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Fancy an eyeful of the idiosyncrasies which make up the parent/child bond? Then go and see She'll Be Wearing Silk Pyjamas at The Orange Tree Theatre. Madge goes shopping to buy some comics for her son Marcus. Thirty years later she returns and Marcus is in for a rude awakening.

To 28 Sept (0181-940 0141)

If you would like a break from the media frenzy which surrounds the Gallaghers' Oasis, then pop along to History's Thousand Eyes - an Oasis WWII poetry reading with Denis Healey, John Rae, Martin Jarvis, Spike Milligan and Barry Humphries.

Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, WC2. (0171-240 2133). Price pounds 4, concessions pounds 3.

Don't miss the performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto and Walton's Symphony No 1 conducted by Sir Colin Davis. According to Walton's biographer Michael Kennedy, "the only response to this remarkable first symphony should be emotional". Decide for yourself.

7.30pm at the Barbican. (box office: 0171-588 0205)

Or if you fancy meeting comedian to the lonely hearts, Sean Hughes, who has made something of a light industry out of his single state, is signing his debut novel The Detainees (Simon and Schuster)

Info: 0171-316 1900) at 6.30pm. Entrance pounds 1.50

For the more extrovert there are jungle break beats and thump masters, Goldie (above), Fabio, Shaka and Peshay hosting a special Slow Motion party at The End, 16a West Central Street, WC1. 10pm-3pm with a tax of just pounds 3.

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