SEE THE SIRENS REWRITE HISTORY
What if the Sirens weren’t really the man-ensnaring creatures Greek mythology made them out to be? In Zoo Co Theatre’s Sirens, a production performed in sign language as well as spoken English, the ill-regarded Sirens escape their rock and wash up on the shores of Hastings beach in 2019, in order to rewrite history. This is a play that sticks two fingers up at gender expectations and asks: when your voice is silenced, how do you stand up and shout out? Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 8ES. June 20 – 23, at 7:30pm. Admission: £16/£13.50 concessions.
LIVE LAUGHS WITH JIMMY CARR
Comedian Jimmy Carr is currently touring his new show Terribly Funny and if you missed it at the Churchill Theatre on 30 May, worry not, because the stand-up star returns to do it all again this Sunday. Expect jokes about terrible things but remember: they’re just jokes. Churchill Theatre, High Street, Bromley BR1 1HA. June 23, at 8pm. Admission: £34/£31 concessions. www.churchilltheatre.co.uk/Online/default.asp
EXPLORING LGBTQ HISTORY AT ELTHAM PALACE
While a former royal-owned residence might not seem a likely place to have embraced diversity, Eltham Palace and Gardens has a more colourful past than meets the eye. Take this opportunity to head to the palace for an evening of Art Deco decadence, 1930s entertainment and an exploration of LGBTQ histories. You’ll dissect the palace’s striking interiors while being entertained by a range of artistic responses to the building’s own queer history.
Eltham Palace and Gardens, Court Yard, Eltham, SE9 5QE. June 21,
from 7pm – 10pm. Admission: £15.
A POWERFUL MULTI-MEDIA POETRY SHOW
Catch the world premiere of British writer and activist Jay Bernard’s multimedia poetry show.
Called Surge, the piece revisits a poignant moment in black British history: the 1981 New Cross Massacre, where thirteen young black people lost their lives in a house fire. Surge is told in the voices of those who died, and uses archive film, video and audio to question what we can learn from the New Cross Massacre in the age of increasing xenophobia and the resurgence of the far right. Suitable for ages 14+. The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG. June 20 – 22, from 7:30pm – 8:30pm. Admission: £14/£10 concessions. www.thealbany.org.uk
LAST CHANCE TO SEE: THE GREAT SUPPER AT NOW GALLERY
If you’re yet to see Sara Shakeel’s glittering, crystalline masterpiece The Great Supper at NOW Gallery, now’s your last chance to do so. The Pakistani visual artist’s exhibition, which closes this Sunday, takes an intimate family meal, douses it in a saturation of glass crystals and invites the viewer to be a part of the conversation. The Great Supper is Sara’s most ambitious project to date and her first UK exhibition. NOW Gallery,
The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula,
London SE10 0SQ. Until June 23.
Admission: FREE. www.nowgallery.co.uk/