The Prescription

The Prescription

Realtime updates from the cultural frontline, edited by TILLY STANDING

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Time Will Tell

Now until 20 January

White Cube Gallery, London

Time Will Tell

This diverse exhibition of Darren Almond’s includes film, installation, sculpture and photography. He looks at the notion of time and duration as well as historical and personal memory.

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The Streets

17 January until May 4

On Tour

The Streets

After a string of sold-out UK and European dates last year, The Streets are back. Expect to hear classics like ‘Dry Your Eyes Mate’ and ‘Fit But You Know It’ alongside the band’s new releases including single ‘You Are Not The Voice In Your Head’.

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The Mae Martin Experiment

24 - 26 January

Soho Theatre, London

The Mae Martin Experiment

No ifs, buts or Maebes – this girl is the real deal. Having made it on to Netflixs’ new show Comedians of the World and won countless awardsMae Martin will not disappoint. This will be a free-flowing, experimental stand-up special where every night will be totally unique.

Out of step

29 January - 2 February

Drayton Arms Theatre

Out of step

UnTied Productions is a new theatre company set up by Esme Lonsdale and Eddie Palmer. Their premier production ‘Out of Step’ is written by Palmer and is a comedy, drama about a dysfunctional family.  Step-siblings gathering together for the final farewell of their childhood home. The play explores nostalgia and rivalry, with a shocking plot twist.

Outlying Islands

Now until 2 February

Kings Head Theatre, London

Outlying Islands

The first London revival of David Greig’s Outlying Islands since its sell-out Royal Court run almost twenty years ago is now on at the Kings Head Theatre. With a stellar cast and a fascinating story that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, this is a poetic and gripping play – definitely not one to miss!

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Platform Presents: Poetry Gala

20 January

Playhouse Theatre, London

Platform Presents: Poetry Gala

Last chance to book tickets to this poetry gala. The company provides a platform for rising talent however, the performers reading at this event have well and truly risen and hope to had the over the baton. The evening itself is going to launch their Playwright’s Prize and give an incredible opportunity to one lucky winner! Head to the Playhouse Theatre if you want to catch a glimpse of some of your favourite actors (Rhys Iffans, Denise Gough, Paapa Essiedu etc)  reading some beautiful words.

Winter Happiness Festival

19 -21 January

Museum of Happiness, London

Winter Happiness Festival

New Year, same you? This festival might be the place to make the difference you want to make for 2019.  Get ready to immerse yourself in the worlds first Winter Happiness Festival! There will be workshops on happiness by world-class speakers, delicious vegan food, a room full of hundreds of white (eco-friendly) balloons, yoga and many more exciting activities. Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth!

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Grace Wales Bonner: A Time for New Dreams

19 January until 16 Febuary

Serpentine Gallery, London

Grace Wales Bonner: A Time for New Dreams

Grace Wales Bonner is considered one of the most innovative designers of her generation. She sees fashion as a means to explore ideas of identity and self-expression. Bringing together literary, musical and visual references in a multi-sensory installation she invites visitors to meditate on themes of ritual, mysticism and spirituality.

Martin Creed - Toast

Now until 9 February

Hauser & Wirth, London

Martin Creed - Toast

Have a chew on this. Toast – which includes sculpture, painting, drawing, tapestry, video, live action and music – is Martin Creeds newest exhibition. It is imaginative, funny and full of surprises.

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Moulin Rouge screening in St Margarets Church

19 January

Moulin Rouge screening in St Margarets Church

Because they can (can,can)! Collective Cinema is a new pop-up venture, screening films in south east London. They are all about bringing people together to enjoy a movie in a unique venue. This particular event happens to be in the iconic St Margaret’s Church. The film will be accompanied by the church organ and live singing.

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Dear Elizabeth - Gate Theatre

I have recently booked tickets, on two different evenings, for Dear Elizabeth at the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill. Apart from the fact that I am (perhaps slightly unhealthily) obsessed with going to the theatre, there is another more valid reason for this double booking. Each night will be a totally unique experience. Two different performers will meet each other, the audience, and the story they will be telling, at the same time. The only thing that will remain a constant throughout the run is the script. Based on 400 letters of correspondence between two of Americas most loved poets, Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, the story has been carefully crafted by award winning playwright Sarah Ruhl. A daring but incredibly exciting undertaking by Ellen McDougall who is directing this piece. With a fantastic line up of actors (Travis Alabanza, Tim Crouch and Tamsin Greig to name a few) be sure to get your tickets here before it’s too late!

RBG

Before Hollywood brings us their version of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s astonishing life story, On the Basis of Sex (Mimi Leder), make sure you see Betsy West and Julie Cohen’s brilliant documentary RBG. Before she was appointed to the US Supreme Court in 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg – one of only 9 women in a class of over 500 men at Harvard Law School when she enrolled in 1956 – was a leading legal figure in the fight for women’s rights in America. What Thurgood Marshall did for race equality in the 1960s, she achieved the same for gender equality in the 1970s and 80s. Thus, not only is their subject a fascinating one, West and Cohen have put together a fine documentary, with input from an impressive cast of talking heads, from Bill Clinton to Gloria Steinem.

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Normal People by Sally Rooney

Normal People by Sally Rooney

After her astounding debut novel Conversations with Friends, Sally Rooney delves deep into the mindset of millennials who can’t quite commit. She explores the way we self-deceive ourselves; the little lies that enable us to pretend we are just normal people. This is a thoughtful novel, less explosive than her first, but nevertheless a masterclass in unpicking the complex lives of young, gifted and self destructive characters.