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Circus Bites Back - Deptford

(4 votes, average 4.00 out of 5)

The Albany's night of Contemporary Circus and Cabaret returns

Thursday 15 December 2011, 7.30pm

The Albany, Deptford

After the phenomenal success of the Albany's inaugural Circus Bites evening, the event makes a seasonal return with a stellar line-up of renowned contemporary circus artists. With thrilling, gravity-defying Leo Hedman: aerial artist, Circus Bites Back at the Albany, Deptfordperformances accompanied one or two heart-stopping surprises, Circus Bites Back has been created to exhilarate and inspire audiences with a highly visual and spectacular programme.


Circus Bites Back is curated by Vicki Amedume and includes her signature company Upswing, as well as leading circus luminaries Long Spoon Circus, Dodgy Whiskers, Leo Hedman, Alice Allart and Tumble Circus. Enfant terrible, the one and only Dusty Limits returns to host the evening bringing his intoxicating cocktail of cabaret, comedy and song to South East London alongside Albany perennial and ukulele-strumming songstress, Tricity Vogue.


Curator, Albany Associate Artist and founder of Upswing, Vicki Amedume says: 'We are really excited to have Circus Bites return to the Albany. There are very few opportunities for people to see such a range of circus by such a range of companies in one night. It will be a night of the spectacular, the funny, the poignant, the beautiful and a fantastic representation of the talent in British Circus.'


SACRED 2011 - Chelsea Theatre

(9 votes, average 4.11 out of 5)

NOVEMBER 22-28 2011

This November, SACRED, Chelsea Theatre's renowned exploration of live art and contemporary performance returns once again with a jam-packed programme. There’s a heady Brazilian twist in the mix plus dynamic new work from UK-based artists including performances, film screenings, talks and symposiums.


SACRED is no longer a season but is instead, seasonal, with programmes of events scattered throughout the year and further exciting developments to Action Hero from Bristol perform 'Frontman' on the 25th Novemberbe announced. There's a special international link with Brazilian artists based at Sergio Porto in Rio de Janeiro this November with a return visit from SACRED perennial, Gustavo Ciriaco. The renowned Brazilian dance artist Thelma Bonavita brings her UK premiere Eu Sou Uma Fruta Gogoia (I am a Gogoia Fruit) to the UK inspired by Gal Costa’s famous folk song twenty nine years after she recorded it, on November 26th & 27th, 8pm and Dorothy’s Shoes pays homage to Brazil via the interactive world premiere Flying Down To Rio, late night on November 25th, 10pm, an interactive installation / performance based around a ‘dancehall’ theme, offering a reflection on cultural tourism.


Uprising - The Albany, Deptford

(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Tara Arts in association with Arcadia Books

Uprising - Written & Performed by Alex Wheatle MBE, Directed by Jatinder Verma.

Tuesday 11 – Friday 14 October, 7.30pm

Marking the 30th anniversary of the Brixton riots, author Alex Wheatle MBE presents a moving autobiographical Uprising at the Albany arts centre in Deptford, London. An odyssey through 1980s Brixton from the pen of Alex Wheatle MBEaccount of his eventful life and times. With lyrical dexterity and an authentic, hard-hitting story, Uprising showcases the narrative flair that led to Wheatle’s successful career as an award-winning writer whilst creating absorbing and powerful theatre.

Inspired by his best-selling novels, Brixton Rock and East of Acre Lane, Alex takes audiences on a journey through Britain in the 1980s. From the brutality of children’s homes and life on the ‘Frontline’ of riot-torn Brixton to a stark prison cell shared with a fierce Rasta cellmate, this deeply personal monologue is punctuated by the signature lyrical skills that earned Alex the moniker: ‘Yardman Irie’ on the Brixton club scene; a place where he consequently became renowned.



Shalom Baby - Stratford

(2 votes, average 4.50 out of 5)

A new comedy-drama by Rikki Beadle-Blair

Thursday 20 October - Saturday 19 November 2011

Theatre Royal Stratford East


The Theatre Royal Stratford East is fast becoming one of the UK’s most innovative and interactive theatresDaily Telegraph, 2011


Theatre Royal Stratford East is delighted to present a new play from award-winning writer & director Nathan Clough and Katie Borland in Shalom Baby at the Theatre Royal Stratford East - photo by Robert DayRikki Beadle-Blair. Shalom Baby is a love story initially set within the vibrant backdrop of 1930s Berlin as the city's well-documented nightlife culture contrasts with the rise of the Nazis and the onslaught of the Second World War. Events unfold as the daughter of a wealthy Jewish family falls in love with their black 'Shabbes Goy' – A term used for individuals who regularly assist religious Jews on the Biblical Sabbath with tasks forbidden to Jews within Jewish law.

The play consequently crosses time zones and continents as a mixed-race couple in seemingly unprejudiced modern-day Brooklyn cope with a multitude of calamities. Shalom Baby is a poignant and humorous exploration of family, love and friendship.


When creating this piece, Rikki Beadle Blair became aware of a noticeable lack of information about black survivors of the holocaust. He was initially motivated to write Shalom Baby during a trip to the US and has subsequently traveled to Berlin to extensively research what leads, facts and legacies exist. The results have been woven into a colourful, transatlantic story exploring issues of racism and sexuality with Beadle Blair's customary warmth and observational humour.


Brazil v. Ghana - London Friendly

Brazil v Ghana - football match at Craven Cottage, Fulham FC

London's Craven Cottage, home of Fulham FC, will host the five-time World Champions Brazil, for a glamorous friendly on Monday 5th September 2011. The Brazil World Tour returns to London for a mouth-watering clash with Ghana. The 'Black Stars' of Ghana distinguished themselves against England at Wembley Stadium, earlier this year. Further building on their heroics during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which earned them high regard from neutrals and football fans around the world. A sell-out crowd is anticipated for this clash with the Seleção, and the first time in its history, that Fulham has played host to the Brazilian superstars. The match is organised by the UK arm of sports marketing company, Kentaro.

Originally Brazil were due to play Egypt in Cairo, but security fears in the Egyptian capital led to the Ghana: the 'Black Stars' return to London for a friendly against football leviathans - Brazil. Held at Craven Cottage, Fulham FCnecessary cancellation of that tour date. Ghana have stepped in as welcome replacements. A spirited campaign saw them exit at the quarter-final stage on penalties - after a tense evenly balanced match against Uruguay, in the 2010 World Cup Finals. Residents nearby should expect vuvuzela 'mood-music' to accompany their fanatical local and travelling supporters.


"The Brazilian and Ghanaian National Teams both produced exhilarating and memorable footballing encounters during the World Cup last year and this coupled with their fanatical support should create a fantastic match and occasion at Craven Cottage," Kentaro COO Jonathan Hill said. "We are delighted to be able to bring this match to London and are expecting a huge level of interest in the game."

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