Vibe’s picks of the week in theatre, comedy, music and going-out across south east London and north Kent from May 14 to 21.


Nuno Silva presents A Darker Shade of Fado at Greenwich Dance on Friday, May 16

Highly individual and widely renowned Portuguese dancer Nuno Silva has linked up with an international cast of dancers and musicians for a sensual and compelling show. Tickets cost £25 (£20 concessions) including Portuguese food or £15 (£12) without. Go to

Blake at The Churchill Theatre on Saturday, May 17

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The chart-topping, award-winning vocal trio Blake play the Bromley theatre. Go to

Happy Days at The Orchard Theatre from Monday, May 19, to Friday, May 24

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The nostalgic TV show gets a revival on a national theatre tour. Ben Freeman is excellent as The Fonz. Tickets from £15.50. Go to or call 01322 220000.


Sunday Special at Up The Creek, Greenwich

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Andrew Lawrence

Every weekend, Sunday Specials serves up great comedians which make Mondays more bearable. On the bill this week are razor-sharp MC Ed Gamble, headliner Andrew Lawrence and Fin Taylor. Tickets £6.50. Go to

Trevor Lock at The Hob, Forest Hill, on Saturday, May 17

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The meandering and surreal comedian - you may have seen him on Channel 4’s star stories or supporting Russell Brand on tour or on his old radio show – plays The Hob. Also on the bill are Jessica Fostekew, Peter White and James Redmond. Tickets £10 (£6 concessions). Go to

Comedy at Bob Hope Theatre in Eltham on Sunday, May 25

If ever a theatre was named for comedy, then this is it. Paul Adams leads the laughs alongside Nick Page and Jon Wagstaffe. Tickets cost £10 on the door or £8 in advance. Doors open at 8pm. Go to


Croydon Blues Festival at Fairfield Halls on Saturday, May 17

The all-dayer at the Fairfield includes Paul Jones and Dave Kelly, Aynsley Lister, Simon Townshend and Babajack. Tickets £24 at or on 020 8688 9291.

Joe McElderry at The Woodville on Sunday, May 18

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The Geordie multi-reality show winner – he’s triumphed on the X Factor, Popstar to Operastar and The Jump – is in Gravesend for one night only. Tickets £26 to £31. Go to or call 01474 337774.

Valfader at The Iron Horse, Sidcup

The amps will be turned up to 11 at The Iron Horse (formerly Metro Bar) and eardrums shredded as three piece ‘doom/stoner’ band Valfader headline. Support comes from Second Rate Angels, who also like their metal heavy. Tickets £5. Go to


The Regal Caribbean dining Experience at Hill Top Cafe in Telegraph Hill on Saturday, May17

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The best of Bajan and British culture meets in a dining extravaganza as In A Pikkle and deptford’s Little Nan’s Bar join forces for a six course taster menu and unlimited cocktails. The cafe will be transformed into a mock regal dining room and guest will be encouraged to join in.
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Paint Monet at Shortlands Tavern, Bromley, on Monday, May 19

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Try your hand at making your own Monet’s Yellow Iris with Pop Up painting. You don’t need experience or any kit, just listen to the music, drink and paint. There will be plenty of help and you get to take a canvas home with you. It costs £25. Go to

Garden Safari in Sole Street, Cobham, on Sunday, May 18

Private gardens will be open to the public from 11am to 5pm to raise money for the refurbishment of St Mary’s Church Rom. Having been built in the late 1800s with a 25 year predicted lifespan, it’s in need of a bit of love. An entry ticket to all of the gardens costs £5 for adults and is free for schoolchildren. Call Alan Holland on 01474 814391 for more information.

Stamp Fair at Freemantle Hall, Bexley High Street, on Saturday, May 17

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Bexley Philatelic Society celebrates its 50th anniversary with an all day fair, with 10 dealers, displays, refreshments and a tombola. E-mail for more information.