Search

Top five things to do in Hampstead and Highgate this week

08:30 13 January 2014

Comedian Robin Ince. Picture: Steve Ullathorne

Comedian Robin Ince. Picture: Steve Ullathorne

(C)2011 steve ullathorne, all rights reserved

A night of comedy led by award winning comic Robin Ince, a course teaching you how to become an artist using your iPad, and a play set in war-torn Sarajevo are just some of the things featured in our top five this week.

1. Monday

The Camden Head pub plays host to a stellar line-up of comics as group The Awkard Silence put on their latest show on Monday.

Led by award winning comic Robin Ince - a regular supporter of fellow comedian Ricky Gervais’ shows - three well-known funny-men join on stage along with new and fresh comedy sketch group “Next Best Thing”.

Jamie Glassman, a writer for Sacha Baron Cohen’s newly relaunched Ali G character, has become well-known for an array of his own solo characters, including George St Dragon (a Guardian reader trapped in a BNP thug’s body), Bobby Mac (the estranged and angry author of “Stop it; Do it: The Two-step Guide to Personal Development”), and Ernest Prince (a practicing Buddhist who longs to be a stand-up comedian).

He is joined on stage by fellow comic David Earls who will be adopting the persona of Brian Gittins, described by Ricky Gervais as “one of the best comedy characters of the decade” and by The Independent as “very funny and horrifically distressing”.

Sketch comedy group Next Best Thing (by duo Katie Davidson and Jay Bennett) will be ending the evening’s entertainment.

Tickets cost £5. Visit www.wegottickets.com/event/253415 to book.

2. Monday

Join Edward Ofosu, a self-taught artist from Ghana, in a hands-on six-week interactive course showing you how to follow in the footsteps of celebrated “iPad artists” like David Hockney.

Mr Ofosu has participated in various art exhibitions including the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

As an experienced “iPad artist” himself, in 2009 he was awarded runner up in the Artist of the Year award, organised by Artists & Illustrators Magazine.

Those wishing to take part in this six-week course must bring their own iPad and download the app ArtRage before the sessions.

Classes will be held at the London Jewish Cultural Centre, North End Road, Golders Green.

The course will run every Monday, 10am to 1pm. It costs £115 for the entire six weeks.

Book online at www.ljcc.org.uk or call 020 8457 5000.

3. Tuesday

Inspired by cuts to art funding, theatre group Scrawny Cat presents what it promises to be “an exciting and imaginative show” about the value of art.

Set in the not-too-distant future, Forget Me Not is a dystopian nightmare exploring the importance of imagination.

It envisions a society with no art, no literature, no music and no imagination – a place where art is depicted as a lie and is therefore “immoral”.

Described as a “rich and vibrant tale”, the performers use a combination of movement, music and storytelling to make a visceral play about the power of art. It is held at the Etcetera Theatre, Camden High Street. It starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £8. Call 020 7482 4857 for bookings.

4. Friday

The Tree is described as a modern day Romeo and Juliet set amidst the backdrop of a war-torn Sarajevo.

Written by Hampstead’s own Bernardo Stella – owner of La Gaffe Hotel in Heath Street – the play was in part inspired by his long friendship with seasoned war reporter and broadcaster Martin Bell OBE. Mr Bell, who opened the play, was famously injured by shrapnel during one of his broadcast’s from Sarajevo. The Tree will be running until January 26 at Pentameters Theatre in Heath Street. Performances are held Tuesday to Saturday 8pm, Sunday 5pm. Tickets are £12 (£10 concs). Call 020 7435 3648 for bookings.

5. Sunday

A one-hour show with veteran comic Ivor Dembiba as he presents his selection of the best observational jokes and one liners from a rich tradition of Jewish comedy.

The performance is filled with material he supposedly wasn’t allowed to perform at his synagogue. Mr Dembiba is also the founder and resident host of the Hampstead Comedy Club. He will be entertaining at the Camden Head pub, Camden High Street. Tickets are £5. Doors open at 4.30pm. Visit www.camdenhead.com for bookings.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Jude Goodall,10, Sawdah Mohamed, 11, with headteacher Kate Frood collect money at the school gate to help pupils at their Ebola-hit sister school in Sierra Leone. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Schoolchildren in Kentish Town are on the frontline of a fight to save an Ebola-hit school in Sierra Leone from permanent closure

Yesterday, 18:12
Ian Campbell outside Hendon Magistrates' Court. Picture: Polly Hancock.

A man who threatened to burn down a bus packed with Jewish women and children has been jailed for five months for his anti-Semitic tirade.

Yesterday, 17:00
Left to right: Jeremy Clynes, Deborah Warland, Hetty Colchester and Jonathan Seres, who all helped to set up Garden Suburb Community Library. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Campaigners who took over running their local library to save it from closure fear that new multi-million pound cuts will “decimate” Barnet’s library service.

Yesterday, 16:45
Will Jenkins, of Highgate School, was a finalist in the 11-14 category at the 50th Wildlife Photograher of the Year Awards

When an 11-year-old Highgate schoolboy leapt out of a swimming pool to capture a striking dragon-like iguana on camera, he had no clue the snap would class him among the best young photographers in the world.

Most read news

The billionaire businessman is joining his team in the Mojave desert.

“Space is hard and today was a tough day.”

One pilot is dead and another seriously injured after the craft exploded over the Mojave desert.

One pilot has died and another is seriously injured after a rocket belonging to billionaire Sir Richard Branson’s space tourism venture crashed during a test flight. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket came down in the Mojave Desert in California. An eyewitness reported that the craft exploded in flight after ignition. A Virgin Galactic spokesman said the […]

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition