Dante's In Furlough | Wigmore Hall | Living Newspaper | Ravens Wall | Crate Brewery...
This week our cultural guide brings you two immersive theatre productions, beautiful music from one of London's iconic classical music venues, climbing walls galore and a brilliant brewery, to get the blood, and the beer, flowing. Check out The Week in Colour for five new ways to enjoy what the capital has to offer.
SEE Dante’s In Furlough, the new socially distanced immersive theatre production at The Vaults in Waterloo. As the theatre world confronts the sizeable challenge of putting on shows that adhere to new restrictions, this month has seen several venues across town opening up to put on “safe” productions for smaller, more intimate crowds. One such show is the devilishly well-named Dante’s In Furlough, which has been attracting widespread plaudits, particularly from those with a dirty sense of humour. Based on literary classic Dante’s Inferno and playboy cartoonist Shel Silverstein’s 1977 poem The Devil and Billy Markham, with a nod to the our current situation, theatre-goers are treated to a hell-raising tour of the nine circles of hell, where they must pass a series of tests to prove they are worthy of a seat at the top table at the devil’s wedding. Lying, sinning, cheating and general hedonism are par for the course in this interactive production, where being bad is not just encouraged but necessary in order to make it to the nuptials on time. Just try not to lose your soul along the way!
Dante’s In Furlough will be showing at The Vaults, Waterloo, 10 December 2020 - 31 January 2021. For further information, visit https://www.thevaults.london/dantes-infurlough and follow @thevaultslondon and the hashtag #dantesinfurlough on Twitter.
LISTEN to Wigmore Hall’s live-streamed concerts. The stunning Wigmore Hall is of the world’s great concert halls and a jewel in London’s musical crown. Specialising in chamber and instrumental music, early music and song, classical music- lovers have enjoyed recitals and concerts at this beautiful location for 118 years. This autumn, Wigmore Hall adapted to the constraints of lockdown with live streamed concerts, which can also be downloaded up to 30 days after the event. With this wonderful archive to explore and more outstanding events lined up this month, it’s a brilliant time to tune into world-class musicians in HD. This week don’t miss Paul Lewis’s Beethoven and Haydn piano recital and Egyptian soprano, Fatma Said, exploring the theme of dreams and flowers with songs spanning three centuries.
WATCH Living Newspaper, the latest production from The Royal Court, making a newspaper fit for stage with theatrical interpretations of its different sections. Audiences move through the theatre in socially distanced groups, to quite literally experience a living newspaper from the front page, to longer form pieces, dating columns, agony aunts, horoscopes, a weather room, and the world in pictures. Written, performed, produced and delivered by 60 freelance artists, writers, designers and technicians, the show takes visitors and viewers on an adventure of alternative narratives and diverse perspectives that are current, politically charged, disruptive, responsive to today’s issues, and designed to challenge mainstream media. There are six instalments of the Living Newspaper and all of them can be either viewed online or witnessed in person at the Royal Court. A great way to bring the venue and its artists back to life in a topical, safe and creative way post-lockdown, this is a must-experience event we are excited to follow.
For tickets to Edition 1 and more information on the line-up, visit https://royalcourttheatre.com/home/livingnewspaper/ and follow @royalcourt for updates on Twitter.
VISIT Ravens Wall indoor bouldering centre in West London, bringing mountain climbing indoors and challenging you to climb your way up its walls for a full body workout – mind included. If you’ve never tried it before, bouldering is a solo sport which involves climbing on boulders or artificial walls at jump height. No ropes, harness or climbing partner needed, almost no equipment is required apart from a pair of climbing shoes. Also designed to work-out your brain, it encourages you to read routes based on the different coloured boulders, set new goals and complete in friendly competitions with fellow boulder heads. A great city sport to keep your body moving post-lockdown, bouldering is no longer considered an outdoorsy past-time and has taken a huge leap forward in urban areas in recent times. Lakeland Climbing Centres also operates a number of other bouldering centres across London. Pre-booking is essential at most centres and masks are mandatory.
DRINK at Crate Brewery, Hackney Wick. This supercool East End spot overlooking the river Lea is a great place for outdoor drinks in the winter. Watch the narrowboats drift past and warm up with a pizza and a craft ale, brewed on-site. For stay-at-home beer-lovers or those thinking ahead for Christmas beverages there is also the option to order though the website and filter by flavour, style and format – including adventurous brews such as sticky toffee stout. Design-lovers will also have a feast for the eyes with Crate cans’ distinctive slick, geometric aesthetic, which make for some of the capital’s coolest six packs.
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