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Friday Arts Diary

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Director Orson Welles, whose 1973 classic 'F for Fake' is playing in selected Lo
Director Orson Welles, whose 1973 classic "F for Fake" is playing in selected London cinemas this month

Talks

Secret Location near London - Lost At Sea, 29-30 August

The Lost Lectures' mission statement is to take talks out of institutions and into inspiring new spaces. The location of its upcoming event is secret, but we do know it will be somewhere wet enough to call for the audience to be seated on inflatables. The speakers will include an explorer, a photographer, scientists, puppeteers, and comedians, and the talks will be accompanied by zany interactive classes, including pigeon racing and pizza making.

Books

British Library, London - Wonderlands: Children's Literature Festival, 24 - 26 August

If one is to believe the Olympics opening ceremony, the British heritage of children’s literature is one of our great accomplishments. In celebration of this tradition the British Library is holding three days of stories, drawings, conversations and talks from big name writers including Michael Rosen, David Almond and Michael Morpurgo. Alongside the ticketed events, visitors are invited to drop into the free storytelling tent where they will be immersed in tales from around the world.

Theatre

Noel Coward Theatre, London – Julius Caeser, 15 August - 15 September

Shakespeare's famous political thriller Julius Caeser is invigorated in this RSC adaption, which transplants the action from Rome to Africa. Critics have found powerful contemporary echoes in the piece and it has already garnered several five star reviews. Gregory Doran is in the director’s seat and is complemented by a cast including Paterson Joseph as Brutus, Cyril Nri as Cassius, Ray Fearon as Mark Antony and Jeffery Kissoon as Caesar.

TV

BBC2 – Murder, 26 August 10pm

Birger Larson likes his verbs deadly. This Sunday the acclaimed danish director of The Killing brings death and intrigue to Britain with a one off program Murder. Following the death of a young girl, the action leaves the traditional grounds of court-rooms and police stations to let the viewer play jury in a series of character testimonies delivered straight to the camera. As well as being set and filmed in Nottingham, it features an impressive array of local talent including Joe Dempsie, Stephen Dillane, and Lauren Socha and is written by Bafta award-winning Robert Jones and Kath Mattock.

Film

Various Independent Cinemas – F for Fake, August

The Sight and Sound Poll might have recently deposed Orson Welles from his throne, but the critics who still toast him as the best director of all time (of whom there are many) will be pleased to hear that his last completed work is currently showing in independent cinemas across the capital. A testament to misdirection of the sort Orson was so fond of as a director, F for Fake is a ‘documentary’ about two notorious fakers, which examines the nature of artistic authenticity.