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Free Theatre – The Ring Cycles Plays – A Tale of Gods and Monsters!

Free Theatre – London’s Free Open Air Theatre
Date: 6 – 31 August 2014   –  Time: 18:00 – 22:15
Location: The Scoop at More London   –  Admission: Free
The Ring Cycles Plays – A Tale of Gods and Monsters!

the scoop The Ring Cycles Plays - A Tale of Gods and Monsters!
The Ring Cycles Plays – A Tale of Gods and Monsters! coming soon to The Scoop, More London Riverside

Every Wednesday – Sunday
18:00 – 18:45 – The Rhine Gold
19:00 – 19:45 – The Valkyrie
19:45 – 20:30 – Break
20:30 – 21:15 – Siegfried
21:30 – 22:15 – Twilight of the Gods
Richard Wagner’s celebrated adaptation of Viking myths, presented on this occasion without the operatic scores, remains one of the most powerful and influential tales of sword and sorcery ever written, directly inspiring The Lord of the Rings and many other fantasy and sci-fi classics.
Join us as we bring an extraordinary cast of gods, giants, nymphs, dwarfs and humans to life, revealing how mortals and immortals fall under the spell of a powerful ring, possession of which brings the chaos and glory of absolute power! The story unfolds over four hours interspersed with generous intervals and builds into an unforgettable, family friendly evening of mythical romance, comedy and drama. Catch them on different nights or see them all in one epic visit.
A unique opportunity for opera buffs and fantasy fans alike to gain fresh insight into Wagner’s extraordinary chronicle by encountering The Ring Cycle operas performed as plays.
A new theatrical adventure from The Scoop’s award-winning, resident company Gods and Monsters Theatre. Devised by Phil Willmott and Mervyn Millar; Produced by Suzanna Rosenthal
Adapted from Richard Wagner’s librettos by Lisa Kuma.
Post show chats with the Company: 14, 21 & 28 August
STAGETEXT captioned performance of all four plays 21 August.
Audiences of any age are welcome, however as this is a magical tale of sword and sorcery parents are advised that the first play is best suited to those aged 9+ and the last three plays contain some darker themes.
Boring But Important Stuff
In the event of rain the show may have to be cancelled. A cancellation decision will be made 30 minutes before the performance is due to start. Seats are on a first come, first served basis and cannot be reserved. The Scoop at More London reserves the right to refuse entry and to make last minute changes to the programme for reasons beyond our control. No glass is allowed in The Scoop and for the comfort of everyone we ask that you do not smoke in the amphitheatre.
Cushions are available for hire a £1 donation
Purchase hot or cold food and beverages at More London outlets or bring your own picnic
No glass allowed
Pushchair and wheelchair accessible
Free disabled accessible toilets 75 metres from The Scoop at More London
For further information on this venue and other events http://www.morelondon.com/events/calendar/free-theatre/?eID=1996

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a play at The Scoop, More London Riverside

Plan your journey: http://www.tfl.gov.uk – nearest station: London Bridge on tube and national rail

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More London Riverside

What to see in the area:

Books About Town – till end August 2014
HMS Belfast – Museum
Hays Galleria
Tower Bridge
Tower of London
Tower Poppies from 5th August 2014 – 11 November 2014

 

 

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888,246 Poppies in the Moat at Tower of London

‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’  Poppies in the Moat – Historic Royal Palaces – Tower London

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Tower of London – the moat

From 5 August 2014 to 11 November 2014, a major artistic installation entitled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ will see the Tower of London’s famous dry moat filled with 888,246 ceramic poppies to create a powerful visual commemoration for the First World War Centenary.

The ceramic poppies will be available to buy for £25 each from 5 August 2014 and the net proceeds, hoped to be in excess of £15 million if all poppies are sold, will be shared equally amongst a group of carefully selected Service charities.

The Legion is been one of the selected charities along with the Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO), Combat Stress, Coming Home, Help for Heroes and SSAFA (formerly the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association).

“The significance of the vital work that these charities provide is one we must not forget and is especially poignant as we mark the anniversary of the First World War and remember all those who lived and fought during this time”. General the Lord Dannatt, Constable of the Tower.

The installation, in collaboration with ceramic artist Paul Cummins and theatre stage designer Tom Piper, will be unveiled on 5 August 2014, one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War.

The poppies, a symbol of Remembrance in the UK, will encircle the iconic landmark, creating not only a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower, but also an inspiring setting for performance and learning activities, as well as providing a location for personal reflection. The scale of the installation intends to reflect the magnitude of such an important centenary.

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poppies – www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk

There will be 888,246 poppies installed, one for each British and Colonial fatality during the war.

Visit the Historic Royal Palaces website for more information. http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/stories/firstworldwar/TheTowerofLondonRemembers

The poppies will be free to view from the outer perimeter of the Tower of London, however there is an entrance fee for visiting.

Tower of London, Tower Hamlets, London, EC3N 4AB
Nearest tube station: Tower Hill – Circle and District lines
Bus routes: 15, 42, 78, 100, RV1
Plan your journey: http://www.tfl.gov.uk

Nearest rail stations: Fenchurch Street or London Bridge
Follow directional signage from either station. Fenchurch Street is approx a 5 minute walk to the Tower, London Bridge 15 minutes.
Plan your journey: http://nationalrail.co.uk
– See more at: http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/planyourvisit/gettinghere/

The Tower is also served by all major sightseeing bus tours.

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Lights Out Britain – August 4th 2014

LIGHTS OUT – The Royal British Legion are encouraging everyone in the UK to turn off their lights between 10pm and 11pm on 4 August 2014 – leaving only a single light or candle for this symbolic act of reflection and hope.

“The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime”. – Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary, uttered these words on the eve of  Britain officially entered the First World War.

Exactly 100 years later The Royal British Legion are inviting millions of individuals, households and companies to join together in a national moment of reflection.

Limited edition Centenary candle – A limited edition Centenary candle is available from M&S stores or online for £4, with all profit going to The Royal British Legion.

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Lights Out candles

They hope to light one million candles across the UK to remember each and every one of those Service men and women who gave their lives in the war to end all wars. Please join together with them to create a unique national moment for the United Kingdom and The Royal British Legion. Find out how you can get involved here.

At 10pm on August 4th, Westminster Abbey will be leading the nation with a First World War vigil liturgy which will be broadcast live on the BBC.

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Westminster Abbey, North Apse

They’ve put together some resources to help you organise a commemorative event in your local area. Find out more about how to organise a LIGHTS OUT event here.

LIGHTS OUT is a headline project of the cultural programme 14-18 NOW and was initiated by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport; 14-18 NOW is a curated programme of new art works across the UK that forms part of the official commemorations of the Centenary of the First World War. Visit www.1418now.org.uk/whats-on/lights-out/ for more information

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The Art and Science of Exploration, 1768-80

The Art and Science of Exploration, 1768-80 Opens 7 August Queen’s House, Greenwich

The Art and Science of Exploration, Queens House, Greenwich
The Queen’s House, Greenwich

From their website: “This August, The Art and Science of Exploration, 1768-80 opens in the newly refurbished rooms at the centre of the Queen’s House. Exploring the crucial role of artists on Captain Cook’s three voyages of discovery, the exhibition will be the first time that Stubbs’s Portrait of a Large Dog (Dingo) and The Kongouro from New Holland (Kangaroo) will be on display since they were acquired by the National Maritime Museum in November 2013.

When Cook’s first expedition to the South Pacific returned to Britain in 1771 he brought back accounts and images of extraordinary lands, people, flora and fauna. Returning twice more over the following decade, Cook established a pattern for voyages of discovery that combined scientific investigation with artistic response. The newly-acquired Stubbs paintings will be joined by portraits, landscapes and scenes of encounters with Pacific islanders by William Hodges and John Webber as well as botanical prints and original drawings by Sydney Parkinson.

Artists played an essential role on Captain Cook’s three voyages, producing both scientific records and imaginative responses to the unfamiliar lands that they encountered, forever influencing how the British public saw the Pacific. William Hodges was to become the first professional English painter to meet people previously unaffected by European contact whilst John Webber’s painting of Poedua, the Daughter of Orio is one of the earliest portraits of a Polynesian woman by a European painter. The artists’ works were crucial to how places and discoveries were brought back and interpreted by those in Britain. Hodges paintings, particularly Tahiti Revisited, show how artists adapted the techniques and styles learnt in Europe to depict these exotic scenes for a British audience.

The middle section of The Art and Science of Exploration, 1768-80 looks at the work of Hodges, the artist who experimented and developed the most during his explorations with Cook and shared an interest in climate with the scientific men on board. He produced bright, vibrant studies that were on-the-spot responses to his environment with none of the classical allusion added to his later finished paintings. On display is Hodges’ A View of the Cape of Good Hope, Taken on the Spot, From On Board the Resolution, exhibited at the Free Society of Artists before he returned, along with eight of his small sketches, including the last oil study made on the second voyage, View of Resolution Bay in the Marquesas.

The third aspect of the exhibition focuses on the 30,000 dried plants and 955 botanical drawings by Sydney Parkinson that were brought back from Cook’s first voyage. The sheer quantity of new plants recorded was a defining feature of this expedition. Parkinson died during the return journey but his patron, the naturalist Joseph Banks planned to produce a book, employing a large group of artists to complete watercolours and engravings based on Parkinson’s sketches. However, it was not until the 1980s that all 743 prints were made. On display will be Parkinson’s original drawing, the watercolour, copper plate, engraving proof (all on loan from the Natural History Museum), and final print of two specimens collected at Endeavour River, Northern Queensland in 1770.

This exhibition shows the important role that artists had on the Cook voyages and on the European understanding of these faraway lands. They produced extraordinary images which worked both as scientific records of carefully planned exploration as well as sensitive representations of an unfolding new world”.

Exhibition information for visitors:
Venue: Queen’s House, Romney Road, Greenwich London SE10 9NF http://www.rmg.co.uk/
Dates: Opens 7 August Admission: Free
Opening times:Every day, 10.00 – 17.00. The Queen’s House occasionally closes for private events, please call or check online before making your journey
Visitor enquiries: +44  (0) 208 312 6565

Nearest tube station: DLR for Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich
Buses: a number of buses service the area.  Plan your journey: http://tfl.gov.uk

What you can see in the area:
Cutty Sark – £’s
The Royal Observatory – free
National Maritime Museum – free
Old Royal Navy College – the Painted Hall & the Chapel in particular – free
£’s for some exhibitions
The Fan Museum (highly recommended) £’s
http://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk

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First World War Galleries

Discover the story of the First World War through the lives of those who experienced it both on the front line and the home front.
Opens 19 July.

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The Imperial War Museum, London

Imperial War Museum, IWM London, Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ
Free admission. http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-london/first-world-war-galleries
From 19 July 2014 open daily from 10am – 6pm
Last admission is at 5.30pm
Closed on 24, 25, and 26 December

Contact: +44 (0) 207 416 5000 or email mail@iwm.org.uk
International callers can contact them at +44 (0)20 7416 5000.

Getting there:
IWM London is a short walk from Lambeth North (10 mins), Waterloo (15 mins) and Elephant and Castle (15 mins) underground stations. To plan your journey visit TFL.
Visiting by Bus: Local bus routes that stop near IWM London include 159, 360, 109, 344 and 360.

Visiting by Train: IWM London is a short 15 minute walk from London Waterloo, Waterloo East, and Elephant and Castle rail stations. To check train times and plan your journey visit National Rail.

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