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The Homerton performer’s show is back for a week in December, with a modern and “ridiculous” retelling of the New Testament

Christmas can be a difficult time for care leavers, says Lemn Sissay. That’s why he decided to start organising Christmas dinners for them

Expect a fun-filled, frothy, festive, feel-good, fab-time show at the Hackney Attic

Emma D’Arcy talks to Zoe Paskett about the return of Callisto: a queer epic to the Arcola Theatre

126 films have been selected from the 2,600 entered and are all on show over the 10 day festival

What the Dickens is this? Michael Joyce finds this a disappointing Christmas flick

At Hackney Showroom, $elfie$ by Malik Nashad Sharp, aka marikiscrycrycry, talks about issues of nationalism, gun violence and the black, queer aesthetic

Zoe spends a stylish weekend in Paris, visiting the newly opened Yves Saint Laurent museum

North London Chorus continues its 40th anniversary season with Zurich’s Contrapunto Chor, who are currently celebrating their own 30th birthday.

Michael-James Dent and Chris Jones of Homerton band The Dolce Vita talk about gigging locally and releasing music via cassette, ahead of their show on November 24

Essential viewing at the Smithfield Meat Market, this play tells a harrowing tale of life after care

The 19 year old singer’s first headline show goes off with a bang at the Stoke Newington venue

‘We’re not short on female talent. It’s just not having an unbiased platform for females to be able to perform and showcase their talent’

The Islington theatre company that supports care leavers and young people at risk are staging a reimagining of their debut play at Smithfield Meat Market

The Retreat stars Samuel Anderson, Adam Deacon and Jasmine Akram and runs until December 2

The Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch has a new burger of the month: the Crab Louie. Wash it down with live music every night of the week

10 years and a new line up since The Beautiful South split, the reincarnation of the group come to Islington on November 4

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Aladdin is at Sadler’s Wells October 31 – November 2. The triple bill of Arcadia, Le Baiser de la fée and ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café is November 3 – 4

Hair’s themes are as potent now as they ever were: gender equality, lgbtqia rights, race equality and the threat of being dragged into a war nobody wants a part in. The first words you hear come from the mouth of Donald Trump. So yes, it is definitely still relevant.

Producer Katy Lipson tells Zoe Paskett about the 50th anniversary production of Hair: The Musical and its legacy, and following in Sonia Friedman’s footsteps

The British Library is looking back through the archives with a new exhibition tracing the evolution of sound technology and the influence it has had on our lives

Andaz manages to retain an independent feel and avoids falling into the uniform aesthetic that many chains have

At Protein Studios in Shoreditch from October 10 to 15, the exhibition features the combined work of photographer Caroline Irby and journalist Veronique Mistiaen

A brand new festival celebrating the clitoris is coming to Stoke Newington this weekend, from Reel Rebels Radio

Oliver Dawe talks about the drag/cabaret one man play, created with Peter Clements, Hackney Showroom’s first full length show produced in-house

Shake-scene Shakespeare’s cue script The Merchant of Venice is almost as much of a surprise for the cast as for the audience - and it’s a thrill

Johnathan McGarrity talks to Zoe Paskett about his experience in The Merchant of Venice, changing careers and moving to Hackney

Oxjam Hackney Festival raises money for Oxfam with music acts throughout the day in London Fields this weekend

Rae Morris performs at Islington Assembly Hall on Thursday (September 28)

Simone Remoli’s teaches Zoe Paskett to make gnocchi at a pasta making workshop



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