Your Election Selection

So what if this headline was mainly chosen for the tidy rhyme? It’s an important week for the United Kingdom so whichever box you end up ticking, you deserve to do something to celebrate. But only if you actually tick a box…

As the polling stations open this Thursday 7 May, London will be making sure it’s nigh on impossible to avoid its presence with a sturdy ballot of candidates to help entertain, celebrate, commiserate or mainly stay awake and alert throughout this election week.

From theatre to club nights to illuminated tourist attractions, we’ve picked a selection of election inspired events taking place this week…

You might have noticed the London Eye is a little more colourful than usual – design pranksters Bompas and Parr have teamed up with Facebook to transform the big wheel into a pie chart representing which political parties we’re all talking about on Facebook. Each light show starts at 9.30pm and represents another aspect of political discussion. Like any good politician, Bompas and Parr are remaining schtum and shady about what we can expect from a light show on Election Night.

Further down the river, Southbank Centre’s ‘Changing Britain’ season reaches its close with a politically inspired performance from London Sinfonietta: Notes to the New Government on Saturday 9 May. Sixteen performers present a programme of newly commissioned works co-curated by Matthew Herbert and the Royal Philharmonic Society demonstrating the influence of politics on musical creation. There will also be a performance of protest songs.

Plan on staying up late on Thursday to watch those seats roll in? Join the gang at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club for Electiongiggle (Thursday 7 May, 9.30pm-6am), a night of comedy and politics as they stay ahead of the game with a marathon session of live comedy and live election results hosted by Thom Tuck with special guests including Marcus Brigstocke, Josie Long, Chris Coltrane and more. Advance tickets are sold out but (very) limited tickets will be available on the door.

Unless you’ve already entered the ballot, chances are slim that you’ll be able to win a seat at Donmar Warehouse’s The Vote by James Graham starring Mark Gatiss, Judi Dench and Catherine Tate. Set in a London polling station, The Vote follows those frantic 90 minutes before the vote closes. And thanks to the magic of theatre and television, we can all enjoy the show as The Vote is also broadcast live on More4 at the exact time of its depicted frenzy, 8.25pm – 10pm. Last minute voters, best set your recorder.

Over at Theatre 503, the resident writers present EleXion (until 9 May) explores a cross section of Britain’s experiences in the lead up to the General Election with five short plays featuring two political advisors trying to balance personal and professional, an election party in a chicken shop and a celebration of the right to vote.

Remeber to vote on Thursday 7 May from 7am-10pm. For more information and to find your nearest polling station: aboutmyvote.co.uk

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