What's on in East London and West Essex this weekend, 22nd and 23rd February, 2020

Shark in the Park

Timothy Pope is looking through his telescope – but wait, is that a shark in the park? From the creative team behind The Hairy Maclary Show, see all three of Nick Sharratt’s Shark in the Park books live on stage.

Redbridge Drama Centre, Churchfields, South Woodford, E18 2RB, Sunday, February 23, 2pm. Details: 020 8708 8800 redbridgedramacentre.co.uk


Heritage is a blistering, one-act black comedy that explores the darker side of nationalism. It's Mayday and a group of misfit children are specially chosen to close the day's festivities but, as they gather together to rehearse the village anthem, all is not well. As the rehearsal breaks down they soon begin to suspect that they have been chosen for a far darker purpose.

Chelmsford City Theatres, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG, Sunday, February 23, 7pm. Details: 01245 606505 chelmsford.gov.uk

Kojo Anim

Britain’s Got Talent’s stand-up comedy star Kojo Anim is heading out on the road with his debut UK tour. The 39-year-old was Simon Cowell’s golden buzzer act on last year’s series of the talent show. Kojo is here to make the world laugh, sharing his funny observations and stories about life, parenthood and family.

Chelmsford City Theatres, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG, Saturday, February 22, 7.30pm. Details: 01245 606505 chelmsford.gov.uk

Bring the Laughter

Join the stars of the screen Hyde Panaser, Sukh Ojla, Nabil Abdul Rashid and Eshaan Akbar for a night of jokes and laughter.

Redbridge Drama Centre, Churchfields, South Woodford, E18 2RB, Saturday, February 22, 7.30pm. Details: 020 8708 8800 redbridgedramacentre.co.uk

Sing-a-Long-a Rocky Horror Picture Show

The campest cult classic of all time gets the Sing-a-Long-a treatment it’s been screaming for. Starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Meatloaf and Richard O’Brien, it’s the most outrageous romp ever. Dance the Time Warp as you experience Rocky Horror Picture Show in the greatest way possible – with lyrics on the screen so you can join in as loud and proud as you want.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT, Sunday, February 23, 7.30pm. Details: 01708 443333 queens-theatre.co.uk

Kehinde Wiley: The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper is an exhibition of new portraits by American artist Kehinde Wiley. This will be the first solo exhibition of new work shown by Wiley at a public institution in the UK and also the first to feature exclusively female portraits. The works feature women that the artist met on the streets of Dalston and offer a visual response to American novelist Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s acclaimed feminist text, The Yellow Wallpaper (1892).

William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park House, 531 Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4PP, Saturday, February 22, to Monday, May 25. Details: 020 8496 4390 wmgallery.org.uk

London Bookshop Crawl

The London Bookshop Crawl is hosting its annual celebration of bookshops of London. Events include Bunk Off and Book Shop, Bookshop Lock-In, Book Swap Brunch and various other events suited for any reader, as well as family events. The bookshop crawl has an amazing number of bookshops involved all across London so that booklovers can explore their own area but also discover new areas. There will be special challenges for crawlers to encourage people to explore more bookshops and travel further out of your comfort zone. Participating bookshops offer discounts, perks and special events for bookshop crawlers.

Various locations in London, Friday, February 21, to Sunday, February 23. Details: ninjabookbox.com

I Spy

This February half term, don't miss out on your chance to attend the special Gunpowder Mills Spy School. With the return of Agent Nitrate and the Spy Team, each day you will enjoy a mix of science, learning and fun. Visit the science stations to try out fingerprint dusting and writing secret messages, have fun writing your very own spy story and enjoy spy-themed arts and crafts. Try out some cool spy gadgets, make yourself a rocket to escape on and so much more. Not to mention the awesome science shows put on by Agent Nitrate throughout the day.

Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY, until Sunday, February 23. Details: royalgunpowdermills.com