WHAT TO DO THIS WEEKEND Things to do this weekend 1 min WHAT TO DO THIS WEEKEND Things to do this weekend 1 min What's on and where to go this weekend Added on 04.01.19 By Iesha Thomas on 04.01.19 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Email LinkedIn What's on and where to go this weekend By Iesha Thomas on 04.01.19 WATCH EMMA STONE AND RACHEL WEISZ FIGHT OVER OLIVIA COLMAN Tipped to win big at awards season and generating serious Oscar buzz, go and see what the fuss is about with this unusual take on period drama. Olivia Colman plays Queen Anne, England's ruler in the 18th century. The country is at war with the French, but the queen is fragile – both mentally and physically. Her confidante and friend Sarah (Weisz) steps in to rule the country in secret. But when a new servant Abigail (Stone) arrives, she quickly charms Sarah and works her way up the ladder. But as the chaos of war takes Sarah away from the queen, a new bond forms between the monarch and Abigail – and she won't let anything get in the way of her future. Find your local showing here. SEE A #METOO COMEDY SKETCH “Can’t two women do a sketch show on the fringe without a man trying to murder them?” With a musical opening number, Forgive Me, Mother! is an hour-long comedy sketch that reflects on the #MeToo movement with hilarious consequences. The duo of Celeste Dring and Freya Parker claim their own twisted equality. They’ve sold out at Soho Theatre this week, so make sure you catch their one-off date at the Leicester Square Theatre next month. Grab your tickets here before they’re gone. GIVE THE 1975 A TRY Brit-award winning and Grammy-nominated group The 1975 are back with their third album, and playing Dublin next week. Led by frontman and lyricist Matty Healy, the Manchester quartet has made its name on an unruly brand of abundance throughout the 2010s. From the self-titled debut album that gave us hits Chocolate and Robbers, to their number-one sophomore album, I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, this group keep pushing the boundaries to produce genre-bending music. Their latest album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, deals with sex, social media and the state of the nation. Grab the last remaining tickets in Dublin while you can. CATCH THE HILARIOUS WANDA SYKES LIVE IN LONDON Wanda Sykes' smart wit has seen her work across the entertainment industry. She spent five years writing and performing on HBO’s critically acclaimed The Chris Rock Show. She's won four Emmy's and the American Comedy Award for Outstanding Female Stand Up Comic. Her first book, Yeah, I Said It, is a hilarious collection of essays touching on life, family and current events. Not to mention she won the GLAAD Stephen F. Kolzak Award in 2010. Don't miss out on seeing this incredible performer. For more details, click here. WATCH THE FIRST WEST END PLAY WRITTEN BY A BLACK BRITISH WOMAN Natasha Gordon's debut play makes her the first black British female writer to showcase her work on the West End. After a sold-out run at the National Theatre, Nine Night, directed by Roy Alexander Weise, is a touching and exuberantly funny exploration of the rituals of family. Gloria is gravely sick. When her time comes, the celebration begins; the traditional Jamaican nine-night wake. But for Gloria’s children and grandchildren, marking her death with a party that lasts over a week is a test. Nine rum-fuelled nights of music, food, storytelling and laughter – and an endless parade of mourners. For more information, click here. GO TO A SCREENING Of AN OVERLOOKED SILENT FILM ACTor You probably don't know who Mabel Normand was, which is absurd, as she starred in 167 short and 23 feature films. Normand was one of the comedy greats of early film. In an era when women are deemed "not funny enough" it seems film history has forgotten her contributions. The reason her contributions to early film history are not better known is attributable in part to her involvement in the Hollywood scandals of the 1920s, and in part to our reliance on the self-interested memoirs of her better-known colleagues (especially Mack Sennett and Charlie Chaplin) following her death at age 38. This event features four of her best films, alongside a live musical accompaniment by the Meg Morley Trio. For more information, click here. CELEBRATE HOGMANAY WITH SCOTTISH WRITERS Message From The Skies is a celebration of Scotland's literature, to coincide with Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. Six Scottish writers wrote a love letter to Europe, to highlight Scotland’s cultural, historic and social connections with its European brothers and sisters. The letters will be projected on to iconic buildings and landmarks around the city. To see this magical event yourself, click here.