Summer Arts in London
These were some of our top tips for things to do and see around London over the summer! Did you attend one of these, or know someone who did? We’d love to hear how they went, so please contribute an article to either Vincent or Lukas, the Arts Editors, and tell us about your experience! We’d love to know if our tip-offs were useful!
The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable With award winning production company Punchdrunk, the NT brings you the epitome of immersive theatre experiences. Lose yourself, literally, in four floors of a transformed London postal warehouse in this production that shows you the underside of 1960s Los Angeles. Running until 6th July, this production gives you the complete freedom to explore some of theatres most exciting work.
Running until July 6th
From £25. Student Discounts available
The Silver Tassie This 1928 play set in Ireland during the First World War by Sean O’Casey is an uncomfortable and provoking exposé of the horrors and waste of war. The NT is no stranger to war based theatre, and in the run up to the centenary of the Great War their Lyttelton Theatre provides another piece that is sure to open your heart to the full range of human emotion.
Running until July 3rd
BBC Proms At the Royal Albert Hall and in Hyde Park, if you’re yet to experience a prom date your reasons to go have never been stronger! The Proms mark the height of summer and combine the very best that the entire world of music has to offer. Under the banner of good British Pomp and Circumstance, performers stretch from Paloma Faith to the Berlin Philharmonic, so grab your programme and your best suit or your blanket and flag. Either way don’t miss this years’ Proms.
From July 18th – September 13th
For more information visit www.bbc.co.uk/proms
Udderbelly Festival London London’s Southbank, a hive of creative and eclectic culture, is hosting the returning comedy extravaganza that is the Udderbelly Festival. This celebration of comedy includes some of the best and brightest from Edinburgh’s Fringe festival, ranging from Austentatious, a wholly improvised Jane Austen-esque play to comedy veterans such as Ed Byrne. Affordable and vibrant, it is a summer of laughter not to be missed!
Running until 13th July
Prices from £12.50
For more information visit www.underbelly.co.uk
The Rooftop film Club The Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch is hosting movie nights from May to September. Yes, the movies actually take place on a rooftop. Movies shown range from classics to more recent releases, and there is apparently a bar on the rooftop as well.
1-5 Curtain Road, London
Running ntil September
Tickets from £13
In order to mark the launch of the production, Lunar nights, Drama Society put on a fantastic Masquerade ball which was great fun from start to finish. You walked in to a beautiful Founders Dining Hall, where there was a bar (always good), snacks on the table, as well as bubbles in mini champagne bottles!
Everyone looked amazing in the masks.
Some opted to use there own whilst many decorated and wore the white masks you got allocated with your ticket, which was a great opportunity to be creative. The mask decorations ranged from pink sparkles to masks decorated with lots of eyes for a more dramatic effect. The music was also lovely with the Royal Holloway Jazz Quintet playing throughout the course of the evening, keeping everybody on their feet dancing. The raffle was also a great success with a huge range of prizes ranging from alcohol to the top prize of the night, a personalized oil painting.
The event, of course, highlights one of the multiple events in the run up to Lunar Nights, an adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream. Set deep in the outskirts of town shaded by wood is a secret club called ‘Lunar Nights', owned by Titania. The story begins the night before the re-launch and joining of partnerships with lover Oberon; his side of the business titled ‘Men of Athens', a service to provide high esteemed clients with the women of their desires, no matter what. What follows is a night of fights, dance, drink and the drugging of characters by master of ceremonies Robin. You really should join the party; it is sure to be an amazing production in the hands of a fantastic cast and crew.
The show starts on Sunday the 9th until Tuesday 11th, and if the ball is anything to go by it, it is one show not to be missed!
Author: Antonia King