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The 2013 More London Free Festival at The Scoop

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THIS YEAR, The Scoop at More London – the sunken outdoor riverside amphitheatre overlooked by City Hall – celebrates eleven years of hosting the More London Free Festival.

From June 5 to September 27, 2013 you can enjoy a superb programme of fringe featuring dance, laughter and mindfulness, a month of music, award-winning theatre and film screenings all completely free.

More London is the award-winning business estate on the South Bank of the Thames opposite The Tower of London. Each year, it organises and hosts the More London Free Festival – a summer long free festival featuring a high-calibre of talent all in the superb 1000-seater riverside setting of The Scoop.

There’s no need to book, just turn up (early) and enjoy the show!

FREE FRINGE – June 5 to June 28 (performances start at 6:30pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays).

A week of dance kicks off the festival – learn to Lindy Hop with the London Swing Dance Society to tunes from the 1930s and 40s from Ronnie Scott’s Rejects; learn the sensual Brazilian Zouk dance from Kleber C. Saude whose Brazilian Social Dance performed at the 2012 Olympics; The Movement Factory will get you moving like never before teaching and showcasing pieces inspired by urban dance styles including popping, Locking and Waacking…

… critically acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company return for their seventh season with the hilarious and mysterious Sherlock Holmes; a week of Mindfulness and Meditation is lead by London College of Spirituality, including a Gong Bath and South American and African Shamanic drumming; Wake Up London return to The Scoop following their successful Meditation Flash Mob held last year for an evening of Meditation and Mindfulness…

… and part-pantomime, part-opera, Kit Hesketh-Harvey’s new production for The Merry Opera Company re-lives The Magic Flute’s sublime music and triumphant opening night in 1791.

FREE MUSIC – July 3 to July 26 (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday lunchtimes from 12.30 – 2pm; evenings from 6.30pm – 9:30pm).

Four weeks of superb-quality live performances kicks off with choirs including Music in Offices featuring the Norton Rose Choir, More London residents and winners of Office Choir of the Year competition; rising star Jo Harman – described by Times FM as “The best British voice in decades” – plays a one-off gig in the midst of her UK tour; stars of the Olympics Opening Ceremony, the Pandemonium Drummers, regroup for some serious drumming…

… African sounds with an urban twist from Kasai Masai led by Voodoo King Nickens Nkoso; catch genuinely versatile singer-songwriter and comedy music talent Earl Okin before he travels to Edinburgh for the festival; new talent galore from students of London Centre of Contemporary Music and Bexleyheath youth-talent group BeXfactor Finalists; and the super-group of session musicians and singers The AllStars Collective headline every Friday evening.

FREE THEATRE – August 7 to September 1 (Two performances every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6pm and 8pm).

For its 11th year in The Scoop at More London, the award-winning London’s Free Open Air Theatre Season (previously known as Steam Industry Free Theatre) presents The Thebans directed by Phil Willmott; two fully staged productions inspired by the ancient Greek city of Thebes.

Prince of Thebes for family audiences is an irresistible blend of comedy, adventure, music and puppetry and introduces you to the young Prince as he thwarts magical and mortal enemies in his quest to lift an evil spell. As twilight gathers around More London, older audiences are invited to discover the terrible fate of the adult Oedipus and his children in Oedipus and Antigone – a vivid new production which combines the masterpieces by Aeschylus and Sophocles.

FREE FILM – September 11 to September 27 (Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 7:30pm.

An inspirational mix of classic, cult and contemporary films – rarely shown elsewhere – opens with the superb Skyfall. It is followed by Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie; classic 80s sci-fi adventure comedy Back to the Future; the legendary Spaghetti western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; multi-Oscar winning Les Miserables; Michael Haneke’s Oscar-winning art-house film, Amour; and Hitchcock’s The Birds which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Occupiers of More London are being given the chance to select the last film to close the festival – details will be revealed nearer the date.

For detailed listings, visit www.morelondon.co.uk/.