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Rivers of London – A Hidden Chapter

Fans of writer Ben Aaronovitch who have been pacing the floor anxiously awaiting a Rivers of London TV series, can take the edge off by joining the London Met’s Department of Economic and Specialist Crime, Supernatural Sciences branch, a.k.a. The Folly.

Peter Grant is on a recruitment drive!

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Come to the official training centre for new recruits to see if you have what it takes.

Hidden in the depths of Westminster Reference Library lies a secret training centre for the Metropolitan Police where new recruits are taught the necessary skills to work for the supernatural sciences branch. Learn how to tackle vampires, try your hand at magic and avoid temptation from the river spirits.

The product of a collaboration between Aaronovitch, CityRead London and experimental theatre troupe Look Left Look Right, A Hidden Chapter is a live, interactive performance at Westminster Reference Library.

Audiences are invited to try their hand at detective work, magic and fending off supernatural spirits.

It’s one of a series of events in April celebrating Rivers of London and CityRead London, a fantastic scheme that promotes reading across the capital by focussing for a month on just one book featuring London. Previous years’ books have been: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks and My Dear I Wanted to Tell You by Louisa Young.

A Hidden Chapter is running on weekends in April. Tickets cost £10 and include a special copy of Rivers of London. Click here to book tickets and find out more.

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Tiny Play Festival: A Showcase of New Writing for the Stage

A showcase of jewels, a tasting menu of amuse-bouches, a cabinet of miniatures…

UPDATE: Deborah Mason’s Tiny Play Festival has been awarded a richly deserved Arts Council Grant. Massive congratulations to Deborah. Onwards and upwards to greatness!

Tiny Play Festival presents the best in new writing for the stage, with a selection of short (very short, approximately 100 words long) plays.

These tiny plays will be fully performed — not just read, not just read out, but really performed, with lights, costumes, actors, scenery, maybe even sound effects and music — always with passion.

Tiny Play Festival is the brainchild of Deborah Mason, who was interested in the idea of a super-short-form play of 100 words being an art form in itself, not a snippet or extract from something else.

According to Mason, Tiny Play “provides new writers with an achievable target and aim, and the 100-word constraint itself helps with creativity. For more established writers it provides a break from the meisterwork and an opportunity to be playful.

“We have 11 writers,” she added, “some of whom have never written before, some who write professionally, and some who teach writing.”

Tiny Play Festival will feature 22 plays on a wide variety of subjects in quite different styles, from the Wild West to a bus on the Walworth Road, from Adam and Eve to Social Media status updates.

There will also be an opportunity for the audience to create their own play and engage with the work more directly in bringing that to life and seeing it performed “instantly” on the night.

Tiny Play Festival takes place on: Friday 28 September, 7.30pm, The Tea House Theatre, 139 Vauxhall Walk, London SE11 5HL.

Tickets cost £7 and are available on the door.

Come and support new drama! More information from: @tvclaw or tinyfestival@yahoo.co.uk

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