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This Week August 7-13

7 August 2017 Will Rathbone

New releases abound this week. Al Gore steps up his fight for climate justice with the release of An Inconvenient Sequel, Ben Whishaw jumps back onto the Almeida stage in East London and Wayne McGregor launches his latest cross-media performance piece at the Roundhouse. There’s also a stupendous line-up at Sunfall Festival in Brockwell Park and a bottomless brunch in West London on Sunday to help you refuel after all that excitement.

Wayne McGregor’s +/- Human at the Roundhouse
 
The contemporary dance phenomenon that is Wayne McGregor has joined forces once more with art collective Random International to take over the Roundhouse’s Main Space for three weeks this August. +/- Human is part art installation, part performance, and wholly exciting. An exploration of what it means to be human in a digital age, the installation Zoological sees a flock of flying spheres surround audiences and interact with them to a soundtrack provided by Warp Records. Twice a night on Fridays and Saturdays a dance performance will take place inside the exhibition.
 
Wayne McGregor’s +/- Human runs at the Roundhouse from August 10-28. Tickets start at £5 for the installation, and £15 for the performance.


Wayne McGregor's +/- Human courtesy of the Roundhouse
 
Against at the Almeida Theatre
 
Ben Whishaw is one of our finest young actors, and the chance to see him perform is not one to pass up. He takes to the Almeida Theatre stage once more, with director Ian Rickson at the helm, in Christopher Shinn’s new play Against. Whishaw plays an aerospace billionaire who, convinced God is speaking to him, tries to change the world. There’s scant other detail out there, but the pull of Whishaw and Rickson combining once more (their work together on 2013’s Mojo at the Harold Pinter was unforgettable) is enough for us.
 
Against runs at the Almeida Theatre, N1 1TA, from August 12 – September 30 with tickets from £10.


Ben Whishaw in Against courtesy of the Almeida Theatre
 
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
 
From one determined and powerful individual on a mission to save the world to another - Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power opens in cinemas next week, but some selected venues are screening a preview preceded by a live Q+A on August 11. The timing of Gore’s sequel couldn’t be better, as Trump’s withdrawal of America from the Paris Agreement has brought climate change back to the forefront of the international agenda. Gore’s net spreads slightly wider with this follow-up, as he traces the links between climate change deniers, big government and big money.
 
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power previews at selected cinemas on August 11, preceded by a live Q+A with Al Gore. Ticket prices vary.


An Inconvenient Truth courtesy of Paramount Pictures
 
Sunfall Festival
 
As important as it is to make yourself aware of the huge challenges facing our world, it’s also equally important to forget everything and just dance. In that spirit, you won’t find many better options than Sunfall Festival in Brixton’s Brockwell Park this Saturday. The all-dayer sees a huge line-up of artists all aiming to move your mind, body and soul to giddy new heights, with Floating Points, Gilles Peterson, Helena Hauff, Ben UFO, Bradley Zero, Jay Electronica, Henry Wu, Madlib and, quite frankly, more artists than we have room to mention vying for your ears. We’ll be there vogueing with kaleidoscope glasses and big hats, so do say hello if you spot us.
 
Sunfall Festival takes place at Brockwell Park, Brixton, on August 12 with tickets currently priced at £60.


Sunfall Festival courtesy of Festicket.com
 
Neverland Bottomless Brunch
 
There’s nothing like a good brunch to help you recover from a week of dance, theatre, environmental activism and boogieing. Especially when that brunch knows no bottom. Enter Neverland London, offering a choice of unlimited cocktail, cider or prosecco alongside food from one of a multitude of delicious stalls and a DJ spinning tunes to help soothe your way out of the weekend.
 
Neverland London’s Bottomless Brunch runs every Sunday in two slots, 12-2pm or 3-5pm, and costs £30 pp. You can find Neverland London in Fulham, SW6 2TY.


Neverland London © Grahame Larter

 
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