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26 June 2013

Defy gravity at Dalston House

HAVE you ever wanted to burgle a house, scale a wall like Spider-Man or get yourself (literally) onto the property ladder? Leandro Erlich’s unusual art installation, Dalston House, fulfils all of these desires without the prospect of arrest, injury or bankruptcy.

Strike a pose at Dalston House
30 May 2013

Generation Game keeping audiences enthralled at The Yard

I AM usually not a fan of one-person plays, simply because they often lack the tension of two or more characters clashing. Susanna Hislop at The Yard theatre, in Hackney Wick, has just proved me very wrong.

How Does A Snake Shed Its Skin at The Yard, Hackney Wick
9 May 2013

Up on the roof

THE minute the sun comes out, there’s always some dude walking around in shorts and shades, despite the fact it’s not actually that warm.

Rooftop Film Club summer season launch at The Queen of Hoxton
1 May 2013

Moby Dick at Arcola Theatre encompasses life, love and humour

“THERE are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke,” wrote Herman Melville in his famous 1851 novel ‘Moby Dick’.

Moby Dick plays at Arcola Theatre until 4 May
29 January 2013

Myth and modernity collide in Mare Rider at the Arcola Theatre

IN a venue as intimate as the studio at Arcola Theatre, the first thing you see is important. The set of Mare Rider is a starched white room in a hospital ward with a single bed on which a middle-aged woman sleeps.

Anna Francolini as Selma and Kathryn Hunter as Elka in Mare Rider at Arcola Theatre
28 January 2013

Sappho's fragmented past comes together at White Rabbit

A ONE woman play about one of history’s most enigmatic characters, Sappho... in nine fragments, explores the missing gaps in the ancient Greek poet’s life.

Victoria Grove plays the title role in Sappho in nine fragments
7 December 2012

Dick Whittington and his Cat is intoxicating festive fun at Hackney Empire

SUSIE McKenna’s ‘Dick Whittington and his Cat’ has young and old shouting, dancing and singing in an evening of intoxicating entertainment.

Dick Whittington and his Cat is on at Hackney Empire until 6 Jan
13 November 2012

Review of 'but i cd only whisper' at Dalston's Arcola Theatre

THIS is the news you won’t hear on your TV, the lives you won’t read about in the newspaper headlines. So concludes the story of black Vietnam veteran, Beau Willie Brown, as told in a new play at Dalston’s Arcola Theatre.

but i cd only whisper premiers at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston
12 September 2012

Review: Queens of the Undead

QUEENS of the Undead is a contemporary collection by Kimathi Donkor offering powerful visual depictions of heroic black women from Africa and its diasporas.

Jonny was born aloft by Kimathi Donkor
22 July 2012

Free festival at the heart of Shoreditch

YOU would have thought the last thing a three-year-old needs is a giant octopus trying to turn them into a sea monster.

Shoreditch Festival featured free music, parkour and high jinx
29 June 2012

'100% London' tells the capital's story

THE capital is made up of many and various faces. A new, innovative theatre production, '100% London',  acquainted London audiences with another 100 of the city's 7.5 million faces through a living, breathing – and even mooning – portrait of the city.

100% London aims to tell the story of the capital through its inhabitants
24 June 2012

BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend rocks the Marshes

KNOWN for the muddy dramas of amateur football, Hackney Marshes became a music aficionado’s playground on 23 and 24 June as huge acts gave the performance of their lives at the BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend.

Headliner Jay-Z and surprise guest Rihanna wow the crowd on day one
24 June 2012

Rihanna reigns over Hackney

HACKNEY Weekend came to a rousing end on Sunday night with headline act, Rihanna, treating the crowd to a storming set of hits.

Global superstar Rihanna closes Hackney Weekend
24 June 2012

Labrinth plays on home turf

HACKNEY hit maker Labrinth got a warm welcome when he appeared before a home crowd at the BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend on Sunday, 24 June.

Homegrown artist Labrinth was excited to be back in Hackney
23 June 2012

Jay-Z runs this town

EMERGING from the darkness with fellow headliner Rihanna by his side, the US superstar rapper urged Hackney to ‘bounce’.

Jay-Z brought the first day of the Hackney Weekend to an inspirational close
23 June 2012

Introducing new East End talent

HACKNEY-based youth engagement charity Rising Tide offers young people a credible pathway into the music industry – and for six young artists this culminated in a once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform live at Hackney Weekend.

Dalston resident Issac Danquah, 18, played on the BBC Introducing stage
22 June 2012

'66 Minutes in Damascus' re-enacts Syrian violence

AUDIENCES are dragged, quite literally, one step closer to the violent crisis in Syria, with a theatre production that recreates some of the darker circumstances now gripping the country.

66 Minutes in Damascus gives an insight into life in Syria
18 June 2012

Lovebox festival celebrates 10-year anniversary in style

EAST London’s premier festival celebrated its 10-year anniversary in typical style on 15 to 17 June, with a bill that featured hot breakthrough acts like Rita Ora alongside Lovebox favourites including Grace Jones.

Grace Jones sang and hula-hooped her way through Slave to the Rhythm
6 May 2012

Land of Kings festival reigns supreme in Dalston

SPRAWLING over the weekend of 4 and 5 May, Land of Kings reigned supreme over Dalston for the fourth year running.

Land of Kings festival proved a hit with music fans

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