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MUST DO: art and theatre highlights

A few shows worth catching in the next couple of weeks. Plus - the Skip Garden cafe is back open again

ART SHOW: Ceramic Art London

A rare chance to buy unique pieces from the makers themselves. Photo: PR

Hot on the heels of the Lethaby Gallery’s Central St Martin’s show last month is another contemporary ceramics exhibition. Featuring ninety leading makers from around the world, CAL offers a rare chance to buy unique pieces from the makers themselves. You don’t have to have tons of spare cash, either: prices range from £25 to several thousand pounds. Until 2nd April, Central St Martin’s, Granary Square

EXHIBITION: Women of King’s Cross

Women of King’s Cross Exhibition in the Visitor Centre, King’s Cross. Photo: John Sturrock
This new show has just opened on Stable Street and celebrates extraordinary women, past and present, who’ve shaped both King’s Cross and our wider society. Some featured are well-known historical figures, others less familiar. Open Mon–Fri 10am to 5pm, and Sat until 4pm. Until 19th April, King’s Cross Visitor Centre, Stable Street

FOOD: Skip Kitchen

Skip Garden. Photo: John Sturrock
After a mini winter siesta, the bucolic café just off Granary Square has just re-opened with typically healthy lunches, supersalads, speciality teas, coffees and cake. Not been yet? The chefs put modern twists on vegetarian classics, working with young people and volunteers. And they use hyperlocally grown seasonal and organic ingredients. Open 10am- 4pm, Tapper Walk, N1C

THEATRE: Villain

An extended run until 11th March. Photo: PR
After a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year, this play now comes to Islington. Villain centres on Rachel, a woman who is tired of her highly paid sales job, and makes a move into social work, only to find herself at the centre of a controversial case. The script was developed through interviews with social workers and research into real-life cases, and places a spotlight on the pressures on social care agencies with the growth of child poverty, and how social media allows the general public to be judge and jury. Tickets here. Until 11th March 2017, King’s Head Theatre, 115 Upper Street N1


BOOKS: House OF Illustration

A commanding exterior. Photo: HoI
It’s worth checking out the entries in the 2017 Book Illustration comp at this gallery off Granary Square. This year, entrants were asked to create an illustration for Jane Austen’s 1814 novel, Mansfield Park, with the winner’s artwork reproduced on copies of the book printed by The Folio Society. The entries will be hung side-by-side with past Folio commissions from illustrators including Quentin Blake. Until 12th March, 2 Granary Square

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