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Arts ahead: August 30 2018


Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual
September 26-October 6

This play is Riaz Khan’s colourful account of growing up as the son of strict Pakistani parents in multicultural Leicester in the 1980s.

He finds refuge from the pressures at home to stay true to his cultural roots when he becomes involved in the football “casual” culture and joins the Baby Squad, Leicester City’s infamous firm of football hooligans.

But as the years go by and the casualties of football firms around the country mount up, Khan (pictured above) soon discovers the true price of belonging to such a subculture.

It's a play which explores the development of the hybrid youth culture of the time, which developed within a shocking culture of violence.


War and Peace
Millennium Centre
September 15-29

This epic new production, based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel and with a new version of the score by Sergei Prokofiev, follows the tribulations of Russian society as Napoleon edges closer to the country’s borders.

Lauren Michelle
Lauren Michelle

The narrative follows the spirited Natasha (Lauren Michelle, pictured) and her betrothed Andrei, who find their young love is challenged by temptation, while idealistic nobleman Pierre wants to change Russian life for the better.

As their fates intertwine during the 1812 invasion, they find their stories unfold during a time when Russian lives would change forever.

Tours until November 24 after these dates in Cardiff.



Loud Women Fest
The Dome, Tufnell Park
September 15

The great Loud Women festival makes a very welcome return with the very best in DIY punk, pop and indie women+.

Loud Women
Loud Women

The line-up (more bands TBA) includes Zand, The Franklys, Grace Savage (pictured), Jesus and his Judgemental Father, The Twistettes, Pussyliquor, Ms. Mohammed, Crumbs, Sister Ghost, The Menstrual Cramps, Wolf Girl, Sam Amant Music Page, The Baby Seals, Art Trip and the Static Sound and Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something, plus DJs including Mammary Tapes.



Queen Margaret
Royal Exchange Theatre
September 14-October 6

Based on the original Shakespeare text, Jeanie O’Hare retells The Wars of the Roses through the eyes of the extraordinary Margaret of Anjou, played by Jade Anouka (pictured), in this new play in which, hungry for power and angered by their king, the men of Henry VI’s court plot and scheme against each other.

As the king wavers and the factions split, Queen Margaret is determined to hold on to power and protect the crown that will one day belong to her son.

This exploration of an iconic moment of British history is, unusually, told from the viewpoint of a woman described as “dangerous and thrilling.”





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