The idea is simple – just getting together a few people interested in seeing plays and other theatrical performances, and independent / interesting films, in Islington and Hackney (and, once in a while, sneaky jaunts further afield). You don’t need to be local – we have people from near and far. For each outing there will be plans to have something to eat or drink beforehand or afterward – please join in. Key places are:

• theatres – the Almeida, the Arcola, Park Theatre, the King’s Head, the Hope, the Barbican, the Old Red Lion, the Rosemary Branch, the Hen & Chickens, the Pleasance
• cinemas – the Rio, the Barbican, the Hackney Picturehouse, Rich Mix

Numbers really count in this group, because it’s large but I keep event sizes small and friendly. This works by having members commit to turning up when they RSVP, and not coming unless they’re RSVPed. This group doesn’t do casual drop-outs and drop-ins (though last-minute RSVPs are always welcome). There is no requirement to attend any particular number of events with the group, or to pay anything to join.

So when you join this group an RSVP is a promise to turn up, and joining is a promise not to attend an event that you aren’t RSVPed for. In this group, please don’t RSVP unless you have bought your ticket (or are in the process of buying one via me) and will definitely be coming as well as staying for the social part of the event. This approach makes the group a better one to belong to! because it means our events are small enough to book a space for, and our RSVP numbers reflect reality (so an event with 16 RSVPs will have 16 people – not 6).

If you’re thinking of sending me a message promoting an event, then unless it’s local and either heavily discounted or includes a director/cast Q&A, don’t. I particularly object to proposals to spam this group’s members with irrelevant promotions in return for a cut of the proceeds.

                                                    (Curtain photo by Jonathan Graves; CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

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