Written by William Dobson
Again, another quiet week on the cultural front as a combination of the Olympics and Ramadan rather slows things down. So, as with last week, this is the perfect time to check out those plays and exhibitions that you might not have had the chance to thus far! As per usual, get in touch with us if there’s anything you think we might have missed out!
Monday 6th August
Moro: Fifteenth Anniversary Celebrations – Moro, Exmouth Market, London
As publicised last week, Moro, Sugar Street’s favourite restaurant in London is fifteen this year and, to mark the occasion, up until August 12th they are recreating the very first menu. This promises to be a wonderful opportunity to sample the Sam & Sam Clarks’ stunningly good food heading back to its original roots, so book a table and enjoy!
Further details can be found here
Norway & Morocco – ART@10GS, 10 Grosvenor Street, London
Having been running since May, this exhibition by photographer Sandra Jordan is coming up to its last month. Fusing together the two seemingly disparate locations of the Arctic and North Africa, she says ‘Whilst you are guaranteed complete solitude in Arctic Norway, Morocco can be somewhat different, more than 150,000 people live in Fez Medina itself, yet within the contrast of both places I was drawn to the quietness and the isolation – the remote villages of the Lofoten Islands, the quiet corners of the Medinas where locals pause for respite from the hustle and bustle.’
For more information, see here
Tuesday 7th August
Fear of Breathing: Stories Of The Syrian Revolution – Finborough Theatre, London
The play which premiered on 17th July, doesn’t have long left to run, so make sure you head down before it’s too late. As thousands have been tortured, jailed, maimed or killed by the Syrian regime, The Fear of Breathing is a hard-hitting evocation of a life or death fight for freedom, experienced from the inside.
To uncover these personal stories from the uprising, award-winning journalists Paul Wood of the BBC and Ruth Sherlock of The Daily Telegraph, together with theatre director Zoe Lafferty, travelled into Syria covertly, circumventing the ban on journalists and restrictions on movement for all non-Syrians. Immersed in Syria’s suffocating environment of oppression and fear, they spoke to protesters facing tanks and guns, soldiers who deserted to form the Free Army, activists who dream of change, as well as citizens who love President Bashar al-Assad and are terrified of a future without him.
Tickets from the Finsborough’s website.
Wednesday 8th August
Out of the Ashes - Frontline Club, Paddington, London
Against a backdrop of war and poverty, Out of the Ashes, traces the remarkable journey of a team of young Afghans as they chase a seemingly impossible dream – to qualify for the 2011 Cricket World Cup – shedding new light on a nation beyond burqas, bombs, drugs and devastation.
Backed by BBC Storyville and Executive Produced by Oscar-winning director and cricket fan, Sam Mendes, the film follows the Afghan cricket squad over two years as they go from playing in their shalwar-kameezes on rubble pitches to batting their way around the globe and up the international league tables.
With unrestricted behind-the-scenes access at international matches, the film follows the ups and downs of their epic journey. Witty, touching and nail-biting to the end, Out of the Ashes is a compelling story of triumph over adversity and well worth checking out.
More details, here
Thursday 9th August
Cairo, Year One by Nermine Hammam – The Mosaic Rooms, Kensington, London
After launching back on July 20th, this exhibition has received wonderful reviews and should definitely be checked out if you can tear yourself away from the beach volleyball. In association with Rose Issa Projects in London, the Mosaic Rooms present the first UK solo show by Egyptian artist Nermine Hammam (work pictured). Hammam lives and works in Cairo. Her works are intricate composites of layered images and symbols, using a distinctive aesthetic that combines digital manipulation and painting. This timely solo exhibition will feature two of her most recent series of work, Upekkha and Unfolding, which look at the recent civil unrest and uprisings in Egypt.
More details here.
Friday 10th August
Palestinian Sunbird Pavilion - Dreamspace Gallery, 3 Dufferin Street, London
This is the last day to check out the Palestinian Sunbird Pavilion, a showcase for Palestinian cultural identity with its hidden yet, highly creative layers. Combining a mixture of live projects alongside more speculative and anticipatory features, which hint at new spatial possibilities, it seeks to merge the ordinary everyday life of the West Bank and Gaza Strip with architectural projects that offer a more vivid emancipatory aesthetic for creating the built environment in Palestine. Make sure you head down before it’s too late.
For details, check here