A selection of emerging talent from the UK and US will dive into the unknown with a night of new writing based on the ‘Twilight Zone’. Each playwright will be reflecting on the human condition, our hopes and fears, our cravings and prejudices. We are particularity excited to hear what Otto English has to say in his play ‘Kill Them’.
A new radio station has aired. Refreshing and exciting, Foundation FM is female-led but not exclusively only for women. The creatives behind the project have recognised that the industry is still male-dominated, so they have taken it into their hands to give it a reboot with women at the forefront. Promising to provide a safe to play and grow, it will include a rich and diverse group of creatives. Everyone is welcome. Running from 10am to 10pm, Monday to Friday, hurry up and tune in now!
Paris, 1825. A young boy is found abandoned in a backstreet apartment. By 1890, this same child will have become one of the world’s most distinguished art collectors and philanthropists. This an immersive piece, telling the rags-to-riches tale of Sir Richard Wallace, performed by a cast of actor-musicians in the galleries of one of London’s best kept secrets: the Wallace Collection. Written by the wonderfully talented Tristan Bernays and directed by the equally brilliant Lucy Jane Atkinson, this is not one you want to miss.
Comedian and cartoonist Jessie Cave wears her (doodled) heart on her sleeve. She brings an hour of hilarious honesty to Soho Theatre. Back on the dating scene after a complex break up, Jessie is making a desperate attempt to get her personal life back on track before her two children wake up. A wickedly witty show from a true creative.
Gal-dem magazine and Penguin books have joined forces. Head into central London for their pop-up shop in honour of Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming. Pick up books exclusively written by women and non-binary people of colour. As well as books, there will be plenty of literary events, panel discussions, parties and workshops going on all week.
This annual event has been long acclaimed for showcasing a wonderful mix of talent from around the world. Delivering first-class acts and up-and-coming stars, this festival will not disappoint. Expect spectacular performances and events in celebration of all things jazz.
Smashing all taboos this exhibition explores sex, death and food within design. Controversial Design seeks to spark new dialogues by questioning our assumptions around subjects we find uncomfortable, embarrassing or off-limits.
Dipping Sauce by Maisie Cousins
Now until 2 December
Maisie Cousins explores, with the use of photography and video, gluttony, waste, decay and the universal language of food imagery. With saturated close-up images, she highlights the ugly reality of the food we eat and calls into question why we have become a nation obsessed with sharing every morsel we eat online.
The UK’s only festival that celebrates female filmmakers across the board. Not only will there be around 70 short films screened, there will also be ‘Wired Women’ events – an annual industry programme, which hosts discussions, practical workshops and sessions aimed at introducing newcomers to the film industry. Beast, the Gothic fairytale starring Billie Piper and Sinéad Cusack, written and directed by Leonora Lonsdale and produced by Sophie Reynolds is one film in particular we are very excited to see!
The latest and greatest Irish Film and Animation’s will be shown across London this week. There will be premiere screenings, Director Q&A sessions, workshops, exhibitions and performances, with the aim of bringing together industry professionals, film goers and fans of Irish Arts & Culture alike.
Tilly Standing edits THE PRESCRIPTION on the DRUGSTORE CULTURE website.
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Director Morgan Neville examines the life, lessons, and legacy of beloved children’s television presenter, Fred Rogers. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is an intimate look of a man who, through the power of storytelling and make believe, teaches and inspires children. The avuncular figure Rogers embodies manages to not only give children a creative outlet but also educate them about social issues, political events and complex concepts such as divorce and grief. A moving and captivating story of a remarkable, generous and deeply caring individual.
Matthew d'Ancona is Editor-in-Chief at DRUGSTORE CULTURE and Finch Publishing.
The First, Channel 4
I was pretty sure that many critics would give this new series about the first mission to Mars a kicking, and they have not disappointed. But – how to put this? – they’re wrong. First of all, as any fule kno, Sean Penn does very few duds (Shanghai Surprise was more than enough for one career), and this is most certainly not among them. Newly gym-built for his role as astronaut Tom Hagerty, the 58-year-old excels in his portrayal of pent-up solitude and the intensity of a vocation that places those who follow it (as we see in Episode One) in the ferocious marchlands between life and death. Natascha McElhone, so good in Californication, is a fine match for Penn as Laz Ingram, the CEO of the commercial launch provider. Again, there is a vivid contrast between her public face and the brittleness of her interior life – an accurate dramatization, one supposes, of the struggle fought by such individuals to reconcile the unimaginable challenge of space exploration with the everyday business of living an ordinary human life on terra firma. Ryan Gosling tried to capture this tension in First Man, the recent Neil Armstrong biopic, but this series is already better. Don’t believe the carping chorus: this is great television.
Swan Song By Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
Once every decade or so, there appears a novel which captivates, intrigues and fills one with satisfied sighs of content. Swan Song is this novel. Brilliantly imagined by first time novelist, Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott, it is the story of what happened to all of Truman Capote’s inner circle,society ‘swans’ (Babe Paley, Slim Keith, Lee Radziwill, CZ Guest) after he betrayed their confidences. Answered Prayers was the novel Capote never finished – he used to refer to it as his ‘posthumous book’ explaining, “either i’m going to kill it, or it’s going to kill me”. Before his death various excerpts were published. His socialite circle was devastated as he had dished the dirt on all their secrets. Swan Song is faction – meticulously researched and imagined; it documents Truman’s expulsion into social Siberia. For those that have loved Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood this book is a gift from book heaven. It’s an answered prayer.
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