Vauxhall/Nine Elms Development Update

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Christmas Panto For Grown Ups

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Worth a visit?  South Lambeth Road west to the traffic lights at Vauxhall Park, turn right into Miles Street (turning left takes you into Fentiman Road.)

Above the Stag theatre, Arch 17, Miles St, SW8 1RZ, from  November 29-January 5. Admission: £12-£22. 

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HAPPY ENDINGS IN VOHO: ABOVE THE STAG MOVES INTO VAUXHALL

Tossed out of their humble home above a pub when it was bulldozed, the good folk behind the Above the Stag theatre company have cashed in their magic beans for new digs under the Vauxhall arches. Director Peter Bull talks to the Weekender about tongue-in-cheek pantos and just how big Jack’s beanstalk is.

Above the Stag quickly built up a cult following when they started in Victoria three and a half years ago and have gained a reputation for their risqué adult pantomimes; in previous years they’ve had Sleeping Beauty -one little prickRobin Hood –Queen of Thieves and Dick Whittington –Another Dick in City Hall. Next year’s is already confirmed as Treasure Island: the Curse of the Pearl Necklace! “It’s so purile and dreadful the audience love it!” Peter laughs. “It’s filthy fun without being filthy; you can’t be too crude, you’ve got to be clever so there’s plenty of political jokes and triple entendres.”

This year’s Jack off the Beanstalk, set in modern-day Yorkshire, tells the story of impoverished dairy farmers Jack Trott and his mum who are forced to sell their beloved cow Kylie for a handful of magic beans. The plot thickens when evil landlord Fleshcreep tries to evict them so he can stage a festival on their farm. The question remains: can they save the day before Fleshcreep gets his hands on Jack’s beans?

A former trolley dolly for Ansett airlines in Australia, performer Peter moved to London 20 years ago and has seen “the good, the bad and the ugly” of the city’s fringe theatre. The key to running fringe theatre is keeping people guessing, he tells.

“You have to do plays that appeal to everyone. You can’t just constantly do niche gay comedies because you’ll run out of them. Then again you can’t always deal with heavy dramas because come January people just want to laugh,” Peter says. Following the Christmas panto season, Above the Stag is serving up a satire called the Gay Naked Play, which sees New York’s most successful gay theatre team come to the rescue of an ailing classical theatre company and try to turn their fortunes around by staging a trashy, homoerotic version of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. Sounds like there might be a happy ending this time round!

“We’re really excited to move into Vauxhall; it’s a big catchment area,” Peter says. “We’re not competing with the RVT, they do cabaret and drag performance art, which is different from us; to compete with them would be a disaster. There’s lots of gay clubs and bars but we’re bringing something new to the area and we’re for the general community.”

Jack Off the Beanstalk is at the Above the Stag theatre, Arch 17, Miles St, SW8 1RZ, from  November 29-January 5. Admission: £12-£22. 

Bondway proposal – Surely It’s A Joke?

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Hard to believe that the current beautiful Victorian ex-Bottling Store at the Bondway, here:

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could  be replaced by this monstrosity:

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Who says that all change is good? If you also think that this vile excuse for architectural design should be blocked, then complete the 5 minute  survey for the Bondway proposals on the developers own website and let them know what you think. And then tell  every public body involved in the potential granting of approval what you think. Personally I think that the developers (Citygrove) and the architects (KPF & Tavernor) ought to be made to live there forever at ground level if this eyesore ever gets past the approval stage. It will dominate the skyline from The Academy, and not in a good way. The Shard it isn’t.

http://www.newbondway.co.uk/website

Underneath The Arches – No, It’s Not Flanagan and Allen, It’s Christmas Movies

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Vauxhall Village Presents Winter Screen – Christmas Film

Due to the phenomenal success of Vauxhall Village’s summer screen in May and June 2013, Vauxhall Village are back with a festive twist bringing you a mixture of classic Christmas films as well as some new favourites as part of our Winter Screening series. The events are taking place in the beautiful and quirky space under the railway arches in centre of Vauxhall, a perfect setting to get into the festive spirit with your favourite Christmas movies.

Vauxhall Village are working in partnership with the Rooftop film club who have previously created memorable cinema screenings in a variety of London areas ranging from Peckham in South London over to the trendy east streets of Shoreditch. This programme of events will be their first foray into up and coming Vauxhall, hopefully the first of many.

Head down early to enjoy a Christmas market and once your cockles have been warmed on mulled wine or cider settle down into a comfy chair to watch a festive movie with wireless headphones. And of course no movie night is complete without popcorn and a cosy blanket.

December 2013

  • Thursday 12th – Miracle on 34th street (7pm)
  • Friday 13th – Elf (7pm)
  • Saturday 14th – A Muppets Christmas Carol (2pm) Scrooged (7pm)
  • Sunday 15th – Home Alone 1 (2pm) Home Alone 2 (7pm)

Location: Arch 50 – South Lambeth Place opposite Starbucks, London SW8 1SP

Ticket proceeds are going to charity ‘Thames Reach’ who operate a local homeless shelter

“Thames Reach is a London- based charity helping homeless and vulnerable people to find decent homes, build supportive relationships and lead fulfilling lives. Our vision is to end street homelessness”

Adults £6 and children £3 http://www.wegottickets.com/vauxhallvillage

Both matinee and evening screenings are open to adults and children

Phone: 442031792074

E-mail: sophie.skewes@vauxhallone.co.uk

Website: We got tickets

Whats On Types: Christmas/Family/Film

If You Don’t Like Heights, Look Away Now – This Isn’t Pretty.

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Vauxhall’s new skyline: Five towers set to dwarf St George Wharf and change views across London forever

  • New towers are under construction at the southern end of Vauxhall Bridge
  • St George’s Tower – which stands at 180 metres – is near completion
  • Followed by New Bondway Tower – 50 storeys high and mainly residential

The views across the London skyline are set to change dramatically when five new skyscrapers are completed. The new, mainly residential, towers will dwarf St GeorgeWharf, at the southern end of Vauxhall Bridge, which has stood tall on the central London skyline for decades. St George Tower – which stands at 180 metres – is near completion. It will be followed by New Bondway Tower which developers McLaren Property and Citygrove recently revealed at a public exhibition. The 168metre tower  – designed by U.S architects Kohn Pederson Fox –   will be 50 storeys high, and will contain around 350 private flats and penthouses. The Evening Standard reports that the flats will have winter gardens, terraces or roof gardens alongside communal lounges and a gym. There will be a separate 23 storey block, which will contain around 100 ‘affordable homes’ – a mixture of reduced rent and shared ownership accommodation. A four-storey horizontal office element will link the two buildings, and at the ground floor there will be shops, cafes and public areas and parkland. Three other towers will also feature – One Nine Elms (200 metres high) and Vauxhall Square which will have twin towers up to 165 metres high.

Five new, mainly residential, towers will dwarf St George's Wharf, at the southern end of Vauxhall Bridge, which has stood tall on the south London skyline for decadesFive new, mainly residential, towers will dwarf St George’s Wharf, at the southern end of Vauxhall Bridge, which has stood tall on the south London skyline for decades

St George Wharf, Vauxhall, pictured in 2007. But the view across London from the Houses of Parliament will be changed forever when five new skyscrapers are completedSt George Wharf, Vauxhall, pictured in 2007. But the view across London from the Houses of Parliament will be changed forever when five new skyscrapers are completed

St George's Tower - which stands at 180 metres - is near completion. One of the newest, at 594-ft, it made headlines when a helicopter crashed into the crane used to build it, killing two people

St George’s Tower – which stands at 180 metres – is near completion. One of the newest, at 594-ft, it made headlines when a helicopter crashed into the crane used to build it, killing two people.

The next, the New Bondway Tower, was unveiled at a public exhibition in Vauxhall at the weekend by joint developers McLaren Property and Citygrove

The next, the New Bondway Tower, was unveiled at a public exhibition in Vauxhall at the weekend by joint developers McLaren Property and Citygrove.

Say No To Kebab And Go – Yet Another License Application For An All Night Fast (read crap) Food Outlet That We Can Do Without

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Sadaf Mirza, Arch 45A, South Lambeth Road.  Current application for a Premises Licence to trade from 11am to 5am.  

Hannah Eldridge, the Police Licensing Officer, is going to oppose the shop’s application for a Premises Licence to trade overnight.

If you don’t want a fast-food shop on our doorstep that has been trading illegally for months now, does not keep the area surrounding its premises clean*, and whose trading overnight encourages noisy, drunk/stoned clubbers from FIRE to loiter and then cross over to our streets – then say just simply that in an email to licensing@lambeth.gov.uk, remembering to give your full name and address.
Or you can do no better than Hannah, who, and I paraphrase, “will be asking the Licensing Sub Committee to reject the application in whole as I believe that granting the Premises Licence would exacerbate an already existing problem with antisocial behaviour, nuisance and crime and disorder.”
You only have till 18 November. 

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