If you dare...

31. Mar, 2019

National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE

Martin Parr’s brilliant collection of ‘people’ is a stunning exhibition of humans doing exactly what they do best, just ‘living’ featuring a wide collection of intriguing portraits of people from around the world that explores both national identity in the UK and abroad and a special focus on the concept of ‘Britishness’.

There’s even a real-life and working replica of a ‘Proper Old-School British café’ that you can sip a cuppa in factored into the exhibition!

There’s images the epitomise Brexit, sculpture, holidays, dancing,  celebrities, art & artists and even footballers, to name but a few, so probably something for everyone to ponder over and possibly connect with!

The exhibition also includes a collection of MPs self-portraits that were apparently created over the course of his career and even some works in the collection that have never been exhibited in the UK before.

One for London’s ‘must do this year list’ don’t miss it, on until 27th May 2019

Website: https://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/only-human-martin-parr/exhibition/

 

 

17. Mar, 2019

Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF

A fabulous collection of artefacts covering all things sixties, in relation to fashion, design, architectures, photography and art, aiming to modernise and challenge the stuffy, post war, grey establishment, pre-sixties, bringing London ‘swinging’ into a youthful, more modern and colourful 20th century future.

Mary Quant and Terence Conran were the fore-runners of what they called the Chelsea set and a major influence on the fashion and design movement in London at that time (which continues on today). Feast your eyes on original Iconic fashion garments, ground breaking textiles, funky furniture, contemporary (for the time) lighting & homewares and classic ceramics that ca be from no other era.

It’s fun, its funky and it’s all things 60’s, featuring some classis original pieces from this ‘much talked about’ slice of London life.

Exhibition on until 2nd June 2019

Website: https://www.ftmlondon.org/

 

 

25. Feb, 2019

27 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4PD

The latest offering from the team that have continued with the legacy of Alexander McQueen.

Situated on the top floor of his flagship store on Old Bond Street this is where you can potter through a collection of McQueen's design and the creative process that produced them. 

This small-scale exhibition entitled McQueen: Unlocking Stories provides an insight into the designers thought processes, inspirations and techniques and of course the McQueen label (now excellently headed up by Sarah Burton creative director ) with the archive telling the story of how a collection is developed and how it gets inspired and all brought to life by garment miniatures, fabric samples and some finished tailored garments from embroidery to couture.

The wonderful exhibition shows how Sarah has captured the essence of Alexander McQueen's designs and the creative processes behind them.

A wonderful exhibition for fashionistas and those interested in fashion and fashion icons.

See it before it ends at the end of March 2019. 

Website: https://www.alexandermcqueen.com/gb

 

 

25. Feb, 2019

White Cube, 144-152, Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ

Tracy’s latest show based at London’s free and contemporary White Cube Exhibition space on Bermondsey Street (near London Bridge.

‘A Fortnight of Tears’ exhibition fills the whole space and features various genre such as film, sculpture, photography, drawing and of course, painting and represents some of Tracy’s most poignant memories and emotions from this period.

The main room features a large collection of huge photographic self-portraits taken from her bed (insomnia selfies) and in various other rooms you will find a collection of her painting and drawings, some films and some personal sculptures.

Whether you like her or not, Tracy’s work is controversial, poetic, happy, sad, and very personal and not to every ones taste, however, this is a free exhibition which allows everyone to make up their own mind at no cost to the viewer and your probably witnessing a little piece of history in the making, whatever the outcome of your viewing. Go see it!

The exhibition ends on the 7th April 2019

Website: https://whitecube.com/exhibitions/exhibition/tracey_emin_bermondsey_2019

 

 

25. Feb, 2019

Upper Ground, Lambeth, London SE1 9PX

Fantastic modern rendition of Stephen Sondheim’s classic 1971 hit musical, bursting with glitz, glamour and drama.

Stunning performances all round, an excellent atmospheric set and perfectly located in the National Theatre which all just work together!

This seven times Tony award-winning show Inspired by the real Ziegfeld Follies does not disappoint, its engaging from start to finish and a feast for the eyes, packed full of singing, dancing and exceptional acting performances (the whole cast were excellent).

The show sees the dramas that arise from a big reunion party set in 1971 that brings back all the original Follies showgirls & boys (played by a younger duplicate cast) alongside the older original girls and boys from the nineteen twenties to the nineteen forties, open old and new wounds along the way, there’s love, there’s lies and there’s laughter but who will leave happy before the theatre is eventually demolished putting all that past to rest.

The costumes are opulent and ostentatious (in a great way!) but it is the Follies after all! the cast is perfect and the set works really well setting the scene, A fantastic piece of musical theatre providing some of Sondheim’s best songs (Could I Leave You, The Right Girl and In Buddy’s Eyes)  a show that won’t disappoint, if you like an Camp, OTT production flowing with feathers then this is definitely for you!

www.Ificould.co.uk absolutely loved it!

A spectacular musical show that must be seen before 19th May 2019.

Website: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/  & https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/follies