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MIDCENTURY MODERN® is back on Sunday 18th November with 65 top vintage dealers in furniture, posters, glass, ceramics, art and jewellery and taking a trip to the movies. Saxon from Metro Retro has some juicy industrial pieces after a trip to Pinewood studios fitting out the latest set for the new Judy Garland film featuring Bridget Jones star Renee Zellweger (currently in post-production and out soon) and the Orson and Welles team has some stunning posters from 1968 with 2001 A Space Odyssey, Bullitt, Barbarella, Planet of the Apes and The Thomas Crown Affair making it an epic year for movies. Upstairs find some stunning pieces including the featured wing back chair from furniture designers Burke and Marshall that would not look out of place in a Flash Gordon movie.

Head to modernshows.com to buy discounted advance tickets for November 18th Midcentury Modern® in Dulwich NOW.

Food vans on site / buggy park / delivery available. 10am – 4pm. Last entry 3.30pm. Tickets & Admission: £10 door, £9 e-tickets, £10 for two after 2pm – online only. Children under 14 free. Buy tickets online here.

London Mozart Players present Sounds of the Silver Screen

From Pinewood to . . . Norwood!

London Mozart Players, the UK’s longest established chamber orchestra, bring the magic of the movies to St John’s, Upper Norwood on Sunday 18th November, in a concert that’s perfect for all the family.

Imagine Jaws without its shark-infested semitones; Indiana Jones swashbuckling in silence; ET’s bicycle soaring soundlessly across the moon. Soundtracks can make a movie magnificent, underpinning the pictures with glorious melodies or terrifying tunes that shape how we react to what we see on the screen. LMP’s movie music matinee features some of the world’s greatest composers, showcasing soundtracks that depicts love, betrayal, drama, tragedy and horror. Revel in the passions of Pride and Prejudice, the sorrows of Schindler’s List and the heroics of Henry V. Popcorn anyone?

Tickets

London Mozart Players
Sounds of the Silver Screen

Conductor: Ben Palmer

Sunday 18th November at 4pm
St John the Evangelist
London, SE19 2RX United Kingdom

Unreserved seating

NB please note 4pm start time

Priority £23.00 (includes reserved seating, programme, interval drink)
Adult £15 | Concessions £12 | Young Person (16-25) £10 | Under 16s FREE

10% discount off all ticket prices using code SEMAGS

Further information and tickets: www.londonmozartplayers.com and www.eventbrite.co.uk

Dulwich Literary Festival 2018

Jo Brand, Nick Hewer, Kamal Ahmed, Ben Macintyre and John Suchet will headline main weekend, 7th – 11th November. Two additional events to take place at November’s West Norwood Feast.

Dulwich Literary Festival returns this November with an unmissable line-up of speakers who will kick-off London’s winter literary calendar. Under the theme of rough music, an ancient traditional means of expressing dissent, the festival will celebrate those who have rejected social norms and oppression in the name of progress. Headliners include much-loved comedian Jo Brand, The Apprentice star and Countdown host Nick Hewer, the BBC’s Kamal Ahmed, historian Ben Macintyre and Classic FM presenter John Suchet. They will be welcomed to the halls of Dulwich College and Dulwich Books alongside novelists Melissa Harrison and Sulaiman Addonia, historian Simon Heffer, and writer Louis de Bernières (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin), for a programme of discussions that will look back on the World Wars in commemoration of one hundred years of Armistice, probe pressing issues of contemporary international conflict, and celebrate the unifying power of music.

Commenting on the Festival programme, Susie Nicklin, CEO of the MILD group, said: “This year ’s festival features writers who highlight injustice, fight against stereotype, and make noise about the iniquities of war, corruption, bad-faith politics, forced migration and intolerance of difference. My paternal grandfather, missing an eye and therefore not fit for active service, was a quartermaster in France in WW1, while his three athletic brothers were killed within a few miles of each other in the trenches. This festival is dedicated to the memory of those four brave brothers and to all those who have died and suffered in warzones since 1914, as well as those who have lifted their voices in protest and who have encouraged us to live the best lives we can.

Delving into the history, literature and varying perspectives of WW1 and WW2 will be author Giles Milton (D-Day: The Soldier ’s Story), discussing how the events of WW2’s ‘Longest Day’ affected survivors and civilians on all sides, Simon Heffer (The Age of Decadence), who will interrogate the romanticised folk-memory of the decades leading up to the Great War and the complications that lurked beneath, Melissa Harrison (All Among the Barley), whose lyrical novel sheds light on England’s interwar climate and the looming threat of fascism, and Jean Moorcroft Wilson (Robert Graves), who, on Remembrance Sunday, will sit down with journalist and PTSD expert Matthew Green (Aftershock) for a fascinating discussion of war poetry and the mental health of veterans.

Bringing essential discussions around contemporary conflict will be Sulaiman Addonia (Silence is My Mother Tongue), whose novel explores love in a time of struggle and challenges conventional expectations of the refugee experience, Michael Hughes (Country), who will shed light on his moving Irish Troubles story about the brutal glory and bitter tragedy of armed conflict, Lindsey Hilsum, who will honour the life and work of her late friend and war correspondent Marie Colvin, and Ben Macintyre (The Spy and the Traitor), who will be talking about his new Cold War espionage epic, described by John le Carré as ‘the best true spy story I have ever read.

Exploring the current climate of global affairs will be journalists Jason Cowley (Reaching Utopia) and Isabel Hardman (Why We Get the Wrong Politicians), who will look back on their brimming careers and what they have learnt about contemporary political Britain, Kamal Ahmed (The Life and Times of a Very British Man), who will delve into the complexities of immigration and race in the 21st century, and Oliver Bullough (Money Land) and Dharshini David (The Almighty Dollar), who will together examine the relationship between wealth and power and the implications it has for a global future.

In accordance with this year’s theme, music and melodies will be celebrated throughout the festival weekend, with much-loved Classic FM presenter John Suchet (Tchaikovsky: The Man Revealed), who will discuss the life, loves and friendships of one of history’s greatest composers, Louis de Bernières, whose lyrical poetry collection commends human connection, the passing of time, music, and love in all its varied forms, and opera and concert experts Jane Glover (Handel in London) and Elizabeth Nicholson, who will share their profound understanding of the magnificent work of composer George Frideric Handel. Events on Tchaikovsky and Handel will be opened with delightful renditions of the composers’ work, performed by Dulwich College pupils.

The festival will bring a roster of family favourites, with inimitable comic Jo Brand (Born Lippy), joined by fellow south Londoner Brenda Gilhooly (AKA Gayle Tuesday) to discuss Brand’s new memoir and, one hundred years after partial women’s suffrage, what it means to be female today, and Nick Hewer (My Alphabet), who will be talking about his entertaining and evocative new memoir. South London cartoonist Tim Bird (The Great North Wood) will explore the history of Dulwich’s woodlands, and children’s author Fabi Santiago (I Really Want That Unicorn) will be running a story–time session with readings and fun craft activities at the Dulwich Books pop-up at West Norwood Feast.

For more information and tickets, please visit dulwichliteraryfestival.co.uk.

Events will take place at Dulwich College, Dulwich Books, West Norwood Old Library and St Barnabas Church, a new community venue for 2018.

Catford Christmas tree charity aims for biggest year yet

Lewisham based social action project, Jericho Road is aiming to sell 700 Christmas trees for charity, in an effort to give a gift to the homeless.

Kings Christmas Trees, which is run by Kings Church London, is gearing up for its biggest year yet. All proceeds from the trees, which are premium Normann Firs driven down from Scotland for the project, go to providing meals for the homeless through the Jericho Road Project.

Over the nine years the project has been operating, Kings has seen the Christmas trees ordered by customers grow significantly. The most popular size for trees is now six or seven foot, which always sell out first. However, the project also supplies trees to schools, colleges and large-scale organisations, with the biggest tree it sells being 10 feet. Over the last nine years the project has sold 3,545 trees, and it is aiming to sell 700 this year, more than ever before as they mark their 10-year anniversary. The trees will be available to order from early November.

“King’s Christmas Trees started in order to raise money to provide meals for people in need, as well as increase awareness about rough sleeping in our community,” says Simon Allen, Jericho Road Project Director and King’s Christmas Trees Founder.

“We also wanted a business that our residents and contacts could be directly involved in where they could learn work skills and build confidence, it’s been amazing seeing the project grow over the years and how the South East London community has come together to help those in need.”

The trees can be ordered online and then collected or delivered to customers by Kings Christmas Trees volunteers, many of whom have benefitted from Jericho Road’s work themselves. As well as providing a hot meal known as The Feast for up to 140 homeless people every Wednesday night, the charity provides emergency food packs and housing advice.

“I love volunteering for King’s Christmas Trees. It’s incredible to know that each person who buys a tree is buying multiple meals for people who really need it. I also volunteer at the Feast on Wednesday nights and it’s amazing to see the journey from tree purchase to food delivered. It is such a great project,” says Helen, a Feast and King’s Christmas Tree volunteer.

www.kingschristmastrees.org

War-themed immersive theatre in Dulwich

Photo credit: Karla Gowlett

You’ve witnessed death, gun-fire and bombing but now you need to do a supermarket shop and organise your mobile phone contract. Tangled Feet brings the transition from war to home-life to sharp focus in this new immersive show following two war stories set one hundred years apart.

This Remembrance Day marks the centenary of the end of WW1, but for many soldiers the journey home was far from over. While victory celebrations rung out at home after November 11, 1918, the reality for hundreds of thousands of men was months of delays and ongoing poor conditions in France. Many were retained for the grisly task of ‘battlefield salvage’ – clearing up the immense horrors of trench warfare and burying the dead.

Enlisting the audience into a civilian ‘squadron’, equipped with Army-issue boots and a set of headphones, Tangled Feet plunge us into the forgotten political turmoil surrounding the WW1 demobilisations. Embarking on a march around Dulwich, these overlooked histories unfold alongside a narrative of two modern-day veterans struggling to reintegrate into 2018 suburbia.

At a time of intense political upheaval in Britain, and inspired by interviews with modern veterans, Tangled Feet shines a spotlight on the difficult gulf between military and civilian experience.

You will be ordered around by an invisible Sergeant, drilled in formation and literally step into the shoes of WW1 soldiers but you will also glimpse the inner worlds of soldiers past and present. Tangled Feet present this immersive audio experience as an exploration of humanity in the face of unrest. Explore the streets of Dulwich in your military boots as you discover the stock of daily life after the horror of war. Boots on the Ground is a compelling, physical and touching show from this innovative theatre ensemble.

Director Kat Joyce said: “The hidden history of the WW1 demobilisations is fascinating, a time of real political unrest. People tend to think of the Armistice as the end of the War and time of huge relief for British soldiers, but for so many of them it was many months before they finally got home – and of course, just like modern soldiers, many of them carried their experiences around with them for years afterwards. We show soldiers past and present who are making the difficult transition back to civilian life, something a lot of soldiers struggle with and find incredibly difficult to talk about.”

Shows

Each performance has a limited number of audience slots, and guests are advised to book their free tickets in advance. There will be a limited number of tickets available on the day from the army tent adjacent to the Dulwich Clock Café.

Boots on the Ground (ages 14+) by Tangled Feet. Adjacent to Dulwich Clock Café, Dulwich Park

  • 9th November, 3pm (accessible performance, ages 14+)
  • 10th November, 11:30am (accessible performance, ages 14+), 3pm (press performance)
  • 11th November, 11:30am (accessible performance, ages 14+), 3pm (accessible performance, ages 14+)