The idea is simplicity itself – 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). For each outing there will be plans to have something to eat or drink beforehand or afterward – you’re welcome to join in but it's not compulsory! Key places are:
• theatres – the Almeida, the Arcola, Park Theatre, the King's Head, the Barbican, the Red Lion, the Rosemary Branch, the Pleasance
• cinemas – the Rio, the Barbican, the Hackney Picturehouse, Rich Mix
We’re a very friendly and un-cliquey bunch – just so you know, at any given event usually at least a quarter to a third of people have never been to any previous event and haven’t met anyone in the group – and of the others most have only met one or two people who are there. So don’t worry about about not knowing anyone at your first event – to a large extent we’re all in the same boat!
In terms of how it works, generally members must book and pay for their own tickets with the theatre/cinema. There are occasional exceptions (sometimes I make a group booking, though only for members who prepay) – but please remember that in order to attend the event you need a confirmation from either the Meetup organiser or the theatre/cinema that you have paid for and been allocated your ticket.
(Curtain photo by Jonathan Graves; Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic)