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If you think you know Caribbean food, prepare for your taste buds to be pushed and your palette thrilled. There will be no jerk chicken and rice and peas on offer, but instead, exciting unusual flavour combinations theat will challenge your perceptions of Caribbean cuisine.
We want to know it all: the whole universe and everything in it.
We want to learn how it all works.
We are asking you to show us.
We will listen.
We will pay attention.
If we follow what you tell us.
We can learn how to love.
A giant space rock is hurtling through the sky, heading for us! Where will it land? How big is it? What is it made of? When will it reach us? Are there aliens on board? What things shall we put in our ARK to save them from being destroyed? Friends? Animals? Toys? Smashfest UK is coming to London in 2015. An innovative, exciting, and unique new festival for all the family. This glorious mash up of entertainment will provide workshops, theatre shows, music and comedy performances and lots to see and do.
Produced by twelve new directors, this eclectic four-night festival is a delicious blend of one-act offerings. It brings you twelve plays, from the classic to the surreal, exploring the different possibilities of life. Treat yourself to as many as you like and get yourself a sweet deal with a Pick and Mix selection.
Channeling their diverse musical experiences into a powerful new sound The Side stay true to the spirit of Kathryn’s Northumbrian folk tradition whilst unleashing the talent and creativity of each individual musician. Between them The Side’s virtuosity has been courted by Sting, Goldfrapp, Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBC Proms, and the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, among many others.
Critically acclaimed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014, this new work from Ridiculusmus is a dual family drama about recovery from schizophrenia. It simultaneously stages the first psychotic episodes of a mother and son as they navigate stress and change with fantastical results involving Finnish Folk, Margaret Drabble, Adolf Hitler and the knitted cover for a toilet roll.
Written by Spanish playwright Enrique Jardiel Poncela.
Nikki doesn't think that her Dad is a racist…. He just cares deeply about his community… But when a Zimbabwean family move in over the road, the dog won’t stop barking…the local kids start lobbing stones… and her Dad starts laying down the law.
Curated by Mr Gee (host of Radio 4's Bespoken Word, and Rhyme and Reason), Raymond Antrobus, Deanna Rodger, Simon Mole and Adam Kammerling, Chill Pill, South London's coolest spoken word night returns full of brand new material, including tightly-spun tales inspired by the day's headlines, and the ever-popular Classics Corner.
Written by Spanish playwright Enrique Jardiel Poncela
In October 2013, Yve Blake created the interactive website WhoWereWe.com where she asked strangers who do they felt they used to be. So far, strangers from 154 cities around the world have contributed more than 1000 stories, voicemails, pictures and playlists. THEN is a vibrant collage of these memories.
This Other Island is a re-working of Aime Cesaire’s seminal anti-colonialist version of the Tempest, it weaves a tale of a fantasy land of poetry and dance now ruled by Shakespeare’s Caliban in which concepts of belonging, diversity and otherness are radically questioned. Featuring internationally known artists, including: playwright/poet Inua Ellams (2 sell out shows at the National Theatre), Malika Booker, Warsan Shire and dancers Sean Graham & Ella Mesma.
Bites:Remix is cabaret night of unusual artistic collaborations, with circus at its heart. Forget everything you think you know about circus; BITES:Remix offers new perspectives by placing outstanding acts alongside artists from the worlds of music, dance, theatre and spoken word and comedy.
Chill Pill are swiftly becoming part of the furniture here at the Albany, but instead of sinking into the sofa with a pip and slippers, they're working their socks off to bring you a selection of the finest spoken word poets and musicians in the land, as well as presenting brand spanking new material for every show.
The Singing Hypnotist will change your life. He uses songs to heal, transform and put you under. It’s a combination of clinical hypnotherapy, stage hypnosis, original music and good old fashioned showbiz, researched by Christopher Green, as part of being the first Artist in Residence at the British Library, and supported by the Wellcome Trust.
Tony Jameson feels he’s now at the mid-point of his life. He believes he’s achieved some good things in his life, but there’s still the nagging voice in the back of his head that wonders…'Could he have achieved more had he not spent the last 20 years playing video games?'
Josephine is putting on a play - Boris and Sistahl help. It's about anorexia. But don’t let that put you off. Unflinchingly they confront big issues (and extremely tiny ones). Today they will tackle a particularly thin elephant in the room.
After recently picking up an M.B.E for his outstanding contribution to the UK music scene, Omar returns to the Albany. Since first breaking through to worldwide renown, he has worked with all manner of musical legends including a certain Stevie, Erykah Badu, Angie Stone, Syreeta Wright, Common, and Carleen Anderson. Omar’s latest album The Man is without doubt the strongest of his entire career, with his unique soul, funk, latin and reggae influences.
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Another night of excellent live music awaits, including having your body made into a work of art by the wonderful Kat CherryBlossom. Come and join us, and have your ears nourished by the beautiful sounds of The Damien Renouf Band, and dance to the uplifting sounds of The Pangaea Steelband and DJ Dave Aardvark. Focus your eyes on the splendid work of our local photographer Ben Graville.