Monthly Archives: January 2014

Theatre: Four by Tenn

Posted by Caroline Lofts

The Drayton Theatre has given us the chance to enjoy the early drafts of two of the greatest plays ever created for the stage, together with two lesser known ‘curiosities’ written by one of America’s most prolific dramatists.

The London Theatre Workshop presents a celebration of Tennessee Williams, including early and rarely seen drafts of the Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire. This repertory celebration will showcase four separate one-act plays by Tennessee Williams, each evening.

The Pretty Trap (an early rendering of The Glass Menagerie); Interior:Panic (the genesis for ‘Streetcar’) and two short curiosity pieces; The Case of the Crushed Petunias and In Our Profession.

Using the talents of three directors, and a repertory company of six versatile actors, Four by TENN is a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a playwright considered to be America’s foremost dramatist; noted the world over for his poetic imagery and masterful dialogue.

The Pretty Trap is directed by Ray Rackham; Interior:Panic is directed by Brandon Force; with Sarah Shelton directing two pieces: The Case of the Crushed Petunias and In Our Profession.

The repertory company includes Anna Kirke, Tanya Winsor, Lowri-Ann Davies, Jonathon Marx, Ross McNamara and Harry Anton.

As Terence Rattigan suggested …..watching both Interior Panic and The Pretty Trap is the equivalent of reviewing early renderings of Michaelangelo’s David; fascinating in their own right.

Tuesday 04 February 2014 until 1st March 2014
08:00pm Tuesday to Friday 8pm, Saturday 3pm and 7:30pm
 
The Drayton Theatre
153 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 0LJ
020 7835 2301
enquiry@thedraytonarmssw5.co.uk

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Cocktail Masterclass at the Mansion Bar

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Enjoy a good cocktail, and want to learn how the professionals work their magic?

The Mansion Bar & Parlour are running a series of classes ( the next one is on February 6th) where their excellent cocktail experts teach the intricacies of molecular and carbonised cocktails.

Guests will have the chance to mix, shake and carbonise their own. Learn about the history and the background of the ingredients and the cocktails itself. Of course, yummy canapes (including Mansion Bar’s infamous waffles) will be served throughout the class to add a little substance to proceedings.

Examples of cocktails shown during the class include Mansion Margarita, Mansion Island Iced Tea and a crowd favourite, the Strawberry Daiquiri (subject to change).

At £30 per person, you can make and taste three drinks with added fun and frolics, plus a few industry tips! Enjoy!

The Mansion Bar & Parlour
34/44 Barkston Gardens
Kensington, Earls Court
London
SW5 0EW
 
Tel: 02073709130
Fax: 0207 3706570
reservations@mansionbar.co.uk

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ART: Threads of Light at The Mosaic Rooms

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The Mosaic Rooms is currently showing a two-part exhibition featuring paintings by Iraqi artist Hanoos Hanoos in the main space, and a selection of art books and broadsheets from the project Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here in the lower gallery. This exhibition is supported by Iraqi Cultural Centre in London.

Hanoos Hanoos was born in Iraq in 1958, where he studied at the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad. He moved to Madrid, Spain, in 1984 where he obtained his PhD and has lived ever since. Threads of Light references a poem of the same name by the pioneering Iraqi poet Abdel-Wahab al-Bayati, whom Hanoos Hanoos met in Madrid in the early 1980s and whom he cites as a “spiritual influence” upon his artistic practice. While Hanoos Hanoos’ work has previously engaged with “the need as an Iraqi and as a painter to reflect the horror and death happening in my country” during the occupation and after it, this new series engages with the universal. It seeks to celebrate and introduce contemporary audiences to the cultural work of previous generations in order to inspire the next. As al-Bayati writes in his poem Thread of Light: “I saw him: stretched out from one generation to the next, a thread of light / In a world of chaos.”

Hanoos Hanoos’ investment in the power of poetry and script and their relationship to memory chimes with Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, a project that collated hundreds of visual and textual responses by artists and writers to the tragic 2007 bombing that destroyed Baghdad’s cultural and intellectual hub: Al-Mutanabbi Street. In July 2010, the poet Beau Beausoleil and artist Sarah Bodman put out a call for book artists to join An Inventory Of Al-Mutanabbi Street, to reassemble and honour the vast breadth of reading material which previously mingled on the street. The coalition asked each artist to create three books (or other paper formats) over the course of a year. These works reflect both the strength and fragility of printed matter, and the endurance of the ideas within them, using Al-Mutanabbi Street and its printers, writers, booksellers, and readers as a touchstone.

Just as Hanoos Hanoos draws upon “a language which, through a tightly-woven network, connects and interweaves spaces and places…revealing this complex spiral of competing perspectives,” the Al-Mutanabbi Street Project unites myriad international voices. A commemoration of the singular power of words, it hopes to make visible the literary bridge that connects us all, relating the Baghdad space to similar sites the world over, the common ground of the bookstore at its core.

This will be the first stop in London for the project during its international exhibition tour, and will feature a selection of both art books and broadsheets. Having exhibited predominantly in Spain, this exhibition is also the first opportunity for UK audiences to see Hanoos Hanoos’ work. Threads of Light will tour to Casa Arabe, Madrid in Spring 2014.

The Mosaic Rooms
17.01.14 – 22.02.14
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm, Entrance Free

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Music: Troubadour Friday

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It’s another musical menagerie at The Troubadour this Friday 24th January. 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm | £7-8

Featuring:

Kaya Burgess

 

Kaya Burgess is an electro-folk artist and possible love-child of Kate Nash and Damon Albarn. Check out his soundcloud page here: https://soundcloud.com/kaya-burgess

Jenny and the Plants

Singer/Songwriter Jenny Plant started her musical career playing the piano and harp which led to her playing in venues such as the Barbican and Royal Albert Hall in her early years. Whilst being a student in Bristol, Jenny sung with numerous bands and now studies vocals at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. A passionate songwriter Jenny writes all her music on the piano and guitar and has started to showcase her music at gigs nationwide.

Eemia

Singer-songwriter with an opera background crosses over to the popular music genre but not before providing a few backing vocals for one Leona Lewis. Check out some of her cover mash-ups on her youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adVsdekhyXE

Also playing: Tim De Graauw and Tom Figgins

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Theatre: The Golden Dragon

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The Drayton Theatre has announced a new production of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s dark modern tale of immigration, identity and…insects.

The life of a chef isn’t easy…

Join the company, as they tell you a very strange tale!

Come along to the Golden Dragon – you’ll find the whole world squeezed into our tiny kitchen. Men playing women, the old becoming the young, a tooth that tastes a little bit like Thai soup and a little bit like blood… A fast and frenetic food-fight of a show starring a quick journey back and forth to China, an air stewardess fascinated by teeth and a very twisted take on an old fable…

Directed by young directors Tom Brocklehurst & Elena Liutkute, this is a rare chance to see Schimmelpfennig’s work performed in the UK. As with much of his other work, it’s an experimental, complex and witty piece that explores some darker aspects of society and human nature – in this case the treatment and stigmatisation of immigrant workers…

Using the Chinese restaurant setting as a base, Schimmelpfennig draws you into the lives of various people living in the same apartment block. At first their stories seem quite normal, but it turns out there is more to these characters than first meets the eye…

Tuesday 28th Jan – Saturday 1st Feb
Tuesday to Friday 8pm, Saturday 7:30pm
General Admission £ 10 (Friday / Saturday)
 
The Drayton Theatre
153 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 0LJ
020 7835 2301
enquiry@thedraytonarmssw5.co.uk
 

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