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On My Radar: Vicki Featherstone Cultural Highlights | Vicki Featherstone

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B.Born in Surrey and raised in Scotland, Vicki Featherstone completed a master’s degree in theater directing at the University of Manchester before working in venues such as the West Yorkshire Playhouse (now Leeds Playhouse), the Northern Stage and the National Theater of Scotland. rice field. She was appointed Artistic Director of the Royal Courts in her 2013, lauded for her radical and comprehensive programming. Featherstone and her Audrey Sheffield co-direct Jonathan Freedland’s first play. your own words, It will be held at the Royal Court of Justice from 19 September to 22 October.

1. Festival


Maimuna Memon:
Maimuna Memon: “About trauma, but in a fun way”. Photo: Eleonora Briscoe

I went back and forth every year since I first went to the Edinburgh Festival when I was 18 as a student. The problem is that everyone loses money, nobody sleeps, and everyone gets sick. This is a true example of our need for entertainment, performance and storytelling. There is a show by actor and songwriter Maimu Namemon. manic street creaturewhich begins with a song and ends with her talking about her trauma, but in a fun way.

2. Make a reservation

None of the Above: Reflections on Life Beyond Binary by Travis Alavanza

Travis Alabanza:
Travis Alabanza: “An Incredible Thinker”. Photo: Harry Borden/The Guardian

saw the travis show burgers A few years ago, I took this book with me on vacation. I was a real fangirl about it – I got a signed copy from a gay language bookstore. It reflects everything people have said to Travis about what is ‘normal’. I think we are obsessed with categorizing and putting people in their places in order to understand and define them. So I’m really looking forward to it.

3. Politicians

Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown gesturing during his speech
To the point: Gordon Brown. Photo: Stuart Wallace/Shutterstock

Last week, he seems to be the only one who has spoken out loud about the recession we are facing, about living standards, about food poverty. And he feels it’s very important to have someone who has hands-on experience with the economy of this country, who is thoughtful and trustworthy. I really admire him for using his voice and his knowledge to speak up again about the crisis we face.

4. Theater

Ordeal, Donmar Warehouse

Writer Dawn King and director Natalie Abrahami during rehearsals for Ordeal in Donmar.
Writer Dawn King and director Natalie Abrahami during rehearsals for Ordeal in Donmar. Photo: Helen Murray

This is a play by Dawn King, directed by Natalie Abrahami, about a group of young people who bring adults to justice for what happened to the climate. I feel like it’s really important to get a play that does. That’s what he’s going to do for two weeks at Donmar in August and I’m really looking forward to it.

5. Bar/Shop

Half Cut Market, Tufnell Park

Half Cut Market in Tufnell Park: 'I really envy everyone there'
Half Cut Market in Tufnell Park: ‘I really envy everyone there’

A stone’s throw from me is a new wine and food store run by this couple called Holly and Dan, with an amazing selection of wines chosen by Holly, a young lady and sommelier. She makes great food to go with it. There are only about 6 tables. Every time I pass by, I really envy everyone there. And when I’m well organized, I reserve a table, and me, my husband, and my adult children sit outside, drinking too much wine and arguing over food.

6. Art

Cornelia Parker’s Folkestone Mermaid

Cornelia Parker's Mermaid:
Cornelia Parker’s Mermaid: “She looks like a real woman.” Photo: Tim Ransone/Guardian Community

Folkestone has a lot of free art. It’s like turning a town into his gallery of free art. One of her pieces is this sculpture of a woman sitting on a beach. She’s naked, has big saggy breasts, and looks pretty tough with her hair ragged. She looks like a real woman. Cornelia Parker is extraordinary and really opens our minds to a lot of her work, but we love the idea that she put this on the beach in Folkestone.