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This Week, 24th February – 2nd March

24 February 2014 Charlie Kenber

Our pick of some great events to check out this week

With so much going on in London, picking what to do can be extremely tricky. That’s where we come in! Every week we’re delivering up five unique, one-off and sometimes downright barmy events to pique your interest. From vintage fairs to provocative dance and unique exhibitions, this selection are all thoroughly worth a visit.

Border Tales
What to expect: provocative and entertaining social commentary

Blending dance, dialogue and live music, this show provides a social commentary on our multi-cultural society. A mixture of international dancers and local performers explore how we perceive ourselves and each other, and questions where we draw the line between ‘them’ and ‘us’. Protein, the company behind the piece, won Best Independent Dance Company at the 2011 National Dance Awards, so the show is sure to be another cracker!

Border Tales takes place at The Place from 25th February until 15th March. Tickets start at £12, available here.

So Vintage London
What to expect: A bustling marketplace full of vintage delights

This Saturday Old Spitalfields Market will play host to London’s coolest vintage market. Take a break from the high street, and discover vintage clothing, jewellery, china and glassware. While you’re there hunting for some new threads, why not pick up some tasty cupcakes? Also watch out for roaming ‘style snappers’ who’ll be handing out vouchers, or book in with a vintage expert for a personal shopping session.

So Vintage London takes place on Saturday 1st March from 11am – 5pm at Old Spitalfields Market. The event is free. Further info available here.

The Serco Prize for Illustration 2014 – London Stories
What to expect: beautiful and unusual drawings and sketches

This annual competition challenges artists to create illustrations that capture either a well-known or obscure London narrative. Showcasing the best of this year’s entries, the exhibition at the London Transport Museum brings together depictions of the ordinary with those of the fantastical: from historical legends to urban myths.

The exhibition is on until 30th April at the London Transport Museum. Tickets £11.50 for concessions, but it does give you access to the Museum for a whole year. Further information available here.

Unseen Enemy
What to expect: A fascinating but moving insight into the world of IEDs

Thanks to the war in Afghanistan, everyone’s now heard of Improvised Explosive Devices. This free exhibition at the National Army Museum digs a little deeper however, examining the stories of the men and women whose job it is to find and make safe IEDs. Bringing together personal interviews, images and mementoes as well as the history of the weapons, the exhibition provides an immersive look into the devices’ impact and the reasoning behind their use.

Unseen Enemy is on at the National Army Museum until 31st March. Open daily, admission free. Further info available here.

The Full Monty
What to expect: a moving tale, and pant-stripping hilarity

Premiering last year, Sheffield Theatre’s adaptation of the 1997 classic film reminds us how relevant its tale about out of work steelworkers under a Thatcherite government remains today. The show’s touring the UK, so make sure to catch it at the Noel Coward Theatre, where it is just finishing previews.

We spoke to director Daniel Evans ahead of the show – check it out here!

The Full Monty is at the Noel Coward Theatre, booking until 14th June. Tickets from £9.50, available here.

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