The Castle quote along
The boys from Bogan Bingo bring you a screening of legendary cult classic The Castle, with this booze-fuelled, mid-afternoon showing of the movie based on the simple, interactive idea of getting all tanked up and quoting along as loudly, raucously and – hopefully – accurately as possible to the Kerrigans’ tale of family life.
The dress code is strictly ‘Kerrigan chic’, too, so don your best daggy sweater and mullet-up – there will be prizes for the most authentic. The after party’s up the road at The Distillers, with Bogan DJs.
£8, Sat, May 18. 2.30pm Riverside Studios Cinema,
1 Crisp Road, W6 9RL
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Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
The first of four productions this summer at the famous Open Air Theatre in north London starts this weekend with American actor Robert Sean Leonard (House) starring as immovably moral Atticus Finch in Harper Lee’s literary classic To Kill A Mockingbird. Pride And Prejudice, The Winter’s Tale and The Sound Of Music are next in line.
£25+, May 16-June 15, 7.45pm NW1 4NU
Tube | Camden Town
This weekly night takes the pub quiz – teams convened around pints, picture rounds and current affairs trivia to baffle you – and gives it a camp twist. Comedy Camp’s Simon Happily is host for the evening, and encourages everyone to grass up any mobile-aided quiz cheats. You’ve been warned – no Googling will be tolerated!
Free, Wednesdays, 8pm WC2H 0NE
Tube | Leicester Square
The Southbank Centre hosts this three-month fest dedicated to the written word. There will be talks about famous authors including Thomas Hardy and Jane Austen, and contemporary writers Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveller’s Wife) and Lionel Shriver (We Need To Talk About Kevin) are set to wax lyrical about their work.
May 20-Sep 8, times vary SE1 8XX
Tube | Waterloo
Eurovision at Roxy
For the under-a-rock dwellers, Eurovision is a continent-wide evening of Euro-pop trash in which political voting regularly sees the UK walk away with ‘nil points’.
The cinema-bar is screening the whole night on a four-metre wide screen, with cocktails and fancy dress to get you in the mood as Brit entry Bonnie Tyler (above, in front of a waxwork of Euro legends Abba) goes for gold. Drinking game rules: every time you see an overly enthusiastic Euro-fan with face paint, down a shot!
£2, May 18, 6.30pm (Eurovision finals start at 8pm)
128-132 Borough High St, SE1 1LB
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Pink Lion rugby all dayer
Parsons Green and the adjacent White Horse pub, which becomes The Pink Lion today, go rugby crazy to celebrate the Lions’ tour Down Under. There will be rugby quizzes, Phil Vickery cooking kangaroo burgers and Matt Dawson hosting touch rugby, with five members of the current Lions squad popping along, too.
Free, May 18, 12pm-11pm SW6 4UL ~
Tube | Parsons Green
Cuddles: A Vampire Tale
This vampire play from debut playwright Joseph Wilde was inspired by the London Riots of two years ago and tells of a co-dependent relationship between two neck-biting siblings. Punk in spirit, anti-consumerist and society-critiquing in theme and highly original in execution, Wilde is clearly a talent to watch.
£14, May 14-June 1, Tue-Sat, 8pm
Ovalhouse, SE11 5SW
Tube | Oval