West End LIVE | Make Music Day | The Adventures of Maud West | Art Night 2019 | SOW...
This week our what's on guide brings you musicals for the masses, the British answer to La Fête de la Musique, a stunning nocturnal art festival, bowl food galore and a the female detective biography you simply won't want to put down.
WATCH one of the dazzling performances at West End LIVE this weekend. The star-studded theatre festival at Trafalgar Square on 22 and 23 June is a celebration of the West End’s top musical productions. Returning for its 15th annual year, the free two day musical extravaganza is a joint production between Westminster City Council and the Society of London Theatre (SOLT). With a show-stopping line-up that features over 50 glittering performances, audiences will be able to experience all the glamour of their favourite musicals from classics including Aladdin, Mama Mia!,The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Wicked and The Lion King, to more recent productions such as TINA – The Tina Turner Musical, Everybody’s Talking about Jamie and Waitress. Presenters across the weekend include Jason Manford, Emma B, Tom Chambers, Tom Price, Harriet Scott, Louise Dearman and John Owen Jones. If you’re a musical theatre fan or you just love the drama, waltz yourself over to the square for a weekend of outdoor dancing and sing-alongs!
LISTEN to musicians, buskers, and emerging artists performing live music at one of the many events taking place for Make Music Day, the UK’s contribution to World Music Day on Friday 21 June. Originating from France in 1982, it is also known as Fête de la Musique and is now celebrated annually in 120 countries and 750 countries across the world. From public parks and town-squares to bandstands, school halls, libraries, churches and arts centres, there will be free and informal performances for all musical tastes throughout the day. If you’re a performer or an aspiring artist, this is the perfect platform to blow your own trumpet, as the day is open to anyone who is into making or performing music. There will also be a variety of workshops for beginners to have a go at singing or try their hand at playing an instrument for the first time. Go on… jazz up your Friday!
READ The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective. In this fascinating biography, historian and author Susannah Stapleton uses her own detective skills to uncover the complicated truth about Maud West, the most remarkable and interesting Edwardian detective of her time. She charts Maud’s thrilling adventures across the globe throughout the 1920s, from encounters with Brazilian drug dens to handlings with gigolos in Paris and disguising herself as a man and often carrying a pistol. This is an eye-opening account of Maud’s reality of thriving in a male-dominated and class-ridden society. But in true detective style, Stapleton digs deeper than Maud’s casebook to uncover more about her persona, which she hid so well as a woman ahead of her time. As a tabloid celebrity who billed herself as ‘London’s only lady detective’, it seems there is more to Maud and the stories she told about herself than meets the eye. And we’ll leave that right there.
The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective by Susannah Stapleton is published by Picador and is out now. @picadorbooks
VISIT one of the unlikely public spaces that will be transformed for Art Night 2019, a free nocturnal contemporary arts festival on Saturday 22 June. From dusk till dawn, visitors will be able to see works by 12 internationally acclaimed artists popping up in unusual and iconic places on a trail across Walthamstow and King’s Cross. Curated by festival director Helen Nisbet, this year’s commissions will explore the theme of hope love and the future, whilst many will also highlight the culture and heritage of the specific areas. With a combination of installations, performances, and multi-sensory experiences, this year’s works include a large outdoor commission in Walthamstow’s Town Square by conceptual collagist Barbara Kruger, a sound installation in Coal Drops Yard in Kings Cross by American sound artist Christine Sun Kim and a Gay Pride float promising a ‘musical spectacle’ through Walthamstow market from Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings. And that’s just the highlights. All that’s left now is to put the 24 hour night tube to the test!
DINE at SOW, the Soho-based restaurant specialising in affordable hearty bowl-food, which officially opens today (17 June.) Serving all your needs from breakfast to dinner, the ‘globally inspired, seasonal bowl food’ menu has been masterminded by Frederick Forster, a former National Chef of the Year and Roux scholarship winner. Breakfast bowls which start at £3 include everything from granola and porridge to organic eggs, chorizo beans and broken avocado. There is a selection of warm and cold all-day bowls, which start at £7 and include vegan buckwheat noodles, shiitake mushrooms, sesame and nori broth and spiced chicken, savoury rice and pickled cabbage. This is just one of three sites on the horizon for SOW. Prepare to be bowled over!
SOW opens today and is located on 39 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7JG. For more information, visit https://www.sowrestaurants.co.uk/ and follow @sowrestaurants on Twitter and Instagram for updates.
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