Tuesday, March 13, 2007

What's On


Fri 2 March 8pm
London Shakespeare Workout present

Celebrating the Bi-centennial of the Abolition from Slavery in the British Empire, Black Atlas tells the historical tale of two slaves (one from America; another from Africa) who fate throws together in Regency England. One is taught to read; the other (Tom Molineaux, the first Black Prize Fighter in England) isn’t. The differences become plain for all to see. Spanning three continents in 80 minutes Black Atlas depicts key historical as well as fictional characters, and features an original score by Tim Williams. Produced by the London Shakespeare Workout (LSW) BLACK ATLAS is performed by a mixture of professional performers and ex-offenders. The Guardian exclaimed: “LSW works at the highest level …. What is most impressive is the commitment of the entire company and its rare passion for language.”

£12; £10 conc; £9 members

Black Atlas
Black Atlas


Sat 3 Mar 8pm
Iestyn Edwards in

Anything For A Tenor: As heard on Radio 4's Loose Ends and Woman's Hour and by Her Majesty The Queen, Iestyn Edwards tells tales of Iraq and Afghanistan, the Virgin Mary's Espadrilles and the ongoing trauma of a yodelling strip-a-gram giraffe.

Madame Galina The New Forces' Sweetheart: Fresh from entertaining the troops (yes, really), prepare to be shocked and astounded by Madame Galina’s dancing and acid tongue. Mixing comedy with classical ballet, Madame Galina has appeared on radio, television, theatres and nightclubs across Europe as well as featuring in articles in all the major newspaper press.
“We all want to dance with Madame Galina”. “Limbo” 42 Company Royal Marines.

Find out more (including photos and diaries of Iestyn’s Iraq and Afghanistan tours) by visiting www.myspace.com/iestynedwards

£10; £9 conc; £8 members

iestyn Edwards / Mme Galina
Iestyn Edwards / Mme Galina

Indie / Folk

Thu 8 Mar 8pm
‘Boys from the Abattoir’ tour

All female four-piece promising a rollercoaster of emotions expressed in song with glorious harmonies and beautiful, acoustic guitar-based instrumentation. This appearance, in support of their latest CD release, Boys from the Abattoir (produced by Dave Creffield, Embrace/The Kaiser Chiefs/Eddie Reader) heralds a more edgy, urban Waking the Witch than has been seen previously, playing what has been hailed as a new genre in modern music ‘indie folk’ – www.wakingthewitch.co.uk

“Absolutely gorgeous – the guitar playing and the harmonies are just so beautiful” Janice Long, BBC Radio 2

£10; £9 conc; £8 members

Waking the Witch
Waking the Witch


Fri 9 Mar 8pm

The Australian 2004 Perrier Award nominee and 2006 TimeOut Comedy Award nominee returns for her latest UK stand-up tour. That's right, folks - brand new jokes made up by her brand new brain that she's had installed in her brand new head. It's marvellous what they can do nowadays?

Sarah has, in the last five years, sold out the Sydney Opera House, performed in New York and won the Herald Angel Award. She is, in short, funny. Don't miss this chance to see one of the world's finest female comedians live on stage!

£10; £9 conc; £8 members

Sarah Kandall
Sarah Kendall


Sat 10 Mar 8pm
Srishti present

Nina Rajarani, winner of the Place Prize 2006, Europe’s largest choreographic competition, presents her company SRISHTI in Quiet, Please! Her winning piece “Quick!”, which forms part of this new production, was described by the panel of judges thus: “This work of unstoppable energy places Bharatanatyam firmly in the world of London business. A dance work with something new to say about how the world is today, it is a clear winner of The Place Prize 2006.”

Quiet, Please! combines energetic and entertaining dance with live music composed and led by Y Yadavan. Vibrant film is integrated with the choreography. The work weaves a romantic love triangle set in India around the hurly burly of the manic London business world that is driven by aggression and competition.

£10; £9 conc; £8 members; £5 children

Srishti in "Quiet Please!"
Srishti in "Quiet Please!"


Thu 15 Mar 8pm
Trestle presents

Sumptuous storytelling theatre, vibrant visuals, and powerful physical action, Trestle is back with a tale of love and loss, mischief and mayhem.

Two people meet and quickly fall in love, but one leaves and forgets, while the other is left holding their child. What happens when we lose a memory? If we forget what is important, how can we relearn to love what really matters?

Influenced by South Indian traditions of Kalaripayattu (martial art), Konokol (rhythmic patterns) and mudras (hand gestures), Trestle re-imagines the classical story of Shakuntala for a contemporary time; combining ancient arts with modern words, and inspirational music from India.

Recommended for 12yrs+. Please note, there are no masks in this production.

Advance: £12; £10 conc; £9 members.
Door: £14 (no concessions)

Trestle Theatre in "Little India"
Trestle in "Little India"


Fri 16 Mar 8pm

Whilst she has always been a lover of jazz, Marcia’s early experience was as a singer in a rock band – she also drove the van!

Some years ago she took up jazz singing and has been active on the Somerset scene to considerable popular acclaim. In this, her first professional engagement at BAC, she will be working with a quartet which includes her guitarist brother Andy.

£8; £7 conc; £6.50 members

Marcia Barrett
Marcia Barrett


Fri 23 Mar 8pm

Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s Offside is a film about women’s rights in his native country. Banned in Iran, the film won the Silver Bear in Berlin. Naturally acted, sensitive and funny Offside is a day in the life of five women as they attempt to enter a stadium to watch an international football match.



Workshop - for more workshops see Get SmArt

Sat 24 Feb 10.30am - 4pm

An opportunity for artists, students and those who draw for pleasure, to spend a day working from a life model. The day workshops are untutored, but co-ordinated by artist Michael Martin who will be on-hand to direct the model and offer drawing advice on request.

£17.50 (includes a light lunch).

Life Drawing by Michael Martin
Life Drawing by Michael Martin

Roots / Blues

Sat 24 Mar 8pm

From Pasadena, California, but now living in the UK, Guy Tortora is a, singer, guitar player, and a writer of songs that are snapshots of life delivered with wry humour. He plays both acoustic and electric guitar, is a fine bottleneck player, and has performed solo, duo, and with his band, all over Europe and the USA. He has carved out a niche on the Roots 'n' Blues scene combining the traditions of American music – jazz, folk, blues and country – in both his original compositions and in lovingly crafted standards.

£9; £8 conc; £7 members

Guy Tortora
Guy Tortora


Wed 28 – Sat 31 Mar 7.45pm
Blake Drama Club present
By Noel Coward

"We're putting on a play, not fighting a bloody war. Why can't people in the theatre behave like normal human beings?"

Blake Drama Club present Noel Coward's wickedly funny final play, taking us behind the scenes of a new West End production. Conjuring up a backstage world of talent and treachery with a gallery of unforgettable characters (temperamental leading lady, ruthless director, jaded old troupers and an innocent young playwright) the course from tentative first rehearsal to triumphant opening night does not run smoothly, to hilarious effect. But emerging from the mayhem is that rarest gift of all - star quality!

£6; £5 conc


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