What's on in Hackney this weekend: 25-27 November

There's a host of theatre, nightlife and family events not to be missed this weekend in Hackney


£10. 7.30pm, Friday, 25 November

Flag is an investigation into pride, discomfort and confusion over British identity, and what it means to fly a flag. Using speech, movement and iconology, this solo performance by Katy Dye  at Rich Mix, in Shoreditch, delves further into why so many people have such a complicated relationship with the Union Jack.

Drones, Baby, Drones

£10-19. 3pm/7.30pm, Friday, 25 & Saturday, 26 November

Two plays showing at Arcola Theatre, in Dalston, shed a light on the drones programme used by the American military and secret services. Staged as a double bill, ‘This Tuesday’ and ‘The Kid’, are tales of power, sex and infighting at the top of the Washington establishment, its far-reaching repercussions, and a drone strike in Pakistan.

The Last Dance

£36.50. 7.30pm, Friday, 25 & Saturday, 26 November

Love, life and connection in the 21st century is explored in this immersive tale at Hoxton Hall. Set in a strict dystopian institute that boasts a 100 per cent matchmaking success rates, those who pass through the doors soon realise the high price of love. Followed by an after party with DJs.

Hip Hop Karaoke – Winter Special

£7. 8pm, Saturday, 26 November

Hip hop karaoke has cemented itself as one of the city’s most roadblocked parties at The Social and is now taking over Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, in Shoreditch, this weekend. Choose from over 200 songs to choose from, performed with a live DJ, followed by an after party till the early hours.

Laugh For Life

£5. 7-10.30pm, Sunday, 27 November

Catch a comedy set while supporting blood cancer charity DKMS at The Laugh For Life comedy festival, in Hackney Picturehouse. As well as fund-raising, the event aims to raise awareness of the need for more people to register as potential blood stem cell donors..

Hackney Central Christmas Lights Switch-on

Free. 4.30-5.30pm, Sunday, 27 November

Head down to the Town Hall Square as panto characters from the cast of Hackney Empire’s ‘Sleeping Beauty' join the Speaker of Hackney to switch on the Christmas lights. The event will feature music from Hackney Community Choir, a theatrical performance and more.