This month Jonny Virgo, Pearl Wise and Jessie Lawson are joined by Ed Cooke founder of Memrise tool to help you learn better and some men who are disrupting gender stereotypes via their Great Men initiative. Jessie Lawson continues her starting conversations series and asks East Londoners about The Menopause, we learn how Dalston Cola is quietly changing perceptions of fizzy pop and Celia Robbins reveals why you shouldn’t burn your diary as The Bishop Gate’s Institute’s Great Diary Project may be interested in your musings.
A little ‘decorum’ with Magic Me
Pearl Wise meets Kate Hodson and Sue Mayo as they were rehearsing with a group of women aged 14 to 80 for Decorum a participative performance piece by the intergenerational arts organisation Magic Me to explore etiquette and behaviour expectations for women today.
Decorum is at the Southbank WOW Festival Sun 12 March 12.30
Studio chaos with City Impro
We meet members of City Impro – City workers that get a kick out of comedy imrov. Expect live studio chaos (with sound effects) and they tell us about the Shoreditch Improv Festival.
The Big House Theatre presents Brixton Rock
We are joined by 6 members of the cast from The Big House Theatre‘s newest production ‘Brixton Rock’ an adaptation of Alex Wheatle’s novel.
Booking Details: 15th February to 12th March at Mangle, E8
Reuben Feels presents ‘The Last Dance’
The Last Dance’ explores love, life and connection in the 21st century. Set in a strict dystopian institute that boasts 100% matchmaking success rates, those who pass through the doors soon realise the high price of love. Pearl Wise goes to Hoxton Hall to meet the organisers Natalie Marsland and Isabel Soden from immersive production company Reuben Feels.
From the 1st – 26th November 2016, Tickets
Jonny Virgo talks to
Jorge Lopes Ramos and Persis Jade Maravala from ZU-UK an Anglo-Brazilian immersive theatre production company based at Stratford Gasworks.
SOUL by Ray Williams
On April Fool’s Day 1984, hours before his 45th birthday,Marvin Gaye was shot dead by his father in the shared family home they called the ‘Big House.’ What happened there – and whether it was murder or suicide – has been shrouded in mystery since.
Revealing what really happened during Marvin Gaye’s haunting final days and celebrating his extraordinary life,Soul is a searing portrait of the pitfalls of the American dream. Not just the story of Marvin Gaye, but of many a musical icon whose family life has been crushed by the effects of their stardom.
Hackney Empire 15 June -3rd July,
Big House Theatre presents Knife Edge
Some of the cast from Big House Theatre musical director Louise Wellby live from the studio for an interview and taster of their latest show Knife Edge.
Re:Home – What happened to the residents of the Beaumont Estate?
We talk to Cressida Brown director at OffStage Theatre and the actors of Re:Home a play currently on at the Yard Theatre about her unique approach to site specific verbatim theatre. Re:Home is the sequel of Cressida Brown’s 2006 production, Home, made and performed before the demolition of the Beaumont Estate in Leyton. In 2016, Cressida revisits the Beaumont Estate and the people she interviewed 10 years ago.
City Impro Live in the Studio
Svavar & Anna from City Impro join us in the studio for some live improvisation and to tell us about there upcoming Shoreditch Improv Festival on the 19th, 20th, 21st February.