 1 June.

Full programme is live at from today. Camden Fringe runs for four weeks between 30th July and 26th August, taking in venues like the Etcetera, Camden People’s Theatre, Upstairs at the Gatehouse and covering comedy, drama, music and a whole lot more.


Alternative Fringe at the Hive

Friday, 25 May, 2012

Expect some legendary comic experiences alongside the most exciting freaks around. Expect chaos and the unexpected.

Alternative Fringe is attempting to recreate the spirit of adventure that thrived before the Alternative went Mainstream.

Their line-up includes:- Phil Kay doing his only full hour shows, Greatest Show on Legs making a triumphant return to the Fringe after some amazingly special one off appearances at Royal Festival Hall, Leicester Square Theatre, Bloomsbury Theatre. Supurbly inventive Trevor Lock, king of the Fringe Lewis Schaffer, the very naughty Bob Slayer fresh from causing a stir in Australia. John Robertson returns, Dave Cohen (previous Perrier nominee), Godfather of Antifolk Lach, Chris Dangerfield, So You think You Are Funny winner Nick Sun, Hackney Empire new act winner David Mills, the glorious Twonkey’s Kingdom, cult This Barry Ferns Belongs To Lionel Ritchie, Internet phenomenon Devvo, Half Past Bitch, Aidan Killian, Laura Levites.

The Hive has a mix of Free and Paid Shows over two rooms (150 and 100 capacity). Paid shows £5 per show. For your £10 membership fee you get to see ALL the paid shows in the alternative Fringe with no extra costs.

You can suupport the Alternative Fringe by becoming a member


Old Vic Tunnels – 4-8 June

Thursday, 24 May, 2012

Viscera Theatre Company presents London – Let’s Get Visceral inside the lit up underground labyrinth of The Old Vic Tunnels for a showcase of outstanding New Writing inspired by London.

As the trains rattle over-head and the footsteps of 7.5 million walk the streets above, draw close and watch the intimate stories of our capital city unfurl as Viscera take you from the soil of North Africa, to the foxes of Finsbury Park, into the barricaded bathrooms of ‘arty’ East London.

Featuring five-star playwright Tom Wells (The Kitchen Sink, Bush Theatre), Rachel De Lahay (The Westbridge, Royal Court), Molly Naylor, Lola Stephenson and Roxy Dunn.


Notting Hill Art Roundtable. £5 if you’re quick.

Wednesday, 23 May, 2012

Helen Brough

On Monday 28th May (6.30-9.00pm) the Be Smart About Art Academy presents a round table where artists from a variety of backgrounds will share their personal experience in making a living from their art.

Be Smart about Art will collaborate for this event with FACK Artists, a forum for visual artists that intends to create a community for artists and a platform for discussion and debate.

The venue is in Notting Hill, Latimer Road’s Studio Building.

“So, how did they do it? A panel of professional artists who “did it on their own” share their experiences and insights, with a panel discussion and a questions & answers forum with the audience. Special insight: Artists living abroad & exhibiting in multiple countries”

Book soon to take advantage of the discounted price (£5 only and it includes refreshments!) – To book go to

Be Smart About Art Academy founder Susan Mumford will moderate the session and will share her own insights from her experience as gallerist and artist advisor.

Artists in the panel will include Marcus McAllister and Helen Brough.


Loads of Edinburgh Fringe jobs

Tuesday, 22 May, 2012

If you’re interested in working at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, go to