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This Week 1st – 7th August
Image Credit: Extravaganza Macabre. Photo Alex Brenner

This Week 1st – 7th August

1 August 2016 Tom Faber

As we move into summer proper, we all need a little break. But it’s not necessary to head abroad to enjoy sun, nature, great art or even a little sporting fun. This week we’ve got a floating garden of rescued plants, Victorian melodrama in the open air, experimental architecture and fancy dress dodgeball.

Farmopolis
 
Every year, thousands of plants are thrown away at the end of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Farmopolis is a new project that’s planning to stop all this waste, creating a beautiful floating garden in the process. Surrounded by iconic vistas of the Thames, the floating garden has a jam-packed summer programme with arts and cultural events throughout August. Whether you’re into poetry, theatre, fine art or wellness workshops, there will be something for you in this botanical paradise.
 
Get full details on the Farmopolis August schedule on their website.
 
 

Extravaganza Macabre
 
London’s newest (and smallest) open-air theatre, Battersea Arts Centre’s Courtyard is playing host to an unusual new musical melodrama. Extravaganza Macabre tells the tale of two passionate lovers separated by a freak storm. The tempest leaves their fate in the clutches of a scheming villain who’s set on keeping them apart forever! Expect original music hall numbers, tongue-in-cheek opera compositions and plenty of retro style. There will also be old-fashioned Penny Pies, London gin and lashings of ginger beer to wash down the tale of villainy and valour.
 
Get dates and book tickets online.
 
 
Contemporary Circus with Upswing: Show and Have a Go
 
One of the highlights of Greenwich Peninsula’s summer arts programme is surely Upswing, who blend circus, theatre and dance in unexpected and imaginative ways. Upswing’s aerial skills and daring choreography will be available for all to watch free of charge, but there’s something better – they’re also offering three open workshops to introduce children to four short aerial moves. Who can truly say that they have never wanted to fly?
 
Upswing perform at Greenwich Peninsula on 3rd and 17th August. Admission is free.
 

Curtain Call. Photo Stuart Leech.

Ron Arad’s Curtain Call
 
It was one of London’s most talked-about installations in 2011, and now Curtain Call is back at Camden’s Roundhouse. For the uninitiated, the immersive 360˚ artwork is a kind of canvas made of nearly 5000 silicone cords suspended in a circle from the Roundhouse’s roof. Content, from art projects to movies, is projected seamlessly on both the inside and the outside of the curtain, creating a shadow-free film that can be penetrated, touched – an image that engulfs you. A number of new and returning artists will create new work for the installations, and musicians like Eska, Matthew Herbert and Mica Levi will be performing special concerts in the space.
 
Curtain Call will be open from 6th-29th August.
 
 
Dodgeballdayer
 
Does getting hit by balls all day sound like your idea of fun? How about doing it in fancy dress to help disability charity Mencap? Better, right? This Saturday Dodgeballdayer comes to Wimbledon Rugby Club. Teams from all over London will be dressing up in fancy dress to take part in the tournament, with over 850 dodgeballers expected to be dipping, ducking, dodging, diving and donating. There will also be food and drink stalls alongside DJs and an opportunity to win some fantastic prizes. If you end the day smiling but bruised, remember that it was all for a good cause.
 
Sign up for the Dodgeballdayer online now.

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