Margaret Atwood lectures on the moon

Hear acclaimed novelist Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale, deliver a keynote lecture at Greenwich University on ‘The Moon and Magic’. The lecture is part of an evening of talks on ‘Maverick women and the moon’, itself part of Moon Festival. Atwood will weave together tales of goddesses, symbols and silenced histories, exploring the many facets of the moon and its meaning. The talk is being followed by a short Q&A with curator Irenosen Okoije. Greenwich University, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, London SE10 9LS. July 20, from 6:30pm – 10pm.
Admission: £40

It’s time for Plumstead Live!

One of the final instalments in the Parkfest calendar, Plumstead Live is taking place this Sunday, bringing with it an afternoon of free, family-friendly activities organised by the Friends of Plumstead Common. Bring along a picnic and get involved with games and face painting, and enjoy performances from local groups: Big Orange Head, Flaky Jake and the Wessex Pistols. Expect plenty of ice cream (and hops if you’re a grown up). Winn’s Common, Winn Common Road, Plumstead, London SE18 2NW. July 21, from 3pm – 8pm. Admission: FREE.

An award-winning production of Nell Gwynn comes to Severndroog Castle 

See playwright Jessica Swale’s Olivier Award-winning production of Nell Gwynn in the beautiful grounds of Severndroog Castle. The production premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2015 and won the award for Best New Comedy at the Oliviers in 2016. Performed by Kent-based Changeling Theatre, the story is set in 1660 and charts the rise of an unlikely heroine, from her roots in Coal Yard Alley to her success as Britain’s most celebrated actress – something which sees her win the favour of the King. Severndroog Castle, Castle Wood, Shooters Hill, London SE18 3RT.
July 18, from 7:30pm. Admission: £25.

Photo: Daf Owen

Contemplate your fleeting existence at Greenwich Theatre

Do you ever find yourself contemplating how unlikely human life is? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, nine-piece brass group Perhaps Contraption have dedicated an entire show called Nearly Human to the topic. Not only that, the group won the Les Enfant Terribles Greenwich Partnership Award this year, and are previewing the show at Greenwich Theatre this Sunday before taking it up to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. So see a piece of gig theatre that’s bursting with triumphant horns, fascination and wonder, while mentally celebrating our baffling origins. Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 8ES. July 21, at 7:30pm. Admission: £15/£10 concessions.


Activities, crafts and music at Lark in the Park

Head to the Tramshed in Woolwich this Sunday for Lark in the Park, an afternoon of free entertainment. Browse the wares of local craft producers and charity stalls, take part on a felting workshop, or get your heart racing on the Royal Eltham Scouts’ obstacle course. Your afternoon will be accompanied by performances from a number of local groups, including Jazz Nights, StepZ Dance, Bexley Ukelele Group and Nepalese Dance Group.
The Tramshed, 51-53 Woolwich New Road, London SE18 6ES. July 21, from 12pm – 4pm.
Admission: FREE.