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Cog Cultural Calendar – January 2022
 
 
A colourful illustration featuring ten performers as if in a procession.
 

Looking back at 2022

2022 turned up the volume after a couple of quieter years of cultural outings. Read below about the team's favourite events and Cog Nights.

There's lots to look forward to in January and plenty to book in 2023.

 

January

 
 
Woman stands looking at tube sign reading 'We Are Lewisham'
 

We Are Lewisham
Around Lewisham

2022 was Lewisham's London Borough of Culture year. In January we celebrated Day One across the borough, read more in our journal.

 
 
Two performers, one white, one black, stand lit on stage, taking the applause of an audience..
 

Best of Enemies
Young Vic 

Michael enjoyed James Graham’s latest political offering, focused on the infamous 1968 on air-debates between William F Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal.

 

February

 
 
Poster reads Queens of Sheba
 

Queens of Sheba
Soho Theatre

We headed to Soho for a sold out Monday night performance of this surprising and poignant show. Read Nick's take in our journal.

 
 
A purple and pink lit stage, with a pool in the centre
 

An Unfinished Man
Yard Theatre

New writing at its best, An Unfinished Man didn’t disappoint Spencer. He loved the knee-deep pool centre stage.

 

March

 
 
Large cast take a bow
 

To Kill a Mockingbird
Gielgud Theatre

Several of the team got to see Aaron Sorkin’s reworking of the Harper Lee classic. Rafe Spall was great as Atticus Finch.

 
 
Alex looks at an engine
 

Michael and Alex were given a tour of the amazing Museum of Making in Derby (with this engine, hanging from the ceiling).

 

April

 
 
Neon light illuminates the words The Burnt City
 

The Burnt City
One Cartridge Place

Lots of the Cog team experienced Punchdrunk's new work, some were more excited than others, but it was certainly a grand spectacle.

 
 
Sign reads Barbican
 

Michael donned a zebra head, dressed in a pink Chanel ballgown, and danced with a stranger on an elevated platform above a VR Parisian ballroom.

 

May

 
 
Five performers, tow in dressing gowns, look up, pointing to their right
 

It Don't Worry Me
New Diorama

We didn't know what to expect of our May Cog Night. Laura wrote about the confusing and hilarious show of men, in pants, in a meta play about art.

 
 
Three people stand outside Derby Theatre
 

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice
Derby Theatre

Nick popped along to our clients Derby Theatre for a birthday trip to see The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. A wonderful must see.

 

June

 
 
Large multicoloured poster reads 'Dreamachine'. A passerby looks back at it.
 

Dreamachine
Unboxed at Woolwich Indoor Market

In an abandoned market in Woolwich, Michael and Anna entered the Dreamachine. An exceptional immersion in art and science.

 
 
Sparkling backdrop with three figures dancing
 

Jessie Ware
Brixton Academy

Anna's standout musical performance of the year. A perfect set list and dance routines were topped off with an appearance by Kylie.

 

July

 
 
A signer shouts into a hand-held mic. The image is blurred by movement.
 

LCD Soundsystem
Brixton Academy

Back to Brixton, several of the Cog team enjoyed the residency to celebrate 20 years of this iconic band. We were witness to James Murphy’s Emotional Haircut.

 
 
Theatre with a beach set, performers lounging
 

Sun & Sea
The Albany

For our July Cog Night we were excited for a collaboration between three of our clients. Emily gives her verdict of opera on the beach.

 

August

 
 
Lights spell out BABY
 

Oh Mother
Soho Theatre

The wonderful RashDash have become mothers, Michael was there to hear them talk about it, through brilliant multi-generational tale-telling.

 
 
Outside of gallery with brutalist concrete and glass
 

In The Black Fantastic
Hayward Gallery

For August’s Cog Night we took a fantastical journey though the mystical minds of 11 contemporary artists from the African diaspora. Michael gives his thoughts.

 

September

 
 
Band hug on stage
 

End of the Road Festival
Larmer Tree Farm

Michael was back at his favourite annual music festival for the long-postponed headline from Pixies. Read about his highlights in our journal.

 
 
A lit shed
 

Cornelia Parker
Tate Britain

A favourite for many of the team, we loved this experience of incredible large scale installations and thought provoking short films.

 

October

 
 
Black space
 

Autechre
Barbican 

Alex saw experimental electronic legends Autechre in a rare show. They played in complete darkness, the sound of techno falling down the stairs - excellent.

 
 
Poster with mutlicolours reads London Film Festival
 

Michael went to much more of the full London Film Festival programme than the rest of us. Read his round up of the 14 festival films he saw in 12 days.

 

November

 
 
Three musicians stand behind their instruments
 

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s silent film was screened with a new score performed by Holter and her band, and the chorus from Opera North. Michael found it chilling.

 
 
Performers take a bow
 

Let The Right One In 
Royal Exchange Theatre

Her first trip to this fabulous theatre, Anna was terrified by a fantastic adaptation of this unsettling story. The performances and special effects created the mood.

 

December

 
 
Man in front of wall Shakespeare North
 

A Christmas Carol
Shakespeare North Playhouse

Nick took a trip to Prescot to catch this new production. The show was jam packed full of interactive panto fun and naughty humour.

 
 
Group of people outside a venue doors
 

A Pissedmas Carol
Leicester Square Theatre

In a different take on the classic Christmas story, the Cog team had a festive night out watching the Sh*tfaced team make it through the show.

 
 

As has become an annual tradition, Michael's created a month by month overview of his favourite cultural events of the year. 

Read about his hits, misses, great events and disappointments in our journal.

 
Cropped close up of the face of Michael Smith, holding the lens of his glasses in front so his eye looks oversized.
 
 

Our must-sees for January include...

Michael's January favourite, Best of Enemies, is back in the West End
Noel Coward Theatre, until 18 Feb

Deborah France's White's Guilty Feminist returns with live shows
Soho Theatre, 4-7 Jan

Le Gateau Chocolat and Jonny Woo celebrate their big birthdays with 90 years of drag
Soho Theatre, 4-21 Jan

Film-sound artwork Other Rooms, Other Voices documents the residents of Sanford Housing Co-operative 
SIML Space, 14-15 Jan

London International Mime Festival includes highlights from Gandini Juggling, Theatre Re and more
Across London, 16 Jan – 5 Feb

Tender rom-com Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons opens
Harold Pinter Theatre, 18 Jan – 18 Mar

Experimental physical theatre group Gecko present Kin
Lighthouse, Poole, 19-21 Jan

Mel C is one of three performers in in Jules Cunningham's 'intimate' dance work – how did we get here?
Sadler's Wells 
19-29 Jan

Frantic Assembly's award-winning production of Othello is back at Lyric Hammersmith 19 Jan – 11 Feb

Travis Alabanza’s first play for the Royal Court, Sound of The Underground look riotous 19 Jan – 25 Feb

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead is the hotly anticipated touring show from Complicité
Nationwide, from 19 Jan

London Philharmonic Orchestra perform Tan Dun’s Buddha Passion
Royal Festival Hall, 22 Jan

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And we're booking early for...

Belgium’s dance-theatre innovators, Peeping Tom perform a Triptych of works at Barbican 2–5 Feb
Always interesting Zinnie Harris reinterprets Macbeth (an undoing) at Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh 4–25 Feb
Sophie Okonedo and Ben Daniels star in Medea at the new Soho Place 10 Feb–22 Apr
The Bridge is staging an immersive(ish) Guys and Dolls 27 Feb–2 Sep
A new production of Lord of the Flies comes to Leeds Playhouse and Belgrade Theatre 18 Mar–29 Apr
Royal Exchange Theatre present a new adaptation of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 24 Mar–29 Apr
A new musical The Secret Life of Bees opens at The Almeida 8 Apr– 27 May
Experience two influential abstract artists, Hilma af Klint and Piet Mondrian together 20 Apr–3 Sep
Panda Bear and Sonic Boom play rare shows at Brundenell Social Club and Band on the Wall 19-22 Apr
Wayne McGregor's interprets Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal at Royal Opera House 13 May–4 Jun
Britpop legends reform with Blur and Pulp both playing special shows in the summer May-July
Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman is back in the West End, with Lily Allen starring 10 Jun–2 Sep
Liverpool Biennial returns to the city, with theme 'The Sacred Return of Lost Things' 10 Jun–17 Sep
Akram Khan's Jungle Book reimagined tours, including Cantebury's The Marlowe 28 & 29 June
Sarah Lucas has a well deserved reyrospective at Tate Britian 28 Sep–14 Jan
Free Your Mind, the Danny Boyle / Matrix mash-up opens Factory International 13 Oct–5 Nov

 
 

Image credits...

We commissioned the month's lead image from Ellis Brown. Take a look at their site to see more of their work.

Other images taken by the Cog team with due credit to the designers and artists who created the works we photographed, or captured through screen shots. 

 
Repeated illustration of above
 

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