Vibe’s picks of what’s going on in south east London and north Kent this week (July 16 to 23)

National Theatre Live: Skylight, Thursday (July 17)

News Shopper: Carey Mulligan as Sissy

Empire Cinema in Bromley and Showcase at Bluewater are among the picturehouses screening David Hare’s acclaimed production, which won the Olivier Award for best play. It stars Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan. Go to or

Kimber’s Men at Stag Community Arts Centre, Sevenoaks, at 8pm on Friday (July 18)

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Acclaimed by many as the finest singers of sea shanties in the world, the hilarious Yorkshire-based group bring their 90 minute show to north Kent. Tickets £12, concessions £10. Call 01732 450175 or e-mail

Daniel Kitson Edinburgh Previews at The Hob, Forest Hill

News Shopper: Eccentric comedy genius Daniel Kitson

The extraordinary comedian will work on material from his Edinburgh shows at work-in-progress gigs on Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Tuesday. Tickets cost £3 but are likely to be like golddust. Go to

Chelsfield Village Fair, noon to 5.30pm on Saturday (July 19)

The village cricket green will welcome two Spitfires to commemorate D-Day, with displays from war planes, birds of prey and Croydon Steel Orchestra. The day also features a fun fair, soccer skills and 80 stalls.

Shedload of Love at Sydenham Blues Club, from 9.15pm on Friday (July 18)

The blues band play the regular night at the Grape and Grain in Anerley. Free entry.

Abbi Glines book signing at Waterstones, Bluewater, from 2pm on Saturday (July 19)

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The New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author makes a rare UK visit to sign copies of her new book Sometimes it Lasts.

Bird College presents Wonderlands at the Orchard Theatre from Thursday (July 17) to Saturday (July 19)

Sidcup’s prestigious Bird College lets its outstanding young talent showcase their work. Tickets from £20 or £18 concessions. Go to


Dartford Festival at Central Park on Saturday and Sunday (July 19 and 20)

News Shopper: Scouting For Girls

Scouting for Girls, The Beat and Luke Friend are among the performers at the fun two-day event in Dartford. Go to

Greenwich World Cultural Festival at Eltham Palace from 12.30pm to 4.30pm on July 20

Get free entry to the art deco wonderland that is Eltham Palace and be entertained by a full afternoon of art, theatre, music, dance, circus and interactive workshops.

Open Mic Night at STC Sports and Social Club in New Eltham from 8.30pm  on Thursday (July 17)

A new open mic/jam night for singers, players and poets – or even magicians or any other performers – is starting up in New Eltham and will run on the third Thursday of every month. It will be semi acoustic, with full PA but no drums, amps or backing tracks out of consideration for the neighbours. Go to

Happy Mondays at the Amersham Arms, New Cross, from 8pm on Monday (July 21)

News Shopper: Al Murray

Famous for his pub landlord character, Al Murray performs a preview of his Edinburgh show, as does Alistair Green. Tickets £5. Go to

Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip at Brooklyn Bowl, Greenwich, from 7pm on Saturday (July 19)

News Shopper: Dan Le Sac talks LeeFest, beards, testicles and Scroobius Pip's fast food fate

The quirky rhymer and beats man perform in Greenwich. Tickets £17. Go to

Face to Face-book, outside Deptford Lounge, all day on today (Wednesday, July 16)

Community arts group, South East Rising Forces, will be inviting passers-by into their gazebo for tea, portrait drawing, dressing up, story and opinion telling all day. Go to

Great Welling Charity Beer Festival at Guy Earl of Warwick pub, next Friday (July 25) to Sunday (July 27)

The third annual beer festival is organised by Bexley Round Table and features more than 30 real ales and ciders, as well as live music. Admission is free, but a £3 commemorative glass must be bought at the outside bar. Go to

Things We Do in Bed, at Danson House, Bexleyheath, until October 31.

Best-selling novelist of Girl with the Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier, curated a new exhibition celebrating quilting. Admission is free when you have paid to go to Danson House.

Breed of Burden at the Iron Horse, Sidcup, from 9pm on Wednesday (July 23)

The British-Moroccan metallers are supported by Brutal Horizon. Tickets £3.

Outdoor cinema at Hall Place and Gardens, Bexleyheath, from 7.45pm, tonight (Wednesday, July 16)

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Blake Edwards’ classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s, starring Audrey Hepburn, gets an open-air screening in Bexley. Bring a rug or low-backed chair and a picnic. Gates open at 7.45pm with the film starting at 9.15pm. Tickets £12.50 adults or £8.50 children in advance only. Go to

Upton Primary School’s Inflatable Day, Bexleyheath, from noon to 3pm on Saturday (July 19)

A fun day, organised and manned by parents and volunteers, features bouncy castles and slides. Entry costs £5 a child and includes unlimited bouncy for two to 11-year-olds. Under 2s can enjoy a small play area with their parents. There will also be a barbecue and a beer, wine and Pimms tent and some stalls.