Straight White Men
They are feared, envied, occasionally attacked and derided. But pitied? When personal identity is essential and privilege is a problem, what is a straight white man to do?
Straight White Men takes place over the Christmas holidays, when three brothers assemble at the family home, to celebrate the season with their widowed father Ed.
Games are played. Chinese food is ordered. Brotherly pranks and trash talk distract them from the issue that threatens to ruin the testosterone-fuelled, boys-will-be-boys celebration.
But, and here is the twist, the people in charge of proceedings are neither straight, nor white, nor male…
Until December 4
Very Special Guest Star
In a desperate attempt to bring some spark back to their all-too-cosy married life, professional millennials Michael and Phil switch a sherry on the couch for a night on the town. Their goal: to get in with Generation Z by trying to get off with one.
Enter fit, sexy, confident Quasim.
But the ‘just for one night’ adventure brings shocking revelations as Michael and Phil discover more about the 20-year-old boy in their bed than they ever wanted to know, and their suburban dream is shaken to its core.
Until December 12
London Grads Now. 21
Initially conceived in 2020 as a response to the unprecedented cancellation of degree shows around the capital, the second edition aims to support and highlight emerging artists of today and features fresh work from over 200 MA graduates of seven leading London art schools, all under one roof.
All the proceeds from sales of artworks are retained by the artists.
The major exhibition presents a survey of London’s new emerging art scene, with new works selected, spanning moving image, assemblage, installation, performance, painting, sculpture, photography, and drawing.
It presents a survey of London’s new emerging art scene and addresses meaningful dialogues of today.
Until January 16
Late at Tate
John Tate Modern’s Late event on Friday 26th November to experience emerging artists and cultural activists creatively responding to the complex, compelling and theatrical work of Lubaina Himid.
It’s Baby’s First Christmas.
There’s snow on the ground and lights in the tree, then scrunch, scrunch, scrunch... footsteps on the path – who can it be?
Ding, dong. Doorbell rings and there’s a present for baby, not to be opened until Christmas Day. The paper’s exciting – scrunch it, rumple it, crumple it… what can it be?!
This gorgeous, sensory show for 6 month to 18 month old children from the makers of our highly successful, long-running Baby Show returns to delight babies and parents alike this festive season.
November 26 to December 22
Sleeping Beauty & the Beast
Ever wondered where Pantomime villains go at the end of the story?
They go to Goodie-versity: the institute for reformed baddies, where Headmasters Beast and Belle teach them to be good.
This Christmas Eve, the baddie class of 2021 are just one day away from their Gooduation when, disaster strikes.
Someone has sent Beast to sleep and he won’t wake up. And without Beast, there can be no Gooduation day.
The creators of Goldilocks & the Three Musketeers, Sleeping Trees, return with a brand new panto mash-up, full of songs, live music and interaction for all.
November 26 to December 30
Battersea Arts Centre
Cutty Sark Comedy
Enjoy an evening of great comedic talent as live comedy returns to Cutty Sark.
Hosted by the brilliant Jasmin Gleeson (Stand-up and Be Funny finalist) headlining the night will be the hilarious Helen Bauer (Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer) joined by Jamie Allerton (2016 Liverpool Echo New Comedian Finalist) and Daman Bamrah (The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan).
Betwixt-and-Between’s magical adaptation of J.M.Barrie’s Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens invites you to fly away with them on this 60-minute story-telling adventure.
With original music, puppetry and wonderful characters this charming family show is filled with joy, wit and nostalgia that makes it a festive treat for all ages.
November 29 to December 4
Wizard of Oz meets Black Panther in this inspired reimagining of L. Frank Baum’s classic tale.
The story begins in Nanna Emi’s takeaway shop in Peckham.
A spectacular storm sweeps Efe and her dog TikTok from SE15 to Ozanda, a mystical African land where tribal tradition rubs shoulders with high tech gadgetry.
There Efe embarks on a fantastical quest of self-discovery to find her way home. But not without the help of her new friends, Manne-Quin, Cyri and the Mane Man who show her there really is something magic in all of us.
December 1 to 22
Trouble in Mind
In 1950s America, protests for racial equality erupt in the face of voter suppression.
On Broadway, Wiletta Mayer, a talented black actress, begins rehearsals for a new play about racism – written and directed by two white men.
When Wiletta finds that her arguments to tell the truth of the story are dismissed, she decides to take action.
First staged over 60 years ago, Trouble in Mind is widely considered the masterpiece of actress and playwright Alice Childress.
December 2 to January 29
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