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This Week, 27th January – 2nd February

27 January 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 plastic-bag-bound comedy to Middle-Eastern art and an underground festival of performance and music, this selection are all thoroughly worth a visit.

The VAULT Festival

What to expect: performance and music in a unique setting

Returning following previous successes, this festival takes over the Waterloo Tunnels for two weeks of performance, live music and late-night events, starting this week. Featuring some of London’s most exciting emerging performance companies and artists, the Festival also incorporates bars, free music and late-night parties. Two new productions headline: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and a new adaptation of Ian McEwan’s The Cement Garden. There’s loads of great stuff to check out, so head on down!

Why not check out our interview with the Festival directors?

The VAULT Festival takes place beneath Waterloo Station from 28th January to 8th March. Further details available here.

Florence Nightingale Museum

What to expect: a Museum celebrating the life of the world’s most famous nurse

This museum down in Lambeth is dedicated to Florence Nightingale – known to many as the ‘Lady with the Lamp’. A combination of permanent displays and temporary exhibitions, the Museum is currently exploring Florence Nightingale’s celebrity status: from her portrayal in children’s books and political cartoons, to how her story’s told in opera, and on television, film and theatre. Plus, with entry just £5.80 for an adult, there’s no reason not to head down!

The Florence Nightingale Museum is open daily from 10am – 5pm. Further information here.

Rubberbandits: Continental Fistfight

What to expect: funny Irishmen with carrier bags on their heads

Complete with their signature plastic bags on their heads, Irish hip-hop comedians the Rubberbandits return to the Soho Theatre with their latest show: Continental Fistfight. Famous for their Youtube hit ‘Horse Outside’, the duo are known for acerbic comedy songs and riotous, outrageous shows. They sell out across the world, and are a frequent hit at the Edinburgh Fringe, so although they’re on for several weeks, move fast to make sure you catch them!

Rubberbandits: Continental Fistfight is on at the Soho Theatre from 30th January until 22nd February at 9.30pm. It is a standing event. Tickets from £10, available here.

Wael Shawky

What to expect: unique and fascinating Egyptian art

Hosted by the Serpentine Gallery, this exhibition marks the first major London show of Egyptian artist Wael Shawky. Navigating the territory between truth and myth, the exhibition brings together films, installations and performances that examine the effect of globalisation on contemporary societies. From marionettes enacting key events from the Crusades to the use of children to enact stories, Shawky explores the notion of historical truth, and the Middle Eastern perspective.

Wael Shawky is on at the Serpentine Gallery until 9th February, open Tuesday – Sunday from 10am – 6pm. Admission is free. Further information available here.

Just Glass

What to expect: beautifully crafted glass objects

This collection of abstract sculpture, wall hangings and functional vessels brings together the very best of glass design. Made from kiln-formed glass, the works on display demonstrate the level of elegancy it’s possible to achieve. The exhibition at PM Gallery & House in Ealing also presents the perfect opportunity to explore the Grade I listed manor house – all for free!

Just Glass is on at PM Gallery & House until 8th February. Admission is free, and the gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday. Further information available here.

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