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This week: 25 June – 1 July
Image Credit: Andrew Scott Photo: Kevin Cummins

This week: 25 June – 1 July

25 June 2018 Suzanne Frost

In classic London style, there is new and exciting stuff in theatre, music, art, film and food to enjoy this week – as well as football. So whatever you’re into, we are here to make sure you get exactly what you are looking for!

Fun Home
Fun Home. Photo: Marc Brenner

The famous Bechdel test rates films on criteria such as 'do two women converse about something other than a man'. Fun Home is the musical adaptation of a graphic novel written by Alison Bechdel herself, so you can be sure it fulfils the requirement. The tragicomic memoir chronicles Alison growing up in a complicated family and coming to terms with her homosexuality. We meet her at three different stages of her life and relive formative moments as she grapples with her identity, family dynamics, and the death of her father. The Young Vic has acquired a Broadway Hit with a white-hot reputation, winner of 5 Tony Awards and jubilant reviews, so it should be a popular ticket with musical theatre fans. Book quick!

Fun Home is playing at the Young Vic until 1 September.
 
 
The London Mastaba by Christo
Photo: Wolfgang Volz

World-renowned environmental artist Christo, who once wrapped the Reichstag in Berlin, the Pont Neuf in Paris, the Colorado mountains, some trees in Switzerland and an entire island off Florida, has now graced London with a temporary sculpture. The London Mastaba is the first major outdoor public work by Christo in the UK, and it coincides with an exhibition of Christo and his late wife Jeanne–Claude’s work at the Serpentine Galleries. The mastaba, meaning an ancient Egyptian tomb in the form of a flat-roofed pyramid, consists of 7,506 horizontally stacked, pink red and blue oil barrels, which weigh 600 tons collectively and yet float on the Serpentine lake, leading the Guardian to call it a “giant bath toy”. Does it mean anything? We don’t know. But it is there in all its gigantic looming presence to behold! Both the London Mastaba and the exhibition are free.
 
The London Mastaba is at the Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens until 9 September.
 
 
Waterloo Food Month

Food lovers are invited to experience the tastes, sounds and colours of SE1 at the hotly anticipated Waterloo Food Month. Taking place in the height of British summer, and pegged as one of the most forward thinking and eclectic food events in the London calendar, the festival celebrates the enormous breadth of culture in SE1. Kicking off with a 'Flavours of the Waterloo World' street party on 28 June, which happens to be the England v Belgium World Cup game, you can enjoy street food from Mexican to Thai to Ethiopian and even watch the match on a giant outdoor screen, setting the tone for the month to come. The fun continues with Vodka and polish dumplings, jazz evenings, a night market and panel talks about diet and sustainability. Our highlights would be the cake lock-in at Konditor & Cook, a macaron making class or tequila tasting for National Tequila Day on 24 July.  But the actual highlight has to be the charity Food Banquet organised by Waterloo Foodbank, who provide nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people in crisis.
 
Waterloo Food Month starts on 28 June and continues across various locations.
 
 
Summer Love Film Festival

In the run up to Pride, King’s Cross is teaming up with Everyman Cinema to celebrate summer love in the city through their diverse programme of musicals, family favourites and cult classics. The open-air cinema will take place on the canalside steps in Granary Square, featuring one of London’s biggest and highest quality outdoor screens this summer. Highlights from the programme include West Side Story on 27 June, Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet on 28 June, The Graduate on 10 July and The Wizard of Oz on 11 July. Films showing in the nearby Everyman Cinema include Call Me By Your Name on 5 July and Moonlight on 12 July. You can also drop by in the daytime to watch the best of the tennis from Wimbledon!
 
The Summer Love Festival is on Granary Square 27 June – 15 July. For a full of screenings check out their website.
 
 
Sea Wall

There may be very few tickets left but any theatre fan should do their utmost to go and have their heart shattered by Andrew Scott in this Edinburgh hit from 2009, back in London for 2 weeks only. Sea Wall by Simon Stephens is a short monologue that people are calling “the most intense 30 minutes of their life” and it speaks volumes of the talent of Scott to hold a space as vast as the Old Vic in absolute suspense with nothing but an empty stage, a water bottle and his immense charm to see him through. The less you know about the story the more astonishing the impact will be, so without giving more away, it is devastating and beautiful.
 
Sea Wall is at the Old Vic until 30 June.
 

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