Vibe’s picks of what’s happening in south east London and north Kent from May 7 to 14.


England Expects at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre until Saturday (May 10)

Vesta Tilley was one of music hall’s best male impersonators and also one of the army’s best recruiters in the war but, as the brutal reality of war became known, whose side was she on?

Tom Glover’s one woman musical is a fascinating exploration of a controversial time and character.

Tickets £14 or £11 concessions. Go to or call 0333 666 3366.

Office Suite at Bromley Little Theatre until Saturday (May 10)

Alan Bennett’s Office Suite comprises two one-act plays written in the pre computer days of the 1970s. Tickets from £8 adults and £6 children. Go to

Homegrown at The Woodville, Gravesend, on Sunday (May 11)

An evening of the most outstanding Kent performers in a variety showcase featuring music, comedy and dance. Tickets £15 at or on 01474 337774.


News Shopper: Foster's Comedy Award Winner Bridget Christie at We Love Comedy

Crown Comedy Club in Blackheath on Wednesday (May 14)

Last year’s Edinburgh Fosters Comedy Award winner Bridget Christie joins Capital FM DJ Greg Burns for an evening of stand-up. Other names on the bill are Rob Thomas (MC), Stephanie Laing, John Hastings and Toby Brown. Tickets cost £7 on the door, £6 in advance or £5 NUS at


News Shopper: Jools Holland in concert at Sherborne Castle

Jools Holland at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, on Wednesday (May 14)

South East London legend Jools brings his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and special guests Marc Almond (of Soft Cell fame), Spice Girl Mel C, Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall. Tickets from £30.

Go to or call 020 8688 9291.

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Jackson Live in Concert at The Churchill, Bromley, on Saturday (May 10)

Highly rated impersonator Ben brings his band and dancers to Bromley for a fun, highly-polished tribute show. Tickets from £15.90 at

News Shopper: The Jive Aces

Jive Aces at The Woodville, Gravesend, on Saturday (May 10)

The jive and swing band made famous on Britain’s Got Talent will perform a high energy show in Gravesend. Tickets £16 adults and £14.50 children. Go to or call 01474 337774.


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Eurovision Supper Club, Hither Green on Saturday (May 10)

The Wrong Side of the Tracks hosts its fourth Supper Club, a Eurovision special, at St Swithun’s Church Hall. The song contest will be on a giant screen – expect lots of singing and flag waving fun, and, of course, great food and wine. £30. Go to

Ladies Night at The Orchard, Dartford, on Friday (May 9)

Quite the treat for the ladies. Tuck into a three-course meal before a drag queen leads you through an evening of fun and outrageous entertainment. Contains nudity. Tickets £34. Go to or call 01322 220000.

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Art Deco Fair at Eltham Palace on Saturday (May 10) and Sunday (May 11)

Sift through art deco gems at an abundance of vintage stalls at Eltham Palace. It’s free for English Heritage members or £10.20 adults, £6.10 under 16s and £9.10 concessions. Go to

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LDN Wrestling at Orpington Hall on Saturday (May 10)

Some of the country’s top grapplers, including British Champion Alan Lee Travis and the mysterious Dark Lord will wrestle in Orpington. Go to or call 0844 8889991.