There is many an interesting-sounding night in east London that sounds like the most mind-blowing, life-changing, gloat-worthy evening of wonder and turns out to be some art graduate’s excuse to put their friends on a guest list and treat the paying punters to fifteen minutes of them sniggering at some in-joke between short films. Homework is far, far from these wastes of your midweek energy.
It is very low key, nestled in the shabby-but-charming Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, but presents some of the most interesting, witty and downright entertaining performances you’ll find in our fair city. Much of it is spoken word – short stories, poetry, readings – but please don’t let that make you write it off. The name comes from the fact that the performers really do their homework, preparing a piece loosely based on the month’s theme. In June, the karaoke theme was rounded off by Ross Sutherland’s tribute to his grandad’s love of the theme to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, which went from moving to hilarious to astoundingly clever without us even noticing the shifts in tone. On July 25 the theme is Games. We can’t wait to see what they come up with. Ashleigh Arnott
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