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The Decypher Collective presents 8Sixteen32
The Albany, Douglas Way | 30 Sept – 1 Oct

8SIXTEEN32 refers to typical bar lines used in grime: these rhythms permeate the show, which dramatises a 'life of grime' in a series of set pieces [Street, Yard, Club…] capturing the excitement, aspirations, creativity and disillusionment of the scene as its participants each seek to prove their skills and make their name.

Tropical Island live radio and musical theatre
Freedom's Ark, 117 Bruce Grove | 02 Oct

Tropical Island, the west-end musical theatre show returns with a special one-off radio showcase from Freedom's Ark in north London. This is a special fund raising event to support communities.

Clybourne Park
Royal Court, Sloane Square | Until 2 Oct

In 1959 Russ and Bev are selling their desirable two-bed at a knock-down price. This enables the first black family to move into the neighbourhood, creating ripples of discontent amongst the cosy white urbanites of Clybourne Park.

Five Guys Named Moe
Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square | 04 Sept – 03 Oct

The world-class, award-winning musical Five Guys Named stars The Wire's Clarke Peters as Nomax and is directed by Paulette Randall. With choreography by original cast member and Olivier nominee Paul J Medford.

Estate Walls
Oval House Theatre | 21 Sept to 9 Oct 2010

Three ghetto youts on de estate wall, whole day pass dey do na'ting at all, Dey fink dey bad cos dey fightin' 'n' brawlin', but one of dese mornin', one of dese mornin', one of dese mornin'..."

Fuel and Soho Theatre present Inua Ellams' Untitled
Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street | From 28 Sept to 9 October

Untitled is a magical realist story about twin brothers separated at birth, one of them growing up in Nigeria and the other in London. The timing of the production is especially relevant as Untitled will be staged, at Soho Theatre, over the 50th anniversary of Nigerian independence on 1 October.

Oliver Samuels returns to the UK in Puppy Love

Broadway Theatre, Catford | 01/02 Oct
Hackney Empire, London | 09/10 Oct:

The plot revolves around a sultry and precocious 20 year old girl - Karen "Kar Kar" Cross (Natalee Cole), who under the influence of peer pressure, becomes romantically involved with middle age Dick (Oliver Samuels) - her father's best friend and business partner, Poor Dick tries desperately to repel Karen's predatory advances, but weakens and gets sucked in by Karen's alluring and disarming charm and her stunningly beautiful and nubile body.

The Day the Waters Came
Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street | 05 - 9 Oct

Takes young audiences to New Orleans to New Orleans in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina struck the city and devastated much of it. Writer Lisa Evans is intent on weaving the personal stories of invisible lives into huge dramatic events of the world stage.

Afrovibes Festival at The Albany
The Albany, Douglas Way, London | 05-10 Oct

No borders: cutting edge and confronting theatre, dance and visual arts from South Africa. The Albany, Deptford, host Afrovibes for three weeks in October presenting the festival's renowned roster of raw and uncompromising contemporary South African performance, dance, film, literature and visual arts alongside a fringe programme of British work relating to the festival's themes.

BHM: Napoleon Maddox: ISWhat?!
Artsdepot, North Finchley London | 15 Oct

US jazz and hip-hop artist Napoleon Maddox and his group ISWHAT?! perform at artsdepot. Featuring fierce jazz sounds, funky groove and vocal gymnastics, Napoleon Maddox and ISWHAT?! span a range of musical styles, taking in everything from Duke Ellington to Outkast to create a wildly original mix of hip hop and acoustic jazz.

Salute to the Wailers - The Story of Jamaica's First Super Group
HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London | 25 Oct

Celebrating over 40 years of music from Jamaica's first super group – Salute to the Wailers is a live musical celebration and visual experience that proudly recognises the contribution of all the individual musicians who were responsible for creating the sound that today remains the blueprint of reggae music.

Our Place on the Stage
Holy Trinity Church, Dalston Beechwood Road | 28 Oct

To celebrate Black History Month 2010, young people explore fresh visions of Dalston for a one night only performance at the Dalston Trinity Centre, in the heart of Hackney.

J.A. Story The Musical - The Historical Musical on the island of Jamaica
Fairfield Halls, Croydon | 22 Oct
Stratford Circus Theatre, Stratford, London | 27-30 Oct

Due to popular demand J.A. Story returns for a limited run in October 2010. With a bigger and new cast new songs and dances this is a must see. The critically acclaimed J.A. Story serves as a reminder of what Jamaica has contributed to the world and how progressive a country the island really is.

Collective Artistes presents The Meeting
On tour until 06 Nov

By Jeff Stetson, an imagined encounter directed by Chuck Mike. Valentine's Day, 1965.
Days before his brutal assassination, Malcolm X will risk the scorn of his followers to meet the one man whose passion for freedom rivals his own: Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Garbage King
Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street | Until 31 Oct

Adapted by Oladipo Agboluaje from the bestselling novel by Elizabeth Laird
Directed by Rosamunde Hutt
Designed by Jean Chan

Mamo and Dani are runaways from very different backgrounds. Mamo lives in Addis Ababa's shanties until his mother dies, leaving him and his sister Tiggist alone. While Tiggist is out searching for a job, he is kidnapped by child-traffickers and sold as a farm slave. When he finally escapes back to the city, his sister is gone.

The Slave Master's Wife
Open The Gate, The Black Culture Cafe | 23 / 24 / 31 Oct

A play by Cliff R Johnson
This play shows the rebellion of good people in a bad time. A powerful show that will not only pull at your heartstrings but will leave you wanting more.

For Queen and Country
Albany Theatre, Douglas Way | 27 – 29 Oct
The White Bear theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road | 1 Nov

It's time to set the record straight! After her death in 1881, Mary Seacole has returned to find out HERstory has been forgotten from contemporary history books.

Rum and Coca Cola
Various Venues | 13 Oct – 13 Nov

This bittersweet story celebrates the art of Calypso and human friendship, was first seen in 1976 and has now been re-worked by Matura for a 2010 audience. Professor, an ageing ex-Calypso King, has been reduced to singing on the beach for tourists accompanied by Slim, a young street boy, whom he attempts to turn from a life of crime.

The Charming Man
Theatre 503, The Latchmere Pub | 20 Oct - 13 Nov

As Britain's new Coalition Government settles in, and the Opposition debates whether they chose the right brother, Theatre 503 launches a season of new plays that take a playful look at the workings of Parliament, with Garbiel Bisset-Smith's The Charming Man.

Breakin' Convention 2010 UK Tour
Various | 22 Oct – 20 Nov

The third UK tour of the critically acclaimed International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre Sadler's Wells' renowned international festival of hip hop dance theatre Breakin' Convention, returns for a third extensive UK tour following another sold-out London festival earlier in May 2010.

Arcola Theatre, 27 Arcola Street | 27 Oct – 20 Nov

Tiata Fahodzi presents a radically new, all-female production of Joe Penhall's award-winning Blue/Orange, ten years on from the play's acclaimed premiere. Blue/Orange is a passionate, witty and ultimately devastating exploration of institutional politics, mental health and race.

Flashdance the Musical
Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue | Until 26 Feb 2011

Set in Pittsburgh, USA, Flashdance The Musical tells the story of 19-year-old Alex, a welder by day and 'flashdancer' by night, whose dream is to obtain a place at the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy.

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