Adam Kay at the MCT at Alleyn's

Wednesday 18 October , 7:30pm

Join Village Books and Alleyn's School for and evening in the company of comedian, writer and former junior doctor, Adam Kay, as he brings his stand-up set to his childhood home of Dulwich to mark the publication of his new book This is Going to Hurt.

Be prepared to laugh and cry as Adam Kay converses with renowned broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kholi. Revealing his experiences and the joy, pain, hilarity, horror and maddening bureaucracy he faced and what made him finally hang up his stethoscope.

Age Suitability: 18+

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An Evening with Philip Pullman

Tuesday 7 November, 7:30pm

Join Village Books and Alleyn's School to hear Philip Pullman in conversation with The Sunday Times journalist, Nicolette Jones, as he talks about his life in writing and his new collection of essays on story telling Daemon Voices.

Daemon Voices: Essays on Storytelling is a unique collection of Philip Pullman's essays, written over 20 years and brought together now for the first time.
Together, these essays form a lively personal exploration of storytelling by one of the world's greatest storytellers.

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Plosive Comedy in Dulwich: Reginald D Hunter

Saturday 2 December, 8pm

The best in alternative comedy comes to the MCT at Alleyn's, featuring hand-picked line-ups of the finest comics.

The challenging, intelligent and blissfully funny Reginald D Hunter - as seen on 'Have I Got News For You', 'Live at the Apollo' and '8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown' - headlines December's show.

Joing Reg are giddy stand-up Lou Sanders - who's appeared on 'Live at the BBC', 'Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled' and the new 'Russell Howard Hour' - ever-inventive absurdist hero and Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Ben Target and critically-acclaimed filth merchant Fin Taylor as MC.

Tickets: £16 

Ages: 18+

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Plosive Comedy in Dulwich: Sara Pascoe

Saturday 4 November, 8pm

The best in alternative comedy comes to the MCT at Alleyn’s, featuring hand-picked line-ups of the finest comics.

Sara Pascoe is an Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, acclaimed author and star of Live at the Apollo, Taskmaster, QI and Mock the Week.

Joining Sara are hugely talented stand-up Tez Ilyas – who’s appeared on The Last Leg, Mock the Week and Live from The BBC as well as starring in his own Radio 4 show – and shape-shifting absurdist and fast-rising leftfield star Jordan Brookes, and podcasting champ (‘All Killa No Filla’ podcast) and Chortle Award nominee Kiri Pritchard-McLean as MC.

Tickets: £16
Ages: 18+

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An Evening with Alison Weir

Thursday 16 November, 7.30pm

Village Books in Dulwich Village and Alleyn's School are delighted to host a talk from Alison Weir as she shares with us the dramatic story of five Norman queens, from Matilda of Flanders, who supported William the Conqueror in his invasion of England in 1066, to the turbulent Empress Maud, who fought a bitter war with her cousin King Stephen, and founded the Plantagenet dynasty as the mother of Henry II. 

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Alleyn's International Concert Series: Castalian String Quartet

Tuesday 27 February, 7.30pm

Sini Simonen & Daniel Roberts (violins), Charlotte Bonneton (viola) & Christopher Graves (‘cello)

Music by Haydn, Dutilleux & Schumann

The Castalian Quartet is rapidly emerging as an exciting voice on the international chamber music scene. Over the last three years they have won top prizes at major international competitions in Canada (Banff), Lyon, Hanover and the UK.

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An Evening with Evan Davis

Sunday 5 November, 7.30pm

Village Books and Alleyn's School are thrilled to host this event in which Evan will talk post truth, what it means for us and for our future. 

Why we have reached 'Peak Bullshit' and what we can do about it

Lies and deception, flannel and waffle, distracting decoration or flamboyance, artifice and insincerity, pure nonsense and gibberish: everywhere you look. And never has there been more concern about it. From President Trump to the Brexit debate, we hear constant talk of falsehoods and fake news, and appeals to alternative facts. So why has it apparently become the communications strategy of our time?

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Henry Marsh at the Alleyn's Holly Fair in conversation with Rosemary Bennett

Saturday 2 December, 11.30am

Henry Marsh was one of Britain’s foremost brain surgeons, and worked as Consultant Neurosurgeon at Atkinson Morley’s/St George’s Hospital in London for thirty years. Since retiring from full-time work in the NHS, he has continued to operate and lecture abroad, in Nepal, Albania and Ukraine.

His prize-winning memoir, Do No Harm, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller. He has been the subject of two award-winning documentary films, Your Life In Their Hands and The English Surgeon. He was made a CBE in 2010.

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.