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This week’s top theatre

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Trainspotting

Bringing the cult classic novel and film to the stage, Scottish company In Your Face Theatre reignites Irvine Welsh’s grisly black comedy, which follows the impish antics of a group of young Scots amid the 80s Edinburgh heroine scene. Remorselessly staged as an immersive experience, this adaptation of Trainspotting packs even more punch than the film, and refuses to muffle the story’s hard-hitting topics and wretch-inducing episodes, including the infamous Worst Toilet in Scotland.

Trainspotting runs at the Vaults from 27 March to 3 June.

In the Shadow of the Mountain

After its short run as part of the King’s Head Theatre’s feminist Who Runs the World? season, Felicity Huxley-Miners’ new play transfers to The Old Red Lion theatre, to scrutinise the mechanisms of a relationship monopolised by the mental health crises of both involved. Rob is desperately struggling to function and Ellie is attempting to cope with Borderline Personality Disorder; together they try to work through the mess, teetering along the boundaries self-care and supporting one another.

In the Shadow of the Mountain runs at The Old Red Lion theatre from 15 May to 2 June.

Not Talking

“Talking to each other is natural for children. It is later in life that we suddenly find it difficult.” Mike Bartlett’s lesser-known first play takes the Arcola stage, opening a dialogue for a society-wide habit that often leads to debilitating repercussions: the act of not talking. Not Talking follows two couples, as they battle with blows to their relationships and individual well-being, adopting silence as a coping mechanism that can ultimately only make things worse.

Not Talking runs at the Arcola Theatre from 25 April to 2 June.

This week’s top films

Deadpool 2

Our favourite fast-talking Mutant superhero is back as Deadpool 2 hits cinemas this week. Ryan Reynolds reprises the role of Wade Wilson, the mercenary mutant with the ability of accelerated healing who takes down the bad guys with brutal action and meta quips galore. This time around Deadpool rounds up a team of mutants who become, in his words, “a super duper f*****g group” the X-Force to protect a young mutant from Josh Brolin’s Cable, a time travelling soldier who wants to use the boy for evil.

Deadpool 2 is out May 18

On Chesil Beach

The works of Ian McEwan, when adapted for the silver screen, are often fantastic works of British cinematic drama, and On Chesil Beach is set to be no exception considering McEwan wrote the screenplay himself. Saorise Ronan and Billy Howle star as newlyweds Florence and Edward spending their honeymoon at a hotel on Chesil Beach. Despite being very much in love as we see their relationship progress, it becomes clear on their first evening together as man and wife that both have issues that may cause their happiness to crumble.

On Chesil Beach is out May 18

Lean on Pete

When teenager Charley finds a job at a racecourse, he meets Lean On Pete, a racehorse past his prime and run into the ground by his owner, and the two develop a bond. When the time comes to send Pete to the slaughterhouse after one too many last places, Charley saves his equine friend by stealing him and embarking on an adventure through the wilderness of America to find a home for both of them.

Lean on Pete is out now

This week’s top exhibitions

Up Close with Marilyn: Portraits by Milton H. Greene

Proud Galleries present an exhibition of rare photographs of Marilyn Monroe captured by celebrated photographer Milton H. Greene. Milton photographed Marilyn in 50 different settings, projecting intimate vulnerability whilst commanding the attention of her audience. The pair formed a close bond, with Milton encouraging Marilyn to step away from the ‘dumb blonde’ roles she had become known for, challenging this stereotype with his photographs, broadening the public’s perception of ‘Marilyn”.

Up Close with Marilyn: Portraits by Milton H. Greene is at Proud Central 11 May – 24 June.

Age of Terror: Art since 9/11

The UK’s first major exhibition of artists’ responses to war and conflict since 9/11 displays contemporary art on the subjects of modern warfare and the permanent state of emergency we find ourselves in. British and international artists such as Ai Weiwei, Grayson Perry, Gerhard Richter, Jenny Holzer, Mona Hatoum, Alfredo Jaar, Coco Fusco and Jake & Dinos Chapman explore issues of state surveillance and security, our complex relationship with firearms, bombs and drones and the destruction caused by conflict on landscape, architecture and people through film, sculpture, painting, installations, photography and prints.

Age of Terror: Art since 9/11 is at the Imperial War Museum until 28 May

Last chance - Another Kind of Life, Photography on the Margins

Touching on themes of countercultures, subcultures and minorities of all kinds, the show features the work of 20 photographers from the 1950s to the present day who followed the lives of individuals and communities operating on the fringes of society. Featuring sexual experimenters, outlaws, the economically dispossessed and those who openly flout social convention, the works present the outsider as an agent of change, reflecting a more diverse, complex view of the world.

Another Kind of Life is at the Barbican 28 February – 27 May

This week’s top food & drink

Oslo Launches Summer Cocktail Menu

Scandi-inspired Hackney hotspot OSLO have a launched their new summer cocktail menu, featuring a selection of delicious, refreshing concoctions, perfect for the increasingly warmer weather. The cocktails include quirky twists on old-time favourites like the Melon Mojito, OSLO Spritz and the Gentlemen’s Sour as well as a list of fantastic spirit collaborations and seasonal flavours.

Oslo is located at 1A Amhurst Rd, London E8 1L.

HIPCHIPS

Lovers of crisps and dips rejoice! Soho favourite HIPCHIPS has launched a pop-up in One New Change every Wednesday and Friday throughout the summer months. From 10am to 3pm, the HIPCHIPS team will be serving its hand-cooked, heritage crisps and fresh, seasonal dips to City Workers, providing the ultimate lunch on the go, a mid-afternoon treat at the desk or the best train snacks money can buy.

HIPCHIPS can be found at 49 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 6HL.

INKO NITO

INKO NITO is a Japanese robatayaki restaurant, now open in the heart of Soho. For the uninitiated, Robatayaki is a type of Japanese grilling where food is cooked on skewers over charcoal - and it looks incredibly tasty. Dishes include beef cheek with spicy Korean mayo and pickled daikon, bone marrow with smoked soy, garlic toast and shallot, or chicken with garlic-lemon miso, as well as plentiful fish and veggie options. Sake, beer and cocktails are also on the menu to help wash it all down.

INKO NITO is now open at 55 Broadwick Street, W1F 9QS.

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