Something for the Weekend

Words by
Lee Cassanell

26th May 2022

Our picks of the week for bars, exhibitions, theatre, shopping and film. 

Art: Ma by Boo Saville
‘Ma’ is artist Boo Saville’s most personal show to date, incorporating her renowned colour field paintings and detailed drawings with a narrative that draws on her own reflections on motherhood and journey of involuntary childlessness. ‘Ma’ is a Japanese expression which describes the “space in between, a deliberately empty space but one which holds significance.” (like the silences and pauses between musical notes, for example). ‘Ma also, of course, means ‘mother’ and the exhibition takes on this double meaning of both empty space and motherhood.

Theatre: The Father and the Assassin
At The National Theatre is the story of the man who murdered Mahatma Gandhi, Nathuram Godse, who shot Gandhi in the chest three times at point blank range at a multi-faith prayer meeting in Birla House in New Delhi on 30th January 1948. This the play traces Godse’s life over thirty years during India’s fight for independence: from a devout follower of Gandhi, through to his radicalisation, the assassination and the subsequent aftermath. 
Described as “Gripping” by the The Guardian and “Exhilarating” by the Financial Times, director Indhu Rubasingham (The Great Wave) reunites with Anupama Chandrasekhar, one of India’s most exciting playwrights, for this exploration of oppression and extremism.

Film: Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts
A feature documentary about the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II. 
Directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill) the doc has been described as an “uplifting and fresh modern chronicle of the extraordinary 70-year reign of Her Majesty the Queen, the longest-lived, longest-reigning British monarch and longest-serving female head of state in history.”

Shop: With Nothing Underneath
With Nothing Underneath (or WNU) is launching its first flagship store in Chelsea this month. Worn by the Duchess of Sussex, WNU was founded by Pip Durell in 2017 is “all about simplicity - paired back, laid back, timeless, effortless shirts.” WNU is also launching its Summer 2022 collections, which will offer a variety of ‘refreshing colours’ in the best-selling ‘The Boyfriend Linen’ shirt, including shades of mint, lilac and cornflower stripes.