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The Paper Traveller (c) Marie Klimis

This week: 7 – 13 May

7 May 2018 Suzanne Frost

Feeling all refreshed and happy after a long sunny weekend? Or do you have the back-to-work blues? Cheer up with some exciting cultural events to see you through the week. The next bank holiday is just around the corner.

Anne Boleyn
 
The Tower of London’s most infamous prisoners, Anne Boleyn, will be brought to life in a new play to run throughout the summer season at the Tower. The performance will follow the last 17 days of Anne’s life at the famous fortress, from her imprisonment and interrogation, through to her trial and execution – all in the place where it happened. The play uses contemporary sources - including her own words from letters to her husband, Henry VIII and her final speech on the scaffold - to paint an intimate and moving picture of this extraordinary woman who continues to exert a powerful fascination nearly five hundred years later. 
 
The Last Days of Anne Boleyn will be performed twice a day, at 11am and 2pm from Friday-Tuesday and the show is included in the Tower of London general admission ticket.
 
 
Paper Traveller
The Paper Traveller (c) Marie Klimis

The art of reading an actual printed book may be going out of style with younger generations and libraries are in need of rebranding themselves. There’s been a recent rise in innovative ideas to bring books a little more to life and The Paper Traveller, a storytelling journey across London libraries, is one of those efforts to make books talk. Part-treasure hunt, part-immersive theatre, you get to explore the imaginary worlds concealed inside literature through pop-up books, miniature papercut sets, sound installations and live theatre performances. Visitors are equipped with headphones and travel across library spaces, meeting weird and wonderful characters on an adventure through books. But what happens if you get lost in one? Book travelling is not for the faint-hearted...
 
The Paper Traveller will be at Battersea Library on 5, 9, 12 & 16 May. Tickets are £5. (The show will later travel on to Walthamstow Library 10 May and Manor House Library 13 & 15 May
 
 
Balance Festival
 
The UK’s largest festival of fitness and wellness is back in town celebrating with cutting-edge fitness classes, delicious healthy foods and inspiring talks from leading experts. Get up to speed with all the latest food trends at The Market with endless samplings on offer from fresh produce, delicately crafted raw chocolate and alt-milk coffee creations. For anybody looking for mindfulness, the Dome is a top destination with zen masters guiding through meditation techniques and unfolding their secrets. At the Live Cooking Theatre, foodies can grow their flare with engaging live talks and demonstrations from eating clean, to food prep and medicinal recipes. With over 200 workout sessions on the main stage, you can get your sweat on. Leave the festival inspired and fuelled with new ideas to achieve your best self.
 
Balance Festival is at The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch from 11 – 13 May. Tickets are £28 for a half day session (5 hours) or £48 for a VIP full day experience.
 
 
Multi Storey Orchestra
(c) Ambra Vernuccio

The Multi-Story Orchestra present extraordinary performances in unexpected settings. On 10 May, the orchestra takes over Four Pancras Square, a new, 10-storey office building which will shortly be the home of Universal Music. Before the new tenants move in, the recently completed warehouse space will be brought to life by the ensemble, with musicians spread around the site across different floors and the audience free to explore, meet the musicians and discover more about the piece before all coming together for a full performance of Terry Riley’s minimalist masterpiece ‘In C’. With Kings Cross developing into a thriving cultural hub for the arts, the Multi-Storey Orchestra shares extraordinary music in an innovative and interactive way. Audience members will be able to choose to pay £5 or £10 for their ticket, to broaden the appeal of the concerts to new audience groups.

The Multi-Storey Orchestra will perform Terry Riley’s ‘In C’ on 10 May, 8-10pm, at 4 Pancras Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4AG. Tickets £10/£5 available here.
 
 
Uncensored: A Tour of Troublesome Texts - Banned and Censored Plays Through the Ages


It’s only 50 years since state theatre censorship was abolished in the UK. With freedom of speech constantly being debated and potentially threatened in politics and media again, the Theatre Royal Haymarket is putting on this amazing one night event to explore banned texts and the power of language and performance. Since the beginning of theatrical history, governments and people have tried to prevent the performance of play texts for political, social and cultural reasons. A team of actors led by Simon Callow will perform excerpts from a selection of canonical plays and books that have been banned and censored at some point in some countries for various reasons. After the performance, there will be a panel discussion featuring free speech campaigner Jodie Ginsberg and theatre critic Michael Billington discussing: Is Censorship Ever Good?
 
Uncensored: A Tour of Troublesome Texts - Banned and Censored Plays Through the Ages will be at Theatre Royal Haymarket on 10 May 2018, 7pm. Tickets £15
 
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