Theatre's on the menu at the Coming Up Festival
Friday 25 February 2011
Six young directors were awarded £75,000 between them to stage a mini festival. The Coming Up Festival is part of Old Vic New Voices and Ideas Tap, a creative network and funding body for emerging arts talent. It opened this week at nightclub Debut London, with Jamie Lewis Hadley's BritWres-Fest, a mix of professional wrestlers, pyrotechnics and projections and Electric Tunnels, a showcase of young musicians and DJs.
Highlights will include Underground Cinema with up-and-coming film talent and movie classics; Old Roots New Routes, featuring hip hop artist Dizraeli and a 'silent disco' version of opera Dido and Aeneas.
There's Eat Your Heart Out, a three course banquet set to a baroque music score, where participants tuck in to a celebratory supper in the aftermath of a catastrophe. Then there's Spike Laurie's Civil Unrest, which comes complete with a security force herding people through a photography exhibition, a meal slopped into trays in a prison canteen and a play by Ben Ellis, based on three siblings caught up in the Millbank riots.
"I always wanted to do a pop-up restaurant alongside a play," says Laurie, who graduated from drama school last year. "I just didn't realise it'd be so integral."
Coming Up Festival runs until 4 March (www.ideastap.com/comingup)
Grace Dent on TV The Secret Life of the Pub is sexist, ageist and a breath of fresh air
Art Megumi Igarashi criticises Japan's 'backwards' attitude to women's sexual expression
tv Singer could become the most unlikely star of Westeros
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 2 How to turn off/stop 'seen by' on Facebook: Disable it to make your chats seem less passive aggressive
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 4 'We're not heroes, just tourists': Swedish police officers on holiday stop vicious assault on New York subway
- 5 Buckingham Palace guard who attacked passers-by in 'most most violent piece of CCTV footage' police officer had seen walks free
MasterChef, TV review: The final climaxed in a frenzy of herbs and hyperbole
Male student sues Columbia University for 'gender-based harassment' after alleged 'Mattress Performance' rape victim Emma Sulkowicz went public with claims
MasterChef 2015: Simon Wood named winner
Black Mass trailer: Johnny Depp might have started making good films again
London Marathon: Best running songs from Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar to 'Uptown Funk'
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
Rupert Murdoch berated Sun journalists for not doing enough to attack Ed Miliband and stop him winning the general election