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CONTENTS

Events 4

ZSL London Zoo Reopens

Kyoto to Catwalk Online Tour

Music 6

LMP Live!

Alex Beard, CEO of the Royal Opera House

Active London 8

Photo: Sam Taylor.

The Great Gatsby – Lucinda Turner.

Exhibitions 10

Design Museum

Theatre 12

Royal Albert Home

Ruthie Henshall New Dates Released

Dining 14

Harrods

Fortnum & Mason

Proprietor Julie Jones

Associate Publisher Beth Jones

Editorial Jackie Hawken Eleanor Collett

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RE-OPENING OF THE GREAT GATSBY IMMERSIVE SHOWS

The Guild of Misrule and Immersive Everywhere’s critically acclaimed

The Great Gatsby, created and directed by Alexander Wright, which had

previously set a record as the UK’s longest running immersive production,

is to re-open at West End venue IMMERSIVE | LDN on Thursday 1 October.

Olivier Award winning producers Louis Hartshorn and Brian Hook

have re-imagined and re-set the production as an Art Deco Masquerade

Ball, with audience members wearing face coverings to complement their

fabulous attire.

The capacity of the venue will be significantly reduced to help patrons,

attending as individuals or in household groups, to keep a safe distance

from others; and the nature of the show means that audience members can

choose where they stand and move throughout the performance, naturally

enabling social distancing. The show content is being altered and updated

to avoid any activity that would be considered a risk, and the actors will be

trained to keep groups of audience following the story, whilst remaining at

a safe distance. Other measures will ensure full compliance with government

guidelines.

The Producers are confident that smaller-scale immersive productions

are inherently suited to social distancing measures and will be able to open

safely in this time frame, complying with the expected government

guidelines on mass gatherings, social distancing and good hygiene

practices. The hope is that the immersive nature of The Great Gatsby might

enable it to be the first long running show to responsibly re-open in 2020.

This new production of The Guild of Misrule’s The Great Gatsby is

produced by Immersive Everywhere with co-producer Gavin Kalin

Productions, and with Glynis Henderson Productions, Theatr Clwyd,

We Culture Connects and Damier NV as Associate Producers.

Tickets can be booked via www.immersivegatsby.com

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Photo: ZSL London Zoo

ZSL LONDON ZOO REOPENS

ZSL London Zoo reopened its gates

on 15 June for the first time since

its historic closure on 21 March – after

months of lost revenue put the oldest

scientific zoo in the world in a perilous

position. Staff at the iconic outdoor

attraction have been busy preparing the

zoo for visitors while waiting for the

green light to open the gates; numerous

measures are now in place to ensure that

the zoo is a safe, inspiring place for

visitors to enjoy the wonders of wildlife,

while supporting ZSL’s vital science and

conservation work.

Additional handwashing facilities

and sanitiser stations have been placed

across the Zoo, while 2m distance

markers have been laid out in exhibits

and one-way routes introduced to

control the flow of visitors. The Zoo’s

Terrace Restaurant will remain closed for

now – with feeding time for visitors

replaced by takeaway provisions at a

number of snack bars across site.

ZSL London Zoo’s Chief Operating

Officer, Kathryn England, said: ‘We’re

delighted that we can once again

welcome visitors to ZSL London

Zoo. We’ve gone to great lengths to

make the Zoo a welcoming and safe

space for people to visit, including

installing additional hand sanitation

points and creating colourful one-way

wildlife walks across the 36-acre

grounds, ensuring visitors are able to

experience the natural world while

observing social distancing. After weeks

of behind-the-scenes work – painting

route markers and putting up more than

2,000 new directions and signs – we’re

looking forward to connecting people

with nature again, a mission that

has been the beating heart of ZSL for

nearly 200 years.’

While the news is certainly cause for

celebration, it does not signal the end of

ZSL’s urgent fundraising efforts: the

increased safety measures mean London

Zoo will be offering

allocated, timed

entry slots, limited

to just 2,000

visitors a day – well

below the numbers

needed to recoup

the charity’s costs.

Donations are

welcome to help the

vital work of ZSL.

Visit the website at

www.zsl.org

ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA

LAUNCH DRIVE & LIVE

English National Opera’s new

initiative, Drive & Live, will allow people

to continue to social distance if

necessary within the safety of their own

vehicles whilst enjoying a super-sized

live opera performance and the work of

ENO’s award-winning forces.

Taking place in the first three weeks

of September in the grounds of

Alexandra Palace, ENO Drive & Live will

feature 12 performances of a 90 minute

shortened version of La Boheme and

a one-hour family friendly version of

The Magic Flute with live singers and

musicians. The first performance will be

free for NHS and frontline workers.

This is only one part of ENO’s planned

autumn season. ENO plans to roll out

ENO Drive & Live across the country and

has already received significant interest in

others interested in the format.

Tickets are now on sale for

performances of A Christmas Carol.

Featuring over 100 on-stage performers

including English National Opera’s and

with members of the London Musical

Theatre Orchestra, this new staging of

the heart-warming tale has an

extraordinary Broadway team behind it.

www.eno.org

Alexandra Palace.

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Standing Rock Cyaclume

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CURATOR TOUR OF KIMONO:

KYOTO TO CATWALK EXHIBITION

The V&A is releasing a series of five

films that take viewers on a personal,

30-minute behind-the-scenes tour of the

critically acclaimed exhibition

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk. Curator Anna

Jackson guides viewers through the

exhibition spaces, providing a personal

insight into the making of the show, star

exhibits and the fascinating history of

the iconic garment.

Positively received by critics and

visitors alike, Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

explores what is arguably the ultimate

symbol of Japan. The kimono is often

perceived as traditional, timeless and

unchanging, but this exhibition counters

this conception, presenting the garment

as a dynamic and constantly evolving

icon of fashion. The exhibition reveals

the sartorial and social significance of

the kimono from the 1660s to the

present day, both in Japan and in the

rest of the world. Rare 17th- and 18thcentury

kimono are displayed for the

first time in the UK, together with

fashion from international designers and

iconic film and performance costumes.

The kimono’s recent reinvention on the

streets of Japan is also explored through

work by an exciting new wave of

contemporary designers and stylists.

Highlights of the exhibition include a

kimono created by Living National

Treasure Kunihiko Moriguchi, the

Alexander McQueen dress designed for

Björk and worn on the cover of her

album Homogenic, and original Star

Wars costumes modelled on kimono by

John Mollo. Designs by Jean Paul

Gaultier and John Galliano reveal the

kimono’s role as a constant source of

inspiration for fashion designers.

Paintings, prints, dress accessories

and other objects feature throughout the

exhibition, providing additional context

to the fascinating story of kimono’s style,

appeal and influence. Almost 300 works

are featured, including kimono specially

made for the show, with half being

drawn from the V&A’s superlative

collections and the rest generously lent

by museums and private collections in

Britain, Europe, America and Japan.

Anna Jackson said: ‘Having closed

the exhibition early, I am so pleased that

we can share the kimono experience

with viewers around the world. Many of

you will be at home, so I hope you will

enjoy the opportunity to escape on a

journey that will take us from the

sophisticated culture of 17th century

Japan to the creativity of the

contemporary catwalk. We look forward

to welcoming you to the V&A again

soon, so you can encounter these

sumptuous garments and exciting

displays for yourself.’

© Victoria and Albert Museum

‘MAKING THE BRIDGE SING’

EXHIBITION ONLINE

London’s defining landmark, Tower

Bridge, has brought the fantastical world

of Hannah Griggs, a real-life cook at

Tower Bridge in the 1910s, online to

families, history lovers and Londoners

for the very first time.

In an online iteration of Tower

Bridge’s 'Making The Bridge Sing'

exhibition unveiled in January in the

historic Victorian Engine Rooms, visitors

can explore Hannah’s life as a cook in

the famous towers and also as a keen

gardener. Real elements of Hannah’s life

are revealed alongside a specially

composed musical narrative, which

imagines dreamlike sights and sounds

that she experienced while working at

the Bridge to help her plants grow.

The idea for the exhibition began

when one of the present day Tower

Bridge team overheard a conversation

between visitors on the Bridge: Susan

Belcher was telling her friends the tale

of her grandmother Hannah Griggs,

and how she became the Cook in

Service to the Bridge Master between

1911-1915. Within days the Bridge’s

Exhibition Manager was in touch and

Susan shared Hannah Griggs’ story, and

her life at Tower Bridge.

Designed to celebrate Tower Bridge’s

125th anniversary, a Time Bascule film

and accompanying Making The Bridge

Sing exhibition are part of an eclectic

programme of arts, installations and

intimate events to establish Tower Bridge

as a must-see London cultural venue.

www.towerbridge.org.uk

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Photo: Nick Rutter.

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS LIVE

The London Mozart Players, the UK’s

longest established orchestra, has

become one of the first UK classical

ensembles to resume making music

together in ‘concert mode’ after the

easing of restrictions. To kick off their

three-concert series ‘LMP Live!’, the

orchestra performed a strings

programme at Westfield London to mark

the mall’s first day of trading since

March. The event was filmed and

performed under social distancing

guidelines, with the event streamed in

partnership with Classic FM – the UK’s

most popular classical music station.

The LMP musicians had not

performed together since 13 March, and

were delighted to be back together to

make music. Victoria Sayles, first violin

with LMP, said: ‘I am so excited, not just

to see my friends and my colleagues,

but to make music...amazing!’. Bryony

Gibson-Cornish, LMP violist

commented: ‘Even though we are

wearing masks we are going to be

smiling behind them!’. The programme

for the Westfield London concert

included music by Mozart, Elgar and

Tchaikovsky and future programmes

include ‘The Lark Ascending’ with soloist

Tasmin Little and Vivaldi’s ‘The Four

Seasons’ with soloist Jennifer Pike.

The one-hour live stream is one of

the biggest in Classic FM’s Facebook

Live series, reaching more than a million

classical music lovers with 488k total

views within 18 hours. There were over

2,000 comments from listeners in

countries around the world expressing

their love for live classical music.

LMP Executive Director Julia

Desbruslais said: ‘These concerts are

like a ray of sunshine after a long winter,

and represent LMP’s determination to

come out on the other side and find a

way back to live audiences so we can

share our love of music-making together

as an orchestra.’

Jacinta Rowsell, General Manager of

Westfield London said: ‘The LMP

concert was a brilliant celebration of

bringing the musicians back together as

we also mark the reopening of Westfield

London. Streaming the concert to

Classic FM listeners via a socially

distanced performance in The Atrium

could be a sign of things to come as

entertainment and events become more

creative to deliver experiences under

new conditions. Huge well done to the

team. www.londonmozartplayers.com

MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN

ON NETFLIX

Having been stuck indoors

binge-watching feel-good favourites and

box-sets in a bid to keep occupied,

Netflix have now confirmed that you can

have the time of your life and escape to

Greece from the comfort of your own

home, as the smash-hit romantic

comedy based on the songs of ABBA,

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, will be

available from 26 June.

Ten years after Mamma Mia! The

Movie, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

invites audiences to return to the

magical Greek island of Kalokairi to

continue the emotional journey of

family and friendship whilst discovering

just how those life-changing

relationships were formed. The film

includes hit songs such as When I

Kissed The Teacher, Why Did It Have to

Be Me, Fernando and Dancing Queen.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is a

Littlestar/Playtone production and is

produced by Judy Craymer and Gary

Goetzman. Craymer is also the creator

and producer of the worldwide smash hit

stage musical. Benny Andersson and

Björn Ulvaeus return to provide music

and lyrics and serve as executive

producers.

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THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE –

LOOKING FORWARD

The Royal Opera House Covent Garden

is home to both The Royal Opera and

The Royal Ballet. Many visitors come to

the city just to enjoy one of the world

renowned performances. With many

organisations finding innovative ways to

share content online while doors are

closed, This is London spoke to the CEO

of the Royal Opera House, Alex Beard,

about their online offering, and changes

they will make going forward.

How sustainable is streaming online

content?

I am hugely proud of the extraordinary

community of staff and artists that the ROH

have been able to pull together in the face

of adversity to run our ongoing

#OurHouseToYourHouse programme of

free, online content, and I’m particularly

proud that this Saturday will see us stage

our first live concert, broadcast to living

rooms across the world, since we closed

our doors to the public on 17th March.

While we will certainly be able to cover

costs with these concerts, unfortunately any

revenue they generate won't get close to

replacing lost income as a result of our

continuing closure – which has seen us

lose £3 out of every £5 of revenue.

reality. However, we cannot

achieve this on

determination alone. Put

simply: without immediate

government support, our

theatres will close, the arts

will shrink and a generation

of talent could be lost to

history. In spite of these

historic challenges, and

until a time when we can

welcome audiences again

in person, it is heartening

to see so many new

audiences discover the

transformative power of music and dance

through our #OurHouseToYourHouse

programme of free live performances,

musical masterclasses and cultural

highlights as well as our Live from Covent

Garden concerts.

How important is culture to the

rebuilding of London as a leading

world city?

Culture helps define London as one of

the most creative cities in the world. The

Government’s own data shows the

Creative Industries contributed nearly

£112bn to the UK economy in 2018, with

the UK box office generating £1.3bn and

employing almost 300,000 people. It is an

undoubted success story, and as we look

to an uncertain future, the re-emergence of

London and indeed the entire UK after this

crisis without culture and creativity at its

heart is unimaginable.

The magnificent facade of the Royal Opera House.

How can people support the Royal

Opera House at this time?

All support is received with great thanks,

particularly at this hugely challenging time

in the Royal Opera House’s history. If you

want to support us so we can bring ballet

and opera to future generations, you can

donate directly to the Royal Opera House

via www.roh.org.uk, or tune in to one or

both of our pay per view concerts on

Saturday 20th and Saturday 27th. The

concerts are live and begin at 19.30 at a

cost of just £4.99 per household. I hope

you can join us for a celebration of ballet

and opera, from our house to your house.

Together we’ll get through this difficult

time, and I want to take the opportunity to

thank everyone who has supported the

ROH in whatever capacity so far.

For information on all future

performances, visit www.roh.org.uk

Photo: Luke Hayes

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How do you think cultural venues will

need to change when they reopen?

Looking to the future, we must draw on

all our collective ingenuity and

determination to survive and adapt to a new

The Royal Ballet in La Fille Mal Gardee, now online.

© ROH, Tristram Kenton

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YOGA WITH LULULEMON

With yoga becoming something

people are attempting while there is

more time to spare, there are many

different options when choosing the best

apparel to get into your pigeon pose or

your downward facing dog.

Lululemon is a brand which is

famous for its flattering sportswear,

made for both comfort and fashion. The

company makes technical athletic

clothes for yoga, running, working out,

and most other sweaty pursuits.

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise

that focuses on strength, flexibility and

breathing to boost physical and mental

wellbeing. The main components of

yoga are postures (a series of

movements designed to increase

strength and flexibility) and breathing.

The practice originated in India about

5,000 years ago and has been adapted

in other countries in a variety of ways.

Yoga is a safe and effective way to

increase physical activity, especially

strength, flexibility and balance.

The Align Pant (pictured right) are

lululemon’s most well known and loved

yoga leggings. Designed to minimize

distractions and maximise comfort,

these lightweight leggings give you full

freedom to move. The high rise covers

your core, lies smooth under tops, and

won't dig in. The fabric used is

lightweight, buttery-soft Nulu fabric

which wicks sweat and is four-way

stretch – making this the perfect legging

for yoga practice. The leggings are

engineered for a second skin sensation.

The Metal Vent Tech (MVT) 2.0

(pictured left) is the result of a

continuous feedback loop with the

customers of lululemon, putting

technical innovations to the test and

incorporating wearer feedback into

product design. The result was a

lightweight shirt with added spandex for

improved shape retention and durability

properties, in addition to everything our

collective already knows and loves about

the MVT, leaving them ready to take on

their toughest workouts in comfort.

As people have been spending more

time indoors, lululemon have also made

instructional yoga videos accessible free

of charge on their YouTube channel.

Global ambassadors for the brand teach

classes suitable for all abilities, and

there are also meditation and stretching

sessions available.

www.lululemon.com

Runners Need have opened their stores

in Great Portland Street, Clapham and

Camden for those needing to reboot

their fitness wardrobe for the summer.

THE BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE KEEP

FIT SERIES

The BFI has curated a Keep Fit series.

To paraphrase Olivia Newton-John, ‘Let’s

get physical’, the series features over a

century of exercise on film, digitised

with National Lottery funding. The

selection of titles proves that Britons

advocated exercise and keep fit regimes

long before The Body Coach, Joe

Wicks’s lockdown workouts. Victorians

might not have known how to Zumba,

but few generations have been without a

fitness craze.

Since its earliest days, film has been

used to champion a variety of physical

pursuits. Whether it is the spectacle of

the form in motion, the pursuit of

healthy body and mind, or an excuse to

let it all hang out, this collection is

testament to the fact that, when it comes

to exercise it’s not about winning, it’s the

taking part that counts.

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WALKING AND RUNNING IN EPPING FOREST

Epping Forest has over 20 miles of surfaced trails and around 6,000 acres of

forest to explore on foot. Whether it’s a quiet lakeside stroll or a long run through the

trees, the Forest is a perfect place for walking and running. The Forest is open

access, which means that you can either follow one of the nine waymarked trails or

the other paths marked on the map above, or venture off the beaten track and cut

across country to discover hidden delights. There are also over 80km of multi-user

paths for cyclists to explore, with many paths surfaced with sand or red shale and

provide a firm but bumpy cycling surface. It encompasses a wonderful variety of

terrain from the flat open grassland areas of Leyton Flats and Wanstead Flats to the

particularly steep, hilly and densely wooded sections like High Beach and Great

Monk Wood.

In addition, many of the surfaced paths are suitable for visitors with disabilities

and there are four dedicated easy access paths at High Beach, Connaught Water,

Knighton Wood and Jubilee Pond.

PELOTON - BRING YOUR WORK OUT

INDOORS

Peloton is a global interactive fitness

platform that brings the energy and

benefits of studio-style workouts to the

convenience and comfort of home. With

thousands of live and on-demand

classes, taught by a roster of elite

instructors, Peloton delivers real-time

motivation and curated playlists from the

world's best artists. In the UK, the

brand’s immersive content is accessible

through the Peloton Bike and the App,

which provide a full slate of fitness

offerings, wherever you are.

The Peloton Bike offers the very best

of fitness and tech, connecting riders to

world-class workouts (live and

on-demand) led by the world’s best

instructors. With instant access to

classes, performance tracking metrics

and a motivating real-time leaderboard,

Peloton is changing the way people get

fit through a comprehensive and socially

connected-experience. The bike can be

purchased for a one off fee of £1,990

(includes delivery fee) then £39/month

subscription for unlimited live and

on-demand classes.

If the bike is slightly outside the

budget, the Peloton App is available for

£12.99 a month. It includes thousands

of classes across categories such as

indoor cycling, running, walking,

strength, stretching, cardio, yoga and

meditation. The app comes with a

30-day free trial and unlimited access to

live and on-demand content.

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APPRECIATING THE COURTAULD

INSTITUTE OF ART ONLINE

The Courtauld Institute of Art – which

is currently closed for extensive

refurbishment – will re-open in the

spring of 2021. However, it is allowing

extensive access to its collection and

events and is well worth browsing.

The link courtauld.co.uk/explore

offers a ‘virtual tour’ which uses a new

photographic technique to show the

galleries in exceptional close-up quality,

allowing you to roam each room as it

was before the closure. You can also

zoom in to closely examine some of the

masterpieces from the collection, such

as Edouard Manet’s ‘A bar at the Folies-

Bergère’ (pictured above).

Courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/wheretoseeou

rcollection takes the viewer to four

online exhibitions and highly informative

audio descriptions of the works:

‘Impressions of Modern Life: Prints

from the Courtauld Gallery’ – This

exhibition showcases 13 prints from the

collection by world-renowned artists. It

is an opportunity to learn about modern

print culture and printmaking techniques,

as well as to see modern life in Paris

throughout the late 19th and early 20th

century through the eyes of some of the

world’s most influential artists.

‘Courtaulds: Origins, Innovations &

Family’ – An opportunity to explore the

extraordinary legacy of the Courtauld

family from 1816 to 1982 as well as a

display of rare original prints by Paul

Gauguin.

‘The Artful Line’ – Featuring works

from the 17th Century to the present day

and featuring drawings by influential

artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti

and Frank Auerbach.

‘Illuminating Objects’ – A digital

display exploring the sculpture

‘Habitation’ by César Baldacinni, known

as César.

When browsing the website, make

sure you check the free online events

that are running on various days this

month. The Courtauld Institute may be

closed but it is offering a very wide

audience the chance to indulge their

artistic interests. Jackie Hawken

DESIGN MUSEUM LAUNCHES NEW

'CONNECTED' PROJECT

The last few months have significantly

changed the way people live, interact

and work. In the design world, creatives

and makers have had to adapt their

processes using new technologies to

work together at a distance and often

operating from new, improvised home

offices. Connected is an experiment set

out to explore how designers and

craftspeople adapted their working

practices while life was on hold. For this

project the American Hardwood Export

Council (AHEC), Benchmark Furniture

and the Design Museum have

challenged nine international designers

to create a table and seating, which will

suit their new ways of working from and

living at home. They will also record

their creative journeys to allow us to

share how they approach the brief and

develop their thoughts, sketches and

ideas during these challenging times.

The resulting pieces will be shown at

the Design Museum, in London, as an

installation called Connected, when the

museum re-opens to the public,

celebrating the act of physically coming

back together – reconnecting – as

normality resumes.

Connected will also explore how

designers can champion a beautiful and

sustainable material: hardwood.

The project will challenge both the

designers and craftspeople at

Benchmark to work in innovative ways

by relying solely on digital

communication and video conferencing

to bring the designers’ visions to life.

This approach will require a new level of

trust in the makers, since the designers

will have no physical contact with their

pieces until they are finished and on

display at the Design Museum.

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WOW Founder, Jude Kelly.

WOW FOUNDATION PRESENTS

WOW GLOBAL 24

The WOW Foundation will present the

first worldwide online festival focused on

women and girls, WOW Global 24, in

response to the separation, deprivation

and inequalities brought about by the

pandemic. The focus of the festival will

move as the world turns. Viewers can

tune into one of two channels – The

Global Channel and The Local Channel,

streaming live and simultaneously over

the 24 hours. The programme is

designed so that when viewers are

watching during daylight hours, events

will be generated from the audience’s

own part of the world.

Running across all time zones over 24

hours, the festival will be curated by

teams from across the world including the

USA, Pakistan, Turkey, Jordan, Nigeria,

the UK, Brazil, Australia and India,

exploring both localised and international

issues on two live stream channels. WOW

Global 24 will be available to watch from

27 to 28 June.

As WOW Festivals mark their 10th

anniversary, the effects of the virus pose

a profound risk of reversing progress

made towards achieving equality. WOW

Global 24 will hear from activists,

thinkers, artists, educators and more

with the overarching theme of ‘Women

and Girls in a Time of Crisis’.

The WOW Foundation is supported by

its global founding partner, Bloomberg,

and Global Partner MasterCard.

www.thewowfoundation.com

BFI AT HOME

While the British Film Institute (BFI)

may have temporarily closed its doors to

the public, they have presented a strong

offering on their digital platform.

Audiences can enjoy the BFI at home

with BFI Player, where a programme of

global cinema is available to stream on

demand. Latest releases can be rented and

subscribers have access to the best of the

BFI national and regional archives. A

selection of films is also available to

stream without charge. In addition, the BFI

has announced a series of special events

which includes creators, writers and

critics in conversation.

After fifty sell-out live stage events at

BFI Southbank and online events in

April and May, bringing the show

directly into the living room, the latest

edition of Mark Kermode Live in 3D is

available free on BFI YouTube. The

funniest, best loved and most respected

film critic in the UK explores, critiques

and celebrates film culture, past and

present joined by Sam Riley (Radioactive),

Noel Clarke (Bulletproof), Caitlin Moran

(How to Build a Girl), with director Fyzal

Boulifa and actor Roxanne Scrimshaw

(Lynn + Lucy).

There is also a daily series on the

website of recommended viewing on

BFI Player chosen by their film-loving

staff. Films are selected from across the

archives. For further information, or

donations, visit www.bfi.org.uk

MAKOTO OFUNE EXHIBITION

RE-OPENS AT OLIVIER MALINGUE

The solo exhibition of work by Makoto

Ofune at Olivier Malingue gallery

re-opens this week by appointment at

143 New Bond Street and has now been

extended until 17 July.

The exhibition presents Ofune's most

recent body of work, produced over the

last three years, continuing three main

series in his practice: Void, Wave and

Reflection Field (pictured below).

The works on view combine traditional

Japanese painting techniques with an

abstract vocabulary, revealing the artist's

quest for eternity and harmony. By

creating an atmosphere that invites

meditation and awareness, Ofune

encourages the viewer to consider his

works as elements able to transcend their

status of objects and project multiple and

different spatial dimensions.

In the artist's richly textured works,

layers of powdered mineral pigments

known as iwa enogu are applied to

Japanese hemp paper with nikawa, an

animal gelatin glue. These stones are

crushed by hand to a fine powder, and

the resulting pigments enhance the

vibrancy and depth of the original raw

materials. These techniques are usually

seen in nihon-ga (traditional Japanese

painting), but Ofune uses these jeweltoned

pigments in a contemporary

manner, creating atmospheric pieces that

are both meditative and timeless.

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Online

BIRDSONG ADAPTATION TO BE

STREAMED ONLINE

A fully cast, abridged virtual

production of Rachel Wagstaff’s highly

acclaimed adaptation of Sebastian

Faulks’s best-selling novel Birdsong,

will be streamed online on 1 July, the

anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Told using video technology, live

performance, sound design and music,

all weaved together to create a unique

portrayal of one of the greatest love

stories in modern literature, the cast will

be in full costume, with digitally

designed scenes and lighting, making

this the most ambitious online

production yet.

The performance will be introduced

and narrated by Sebastian Faulks, with a

special reading by him from his novel

during the interval. The show will be

released online at 19.00 on

1 July and will then be available for a

further 72 hours.

Birdsong tells a mesmerising story of

love and courage, before and during the

war. In pre-war France, a young

Englishman, Stephen Wraysford,

embarks on a passionate and dangerous

affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire

that turns their worlds upside down. As

the war breaks out, Stephen must lead

his men through the carnage of the

Battle of the Somme and through the

sprawling tunnels that lie deep

underground beneath the battle fields.

Faced with the unprecedented horror of

the war, Stephen clings to the memory of

Isabelle and the idyll of his former life as

his world explodes around him.

The virtual production is taking place

in association with The Royal British

Legion, who have, for nearly 100 years,

helped all those who have served, or are

serving, in the British Armed Forces and

their families. Their work is as vital

today as it was back in 1921, when they

helped those suffering from the

aftermath of the First World War.

For more information, visit the website

www.britishlegion.org.uk

Sebastian Faulks said of the virtual

production, ‘This is a great initiative

from The Original Theatre Company and

technically very ambitious. The

adaptation of novel to play continues to

evolve and I’m confident it has reached

its best incarnation yet. Some of the best

actors in its long life have signed up.

Should be enormous fun.’

RUTHIE HENSHALL IN MY LIFE

UK audiences will finally have a

chance to enjoy Ruthie Henshall’s new

intimate show In My Life next year, as

new dates have been released for the

exclusive four-city tour.

In My Life premiered at the Sydney

Opera House in June 2019 and went on

to tour Australia playing to packed

houses and a slew of five-star, rave

reviews. This new intimate show is a

rare opportunity to see this dazzling star

up close and personal, reinterpreting

highlights from her acclaimed career as

well as exploring the work of other

famous artists from Stephen Sondheim

and Carole King to Victoria Wood and

The Beatles.

Ruthie Henshall said, ‘When theatre

opens again, I will literally dance in the

street! It’s so sad because when things

are scary and sad, the theatre is always a

pick-me-up and we have not been able

to do that. The theatre opening again is

something I can’t wait for. It is my

breath. To perform and to watch, it gives

me something nothing else does.’

www.ruthiehenshall.com

Photo: Michael Warley.

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BOUNDLESS THEATRE: WE WILL

PROBABLY NEVER MEET

Boundless Theatre, like many

organisations in the theatre world, has

had to radically overhaul budgets, ways

of working and projects. Its autumn

production of Flies by Charlotte

Josephine has been postponed and their

European project Extended Universe,

co-funded by the Creative Europe

Programme of the European Union will

be extended to 2021.

We Will Probably Never Meet is the

first project within their Delivering

Differently programme, which ensures

that young adults can continue to access

invaluable cultural and creative

experiences. With support from

Bloomberg, Boundless has renewed its

commitment to freelancers and emerging

artists by supporting the Freelance Task

Force and has launched a fundraising

drive to match fund support.

Since March, the lives of teenagers

and young adults have changed

dramatically following the closure of

educational institutions, cultural and

social spaces. This moment in time

would normally be filled with rites-ofpassage

and these are now being

missed by a whole generation. With

internships and work-experience falling

through, missing out on vital early work

experience has set this generation back

enormously. Across the country, young

people have been feeling lost, having

been largely forgotten in this economic

crisis. Previous periods of recession

have shown that young people are the

hardest hit over a longer period of time.

Over the summer We Will Probably

Never Meet will launch for 15-25 year

olds in Bermondsey, Spalding,

Peterborough and Oldham. The

telephone theatre work was created by

artists Ryan Gilmartin and James

Monaghan. It will be followed by a

series of projects in which young people

take control and deliver their own

cultural projects as makers, leaders and

innovators supported through the

crowdfinded Future Now Fund.

ONLINE INITIATIVE SHOWCASE

2020 LAUNCHES NEW HELP HUB

The team behind Showcase 2020,

actors Olivia Beardsley and Isaac

Stanmore, have launched a new branch

of their online initiative called the Help

Hub. Featuring leading industry

professionals, it supports further

learning and understanding of the

industry – bridging the gap between

graduating and working at a time when

‘learning on the job’ isn’t possible.

Bringing a wide array of leading

industry professionals together, the

Help Hub provides quick, honest

practical tips from interviews with

actors, directors, casting directors,

theatre makers and arts organisations

with many more to come. These cover

many aspects of the industry from

understanding a ‘call sheet’ and your

first days on a film set to self-taping,

online CV’s and audition tips.

The Help Hub is now live, including

interviews with actors Pearl Mackie

(Doctor Who), Alice Fearn (Wicked,

Come From Away), Faye Marsay (Game

of Thrones, Pride, Black Mirror) and

casting director Kharmel Cochrane (The

Lighthouse); plus an exclusive web

series by actor and author Paul Clayton

(Peep Show, Wolf Hall, The Crown). Cofounder

Beardsley said ‘You can watch

these videos and will come away with

tangible things you can do differently

that will help you in your career

immediately’.

NASHVILLE MEETS LONDON IN

#ROYALALBERTHOME

Nashville Meets London will present

a night of country music as part of the

Royal Albert Hall’s ongoing series of free

streamed shows. The Royal Albert Home

concert on 18 July will feature

performances by Nashville’s most

versatile band, The Cadillac Three

(pictured below), vocalist Michael Ray,

Canadian singer-songwriter Tenille

Townes, and Yorkshire-native, Twinnie,

with the event compered by Country Hits

Radio, Mainly Music and No Chords But

the Truth presenter Matt Spracklen.

The show, streaming free of charge,

aims to raise funds for the Royal Albert

Hall, which is closed for the first time

since the Blitz. Like all arts institutions

across the UK, the venue is in financial

crisis as a result of the pandemic. Since

closing its doors on 17 March, its Royal

Albert Home shows – featuring the likes

of Rufus Wainwright, KT Tunstall,

Richard Thompson and Ayanna Witter-

Johnson performing direct from their

living rooms – have been streamed

more than a million times, inspiring

donations totaling over £50,000.

The Hall, which marks its 150th

anniversary next year, has played host to

innumerable legendary acts, from Billie

Holiday, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix to

Adele, Jay-Z and Nine Inch Nails. Recent

country shows on its famous stage have

included headline sets from Darius

Rucker, Kacey Musgraves and

Charles Esten.

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RIDING HOUSE AT HOME

Riding House at Home and Riding

House Local Store have brought their

home kits, ready-to-eat dishes and

quality produce to homes across London

with a pop-up store and home delivery

service. Riding House at Home will see

chefs Tom Cenci and Henry Omereye

team up for a culinary collaboration,

bringing their home kits and speciality

groceries to anyone within an 8-mile

radius of their Fitzrovia store.

The online shop is stocked with

restaurant quality DIY dishes such as:

Chicken, morel and truffle pie, Cornish

lamb with spinach, minted mushy peas

and wholegrain mustard sauce, Stinking

Bishop gratin and, for the ultimate

dessert, bake-at-home cookie dough.

Their true weekend brunch experience

includes pancakes with clotted Chantilly

cream, topped with berry compote, and

a Full English breakfast with Bloody

Mary and Buck’s Fizz cocktails.

Sloppy Joe – Riding House

Situated in Fitzrovia’s popular Great

Titchfield Street, the Riding House Local

Store will be transformed into a pop-up

butcher, deli, grocery store and wine

shop, with hot takeaways avaiable.

Fresh bread, pastries, organic eggs,

steaks and ready-to-eat meals are on

offer. Guests can also pick up

mozzarella-stuffed Old Spot pork

sausage rolls, or cookies straight from

the oven, best enjoyed with fresh juices

and cocktail pouches and there is a

curated selection of wines and ice-cold

draught beer growlers.

All deliveries are conveniently

packaged in biodegradable and eco

sustainable boxes from Biopack. To

view the whole menu, visit their website:

ridinghouse.cafe

CASA CALAVERA VIRTUAL

CULINARY POP-UP

From the globally renowned

Hakkasan Group, Casa Calavera is a

unique virtual culinary pop-up,

delivering authentic Mexican food to

homes across central London from

Thursday 4 June. Casa Calavera will see

heritage Mexican cooking techniques,

recipes and ingredients collide with

contemporary, innovative and refined

twists to create the ultimate Mexican

feast at home this summer.

Casa Calavera is the first new

concept to be added to the Hakkasan

Group UK portfolio in recent years, a

cutting-edge virtual pop-up delivery

service pushing the boundaries of

traditional dining. The accessible

Mexican menu takes its inspiration from

the street side taquerias and beachfront

restaurants of Mexico and will bring the

culinary cantina experience straight into

homes this summer with a menu for

everyone; from tacos and tostadas to

quesadillas, salads and bowls.

Family style, small plate dining that

is perfect for all to share is at the heart

of Casa Calavera. Diners can start with

the Casa Nachos featuring six different

flavour tortillas including blue corn,

chipotle and cactus chips served with a

choice of toppings and made to scoop

up the Casa Guacamole, Pico de Gallo

and Fire Roasted Salsa.

From the taco menu, Achiote chicken

with guacamole and red onion will be

available alongside Chipotle beef brisket

with fresh jalapeño and feta. A line up of

‘must order’ side dishes will include

Charro beans, spiced rice cactus

croquetas, Mexican Street Corn and

Roasted aubergine with pico de gallo all

served in sugar cane eco-packaging.

Casa Calavera will be available to

order from Thursday 4 June via

Deliveroo, Supper and Uber Eats within

a 2-mile radius of 23 St. James’s Street,

London, SW1A 1HA. Head to their

website to see what they have on offer:

hakkasangroup.com/casacalavera

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