Face Forward by Emma Blau
As the cranes go up, buildings are pulled down and London’s skyline keeps evolving, the people who give the capital’s streets its vibrancy can easily be forgotten in the face of constant flux. Face Forward, Emma Blau’s photographic project in response to regeneration plans for Westminster’s Church Street, attempts to redress this imbalance. Wanting to show the importance of local people to the neighbourhood’s past, present and ideally, future, the photographer invited residents to have their photo taken in her pop-up studio. Over 400 people took her up on the offer, making this street-based exhibition a microcosm of the kind of diversity that’s been London’s trademark for centuries. Let’s hope it stays that way. Face Forward
Boy at Almeida Theatre
Very much a play for our times, Boy is a coming of age story set in austerity-era London. Written by Leo Butler and directed by Sacha Wares, the story singles out – no surprises here – a boy, among the crowd waiting at a bus stop and follows him over the course of a day. It might be staged at one of London’s smallest theatres, the 19th-century Almeida building, but this is a production with a big heart and a sharp 21st-century eye. Almeida