What we're about

The idea is simple – just getting together a few people to see plays 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 – do 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, Hackney Picturehouse, Rich Mix.

Numbers really count in this group, because it’s large (London’s biggest theatre group!) but events are small enough to be friendly and to integrate new people. This works by having members commit to turning up when they RSVP, and not coming unless they’re RSVPed. Sadly this group can’t any longer do casual drop-outs and drop-ins (though last-minute RSVPs are always welcome).

This makes the group a brilliant one to belong to – because we’re big and our numbers are definite, our events fill up to the optimum size and there’s always a diverse, stimulating mix of people. Our RSVP numbers reflect reality (an event with 16 RSVPs will have 16 people – not 6), and our events fit into a bookable space. It means when you come you’ll get a seat for dinner/drinks (because no one will have gate-crashed and taken it) – and you’ll meet lots of interesting people (because they will turn up!)

When you join this group an RSVP is a promise to turn up (and stay for the social part of the event), and joining is a promise to come only if you’re RSVPed.

There’s no requirement to attend any particular number of events with the group, or to pay anything to join.

If you’re thinking of sending me a message promoting an event, then unless it’s a local play/film and either heavily discounted or includes a director/writer/cast Q&A, don’t – thanks. This is a zero-spam group – I keep faith with members by circulating nothing except legitimate event details.

(Curtain image by Jonathan Graves; CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/))

Upcoming events (3)

Shipwreck – at the Almeida Theatre

Almeida Theatre

£13.00

“’An old farmhouse upstate. Snow is falling. Mountains are falling. Something is breaking apart. ’You are formally invited to dinner with the 45th President of the United States.’ Anne Washburn (The Twilight Zone, Mr Burns) returns to the Almeida with a sinister and sensational new play, directed by Almeida artistic director Rupert Goold.” – from the Almeida website (https://almeida.co.uk/whats-on/shipwreck/11-feb-2019-30-mar-2019) We will have dinner before the play, at 6 p.m. at Pasha (http://www.pashaislington.co.uk/), a few minutes’ walk from the theatre. We will also have drinks and dessert after the play, at Radici (https://www.radici.uk/), across the street from the theatre. This event is for people who will be joining for dinner or drinks/dessert or (even better!) both. If you won’t be staying, please don’t RSVP. All tickets for this event must be purchased with the Meetup group via this page. If you purchase your ticket direct with the theatre you will not be able to join our group event. We have an allocation of 16 seats available to members for purchase, at the price levels of 4 x A tickets at £42.50 (of which none remain), 4 x B tickets at £35 (of which none remain), 4 x D tickets at £23 (of which none remain), and 4 x E tickets at £13 (of which 1 remains) – the price includes £1.50 to cover Paypal fees, £1 to cover annual Meetup fees, and £0.50 to contribute to the £60 annual cost of Almeida membership (without which I could not buy tickets to host events). Our seats are: stalls C27–C30 (front row of auditorium, but note that one row of seats is located on the stage) for price level A, stalls H13, H14, H21, H22 for price level B, stalls H11, H12, H17, H18 for price level D, and stalls H20, L7–L9 for price level E. The Almeida seating plan for this production is not the usual layout – the play will be performed in the round. An image showing the layout, and the first 10 tickets I purchased, is available here: https://www.meetup.com/Islington-and-Hackney-theatregoers-and-cinephiles/photos/29447243/. Tickets are not refundable. Tickets will be made available in stages as Meetup does not allow organisers to offer differential prices. The first set of tickets available will be the £42.50 tickets, and I will change the price each weekend to the next batch (or earlier if they sell out). In the days immediately prior to our event, I’ll circulate details of arrangements to meet before the performance. Image: Kelly DeLay CC BY-NC 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/); cropped

Grief is the Thing with Feathers – at the Barbican Theatre

Barbican Theatre

£45.50

“‘Again. I beg everything again.’ “Cillian Murphy gives a riveting, shape-shifting performance in the adaptation by Enda Walsh of Max Porter’s award-winning novel, a heart-wrenching meditation on love, loss and living. “In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother’s sudden death. Their father, a scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair, they are visited by Crow – antagonist, babysitter, trickster and healer. The sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him. “This is ‘a production that will remain with you long after the curtain call’ and Murphy, in the central role, ‘leaves nothing at the stage door’ ★★★★★ – The Times” – from the Barbican website (https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/wayward-productions-grief-is-the-thing-with-feathers) We will have dinner before the play, at 6.15 p.m. at Da Giuá (http://dagiua.com), a few minutes’ walk from the Barbican. We will also have drinks after the play, at the Chiswell Street Dining Rooms (https://www.chiswellstreetdining.com). This event is for people who will be joining for dinner or drinks or (even better!) both. If you won’t be staying, or can only stay briefly, please don’t RSVP. All tickets for this event must be purchased with the Meetup group via this page. If you purchase your ticket direct with the theatre you will not be able to join our group event. We have an allocation of 9 seats available to members for purchase, at the price level of £45.50 – the price includes £1.50 to cover Paypal fees and £1 to cover annual Meetup fees. Our seats are circle AA3, BB3, BB13, CC1–3, DD13–14, EE13. All seats have slightly restricted sightlines briefly in the performance. An impression of the Barbican Theatre seating plan appears here: https://seatplan.com/london/barbican-theatre/. Tickets are not refundable. In the days immediately prior to our event, I’ll circulate details of arrangements to meet before the performance.

Three Sisters – at the Almeida Theatre

Almeida Theatre

£13.00

“’We have no happiness and it doesn’t exist, we only desire it. ’1901. Moscow. In a drawing-room, on a summer day, three sisters look for a new start. Olga, the eldest. Masha, the middle child. Irina, the youngest. ’2019. London. In a drawing-room, on a summer day, three sisters look for a new start. Olga, the eldest. Masha, the middle child. Irina, the youngest. ’The clock strikes. Life is not yet over.’ Following her critically acclaimed production of Summer and Smoke, Almeida Associate Director Rebecca Frecknall directs Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, in a new adaptation by Cordelia Lynn.” – from the Almeida website (https://almeida.co.uk/whats-on/three-sisters/8-apr-2020-25-may-2019) We will have dinner before the play, at 6 p.m. at Galley (https://www.galleylondon.co.uk/), a few minutes’ walk from the theatre. We will also have drinks and dessert after the play, at Radici (https://www.radici.uk/), across the street from the theatre. This event is for people who will be joining for dinner or drinks/dessert or (even better!) both. If you won’t be staying, please don’t RSVP. All tickets for this event must be purchased with the Meetup group via this page. If you purchase your ticket direct with the theatre you will not be able to join our group event. We have an allocation of 16 seats available to members for purchase, at the price levels of 5 x A tickets at £45.50 (of which none remain), 3 x B tickets at £37 (of which 2 remain), 4 x D tickets at £23, and 4 x E tickets at £13 (of which 3 remain) – the price includes £1.50 to cover Paypal fees, £1 to cover annual Meetup fees, and £0.50 to contribute to the £60 annual cost of Almeida membership (without which I could not buy tickets to host Almeida events). Our seats are stalls B14–B17, C14 for price level A, stalls E5, E6, F5 for price level B, stalls G9, G11, J7, J8 for price level D, and stalls H9, H10, J9, J10 for price level E. The Almeida seating plan varies with each production; however a roughly indicative plan is available here: https://www.almeida.co.uk/seating-plan/. Tickets are not refundable. Tickets will be made available in stages as Meetup does not allow organisers to offer differential prices. The first set of tickets available will be the £45.50 tickets, and I will change the price each weekend to the next batch (or earlier if they sell out). In the days immediately prior to our event, I’ll circulate details of arrangements to meet before the performance. Image: Vater_fotografo, CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/); cropped

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