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Udderbelly and London Wonderground: One Hot Month

It will be no shock to regular readers that SEEN is often to be found hanging out on London’s South Bank, an exciting creative hub that dates from 1951 and the Festival of Britain. This landmark event still resonates today with theatre, art, performance and architectural innovation still thriving on the banks of the Thames. Small surprise then that Edinburgh stalwarts Udderbelly are set to host their amazing entertainments on this iconic site, alongside London Wonderground. This July promises to be bigger, better and funnier than ever.

It will be no shock to regular readers that SEEN is often to be found hanging out on London’s South Bank, an exciting creative hub that dates from 1951 and the Festival of Britain. This landmark event still resonates today with theatre, art, performance and architectural innovation still thriving on the banks of the Thames. Small surprise then that Edinburgh stalwarts Udderbelly are set to host their amazing entertainments on this iconic site, alongside London Wonderground. This July promises to be bigger, better and funnier than ever.

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Udderbelly, at the world-renowned Southbank Centre, boasts an electic and talented line-up: the acclaimed acapella beatbox group Gobsmacked! will take audiences on a journey through popular music; Wifi-Wars sounds interesting, it’s a live comedy game show where attendees log on via smartphone or tablet; the peerless Frisky and Mannish will treat their audience to an evening of parody protest pop. Expect glitter; Jane Austen fans will not be disappointed with Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel; Youtube stars Foil, Arms and Hog Skiddlywup will bring their blend of surreal Irish humour; Warning! Nudity and comedy alert with Spank! SEEN is already bending over; Bang Said the Gun will be entertaining audiences with comedy and poetry; Sh*t-faced Shakespeare promises The Merchant of Venice and can guarantee one drunken cast member onstage; Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Just for Graphs will bring their puntastic night of comedy, maths and erm, graphs; SEEN’s personal pick Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho reimagines the late premier as a cabaret dancer in Soho, we kid you not; followed by Friday Night Freaks who will doubtless live up to their name, we say no more; Reginald D. Hunter will bring his uncompromising comedy; cult hit Knightmare Live will bring their retro twist to the stage; Children are catered for the very excellent Comedy Club 4 Kids and Showstoppers Fantastical Story Factory who will get your little darlings improvising comedy and music. And if that isn’t enough for you, check out the spiegeltent for…

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London Wonderground, featuring Cirque Alphonse who will perform their breakout show Barbu; Trash Test Dummies will showcase their own brand of comedy slapstick DIY; Hotel Black Cat will perform dark circus and cabaret; House of Burlesque Straight up… The Next Round will enthrall audiences with the very best in burlesque; Marcel Lucont will present his impeccably French Cabaret Fantastique; Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art Show will bring alt-cabaret stars to the stage for you to draw; Joe Stilgoe; Songs on Film will entertain movie fans; Shakespeare’s Twelth Night with Comedians will update the Bard’s work, no doubt hilariously; Myra Du Bois’ much-anticipated show, Self Admyra will show off her acerbic wit; Abandoman’s Bass Drop Ceilidh is a riotous comedy hip hop improv; Miss Polly Rae – award-winner no less – will present Between the Sheets: An Intimate Burlesque Cabaret. We are told to expect saucy innuendo. Miss Behave presides over the anarchy of the final week in true MC of chaos style with her Gameshow; Ali McGregor will delight with 80s diva-inspired show Alchemy; Sh*t-Faced Showtime lurches onstage with musical extravaganza The Pirates of Penzance. Expect more drunkenness; Stars and Strippers! An All–American Burlesque Revue says it all in the title, celebrity impressions are promised, hopefully naked. If this all seems too eye-wateringly ‘adult’ then fret not. Wonderland has events for the children too: Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall should get the tots grooving and rising star Tessa Waters will be showing the kids How to be a Rockstar. Actually SEEN might just show up for that…

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Be sure not to miss at least one thing from this marvellous festival. Udderbelly will be off to Edinburgh in August and London Wonderground will stay in London to expand into food, drinks, sideshows and a fairground. Summer in the capital has never looked this good.

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Sculpture in the City, Art for Everyone

SEEN thoroughly enjoyed a preview of the 18 new artworks around the financial district’s square mile. Set up by The City of London in 2010, this excellent initiative expands its footprint every year, improving the area and proving that when people are happy, they work better.

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Alex Evans at the Foundry Gallery, Chelsea Quarter: LDF17

The astute reader will have noticed that SEEN loves art about London. There are many artists in this city who draw (pun intended) their inspiration from it, none more so than Alex Evans whose fractal renderings hint at the entropic nature of urban life and perhaps also our anxieties and isolation in the 21st century. His latest exhibition ‘Invisible Systems’ can be seen at the Foundry Gallery, tucked away off the King’s Road until 26th October.