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This week: 10 – 16 September

10 September 2018 Suzanne Frost

Artificially intelligent lions, magic pink waterfalls and a Grand Hall rising from the ashes! There is a lot to get excited about this week in London.

Paradise Now, London’s first ‘wellbeing playground’


Eccleston Yards, a new hub for independent retail and co-working on the boundaries of Belgravia and Victoria, will host a free, outdoor urban spa inspired by the very latest wellness trends. Developed by multi-sensory visionaries Bompas & Parr, Paradise Now will offer a glimpse of the wellness movement’s latest trends in one site. Entering through verdant jungle foliage, guests can bask in a perpetual infra-red sunset to boost endorphins, relax on vitamin-infused dunes; bath under a monumental pink mist waterfall enriched with natural, energising minerals and extracts of raspberry leaf, aloe vera, chamomile and citrus, and cleanse themselves with enriched rainwater geologically filtered to mimic the taste and mineral content of rare springs from around the world. A 30-minute visit is promised to make you feel as though you’ve just returned from a week-long holiday.
 
Paradise Now is in Eccleston Yard from 7 – 15 September. Entry is free.
 

 
Please Feed The Lions by Es Devlin


Look out on Monday for Please Feed The Lions, an interactive sculpture in Trafalgar Square by artist and designer Es Devlin in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture for London Design Festival. Cast in 1867, the four monumental lions in Trafalgar Square have been sitting as silent British icons at the base of Nelson’s Column for the past 150 years. Overnight on Monday 17 September, a fifth fluorescent red lion will join the pride, facing northwards towards the National Gallery. This new lion will not be silent: Exploring the parameters of design and artificial intelligence, the installation incorporates a learning algorithm that will make the lion roar, and the words it roars will be chosen by the public. Everyone is invited to “feed the lion”, but this lion only eats words. By daylight, the ever-evolving collective poem will be shown on LEDs embedded in the mouth of the lion. By night, the poem will be projection-mapped over the lion and onto Nelson’s Column itself: a beacon of streaming text that invites others to join in and add their voice.
 
Please Feed The Lions is happening on 17 September at Trafalgar Square.
 
 
Bridget Christie at Leicester Square Theatre


The darling of feminist comedy, Winner of Rose D’Or, Edinburgh Comedy Award and Southbank Sky Arts Award, Bridget Christie will take residency at Leicester Square Theatre from 13 September to present her new show What Now? Dealing with Brexit, Trump, nuclear apocalypse and environmental catastrophes, Christie, a self-declared member of the Metropolitan Liberal Elite can feel the rolling news affecting her ability to enjoy the simple things. Join her for a night of hope and despair.
 
Bridget Christie is performing What Now? at Leicester Square Theatre from 13 September – 10 November.
 
 
Mélange: The New Musical Theatre Festival


With the rise and rise of movie and jukebox musicals, original musical theatre is an endangered species. Sure, writing a musical is one of the toughest things imaginable – storytelling, drama, music and lyrics need to all work together. Musicals are ridiculously expensive to produce and very high risk for everyone involved. All the more reason to support brave new musical writing with this new festival at Tristan Bates Theatre, the ideal venue dead in the heart of the West End yet small enough for fringy adventures. Four original, new musicals will debut in this inaugural season, Sundown Town, Butterfly Lovers ,The Untitled & The Problem With Fletcher Mott . The festival runs from 12 – 15 September, with two musicals showing every day. Watch 2 performances for £12/£10 concessions or catch all 4 for £20/£18 concessions.

Mélange: The New Musical Theatre Festival will be at the Tristan bates Theatre 12 – 15 September.
 

 
Battersea Arts Centre Phoenix Season


On 13 March 2015, a fire destroyed the Grand Hall at Battersea Arts Centre. Three years later and following countless acts of kindness, by thousands of people and organisations, it throws open its doors again with a celebratory Phoenix Season. Missing, the show that was interrupted by the outburst, triumphantly returns to the stage to finish its run in the re-born Grand Hall. Beatbox Academy will take over the Grand Hall with Frankenstein, the prodigiously talented Lekan Lawal creates SUPERBLACKMAN, Bryony Kimmings will present her first solo show in a decade, Sarah Golding will create a new building wide adventure Return to Elm House, and there are hit shows by Dead Centre, National Theatre of Scotland, The Paper Cinema, and Little Bulb with their musical hit Orpheus.

The Phoenix Season at Battersea Arts Centre runs from 30 August - 28 January.
 

 
 
 
 
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