Take Nothing With You, with Author Patrick Gale

Wednesday 26 September, 7.30pm

Village Books & Alleyn's School Enterprises Ltd present an evening with Patrick Gale.

Join us for an evening of entertaining discussion about writing with one of the UK’s leading authors.

Patrick is the author of bestselling novels including The Whole Day Through, the Richard and Judy bestsellers  Notes From An Exhibition and A Perfectly Good Man, the Costa nominated A Place Called Winter and his latest, Take Nothing With You. And he was the author of the BBC drama, Man in an Orange Shirt.

Tickets avilable at Village Books, Dulwich 

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Adam Rutherford and The Story of How We Became Us

Photo credit: Stefan Jakubowski

Tuesday 9 October, 7.30pm

Join Village Books and Alleyn’s School Enterprises Ltd, for an evening with Adam Rutherford, popular science broadcaster, presenter of Radio 4’s Inside Science, and author of the best-selling A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived.

Adam will be talking about his new book The Book of Humans which explores how many of the things once considered to be exclusively human are not.  

Illuminated by the latest scientific discoveries, it is a thrilling compendium of what unequivocally fixes us as animals and reveals how we are extraordinary among them.

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Plosive Comedy in Dulwich with Ardal O'Hanlon

Saturday 13 October, 8pm
Plosive’s flagship stand-up night, bringing the best in alternative comedy to south east London.

ARDAL O’HANLON – the British Comedy Award-winning star of ‘Father Ted’ – headlines this month.

Joining Ardal are Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated absurdist and ‘Upstart Crow’ star SPENCER JONES, Guilty Feminist Podcast regular JESSICA FOSTEKEW and award-winning Kiwi comic JARRED CHRISTMAS.

Tickets: £17

Age restriction: 18+

For more information and to book tickets you will be redirected to the Plosive Comedy website

Vietnam with Sir Max Hastings

Photo credit: Toby Madden

Thursday 15 November, 7.30pm

Village Books and Alleyn's School Enterprises invite you to an evening with Sir Max Hastings.

From the best-selling author of All Hell Let Loose comes a masterful chronicle of one of the most devastating international conflicts of the 20th century and how its people were affected. Vietnam became the Western world’s most divisive conflict since the Second World War.  Max Hastings has spent the past three years interviewing scores of participants on both sides, as well as researching a multitude of American and Vietnamese documents and memoirs, to create an epic narrative of an epic struggle.

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Jenni Murray - A History of the World in 21 Women

Photo credit: Les Wilson

Tuesday 2 October, 7pm

Join us on Tuesday 2nd October as Jenni Murray celebrates the lives, struggles and achievements of some of history’s most extraordinary women from around the globe. 

Jenni Murray is a journalist and broadcaster who has presented BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour since 1987. She is the author of several books, including A History of Britain in 21 Women and Memoirs of a Not So Dutiful Daughter.

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Speeches of Note: Shaun Usher in collaboration with Alleyn's Drama

Thursday 11 October, 7.30pm

We are delighted to announce an evening of historic speeches compiled by Shaun Usher and dramatised by pupils from Alleyn's Drama Department.

In Speeches of Note you'll discover sppeched that altered the course of history, like Nelson Mandela's on the day he became South Africa's first black President. You'll find gloriously unexpected speeches as Kermit the Frog takes to the podium, and celebrate lives well-lived, including Tilda Swinton's tribute to 'every alien's favourite cousin', David Bowie.

Shaun Usher is the writer and sole custodian of the popular blogs lettersofnote.com, listsofnote.com and speechesofnote.com. He is the author of Letters of Note, Lists of Note and More Letters of Note.

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An Afternoon with Lauren Child

Photo credit: Polly Borland

Sunday 4 November, 3pm

Join us for an afternoon with the current Children’s Laureate as she looks at the inspiration behind her work, the magic of reading and writing for children, and how ideas can come from anywhere. Lauren will be in conversation with Nicolette Jones.

Lauren Child is a multi-award winning, bestselling writer and artists whose books are known and loved across the world. She is best known as the creator of the successful book series Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola.

Family ticket £30  (entry for 1 adult, 1 child and a copy of Mary Poppins)

Adult £10
Child £7

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Dan Snow: On This Day in History

Photo credit: Mark Edgar

Wednesday 28 November, 7.30pm

Join us for an evening with Dan Snow as he looks back at over 3000 years of the most important stories from the past. From the Ides of March to D-Day, Dan Snow tells the story of an important event that happened on each day of the year. Some are famous – from Julius Caesar fatally ignoring a soothsayer’s warning about 15 March to how World War II actually ended (D-Day) – and others more surprising – from Ada Lovelace’s meeting in 1833 which led to the invention of the computer, or the Great Beer Flood of 1814 that killed eight people. Dan shows how each offers a different and unexpected insight into our past.

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Alleyn's International Concert Series: Adam Walker (flute) and James Baillieu (piano)

Monday 8 October, 7.30pm

Adam Walker was described by Classic FM as ‘one of the top five international flautists’. In 2009 at the age of 21, he was appointed principal flute of the London Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as soloist, chamber musician and principal flautist around the world to great critical acclaim.

Regular duo partner and prize-winning pianist, James Baillieu, will join him.

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Photo: Christa Holka

South Africa: From Mandela to Zuma and the Future, an Insider's Perspective

Friday 12 October, 7:30pm

Richard Calland, Professor of Public Law at Cape Town University, gives the annual Edward Alleyn Club Lecture, a talk by a distinguished former pupil of Alleyn’s School. He will talk about the enormous changes in South African politics from Nelson Mandela onwards, including the present and future political scene there.

Tickets are free but must be booked online.

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Henry VIII and the Men That Made Him with Tracy Borman

Tuesday 6 November, 7.30pm

Henry VIII is well known for his tumultuous relationships with women, and he is often defined by his many marriages. But what do we see if we take a different look? When we see Henry through the men in his life, a new perspective on this famous king emerges.

In this talk, Tracy will tell the story of England’s most famous monarch through the eyes of the men who surrounded him.

Tracy Borman is a bestselling author and historian, specialising in the Tudors. She is joint chief curator of Historic Royal Palaces and chief executive of the Heritage Education Trust. Tracy has presented and appeared in several historical documentaries.

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La Bohème at Alleyn's Holly Fair

Saturday 1 December, 11.30am

Alleyn's Holly Fair & OperaUpClose present Puccini's La Bohème in a new English version by Robien Norton-Hale.

★★★★ New York Times

★★★★ The Times

★★★★ Guardian

★★★★ Evening Standard

★★★★ WhatsOnStage

★★★★ Metro

★★★★ Sunday Express

★★★★ Daily Express

Ticket includes free entry to the Holly Fair.

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The MCT at Alleyn's, Alleyn's School, Townley Road, East Dulwich SE22 8SU.   Box Office: 0208 557 1541.