Nirosha’s pick: That’s What She Said
If you have watched The Office one too many times, the phrase ‘That’s What She Said’ may have a different ring to it. Don’t let it fool you, as this feminist spoken word night goes by the name, too. That’s What She Said is a monthly event organized by For Books’ Sake – a NPO that supports women writers from all backgrounds. Over the past months, I have become a regular visitor at their spoken word nights, which have taken place in the basement of the Book Club in Shoreditch. Thus, it is thrilling to see what exciting stuff they have in their sleeve when they take over Royal Albert Hall on 17th of December. The night will definitely include poetry, storytelling, contemporary political thoughts, slam and more performed by i.a. Reece Lyons (artist and social activist), Rosie Garland (novelist and poet), Salena Godden (poet, performer and author) and Penny Pepper (writer, poet and performer). So, don’t miss this opportunity to see top-notch performers at a picturesque venue. Most importantly hear what they really say!
That’s What She Said, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP London. https://tickets.royalalberthall.com/booking/production/bestavailable/61409. 17.12.2018. 9:30pm. Admission: £13.50–£16.50.
Anna’s pick: White teeth
Just before christmas, you have the last opportunity to see how Zadie Smith’s novel White Teeth turns up as a musical. The production is shown at the Kiln Theatre, which entrance is on the lively Kilburn High Road, and I can’t imagine more suitable place for the play. When it comes to representation and accessibility, other theatres have a lot to learn. By giving the stage for a number of non-white and non-male actors, director Indhu Rubasingham creates credible casting for the play, which travels through eight centuries in North-West London. It is undoubtedly a professional production, but with a homemade twist, which makes it approachable. Amazing live band adds to the deep characters and eventful plot of the adaptation of my all time favourite author’s novel – brilliant!
White teeth, Kiln Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR. https://kilntheatre.com/whats-on/white-teeth/. Until 22.12.2018. Admission: £10–£32.50.
Ainis’s pick: Turner Prize 2018 -exhibition
If you are interested in social issues and art as I am, go to Tate Britain to see the Turner Prize 2018 -exhibition. The prize is awarded to a British artist for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work. This year’s winner is Charlotte Prodger whose work explores issues surrounding queer identity, landscape, language technology and time. This year’s works all have socially important themes from human rights violations to decolonisation.
Turner Prize 2018 -exhibition, Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG. https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/turner-prize-2018. 26.9.2018.–6.1.2019. Admission: £13 / free for members.
Elina’s pick: Centenary of women’s vote in London -exhibitions
As a huge fan of history, and inspired by the start of feminism, these exhibitions raised my interest right of the bat. This year Centenary of the women’s vote in London has celebrated, with events and exhibitions, the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the UK. The year is coming to an end, but you can still visit Votes for women: Pioneers -exhibition in National Portrait Gallery or Votes for women -exhibition in Museum of London.
Votes for women: Pioneers-exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE https://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/display/2018/votes-for-women-pioneers. 8.1.2018 – 13.2019. Admission: Free.
Votes for women-exhibition, Museum of London Docklands, No.1 Warehouse, West India Quary, London E14 4AL https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/whats-on/exhibitions/votes-women. 2.2.2018 – 10.3.2019. Admission: Free.
Photo: Sara Forsius