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This Week 4th – 10th July
Image Credit: 'tHE bAD' by Hofesh Shechter. 'barbarians' performed by Hofesh Shechter Company. Photographer Gabriele Zucca. 2015 (2)

This Week 4th – 10th July

4 July 2016 Tom Faber

As our place in Europe remains unstable, both politically and in the football world, we’ve got a fresh cultural edit to underline the eternal excitement and optimism of London’s cultural scene. This week, untold stories and innovative interpretations, from women in the wartime and black beauty pageants to outdoor Shakespeare and an utterly unique restaurant experience.

Women and War Festival
The past few years have seen the roles of women re-examined throughout history, particularly the iconic figures and great minds of past centuries. Yet there has still been fairly little attention paid to the history of women in wartime. That’s not because women aren’t involved in wars, but just because their stories are rarely told. This new month long festival is looking to change that. Taking in drama, comedy, dance, film and photography, Women and War Festival will explore the dazzling range and importance of female involvement in war efforts. From Britain to Syria to Uzbekistan and across the centuries right up to the present day, this timely testament to women deserves a thorough investigation.
Women and War Festival is from 4th – 31st July. Read our interview with organizer Sarah Berger. Find out more details about individual events and book tickets online.

 
Shakespeare in the Squares
Shakespeare’s plays have been re-interpreted, decontextualised, dismantled and pieced back together more than the work of any other writer in history. Why? Because the texts give us something different each time they’re performed. Shakespeare in the Squares aren’t the first to put on outdoor productions of the Bard, but this new company have a very tempting proposal: a touring, not-for-profit theatre company that will stage a Shakespeare play in London’s garden squares, each for one night only. For their inaugural run they’re taking Much Ado About Nothing across the squares of central London.
Shakespeare in the Squares are giving nine performances in squares across London until 14th July. Get more information and book tickets online.
 
Raphael Albert. Miss Black & Beautiful Sybil McLean with fellow contestants, Hammersmith Palais, London, 1972. From the portfolio 'Black Beauty Pageants'. Courtesy of © Raphael Albert/Autograph ABP
 
Hofesh Shechter’s ‘barbarians’
The enfant terrible of the global dance scene returns to Sadler’s Wells with his daring trilogy barbarians. The three distinct parts explore intimate, elegant choreography and pared-down costume and stage design. The striking lighting design carves through the space, while the music ranges from ecclesiastic baroque to a volatile explosion of dubstep basslines. They’re only back for three days, so make sure you don’t miss out.
Barbarians is at Sadler’s Wells from 6th – 8th July. Book tickets online.

 
Raphael Albert: Miss Black and Beautiful
From the late 1960s to the 1980s, Raphael Albert was a key promoter and photographer of black beauty pageants in West London. In a world where black women were largely absent or marginal in mainstream fashion, these competitions celebrated a ‘Black is Beautiful’ aesthetic that would one day travel the world. Over the period Albert created an impressive portfolio of photographs, many of which chose aspiring models as their subjects, a challenge to invisibility as well as conventional notions of beauty and power. The rarely seen images will be on display for two months at Rivington Place.
The exhibition is at Rivington Place from 8th July – 24th September. Admission is free.
 
 
Mrs Jones, Keeping Up With The Joneses
 
Keeping Up With The Joneses
There are new restaurant pop-ups every other week but none are quite like this. Glamorous hostess Mrs Jones is having a house party and everyone is invited. Each room in Mrs Jones’ home is immaculately designed to be a hilarious and delicious dining experience, from edible vodka toothpaste to gin and tonic marshmallows. Every space is more fantastical than the last, including a giant dishwasher to climb inside, a pillow-fight space and a beautiful Zen garden. By the time you find your way to Mrs Jones’ fabulous garden bar you probably won’t know what just happened to you. Only one solution – drink and dance the night away!
The party is only on for four days, from 7th – 10th July. Book tickets online.

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