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Edinburgh Preview: Les Dennis in Jigsy

Tuesday, 3 July, 2012

Upstairs at the Gatehouse: 28/29 July only

Remember Ken Dodd? Tommy Cooper? Mick Miller? Jigsy does.

Over the last thirty years he’s worked with them all – and he’ll tell you the stories to prove it. From the laughs down the pub to the horror stories of when it goes wrong on stage, Jigsy was there – permanent pint in hand.

With sweat, smoke and failure clinging to his faded dinner jacket, he now works the dying Liverpool club circuit.This is Jigsy’s story: reliving the glamour and grit of his younger days, he now broods on the success he might have had. But despite it all he keeps on getting back up on stage.The audiences might be dwindling, but Jigsy always has a gag that sends them home laughing.

Tony Staveacre’s blisteringly funny new play stars Les Dennis.

www.jigsylive.co.uk.

Saturday 28th at 8.00pm. Sunday 29th July at 4.00pm. Tickets £14 (concs £10)

 

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Three hours of Gin. This Saturday. Bloomsbury.

Friday, 29 June, 2012

Celebrate Richard Barnett’s book The Dedalus Book of Gin on this guided walk into the darker side of Enlightenment London.

Eighteenth-century London was awash with cheap, fiery gin. William Hogarth and Henry Fielding railed against it; politicians legislated against it; doctors blamed it for destroying the nation. But what was the truth behind the epidemic of depravity? Celebrate Richard Barnett’s book The Dedalus Book of Gin on this guided walk into the darker side of Enlightenment London. This tour of the historical gin hotspots of Soho and Covent Garden, ends with a book-signing and a glass of gin at Treadwell’s Bookshop. Tickets include a copy of The Dedalus Book of Gin and a complimentary glass of gin. The event is supported by Hendrick’s.

30 June 2012 at 2:45 pm

Duration: 3 hours

Treadwell’s Books
33 Store Street
Bloomsbury
London
WC1E 7BS
0207 240 8906
www.treadwells-london.com/

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Edinburgh Barge

Thursday, 28 June, 2012

Magical Comedy Tour?

Reginald D. Hunter, Cardinal Burns and Jenny Eclair are among comedians who will travel from London to Edinburgh by canal – performing gigs along the way.The boat sets off from London today and will make stop-offs in Cookham, Henley-on-Thames, Oxford, Stone, Manchester, Glasgow and Falkirk before arriving in Edinburgh for the Fringe.

Also taking part are Sam Simmons, Jarred Christmas, Idiots of Ants, Andre Vincent, Tim FitzHigham and Justin Moorhouse.

Details of gigs will be announced online, and progress will be tracked via videos, podcasts and blogs.

Read more: www.chortle.co.uk

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Overseas Writers: BBC Radio Playwriting Competition

Tuesday, 26 June, 2012

The International Radio Playwriting Competition is run by the BBC World Service and the British Council, in partnership with Commonwealth Writers and is now in its 23rd year.

It is a competition for anyone resident outside Britain, to write a 53-minute radio drama for up to six characters.

There are two categories: one for writers with English as their first language and one for writers with English as their second language.

The two winners will come to London and see their play made into a full radio production, which will then be broadcast on the BBC World Service.

They will also each receive a £2,000 prize and there are certificates for runners-up.

The play must be in English, unpublished and must not have been previously produced in any medium.

Whether you’re experienced, new, or somewhere in between, BBC World Service want to hear from you.

Deadline: 31st July 2012

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BlackLab Awarded Berwick Festival Commission

Tuesday, 26 June, 2012

The North East Photography Network and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival have announced that Mishka Henner and David Oates (known collectively as BlackLab) have been awarded a funded commission to create a new work for this year’s Festival, which runs 19th – 23rd September 2012.

BlackLab were selected from an extremely competitive field of over 100 applications from as far afield as Bangladesh and New Zealand and from across Europe and the UK, responding to the Festival’s theme for this year, Pictures in Motion, which explores the relationship between the still image and the moving image, with most applications coming from artists working across both photography and film.

The newly commissioned 15-min film will consider the nostalgic idea of the photographer as recorded in stills, literature, moving images, documentaries and archive footage and questions whether the role of the photographer will become redundant in a society where CCTV and mass observation are becoming the norm.

Throughout the run of the Festival the work will be installed at Shoregate Icehouse in Berwick, while a one-off World Premiere screening will also take place at The Maltings Theatre & Cinema.

The full Festival programme will be announced on 17th August.

 

 

 

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7th Camden Fringe starts end July

Thursday, 21 June, 2012

2012 marks the 7th year of the Camden Fringe, which will be taking place from the 30th July to the 26th of August across the borough of Camden. The Olympics has stolen a few venues, but they’ve been replaced and the number and quality of shows has not been affected by the sporting summer ahead. There are currently 126 different productions under starters orders.

The Camden Fringe has been running since 2006 when 57 performances were hosted by the Etcetera Theatre. In 2007 the Camden Head was bought in as a 2nd venue and these original two spaces on Camden High Street still host the bulk of shows. After 5 years of growth and large jump in the number of participating venues in 2010, the Camden Fringe has now reached a consistently high level of performances and spaces.

This year, as well as the familiar Camden People’s Theatre, New Diorama, Etcetera Theatre, Upstairs at the Gatehouse and the Camden Head, there will again be shows at the Black Heart, Camden Eye and Pirate Castle. The new signing for this season is The Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden, and The Forge, Lauderdale House and Theatre Collection are all added to the list of venues.

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Rich Mix Theatre, Dance London: June 29th, 30th

Thursday, 21 June, 2012

Stand By Premiere, plus other work

Claudia Palazzo

In western society women are taught to be individual and independent. Dependence on other people is looked upon as weak. Same too with dependence on substances. Are these two categories of dependence are similarly devastating? When is independence destructive? Choreographer Maddy Wynne-Jones tackles these questions with the courage and innovation that has become her trademark.

Stand-By will be premiered in a triple bill celebrating the versatility, diversity, and momentum of the Tempered Body collective, presenting in addition two brand new works by TBDT dancers Claudia Palazzo and Holly Blakey.

Tempered Body Dance Theatre have been gaining recognition since their beginning in 2007. Founded by Canadian choreographer Maddy Wynne-Jones, the company has been Resident Company of Chisenhale Dance Space since 2009, and Associate Company of Rich Mix since April 2011

www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/event/tempered-body-dance-theatre/