WHAT’S ON: WEEK THREE
So much stuff is happening!
Week Three! Take your mind off those horrifying realisations of how fast term's going or your lack of a Valentine's date with a bumper crop of things to do.
I’ve never seen any of Virginia Woolf’s work onstage and I also feel like I’ve only really seen “straight” theatre recently, so Orlando should be really exciting- it’s frequently described as “magical” and “enchanting”, which is exactly the sort of thing I need to counter a particularly grim essay week (Marlowe’s Edward II cannot be described as enchanting.)
Orlando plays at the Corpus Playroom from Tuesday 5th February to Saturday 9th at 7:00pm
The ADC’s Speakeasy returns! This week the theme is in hindsight, with readings from poet Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan. It’s a lovely informal night of poetry readings, held in the ever-tempting ADC Bar. Who knows- you might discover a new favourite.
Speakeasy takes place in the ADC Bar on Sunday 10th February from 8:00pm
Kenneth Branagh continues his quest to topple Olivier from being “that Shakespeare guy” and, in addition to directing every play he ever wrote and taking the lead role in most of them, has now made a film about the Bard’s life- in which you can guess which role he plays. All Is True is showing at the Picturehouse with an exclusive satellite Q&A with Ken Bran and writer Ben Elton afterwards.
All is True is showing at the Arts Picturehouse at 5:55pm, Wednesday 6th February.
Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, and if like me you need to head out on the town to forget your lack of a Valentine’s date, then the Northern Soul OOX night might be just the place for you – to be held at Fez (which, as the wise among you will know, is one of the far superior clubs Cambridge has to offer), the event is on its last release of tickets (£7) so make sure to snap them up soon before you miss out on a big ol’ Valentine’s boogie.
OOX is at Fez Club on 14th Feb, tickets can be bought for £7 through Fixr on the Facebook event.
There’s a lot of really exciting theatre on this week, but I’m looking forward to a set of auditions taking place just as much – Smorgasbord, the termly showcase of new student writing at the Corpus Playroom is looking for actors to take on parts in their Week 5 show! A great chance for people to try out acting for the first time, to get a feel for how the theatre scene at Cambridge works on a small scale, or if you’re just looking for a low-commitment show to satiate your Lent term acting desires, Smorgasbord is a great opportunity to get involved in.
Auditions are being held Wednesday 6th Feb 15:30-18:00 in the Corpus Small Dressing Room and Thursday 7th Feb 12:00-14:00, Dressing Room 2 (ADC); extracts will be on the door.
So this week I’m really looking forward to Dead Parents Society, on at Pembroke New Cellars. It was written in one sitting on the train back from the Ed Fringe by Finty Hunter, a 3rd year Engling. It’s a play set in group therapy, about ‘how we grieve, how we cope with trauma, and how we find community in the wreckage’.
Dead Parents Society is on at Pembroke New Cellars at 21:30 on the 5th, 7th, 8th and 9th of Feb.
The Intellectual Form at Jesus this week are hosting Preti Taneja in a talk titled ‘ How to write a politically radical debut novel (and win awards)’. Her book, We That Are Young, a radical retelling of King Lear set in modern-day India, has been nominated for various awards and has been the Guardian, Sunday Times and Spectator Book of the Year. Expect discussion of misogyny, political corruption, social inequality, identity, and how to write it all up in a best-selling book.
How to write a politically radical debut novel (and win awards) is on at the Frankopan Hall, Jesus College, at 19:30 on the 6th Feb.
I am super, super excited by some wonderful LGBTQ love happening over at the Fitzwilliam Museum this week. They’re hosting LGBTQ tours around the museum, all about the spectrum of identities across time, space and culture. The tours are free (!!!) and I think it’s such a lovely way to celebrate LGBT History Month.
Bridging Binaries: Pilot LGBTQ Tours at the Fitzwilliam Museum are on intermittently until the 24th Feb.
Okay so this one is technically next week, but I’m telling you early so you’ve got time to get tickets (who said the Tab doesn’t think ahead)! White Lies, a post-punk London band whose music draws upon the likes of The Killers and Joy Division.
White Lies are on at the Cambridge Junction, 13th Feb at 19:00, and tickets are available for £25.