Mon 9 - Sun 15 Mar
WOMEN: Luton Lates: International Women’s Day, Luton Central Library, 9 March
Fancy some food for thought, this International Women’s Day? Find out how a panel of local Luton Writers and creators from different backgrounds discovered their voices throughout their professional journeys, and the difficulties they’ve come across as women in today’s working world. Powerful stuff.
COMEDY: Adam Kay, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, 9 Mar
Bound to be brilliant, Adam Kay’s stand-up This is Going to Hurt (Secret Diaries of A Junior Doctor) has been a sell-out on every stint since 2016, so snap up tickets pronto if you fancy it.
FILM: Feminista Film Festival, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 10 March and Campus West, Welwyn, 2-8 March
This inspiring selection of eight short films about women and girls from all over the world – from Wales to Pakistan – is on a UK tour to tie in with International Women’s Day and with a mission to give females a stronger voice. There’s a really diverse range of films and subjects, from one about a soccer mom and breast cancer survivor battling to reclaim her body, to another about girls challenging their rights to an education in Pakistan.
THEATRE: Wanted, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 11 March
To tie in with Women’s History Month, this hard-hitting play introduces audiences to five historical female figures, from Irena Sendler, who rescued more than 2,500 children from the Warsaw ghetto during the Nazi occupation, to Olive Morris, British Black Panther and avid activist for women and squatters’ rights. It challenges women to stand up for what is right during unsettling times, and tells the tales with honesty and wit.
OPERA: Don Giovanni, The Stables, Milton Keynes, 13 Mar
Coming to MK this week is a touring production of Don Giovanni, a supernatural comedy-thriller opera that takes place in real time (yup, really). It’s all sung in English, so no subtitles needed.
COMEDY: David Baddiel, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, 13 Mar
David Baddiel is back on the circuit following his five-star Olivier-nominated hit My Family: Not The Sitcom with Trolls: Not The Dolls. The new show takes a look at internet trolls and promises to give the audience tips’n’tricks on how to deal with them.
COMEDY: Ladykiller, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 14 March
It sounds like a scene from Fawlty Towers… A hotel room, a chambermaid and a dead woman. This Edinburgh Fringe and Vault Festival sell-out show takes a graphic and gruesome comic dive into morality and victimhood and challenges gender stereotypes of psycopathy. It’s got us intrigued!
OPERA: Welsh National Opera, Milton Keynes Theatre, 1 – 4 Apr
Any fellow opera fans out there? I grew up going to the WNO with my dad in Cardiff, so – call me biased! – I’m really looking forward to the arrival of the Welsh National Opera in MK next month, so much so I’ve already snaffled my tickets. On the bill this time is Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro and Les Vepres Siciliennes.
EXHIBITION: Herstory, Maddox Gallery, London, 2 – 24 Mar
To mark International Women’s Day, this new exhibition aims to redefine the conversation around women in art and raise awareness for brilliant female artists that champion women in their work. Artists exhibiting include Coco Davez, Sophia Tea and Lauren Baker.
EXHIBITION: Andy Warhol, Tate Modern, London, 12 Mar – 6 Sept
This major new exhibition chronicles the life and work of the pop art icon Andy Warhol and offers a rare insight into how Warhol and his work marked a period of cultural transformation. Images on display include his renowned pop images of Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola and Campbell’s soup cans, plus work never seen before in the UK, including the largest ever grouping of Warhol’s Ladies and Gentlemen series. A must see.