Hallowe’en round up

A Halloween Banquet at Petersham House

For anyone who is finding money burning a hole in their pocket like some goddam awful spell, this is for you. The Old Vic Tunnels & Petersham Playhouse present La Petite Mort – ‘a delectable evening of terrifying tricks & tantalising treats with performances from LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES and a decadent feast by Petersham Nurseries` Michelin Star Chef Skye Gyngell’. I came across Petersham Nurseries once, ah, I thought – there’s that famously bo-ho restaurant. I’ve never quite understood how anything can be described relentlessly as bohemian when they charge about 15 quid for a starter! This is some kind of schlep over to Richmond way btw. Worth mentioning. 

Thursday 27th, Friday 28th & Saturday 29th October 

Tickets £80.00 includes entertainment, food & wine, as you would hope!

Tickets HERE.


And we have taxidermy and tea as per the previous post….

And on Monday, bewitching day itself we have Disturbia on the South Bank. I’d go for the name alone! In their won words: “As an alluring alternative to mainstream Halloween entertainment, the BBC Concert Orchestra weaves scintillating tendrils of sound with an unforgettable psycho-dramatic musical tapestry.

Plunge into the nightmare world of a fragile woman, whose only link with reality is the telephonic voice of her ex-lover… Poulenc’s classic psychodrama La voix humaine is based on a play by enfant terrible Jean Cocteau, director of cult film Orphée.

Immerse yourself in the writhing string sounds of Penderecki’s groundbreaking Polymorphia, whose avant-garde techniques conjure up nameless terrors, amply demonstrated by its use in The Exorcist and The Shining.

Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, provides a 21st-century spin on Penderecki’s work with his 48 Responses to Polymorphia, and the edgy world of contemporary electronica comes into focus with Patrick Nunn’s orchestration of Aphex Twin’s Nannou.

Finally, experience the dizzyingly extreme emotions of Berio’s spine-tingling electro-acoustic fantasy Visage. Featuring the erotically charged vocal improvisations of Cathy Berberian, this iconic radiophonic extravaganza was banned from the airwaves in Italy, proving too pornographic for radio.”

Tickets, Queen Elizabeth Hall, SE1

A friend recently alerted me to the Death Cafe in Hackney. An occasional meet up their “objective is To increase the awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives…strangers meet to discuss death and eat delicious food.”

The next Death Cafe is on the 5th November 2011 from 2 – 4pm in Hackney. If you want to attend email jon@deathcafe.com. This is likely to take a spiritual tack and could be rather lovely, though I guess it depends on the dynamic of the people who go.  So therefore this has nothing to do with Hallowe’en but the image fits. I am surprised they’re not rising to the occasion for Day of the Dead next week over the 1st and 2nd, given that’s so wholly celebratory and far from maudlin but perhaps that’s the Saturday event.

The Death Cafe

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