London Lite Wednesday, 22 July 2009 19 IN&OUTTONIGHT IN&OUTTONIGHT PREVIEWS Popprincessis apreciousgemMARINA AND THE DIAMONDS Marina plays Camp Bestival on Sunday. 10PAGE ENTERTAINMENT SECTION CompiledbyLaurenPaxman COMEDYTHEATRECLUBSMUSIC DONT WAIT ANIMATE THE genre-mashing Strumstep band, right, blend indie and dubstep. Support from Glint, Cathouse and The Art Factory. 93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane E1 (020 7247 3293, 93feeteast., 7.30pm, 3. Tube: Aldgate East CompiledbyLaurenPaxman Coming SoonTomorrowToday Londons biggest and best newspaper guide to staying in...or going out FRANkMuSIk CROYDONS electropop singer, right, dropped out of the London College Of Fashion to further his music career. The gamble seems to be paying off. Heaven, Under The Arches, Craven St WC2 (020 7930 2020), 7pm, 9. Tube: Charing Cross J TIllMAN WHEN Seattles strummer, right, released Vacilando Territory Blues, it drew comparisons to Neil Young but sounds most like Fleet Foxes, the band he drums with. 7 Oct, Relentless Garage, 20-22 Highbury Corner N5 (0870 060 3777), 7.30pm, 10. Tube: Highbury & Islington THE MOuNTAINTOp KATORI HALLS play about Martin Luther Kings final night stars David Harewood, right, as the civil rights leader. Until 5 Sep, Trafalgar Studios, Whitehall SW1 (0870 060 6632), Mon- Sat 8pm, mats Thu & Sat 2.30pm, 25-55. Tube: Charing Cross Coming SoonTomorrowToday THE BlAck AlBuM HANIF KUREISHIS play, right, follows an Asian boy, Alexander Andreou, right, caught between his Muslim friends and a lecturer hes having an affair with. Until 7 Oct, National Theatre, South Bank SE1 (020 7452 3000), tonight 7.30pm, other times vary, 10-31. Tube: Waterloo See review on page 33 TAlENT VICTORIA WOOD, right, wrote the music and lyrics and directs this comedy with songs about two friends who enter a talent show. 23 Sep-14 Nov, Menier Chocolate Factory, 51-53 Southwark St SE1 (020 7907 7060), Tue-Sat 8pm, mats Sat & Sun 3.30pm, 15- 25. Tube: London Bridge THE ABI ROBERTS ExpERIENcE THE human jukebox, aka singer Abi Roberts, left, performs her latest must-see stand- up show that incorporates comedy, impersonations and musical take-offs. The Enterprise, 2 Haverstock Hill NW3 (020 7485 2659), 8.30pm, 4, 3 concs. Tube: Chalk Farm Coming SoonTomorrowToday ENTERTAINER ExTRAORDINAIRE! MONSIEUR MONTPELLIER, left, and his trusty sidekick Le Cabaret perform feats of magic and illusion as they recount tales from their past. Canal Caf Theatre, The Bridge House, Delamere Terrace W2 (020 7289 6054, canalcafe, 7.30pm, 6, 5 concs. Tube: Warwick Ave cANuxplOITATION VANCOUVERS premier sketch and improv comedy group, Canadian Content, left, perform this partially scripted, partially improvised show about Canada, Gods America. 4-30 Aug, Leicester Sq Theatre, 6 Leicester Place WC2 (0844 847 2475), Tue-Sat 7pm, Sun 5.30pm & 7.30pm, 15. Tube: Leicester Sq SuBuRBAN cRASH STEVE NOCERINO, left, hosts this weekly house and techno night. Hes joined by Loris Frigau, Joseph D Lello, Blueless and some international special guests. Inigo, 642 Wandsworth Rd SW8 (020 7622 4884,, 8pm, free. Rail: Clapham Junction Coming SoonTomorrowToday THE AgENDA TECHNO, house and electro- acoustic collective The Boardroom returns to East Village with DJ sets from Billy Nasty, Rad Rice, left, Dave Congreve, James Moss, Tim Fairplay and PingMonster. East Village, 89 Great Eastern St EC2 (020 7739 5173), 7.30pm, 3. Tube: Old St kINkI MAlINkI RASMUS FABER, left, Funkerman, Prok & Fitch, Raymundo Rodriguez and D.O.N.S. spin some kinky house music at this summer special. 1 Aug, Matter, The O2, Peninsula Square SE10 (020 7549 6686), 10pm, 20, 15 adv. Tube: North Greenwich CALLING all diamond hawkers -- the endorsement deal of a lifetime has landed. I definitely picked a great name regarding sponsorship, giggles 24-year-old Marina Diamandis (Greek for diamond) who swears its her real name and wasnt deed-polled from Marina Paperclip. But dont put it past her. Marinas snap decision to make theatrical, left-field pop (think Regina Spektors ivory bounce and Gwen Stefanis melodic oomph) implies a certain dramatic temperament. At 15 I suddenly became obsessed with being a singer but didnt tell anyone because Id never sung before and was embarrassed that I wanted to be a pop star, she chuckles over a post-gig hango- ver that sends her back to bed after our 3pm interview. My parents thought I was mad but I needed an outlet to express myself. Now theyre really supportive. Since mum is supportive from Wales and dad is supportive from Athens, Marina -- a Highgate resident who describes herself as really bad at team- work -- has ploughed a very independ- ent route into the business. So independent that her Diamonds arent even a band, theyre us, the audience. After writing some really bad songs that make me massively cringe, she invested in Garage Band and taught herself the laptop. A deal with Warners followed a MySpace buzz, and when she finishes playing at so many festi- vals I cant remember the line-ups shell release her debut album, The Family Jewels, a collection of broody, singalong melodies, in January. I tell Marina I recently met an old schoolfriend of hers who remembers her bounding through classrooms declar- ing herself destined for fame. She howls with laughter (Marinas dial is perma- nently set to howl with laughter). Thats hysterical! But fame isnt as important to me now. What matters is creating something really special. This is one diamond whos determined to last forever. MARTHA DE LACEY No fake: Welsh-Greek popstrel Marina Diamandis index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html