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Nasty little stitches

An evening of four plays each tackling the subject of female genital mutilation.
from Arcola Theatre on Aug 21, 2014.

It's a boy - or is it?

Amaka Okoli has a good marriage, a seven-year-old daughter, but no son. And that’s a problem, especially for mother-in-law.
from Daniel Nelson on Aug 21, 2014.

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* After days of controversy, the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn has lifted its ban on the annual Jewish film festival, which takes place in November.


* Broadcaster Sky has set out a series of measures designed to boost representation for black, Asian and minority ethnic communities across Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living and Sky Arts by the end of 2015. And a 50 prominent  "creatives" have writtent to broadcasters pressing them to improve their representation of ethnic minorities.


* There are few talks and discussions in August, so it's a good time to catch up on those exhibitions you've been meaning to see. The V&A has three interesting shows about protest: Disobedient Objects, featuring objects from around the world created by grassroots movements as tools of social change; the small but innovative Rapid Response Collecting, in which objects such as Indonesian-made false eyelashes and a pair of Bangladesh-made trousers tell us something about our world today; and  A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution, from the votes for women campaigns of the early 20th century to the Occupy movements,

The Rubbish Collection at the nearby Science Museum is now in its second phase.Having captured every item thrown out by museum staff and visitors over the previous month, artist Joshua Sofaer showcases the value and beauty that can be found in the mountain of waste.


*  Two fascinating theatre productions are promised at the National Theatre for later this year. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by David Hare is based on Katherine Boo's book about a group of Indians in a Mumbai shantytown. Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, 12 and stunted, wants to eat until he’s as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds to turn herself into a ‘first-class person’, while her daughter Manju intends to become the slum’s first female graduate. But their schemes are fragile; global recession threatens the garbage trade, and another slum dweller is about to make an accusation that will destroy herself and shatter the neighbourhood.

The other is Here Lies Love, a musical that traces the astonishing journey of Imelda Marcos, former First Lady of the Philippines, from her meteoric rise to power to descent into infamy and disgrace. The theatre "will be transformed into a pulsating club for an immersive theatrical event which combines heart-pounding beats with adrenaline-fuelled choreography and 360-degree staging." Audiences are advised to dress comfortably and those in the pit performance area will stand and dance with the actors.


* This month, another play about Britain's immigration system opens at the Southwark Playhouse: Eye of A Needle: "Laurence loves to go out, get wrecked and rave to dubstep. He pays for it with a job at UK Immigration Control. Deciding who does or doesn’t get to stay in the country is hard enough without a hangover. Ugandan gay rights activist Natale Bamadi finally makes it to the coveted shores of the United Kingdom but neither she nor Laurence can be prepared for what happens when her high profile case is dropped onto his desk." 


* Below, right: 'Eye Of A Needle' at the Southwark Playhouse "gets under the skin of a system branded by both Left and Right as ‘not fit for purpose" - UK immigation control.

Eye Of A Needle


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Thursday 28 August

* Gaza: let down by the BBC and mainstream media?, Ken Loach, Owen Jones, Tim LLewellyn, Greg Philo, 7-9pm, Amnesty International’s Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, EC2. Info: Palestine Solidarity Campaign


Tuesday 26-Friday 29 August

* Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference, RGS, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7 and Imperial College London,  Exhibition Road, SW7. Info:  7591 3000


2-4 September

Annual Conference of the Association for Contemporary Iberian Studies,  Instituto Cervantes, 102 Eaton Square, SW1. Info: 7235 0353


Wednesday 3 September

* Reporting the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict – Emotion, Bias and Objectivity, Jeremy Bowen, Jon Snow, Martin Bell, 7pm, Shaw Theatre, 100-110 Euston Road, NW1. Info: 7479 8940


Friday 5 September

* Global value chains in Asia: Is everyone benefitting?, Ganeshan Wignaraja, Yurendra Basnett, Frans Lammersen, 1pm, free, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300

* Uncommon Grounds: New Media and Critical Practices in North Africa and the Middle East, book launch, 6.30-9pm, Delfina Foundation, 29/31 Catherine Place, SW1/ Info: 7233 5344/ 

* International and Interdisciplinary Conference: Pentecostalism and Development, School of Oriental and African Studies, Russell Square, WC1


Saturday 6 September
* Right to Remain Conference, Frances Webber, Saira Grant, Rita Chadha, 12-5pm, Praxis Community Projects, Bethnal Green, E2. Info: Booking
* ECO Fair - MADE in Europe, 12pm-5pm, free, Regents Park Mosque courtyard, 146 Park Road, NW8. Info: Climate Coalition






Disobedient Objects, exhibition that looks at the role of objects in movements for social change, including banners, changing designs for barricades, political video games, experimental activist bicycles and textiles bearing witness to political murders,  V&A Museum, South Kensington, until 1 February

Objects that help change the world

Friday 29 August, artists and designers in an exhibition-related programme of performance, film, installations, debates, guests and DJs, with bars, food, and late-night exhibition openings, 6.30pm, free


A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution, a century of posters agitating for political change drawn from the V&A collection, including acquisitions gathered from recent outbursts of protest, free, Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington, SW5, until 2 November. Info: 7942 2000


Rapid Response Collecting, small, stimulating display of 11 contemporary objects collected in response to major moments in history that touch the worlds of design and manufacturing, Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington, SW5, until 15 January.

Printed guns, nude shoes and Indonesian eyelashes


My Sister Who Travels, contemporary women photographers - Corinne Silva’s Moroccan-within-Spanish wastelands, Paola Yacoub’s invisible remnants of the Lebanese Civil War, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg’s photographs of Syria, Esther Van Deman’s photos of bricks, walls and aqueducts in Tunisia, Algeria and Italy,  stills from Jananne Al Ani’s aerial film 'Shadow Sites II' and video works by Noor Abed and Halida Boughriet, The Mosaic Rooms, A.M. Qattan Foundation, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5, until 30 August. Info: 7370 9990


* The Rubbish Collection, waste generated by visitors and staff has been scrutinised by artist Joshua Sofaer - with the help of visitors - before it's recycled  or converted to electricity; after 15 July some of the waste will be brought back and you will be able to see hos it's being processed; part of the museum's climate change programme, Science Museum, Exhibition Road, SW7, until 14 September. Info: Museum

* Nice idea, but it's a waste of waste

+ This exhibition is rubbish

+ What does one month of rubbish look like?


Elephants: Portraits of Survival, photos of young pachyderms that have survived poachers, habitat loss and conflict with humans, free, Love Brand & Co., 5 Park Walk, SW10, until 24 August. Info: 73738338


‘Across the Border’ Contemporary Art, 26 artists from the Indian subcontinent, each dealing with their social, cultural, political and religious topics as well as with their experiences, feelings and emotions, free, 10am-6pm, Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, W1, until Saturday 23 August. Info: Tel: 7307 5454/


* Syria in Transit,  photograph and sound installation which explores the voices of some of the three million Syrians who have fled in the last three years, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, until 7 September. Info: 7613 7498


* Omer Fast, using carefully edited video footage, Fast examines the conventions of media reportage, storytelling and historical representation, Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1, until 30 November. Info: 7887 8888/ 


* Syria's Apex Generation, work by artists who emerged before the civil war got underway, free, Ayyam gallery, W1, until 12 September. Info: 7409 3568


* The Urbicide of Palestine, Maria Thompson's works on the partition of Israel-Palestine, free, The Invisible Line Gallery, E8, until 31 August. Info:


Burmese Days, Karl Ingar Roys' video installation on cultural production in Yangon, free, Thursdays and Fridays, John Jones Project Space, N4, until 27 September. Info: 7281 5439


Framing Hope, Jillian Edelstein's photographs of the work of FXB International, free, The Gallery @ Oxo, SE1, untuil 31 August. Info: 7021 1686 

+ Exhibition


* Re-Imagine: Black Women in Britain, Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm, Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, SW2, free, until 30 November. Info: 3757 8500/

London, Sugar & Slavery , permanent gallery at the Museum in Docklands, with new display that gives a snapshot of those who received compensation when slavery was abolished in the 1830s, No 1 Warehouse, E14. Info: 0870 444 38520870 444 3852/ 0870 444 38510870 444


* Mark Veville's Afghanistan photographs, slow motion films and large photographic portraits of young Afghan children and British soldiers, free, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1 until 25 September. Info: 7416 5000/ 


* Empire, Faith and Wire: The Sikhs and World War One, Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC2, until 28 September. Info: 7898 4259/ 


* atmosphere: exploring climate science, free, Science Museum, South Kensington. Info: Museum


Atlantic Worlds, transatlantic slave trade gallery, National Maritime Museum, Park Row, SE1. Info: 8858 4422/ 8312 656


Eco Zone Gallery, small gallery devoted to sustainable building products and materials, The Building Centre, Store Street, WC1. Info: 7692 4000/


from Monday 1 September 

* South Africa's Democracy — Mandela's "Cherished Ideal"Location, photographs, documents and artefacts, 10am-8pm Monday-Friday, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2, until 26 September. Info: 7849 4909


from 2 September

* Whose Gaze Is It Anyway?, exhibition that looks at the history of Arab pop culture through printed matter – posters, notebooks, diaries and book covers, as well as film and video, ICA, The Mall, SW1, until 5 October. Info:


from Thursday 4 September 

* Karokoa, Verdon-Roe's photographs of life in Kiribati, free, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, until 28 September. Info: 7613 7498



Image: Comng in September:  Africa Utopia, what can be learnt and celebrated from Africa and the African diaspora.

Africa Utopia



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* Black Cultural Archives film season, Ritzy Picturehouse, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, SW2, until 5 September. Info: 0871 902 57390871 902 5739/ Season includes:

29 August, Black British & Diaspora Shorts, 9.15pm

5 September, Race, Resistance, Renaissance, shorts and docs + Q&A, 6.30pm


* Charulata, the beautiful, brilliant and bored heroine Charulata is brought to life by Satyajit Ray, BFI, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1, until 29 August. Info: 7928 3232


Saturday 23 August

The Terroriser, a lacerating vision of a rapidly globalising Taipei, 6.10pm/ 4.10pm, BFI, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1. Info: 7928 3232/ 


Sunday 24 August

A City of Sadness,  tragic tale of four brothers and their families during political turmoil, 5.50/ 3.20pm, BFI, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1. Info: 7928 3232

King of the Children, a Chinese teacher comes under fire from the authorities for his ‘radical’ lessons, 8:45pm/ 6:30pm, BFI, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1. Info: 7928 3232


Wednesday 27 August

* The Internet’s Own Boy – The Story of Aaron Swartz, his fingerprints are all over the Internet, from his help in the development of the basic Internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, but Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice combined with his aggressive approach to information access ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare, with fatal consequences, 7:30pm, £10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8944


Thursday 28 August

* My Name is Salt, beautiful portrayal of the families who harvest salt in the marshes of western India plus Q&A with director Farida Pacha and cinematographer Lutz Konermann, 6.30pm, £7-£11, ICA, The Mall, SW1. Info;


Thursday 28, Saturday 30 August

* The Story of Qui Ju, the pregnant wife of a badly beaten peasant farmer (complete with a vicious kick to the balls) by the village chief takes her case to the authorities: a fascinating glimpse into China’s massive, late-century urban migrations and slowly recalibrating justice system, 6.20pm/ 8.45pm, BFI, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1. Info: 7928 3232


Thursday 28, Sunday 31 August

* The Blue Kite, lyrical, moving Chinese film about a boy growing up during three historical ruptures – the Anti-Rightist Movement, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution, BFI, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1. Info: 7928 3232


Tuesday 2 September

* Soy Cuba, Mikhail Kalatozov’s 1964 classic intended as a propaganda piece glorifying the achievements of the Cuban revolution, ICA, The Mall, SW1. Info:


Thursday 4 September

* Finding Fela!, documentary about the Nigerian star + introduction by Fela’s manager and long-time collaborator Rikki  Stein, 6.20pm, BFI, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7928 3232

+ Search for the singer with death in his pouch


Friday 5 September
* Shorts from around the world, 7pm, £10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940

Saturday 6, Monday 8 September
* In Search of Oil and Sand, documentary featuring home movie footage of the Egyptian royal family in the '50s, plus In Search of a City, which merges real accounts with a fictional narrator to relate the story of Cairo. 8.50pm, BFI, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7928 3232





* Dessa Rose, musical about a young slave faced with a barrage of hardships in 1846, Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, SW1, until 30 August. Info: 0844 871 76270844 871 7627Trafalgar Studios


* Holy Warriors, Jerusalem and 2,000 years or religious strife, Shakespeare's Globe, 21 New Bank Walk, Bankside, SE1, until 24 August. Info; 7401 9919


* Too Far Right, how far can the right to freedom of speech extend before it becomes a threat to that society?, £6/£7, part of Camden Fringe, Hen and Chickens, 109 St Pauls Rd, N1, until 23 August. Info: 7354 8246


* First Draft, technology, war, and the current state of our planet explored through physical movement-led theatre: "for those who rage against apathy", 7.30pm, £12, part of Camden Fringe, Camden People's Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, NW1, until 23 August. Info: 7419 4841/


from 27 August

* Eye of A Needle, the ads describe it as a "provocative, topical and savagely funny ... [that] gets under the skin of a system branded by both Left and Right as ‘not fit for purpose’, £16/£18, previews £10, Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, SE1, until 20 September. Info: 7407 0234

+ Tuesday 2 September, The UK immigration system and its treatment of gay asylum-seekers, post-show Question Time discussion with Simon Hughes MP, Patrick Strudwick, Paul Dillane and Ghada Rashid

+ Tuesday 9 September, writer Chris MacDonald, director Holly Race-Roughan and the cast answer questions about the show


Friday 29-Saturday 30 August

* Little Stitches, an evening of four plays each tackling the subject of female genital mutilation, performances followed by post-show featuring Leyla Hussein, Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, E8. Info: 7503 1646

+ Playwrights explore trauma and psychological damage of FGM


Sunday 31 August

* London Mela, live music, dance, visual arts and food from South Asia, 1-9pm, free, Gunnersbury Park, W3. Info: Mela


from 8 September
* Burq Off!, autobiographical one-woman show written and performed by Nadia P. Manzoor, £8/£12 Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth Street, NW8. Info: 7258 2925/


from 12 September

* Albion, new play set in an East End boozer that examines the turbulent rise of the new far right in modern-day Britain:  when it embraces diversity, just how far can the far right go?, Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12. Info: 8743 5050





Friday 22 August

* Plants - From Roots to Riches: The Great Providers, 1.45pm, R4

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