Whats On: coming up

One of the UK’s most incisive performance poets is on a whistle-stop tour of London in October.

Laura Taylor, pictured, brings her gritty and mesmerising poetry Fault Lines to the following venues: Friday, October 7, 7pm-9pm: The Bread and Roses, 68 Clapham Manor Street, SW4 6DZ and on Sunday, October 7 at Bar48, Brixton Road, SW9 6BT at, 7.30-9.30pm: Entry is free for all events, with payment on a pay-as-you-feel donation basis.

There are a limited open-mic spots available for each event, for anyone who wants to take the opportunity to get up in front of an audience and read some of their own work.

To book a spot and any other detail, email Laura at laura_w_taylor@hotmail.com.




The London Bridge Experience brings back a Halloween horror show like no other.

Every Halloween The London Bridge Experience & Tombs host their annual Phobophobia adventure where the UK’s best scare attraction gets even scarier as for four terrifying nights only The Hillbillies’ are taking over Patriarch Cletus, the self-proclaimed No 1 Donald Trump fan, will do anything for his supreme leader.

Cletus and his wife (who is also his sister), have brought their whole family to London to visit the vaults of London Bridge to spread the word about how he is Making America Great Again.

Meanwhile, cousin Bobby-Joe is looking for love again but be careful his last bride didn’t fare too well having a rather unfortunate ‘accident’ with a meat grinder.

Journey through an experience more twisted than ever before as The London Bridge Experience & Tombs set new levels of shock, fear and depravity, when their American cousins give you a special dose of southern hospitality.

Phobophobia : A Hillbillies Halloween is on October 26, 27, 28 and 31 from 6pm.

Tickets are £27.95. Call 0207 403 6333 ext 3. Or go to www.thelondonbridge experience.com.




Pianist Megumi Fujita presents a concert of works by composers whose lives were overshadowed by the First World War.

Alongside music by Vaughan Williams, Ravel, Granados and Debussy, the concert features a new work by Michael Stimpson, pictured inset, Variations on Papaver Rhoeas.

The programme includes Ralph Vaughan Williams – Suite of Six Pieces; Maurice Ravel – Le Tombeau de Couperin; Michael Stimpson – Variations of Papaver Rhoeas (World Premiere); and Enrique Granados – Quejas, ó la Maja y el Ruiseñor; and Claude Debussy – L’Isle Joyeuse. Tuesday, October 30, 7.30pm at St Gabriel’s Church, Warwick Square, Pimlico, SW1V 2AD

Tickets at £10 are available from: eventbrite.com or go to michaelstimpson.co.uk/shop/tickets or email benjamin@michaelstimpson.co.uk.




Rudyard Kipling, acclaimed author of The Jungle Book, pulled strings to enable his only son to join the army at the beginning of the First World War.

John (known as Jack) was very short-sighted and had already failed three medical tests to be an infantry officer. But Kipling – an ardent imperialist – was determined that John should have the chance to prove himself as a warrior in what Kipling and many others saw as a moral crusade.

When John is reported missing after the horrific Battle of Loos in 1915, Kipling and his wife Carrie begin their own crusade to discover what happened to their only son.

My Boy Jack is a deeply moving drama that traces John’s journey from the Kipling family home in Sussex to the trenches of the Western Front – where the bespectacled John has to earn the respect of ordinary soldiers in the Irish Guards.

Southside Players will stage My Boy Jack almost exactly 100 years after the November 1918 armistice that ended what came to be known as The Great War.

My Boy Jack by David Haig Chestnut Grove Theatre at Chestnut Grove Academy, Boundaries Road, SW12 8JZ Wednesday, October 24 to Saturday, October 27 Wednesday-Friday at 7.45pm, Saturday at 3.00pm

Tickets: £12.00, concessions (Wednesday and Saturday only) £9.00 Box office 07914 657 524 or book online at: southsideplayers.co.uk or www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/253925

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