“Imagine a world without justice, where the rich and powerful do what they like and get away with murder”. Sound familiar? Well, now you get to see it played out on stage, right on yer doorstep. The Jacobean revenge tragedy has got everything you’d expect from a play of it’s kind – violence, bloodlust, sex and death. This time round, the team that brought you The Duchess of Malfi are giving the play a glamorous seventies twist. Expect to see a whole lorra flares, tassels and some proper big collars in among the death and destruction. Keep your eye out on the Playhouse website for pay what you can performances, and exclusive Q&A’s with the cast and director, Fiona Buffini.
Friday 28 October, various times, £8-£32, Nottingham Playhouse
Oh boy oh boy. What a treat we have in store for you with this one. See in your Halloween weekend in style with a film screening to end all film screenings over at good owd ‘Tempreh. There’s nothing better than scaring yourself silly with an old school cult classic just in time for the deserted night bus home, and this week, you can catch the ‘psychosexual, reefer-crazed experiment in silent cinema’ that is Daughter of Horror. But this will be no ordinary film screening. Oh no. This is a film screening soundtracked live by none other than the 8mm Orchestra. That’s right, folks. Do You Know What Horror Is is the brand new soundtrack, written and to be performed live by the orchestra themselves. It’ll be a night to remember. You’ll be sleeping with the light on, tonight...
Friday 28 November, 8pm, £10, Nottingham Contemporary
One of the most controversial musicians to ever disgrace the face of this planet is playing his last ever gig in the whole wide world this week. Some will rejoice, some will repent. Either way, his final blow out is bound to push all kinds of moral, ethical and physical boundaries. With fans including Charlie Brooker, and their 2010 Use My Arsehole As A Cunt satirical commentary on Nick Clegg’s position in the coalition government reaching a surprising No. 66 in the UK Official Singles Chart, the comedy act has gathered rather a lot of attention. It’s definitely not one for those who are easily offended. Or maybe even for those who it is difficult to offend. But if you can hand a peadophile joke or two, make your way over to Rescue Rooms, grab yourself a pint and join in. With support from Mike Gibbons and Stanley Mackerel from Arse Full of Chips, it’s bound to be a raucous event.
Friday 28 October, 6.30pm, Rescue Rooms
Oh bleddy hell. We aren’t half going through the ringer of late. If it’s not Brexit that’s got you right wound up, it’s the increased measures of austerity, the situation in Syria, the refugee crisis or Donald-boggerin’-Trump. There’s not a lot to smile about, that’s for sure. Get yourselves down to NTU’s Bonington Gallery this Friday to take in their new exhibition that asks us the difficult question of whether we can use these states of crisis to rethink our future; “Can we harness these acutely painful conditions and represent them in a creative way?” We hope so. The exhibition is to be curated by Something Human, and presents an events programme of international visual and performance artists. Get engaged with the current socio-political climate, take in some art, and hopefully, cheer yourself up at the same time.
Friday 28 October, free, Bonington Gallery
Back in the eighties, Nottingham was a hotbed of headspins, body popping and breaking. Rock City was devoid of sticky student nights, and instead, played host to B Boys and B Girls doing their thing. Claude Knight, Luke Scott and Sam Derby-Cooper created the cinematic masterpiece that is NG83: When We Were B Boys, celebrating the subculture that brought black and white youngsters together in the heady, political climate of the eighties. After making a journey across the pond – to the New York Hip Hop Festival, no less – our boys were awarded the title of Best Documentary. Big in the game, lads. To celebrate the film in all its glory, it’s got a week's worth of screenings, with a top dollar opening night party on Friday 28 October. There’ll be old school DJs, breakdancing in the bar, and the chance to grill the filmmakers after the showing. On top of all that, an exhibition of previously unseen archive footage, stills from the film, old flyers and posters, and then and now photos of the film’s characters will be on display.
Friday 28 October - Thursday 3 November, Broadway Cinema
Hold onto your hats, boys and girls. The woman with the biggest voice in Notts is back in local business and is ready to prove it at an exclusive gig up at The Maze. The Notts native has been compared to both Erykah Badu and AlunaGeorge, and has a host of famous fans, including fellow Notts-head, MistaJam, and Trevor Nelson. The girl’s making movements, and her soulful voice has been all over the shop of late, including Croatia’s Soundwave Festival, Boomtown Festival, and supporting Lionel Ritchie on tour in London. We’re mighty glad to have her back on home turf. With a new sound blending that distinctive soul voice with future beats and heavy bass, Harleighblu’s bringing the party. Support from the likes of 94 Gunships, and Nottingham’s soulful pop prince Rob Green, will see you right until closing time.
Saturday 29 October, 8pm, £7, The Maze
Not only is Mayhem Film Festival taking residence at Broadway in mid-October with a variety of horror, sci-fi and cult films ahead of the spookiest day of the year, there’re more film screenings to chill you to the bone come Halloween weekend. Broadway are indulging us on Halloween itself with the classic Kubrick film, The Shining. Always worthy of a rewatch even if you’ve seen it umpteen times – if you haven’t, we will reserve judgement and merely envy the fact that you can watch it for the first time on the big screen. If clowns are what gets you in a cold sweat, head to The Maze to see the twisted Pennywise in It! And for cult aficionados, get your good selves to Nottingham Contemporary on Friday 28 for a live soundtracked screening of Daughters of Horror. 8mm Orchestra will be your maestros for the evening, performing their self-penned score live to the silent film that follows one, rather psychotic, woman’s journey across one night.
Friday 28 - Monday 31 October, The Maze, Broadway, Nottingham Contemporary
Hold onto your hats, boys and girls. If you’re well into your comic books, you’re gonna have an absolute whale of a time this weekend, as the fourth annual Nottingham Comic Convention comes to town. Meet the artists of your favourite comic books, including Marc Laming, Laura Howell and Angry Birds illustrator, Abby Bulmer, and grab yourself a copy of their work directly from them. Get stuck into Q&A sessions, and have a listen to the soothing sounds of young up-and-coming artist, Megan Kelsey. They’re asking you all to get dressed up as your favourite comic characters to get involved with the biggest Cosplay yet, with the chance to have your photo taken with the 501st UK Garrison. This year, they’re raising money for The Ear Foundation, The Marfan Trust and The British Legion. So dig deep, and have a bleddy good time.
Saturday 29 October, 10am, £8.58, Nottingham Conference Centre
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