What’s On This Weekend
Fri Sept 29 - Sun Oct 1
Last weekend to See: Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception, Compton Verney until Sun Oct 1
Sadly this excellent critically-acclaimed summer exhibition comes to a close this weekend. It’s attracted throngs of art lovers from across the country to see a range of work by the leading figures of 1960’s Op Art including Bridget Riley, Jesus Rafael Soto and Victor Vasarely and a stunning site-specific wall installation by German abstract artist Lothar Götz. “This show fizzes with the zinging colours and eye-popping patterns of Op Art, from the Impressionists to the mind-bending Sixties experiments of Bridget Riley … a trippy, wild ride” according to The Daily Telegraph. Daily tours at 12noon & 2.30pm.
Tue – Sun & bank holidays until Sun Oct 1 2017, 11am – 5pm, comptonverney.org.uk
Coriolanus, RST, Stratford, until Sat Oct 14
Playing the title role in Coriolanus, the final production of the RSC’s Rome series directed by Angus Jackson is Sope Dirisu, most recently Cassius Clay/ Muhammad Ali in One Night in Miami (Donmar Warehouse), Undercover on BBC 1 and ITV’s The Halcyon. He’s joined by Haydn Gwynne, who returns to the RSC after 11 years to play his mother, Volumnia. Haydn can currently be seen as Camilla in series 2 of Channel 4’s The Windsors. The super-talented 26-year-old actor talks about the role here.
Festival of Imagineers, Coventry, Wed Sept 25- Sat Sept 30
This week the Festival of Imagineers will be transforming the streets of Coventry with free live arts, installations and performances including Museum of the Moon and an immersive promenade performance of The Winter’s Tale by Polish theatre company, Teatr Biuro Podrozy and Imagineer Productions from Broadgate to the Cathedral Ruins (Fri and Sat evening). Plus a family day on Saturday with outdoor performances from Pif Paf, Cardboardia, Balbir Singh, Wet Picnic and BOSI. Now in its third year, the Festival is presented in partnership with Coventry’s bid to be the 2021 City of Culture.
Christopher Marlowe’s dark underrated play about one of history’s greatest female leaders. Kimberley Sykes makes an inventive RSC debut. Chipo Chung stars as Dido, most recently Portia/Octaviusin Robert Hastie’s production of Julius Caesar at the Sheffield Crucible. Her TV credits include Thirteen (BBC), From Darkness (BBC) and Fortitude (Sky Atlantic). The cast also includes Nicholas Day as Jupiter, the very funny Ellia Beaven as Venus (A Mad World My Masters), Sandy Grierson, who plays Dido’s love interest, Aeneas, and Amer James as Dido’s loyal sister, Anna.
Hundred Watt Club, Leamington Spa Assembly, Fri Sept 29
A return of this glittering burlesque and cabaret show starring vintage songbird hostess Elsie Diamond, with neo-showgirl Lena Mae, mime-artist Kiki Lovechild, burlesque artist Tabitha Taboo and hypnotising musical comedy by Desmond O’Connor.
Rugby Food Festival 2017, St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Rugby, Sat Sept 30
Love locally-sourced food and drink? On the menu this year local restaurants, chefs, farms and producers will be serving up delicious food, there’ll be a pop-up demonstration kitchen with Steve Kielty, Masterchef finalist, where a variety of demos will be taking place throughout the day. There’s also a kid’s kitchen and face-painting. 10am-5pm
British Military Weekend, British Motor Museum, Sat Sept 30 & Sun Oct 1
Families can step back in time, enrol in Soldier School and see the replica Mark IV Tank used in the film War Horse as the British Motor Museum transforms into wartime Britain this weekend. Following last year’s successful WW1 Family Weekend, the this year’s event is expanding to include all things British Military – you can even camp in the Museum grounds! Outside, attractions include British Military vehicles, The Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1914 – 1918 Living History Group and a modern day bomb disposal team demonstrating their Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Robot. Inside, meet a British ‘Tommy’ in the WWI trenches, drop into the Field Hospital and explore ‘B2737 – the Battle Bus’, on loan from the London Transport Museum. There’s also a fun ‘Kitchener’s Mission’ trail with activities including decoding secret messages, bandaging wounds in the Casualty Clearing Station, Zeppelin spotting and making a Princess Mary Christmas Gift Tin to take home.
britishmotormuseum.co.uk or call 01926 641188.
Portrait of the Artist: Kathe Kollwitz, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, until Nov 26
The Ikon’s new exhibition marking the 150th anniversary of Berlin artist and doctor’s wife Kathe Kollwitz’s birth, is already garnering 5* reviews. The emotional impact of her drawings of unemployment and suffering in particular, Woman With Dead Child (1903) is incredibly hard-hitting and poignant. The exhibition looks at her work through the exploration of three themes: social and political protest, self portraits and the role of an empathetic and suffering mother, resulting from the death of her youngest son Peter in 1914, shot in the First World War.
Formula X headlines a Festival of Speed with an action packed, multimedia production, supported by Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport F1 Team. Inspired by the book Chequered Conflict by Maurice Hamilton, Formula X will be a thrilling spectacle taking audiences to the heart of motorsport incorporating Circus, Movement & Multimedia. This high-octane, promenade theatrical experience puts audiences at the trackside as teams compete for the trophy. It’s the first in a year of festivals at this dynamic Warwickshire youth theatre in their new season running September – July 2018.
B&B – ‘Back & Breakfast’, ‘Three’ Bistro, Clifton Road, Rugby, Sun Oct 1
Three Bistro has teamed up with Hannah from Natural Holistics’ to offer a healthy breakfast of either Granola with Greek yogurt & berries or Smashed avocado with lardons with a poached egg on toast followed by a 15-minute taster accupressure chair massage. £15
Freeman, The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Thurs Oct 6
A collaboration between award-winning writer, Camilla Whitehill and Strictly Arts Theatre, Freeman is inspired by the true story of William Freeman, a black slave put on trial in 19th Century New York and the first case to raise ‘insanity’ as a defence. Strictly Arts’ mix high-energy physical theatre, a cappella singing, humour and powerful drama to create an affecting experience for audiences. Thurs Oct 6 sees a special double bill with a performance of Freeman at 4pm, leading on to an evening performance of Green Leaves Fall, the company’s debut play set in 1981 explores inequality, unemployment and radicalisation. In the aftermath of the Brixton Riots 14-year-old Kieran Brown finds himself in unfamiliar surroundings as he is adopted by an upper class family in Oxford.
What Do I Need to Do to Make it OK? Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, until Nov 4
This touring exhibition curated by Liz Cooper features five international artists investigating damage and repair including work by Celia Pym, finalist in Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Craft Prize 2017.
Sofia Hulten, Here’s the Answer, What’s the Question? Ikon Gallery, Birmingham until Nov 26
The most comprehensive exhibition to date by 45-year-old Berlin-based artist Sofia Hulten: scultpures, installations and films preoccupied with the material world and the way we navigate time. She uses discarded objects found on the streets encouraging the idea of looking twice at what is all-too-often taken for granted – as in Speculative Fiction (2016) where she recycles bicycle parts – locks, wheel-like hoops and frame.
I Knew You, Birmingham Rep, Fri Sept 29-Sat Oct 7
The highly-anticipated new play from Birmingham-born writer Polarbear aka Steven Camden one of the UK’s most respected spoken word artists. It stars award-winning Birmingham actress Lorna Laidlaw, known to many as Mrs Tembe in the BBC’s Doctors and tells the story of a single mother near retirement whose son struggles with being a stay-at-home dad. Will her son finally meet the father who walked out on him, after a chance encounter? After a run at the rep the play will tour 15 libraries, community halls and cafes across Birmingham.
birmingham-rep.co.uk, 0121 236 4455
Mischief Festival: Kingdom Come, The Other Place, Stratford, until Sat Sept 30
Gemma Brockis and Wendy Hubbard’s new devised piece, Kingdom Come is part of Mischief Festivals at The Other Place. Set in 1640, on the brink of the English Civil War. Parliament is rebellious. There are mobs on London’s streets, women preach, poor men lead, and radical ideas illuminate the carnage. But the puritan state starts to tighten its grip, and making theatre could soon be a capital offence. It’s accompanied by a series of talks and events.
Curiosity Carnival, Live Friday, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Fri Sept 29
A huge festival of curiosity across the University of Oxford’s museums, libraries, gardens and woods, joining hundreds of other European cities celebrating European Researchers’ Night (er, sounds like a ball!). The Ashmolean is celebrating as it does best, with its innovative free entry Live Friday event, offering dance, art, talks, demonstrations and music to consider how researchers use time and space to think about what makes us and the universe tick. There’s the Orchestra of the Enlightenment, combining music with cutting-edge science about the rhythms of sleep; 3D virtual reality to explore DNA; FLUX dance theatre performing and basically a whole load of kind of weirdy cool stuff.
Free to enter but you do need to book a ticket in advance. Tickets
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, Tate Modern, London, until Oct 22