Theatre: He's F**king Behind You! Pantomime Gone Wild
Written by: Violet Myers
Writing team Jez Bond and Mark Cameron make a triumphant return to the Park Theatre with their adaptation of Rapunzel. A raw, insightful character study of a working class conman’s efforts to raise a baby girl alone and the systems that stand in his way.
Set in a Dystopian, bleak future within the Kingdom of Waa, where basic linguistics have failed and people are forced to express their feelings through whimsical public song outbursts and scathing innuendo. The play rather chillingly begins as the monarchy, who have returned to power in what we can only imagine is the outcome of a horrifically bloody civil war, await to see if they will have a heir to their dictatorship.
Set in a Dystopian, bleak future within the Kingdom of Waa, where basic linguistics have failed and people are forced to express their feelings through whimsical public song outbursts…
It is here we meet our anti-hero, The Great Gazoombees, a jaded misunderstood character just trying to make a profit in a dark world obsessed by the monarchy. In a bid to rise within a rigid class system, Gazoombees infiltrates the royal family, stealing the young princess Rapunzel, in order to escape the poverty he has had to endure his entire life. Hiding her away in a high tower, a rather blatant yet powerful symbol of London’s increasing housing crisis, he keeps her there and attempts one of life’s most arduous challenges, to raise a child alone.
As Rapunzel grows older, she escapes the home her adoptive father has made for her, using her very long hair as a ladder which she cuts, freeing herself from him and the encompassing poverty he represents, an obvious exploration of post Thatcher working class families’ chain of employment, cut off by a power hungry Conservative government.
The play ends as Rapunzel chooses a life of shallow materialism, shunning her father and his modest roots, a sobering reminder of the fragility of the modern family.
Rapunzel serves as a cautionary tale, in a way that echoes the tragedies of Aristotle, in the cold reality of capitalism the individual holds no chance against the establishment, or in this case the oppressive Kingdom of Waa.
Unfortunately, the experience was jaded by scores of rowdy children, oblivious to correct theatre etiquette. Throughout the play they would rise to their feet, clap their hands and even boo and hiss certain actors whenever they entered the stage, I’d never seen such great disrespect for a writer’s work. For this I call for a complete ban on children in the theatre, especially during the Christmas season.
Clifton Terrace, London N4 3JP
Running until the 2nd of January
Running Time: 2 hours [inc. 20 min. interval]
Photographs by Darren Bell
When danger reared its ugly head, Brave Sir Robin turned and fled… to his namesake pub on Crouch Hill for a craft beer and a top-notch meal from kitchen residency Cue Point. Warm globes of light hang above intimate booths, specially commissioned wall design offers a rich backdrop, and cosy sofas, deep armchairs and plentiful cushioned stools ensure no one is without a seat.
Flocking to Holloway Road on one of the many Sundays that we’ve spent at the Nag’s Head Car Boot Sale, we spotted a new Vietnamese place called Pho Hot getting ready to open up their doors. Being the nosy folks we are, we peeked inside and spotted a menu. Banh Mi was on it. It's a baguette, but not as you know it. Glory of all glories! It’s been far too long since I last consumed this distinctive sarnie and I'm happy as Larry that there's a new Banh Mi joint on my doorstep.
Baby, it’s getting cold outside, and what better way to aide our frostbitten noses than a chat to a professional skin person? We’re talking to Lee Garrett, founder of The Garrett Clinic, accomplished skincare specialist and heralded by many as the UK’s leading Skin Guru. Read on to find out his insider tips for surviving this winter season with your skin looking as radiant as the moon that breaks a stormy night.
Joined by over 50 other artists incorporating printmaking, painting, digital art, photography and small-scale sculpture, Tomorrow’s World presents us with utopias, dystopias, predictions, prophecies and visions of the future. We hit up the private view last Friday and it was pretty damn bleak, in the best sense of the word.
Carouse founders Chris, Theo and Ben – the charming folk behind Kentish Town’s Rose and Crown – have a new venture afoot and we couldn’t be more bloody excited to see it. We’ve been creeping in their windows, peering through the paint and sneaking glimpses at builders’ bums for a few months now (okay, maybe not the last one), watching these guys transform this cosy corner of Crouch Hill into a rather cool little boozer. Now they’re opening and everyone is invited. Come one, come all, and try all 20 of their beers on tap with us.
Last month I decided to try clubbing again. I don’t quite know what came over me, but I actually (brace yourselves) enjoyed it. I went to Body Hammer’s monthly party in Manor House and I’m here to tell you to go too, whether you love clubbing, hate clubbing, or really couldn’t care either way. #notspon
Rich, fried, buttery, potato-y vessels loaded with flavor combinations that go down rather well with craft beer, late nights and good times. Ha, who am I kidding, EVERYTHING goes down well with beer. You heard that right buddy, loaded potato skins are back with a bang (and a generous portion of bacon) and are currently being served at Old Street's The Magic Roundabout by street food pop-up Skins and we could not be any happier. Well, unless they were to stuff it with, say, Mac and Cheese or risotto. Oh, that's exactly what they do? Well paint me green and call me a cucumber.
Magical gifts, wonderful gifts, marvellous gifts, beautiful gifts, gifts, glorious gifts glo-ri-ous giiiiiifts. Please Sir, I want some more. It’s that time of year again and whether you love it or loathe it gifts will be purchased and presented into expectant hands. Stroud Green's very own Pretty Shiny Shop have compiled a gift guide to help ease the shopping shock. Imagine only having to trot to your local gift shop and tick off your entire shopping list in one fell swoop. Done, finito, terminado! To make it that little sweeter, it's also all very affordable... so you won't even have to pick a pocket or two.
Alright guys, it’s happening. The frosty charm of December is, once again, being beaten to a pulp by the capitalists’ wet dream: Christmas. The hideous twinkling of artificial outdoor lighting is starting to appear, with tourists flocking from far and wide to watch D-list celebrities press a button. Invitations to Christmas parties flood in from your multiple part-time jobs, ensuring you make bad decisions bi-weekly til next year. Supermarkets are selling 12-day advent calendars containing confetti, cookie cutters and candles for a flawless £50. And oh, how the mulled wine flows.
Who doesn’t love a cheeky statistic, correctly sourced? You know we do. Well, did you know that for every £1 spent with a small business, 63p is re-spent in the local area, as opposed to a measly 40p in every £1 re-spent locally with larger businesses? An absolute travesty, am I right? That 23p has to mean something, right, guys?! Guys? Guys, where are you going? Wait, there’s freebies involved too!
By gum there are a lot of winter markets this year. Fueled by sickly sweet mulled wine and overpriced pulled pork sliders, we’ve managed to wade our way through the murky waters of winter markets and find some decent looking ones round this here part of town. Don’t let our Grinch-esq vibes put you off (I’m more of a Pancake Day person myself) because, if you’re into markets, you’ll probably like these. Read on, if you’re merrier than us.
Take a short walk along Finsbury Park’s own sunset strip and you’ll find MoseyHome, an interiors retailer and styling consultancy who have invited us to collaborate with them on an exciting new series titled 'Style My Shop', in which they invite some of London's most talented interiors experts to quite literally style their shop. Interiors porn at it's finest.
Why was the snowman sad? Because he had a meltdown. Much like us, every year, when winter comes. It’s cold, it’s dark, and we know Christmas is on its way. But hey, it’s not all bad – the events round this time of year can be pretty swell. So don your scarf-shawl-blanket and get your frolic on, it’s time for fairy lights, scarfing mulled wine and stuffing your face!
Touch, taste, smell, hear and create art. Smith & Sinclair, purveyors of the Edible Cocktail, presents The Flavour Gallery: a multi-sensory adventure that’ll seduce your senses and tickle your taste buds beyond all imagination. Ooh matron!