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When work has no borders, what’s the cost?

Heard the one about the French quality assurance officer, the Senegalese call centre manager, the Chinese factory worker and the Romanian engineer?
from Arcola on Apr 16, 2017.

Beauty and blood at the Bush

It's a brilliant idea: two men are on guard as the finishing touches are made to the Taj Mahal, but are not allowed to turn and look.
from Daniel Nelson on Apr 16, 2017.

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An "adventurous programme of exhibitions, events and education workshops telling stories of movement to and from Britain" is promised by the Migration Museum, in a space just off Albert Embankment.This month sees Call Me by My Name: Stories from Calais and Beyond and 100 Images of Migration. They will be followed by Keepsakes, a display of personal items that keep memories of migration and identity alive.

* British east Asian theatremakers have called on an “out-of-touch corner” of the industry to recognise them as Britons and not “east Asians living in Britain". Leading theatre practitioners and industry experts gathered for a panel event at Theatre Royal Stratford East in London to discuss the barriers facing BEA artists and the actions that can be taken to ensure there is “no more yellowface casting”. Full story in The Stage


 Plasticide - highlighting how industrial-scale plastic pollution in the oceans is reaching crisis point - is outside the National Theatre on the Southbank (photo below). Jason deCaires Taylor's work, produced in collaboration with Greenpeace, shows a family picnic interrupted by a dystopian vision of the future, "a future where as currently predicted, plastic will outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050". Taylor describes it as "forewarning of the potential horror caused by ineffective waste management" and says the sculpture is a rallying cry to consumer goods companies, plastic packaging producers, authorities, consumers  and policymakers to work together urgently, to turn around the catastrophe that has already begun.



* Welcome back to the Bush Theatre, which has reopened after a year-long redevelopment.The plays in its return season include Guards At The Taj, set in India in 1648 as the Taj Mahal nears completion. 

+ Bush Theatre boss Madani Younis: 'I want to provoke culture'.



Photo, right:  It is the first day of the newly formed Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Northern Ireland at Stormont. As Sandra Richardson prepares to take her seat on the Commission, her long-lost sister Teeni explodes into the chamber and attacks the South African chairwoman, Dikeledi Mashiane. Deep in the heart of the Northern Irish Parliament, overshadowed by the legacy of hurt, Sandra and Teeni must fight through decades of violence, anger and denial to discover if reconciliation is possible on the pathway to peace. Everything Between Us opens later this month at the Finborough Theatre.

Everything Between Us  

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Thursday 27 April

* We Were There, citizens and journalists talk about their experiences of the Syrian conflict, plus Syrian drinks and goodies, 11am-4pm, Imperial War Museum, part of Syria: A Conflict Explored (see Exhibitions)

* East West Street: Philippe Sands in conversation with Daniel Finkelstein, 6:30p-8pm, £5, The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide, 29 Russell Square, WC1. Info: 7636 7247/ 

* Built to Last: City Resilience and Climate Change, Kevin Burchell, Ant Wilson, Mark Ellis-Jones, Alison Hoyle, 3-4.30pm, Committee Room 1,House of Lords. Info:  Registration

* Global Britain, Global Challenges: Africa and international partners are banning the Ivory trade. Should Britain follow suit?, Lazarus Amayo, Ambassador Shu Zhan, Aichatou Sanni Aoudou, Dan Ashe, 6-7.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: Tickets

* Becoming Black!, Hannah Lowe, Gabriel Gbadamosi, Oladipo Agboluaje, Chrystal Genesis and Colin Grant, 6:30-8:30pm, £5/£3, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1. Info: 7324 2570/


Friday 28 April

* Vigil for imprisoned writers in Saudi Arabia, 9—10am, meet at Curzon Street entrance to the Embassy, the postal address of which   is 30-32 Charles Street. Info:

* Peace-building in Guinea-Bissau, 2pm, Historical Pluralisms and the Prospects for Peace, Jose Lingna Nafafe,  Nayanka Perdigao, Ibrahima Galissa; 3.45, Musical Pluralisms and the Prospects for Peace, Manecas Costa, Tony Dudu, 5.30pm, screening, Identities in Greater Senegambia and Beyond: Perspectives Through History and Music in Dialogue’ + discussion with Lucy Duran and Toby Green; 7.30pm, concert with Manecas Costa, Tony Dudu, Ibrahima Galissa, free, King's College, Strand Campus, WC2. Info: Registration

* A Battle for the Soul: Hidden Voices from India’s Past, reading and discussion about the lives of young Indian men and women, drawn from recently uncovered autobiography and written testimony, Annie George, Hephzibah Israel, 6:30-8:30pm, £5/£3, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1. Info: 7324 2570/

* Migrahts Organise AGM, 6pm, Hamilton House Conference Centre, Mabeldon Place, WC1. Info: n Eventbrite  


Saturday 29 April

* Climate rally, solidarity with People's Climate March in the US, 11.30am, Old Palace Yard, opposite Parliament, 1pm moving onto Westminster Bridge. Info: 

* No Place Like Home: Poetry, Identity and Belonging in Brexit Britain, poets Kayo Chingonyi, Ruth Padel, Nia Davies, Siddhartha Bose, Claire Trevien and Clare Pollard explore and discuss identity and belonging, 7.30pm, £5/£8 in aid of Refugee Action, Rich Mix,  35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1. Info: 7613 7498 /


29 Saturday-Sunday 30 April

* The Camel Conference – Camel cultures: historical traditions; Present threats, and future prospects, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:


Monday 1 May. 

* Presenting the Partition Museum, Kishwar Desai, Nehru Centre, 8 South Audley Street, W1. Info: 7491 3567


Tuesday 2 May

* International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination at 50: Achievements & Prospects, workshop, 1.30-7pm, free, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, E. Info: 7882 5555


Wednesday 3 May

* The Legacy of Fidel Castro, Antoni Kapcia, Peter Hitchens, Ken Livingstone, Helen Yaffe, Steve Ludlam, Paul Webster Hare, Alina Garcia-Lapuerta, 8:30am-1pm, £20/£10, Canning House 14/15 Belgrave Square, SW1. Info: 7811 5600/

* 'Post-truth' and fake news: what about the rest of the world?, Liz Wahl, Maher Abderrahmane, Nataliya Gumenyuk, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940

* Skills for the future: the challenges of human capital formation in Latin America,  Lucila Berniell, 6:30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7405 7686

* Civil Society and Shrinking Political Space: the future of human rights in Southeast Asia, James Gomez, 6:30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7405 7686


Thursday 4 May

* Prospects for international support to democracy in an era of populism, Thomas Carothers, Keboitse Machangana, Michela Wrong,  Jonathan Murphy, Alina Rocha Menocal, 4.30pm, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300/

* The Grassroots Newsroom Changing India, event presenting Video Volunteers, film screening + discussion with Jessica Mayberry, Frontline Club, Norfolk Place, W2. Info:

* The Oral History of Imperialism: Palestine under the British Mandate, Roger Hardy and Dina Matar discuss the oral history of imperialism in Palestine under the British mandate period, 7pm, free, The Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5. Info: 7370 9990

* National Survey of Disability in Guatemala: Findings and Implications, Sarah Polack and Islay Mactaggart, 5.30-7.30pm, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, WC1. Info:

* Israel and the World Economy: the power of globalisation, Assaf Razin, 6:30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7405 7686


Friday 5 May

* Lost Voices: Fred D'Aguiar, David Olusoga, Catherine Fletcher and Nandini Das discuss who the black men and women were who lived, loved and died in Renaissance Britain, how they arrived and how their voices can be recovered when all we have is a glimpse in a portrait here, or church and court record there, 7pm, £10, London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Street, WC1. Info: 7269 9030/

* Is a Vision Enough? What can we expect over the next 20 years from the African Diaspora?, Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie and Gibril Faal, 6.30pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: 326 3750










Sergey Ponomarev: A Lens on Syria, more thn 60 photographs on life in Government-controlled areas in 2013-2014. and on the plight of people seeking refuge in Europe in 2015-2016, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 3 September. Info: 7416 5000. Afterwards, 2-11pm, Disco Soup, family-friendly activities with free food, music and opportunities to discuss climate action, Castle Climbing Centre, Stoke Newington.


Syria: Story of a Conflict, intimate display exploring the origins, escalations and impact of the Syria conflict through objects and video, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 3 September. Info: 7416 5000


Call Me by My Name: Stories from Calais and Beyondmultimedia exhibition + Images of Migration, Migration Museum at the Workshop,  26 Lambeth High Street, SE1, until 30 July. Info:


Child's Play, Mark Neville's photographs about the right to play includes images from refugeecamps and war zones, The Foundling Museum, WC1, until 30 April


Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the best of 50,00 entries from 95 countries, Natural History Museum, South Kensington, until 10 September. Info: 7942 5000/

+ Wildlife photography judges bark up the right tree


* Afghanistan: Reflections on Helmand, examines the British arrival in 2006 and the decisions that shaped the way the conflict escalated, exploring the impact on those who were there and the lessons learned, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 26 November. Info: 7416 5000


* From Amazon to Africa: Celebrating 30 Years of the Gaia Foundation, film, photography and ethnographic artifacts, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1, until 30 April. Info: 7324 2570/


* Edmund Clark: War of Terror, the artist-photographer's work on hidden aspects of state control during the "Global War on Terror", free, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 28 August. Info: 7416 5000


Morgenland, Elger Esser's large format photos taken while travelling in Egypt, Israel and Lebanon, Parasol Unit, 14 Wharf Road, N1 until 21 May. Info:  7490 7373 /


* Refugees: German Contribution to 20th Century British Art, free, Ben Uri Gallery, 108A Boundary Road, NW8, until 4 June. Info:


Selected Works by Eva Frankfurther (1930–1959), ‘West Indian, Irish, Cypriot and Pakistani immigrants, English whom the Welfare State had passed by, these were the people amongst whom I lived and made some of my best friends”, free, Ben Uri Gallery, 108A Boundary Road, NW8, until 18 June. Info:


* Paradise Lost,  Iranian artist Soheiia Sokhanvari's drawings in crudel oil and gold, free, Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, SE1,  until 13 May. Info:


* Rapid Response Collecting, tiny but fascinating exhbit of new acquisitions that ranges from a Ghanaian "power bank phone" to shoes that show Western designers' belated realisation that the pink colour 'nude' did not apply to all the world's population, free, Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road

+ Burkinis and bullets at the V&A


London, Sugar & Slavery , permanent gallery at the Museum of Docklands, No 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, E14. Info:


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


* Making Nature: How we see animals, free, Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, NW1, until 21 May. Info:


* People Power: Fighting for Peace, exploration of how peace movements have influenced perceptions of war and conflict from the First World War to the present day, £10/£5/£7, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 28 August. Info: 7416 5000/

+ Britons and the fight for peace 

+ People Power


* Double Take, Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari presents portraits from the studio of Hashem el Madani in which two people of the same sex kiss or embrace, exploring their specific cultural and political histories, free, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, WC2, until 3 September. Info: 7306 0055


from Friday 5 May

* Mahtab Hussain: You Get Me?, photographs exploring identity among young working-class British Asian men, Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, EC2. Info: 



Photo: Everything Between Us "is a dramatic, dark, unflinching comedy written by Northern Ireland’s boldest contemporary writer". It's a clash between Sandra Richardson as she prepares to take her seat on the the newly formed Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Northern Ireland when her long-lost sister, Teeni, bursts into the chamber and attacks the South African chairwoman, Dikeledi Mashiane. At the Finborough Theatre.

Everything Between Us









* Neruda, biopic mixing fact and fiction, as the fleeing Chilean poet is pursued by a detective for his communist leanings, ICA, until 30 AprilBarnes Olympic Studios, Hackney Institute of Light

+ Neruda's escape pits poetry against authority


* India on film: Bollywood 2.0, celebration of Indian filmmaking and films about India – from Bollywood to Tollywood (home of Telugu and Bengali cinema) – in cinemas and online. Programme includes previews of new films, independent cinema, restorations of classic titles, and opportunities to meet stars and filmmakers, BFI, Belvedere Road, SE1, until 16 May. Info: BFI

+ India on film


* Letters From Baghdad, the story of British spy, explorer and political powerhouse Gertrude Bell who travelled in Arabia before being recruited by British military intelligence during WWI to help draw the borders of Iraq, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 4 May

* Nowhere to Hide, as US and Coalition troops retreated from Iraq in 2011, male nurse Nori Sharif was given a camera by director Zaradasht Ahmed who documents his country over six years as patients, colleagues and neighbours are forced to flee, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 4 May

* Frames of Representation, documentary festival with 11 docs and eight supporting events. Programme includes 29 Apr, The Solitude, exploration of a demolition-threatened Venezuelan house and its inhabitants; ICA, The Mall, SW1, until 29 April. Info:


* Clash, set insider a police van measuring eight metres square, this harrowing drama explores tensions in Egypt in 2013 as pro-military supporters of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi clash in the streets with the Muslim Brotherhood, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 27 May; Crouch End Picturehouse; Hackney Picturehouse; Odeon Panton Street, Ritzy Picturehouse, Vue Finchley Road, Vue Islington, Vue Shepherd's Bush 


* Seed, as industrial agriculture reduces the world's seed diversity down to a handful of mass-produced varieties, meet the passionate 'seed keepers' intent on protecting our 12,000-old food legacy, 6.10pm, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 3 May


* 5 Broken Cameras, doc filmed using six video cameras, five of which were destroyed in the process of documenting Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat’s family’s life as well as Palestinian and international resistance to Israeli appropriation of land and occupation + Q&A with director, 7.30pm, £10/£8, Frontline Club, 12 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940


Saturday 29 April

* Wrong Elements, documentary about Ugandan former child soldiers, the “wrong elements” that society struggles to accept + Q&A with Jonathan Littell, 6pm, Institut français, 17 Queensberry Place, SW7. Info: 7871 3515/


Sunday 30 April

* Rabin In His Own Words, intimate portrait of the late Israeli Prime Minister + Q&A with Yaron Peleg and Yossi Mekelberg, 5.30pm, JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3. Info: 7433 8988












Guards at the Taj, it's Agra, India, 1648 and two men keep watch as the final touches are put to the Taj Mahal behind them, having been warned that no-one will turn to look at the building until it is complete, Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush, W1, until 20 May. Info: 7743 5050/

+ Beauty and blood at the Bush


* Angels in America, revival of Tony Kushner's epic play about AIDS in the US, National Theatre, South Bank, SE1, until 19 August. Info: 7452 3000/


Refugee Boymoving story based on the book by Benjamin Zephaniah, Chickenshed, Chaseside, N14, until 13 May. Info: 8292 9222


* Labels, funny, moving and honest story about mixed heritage and immigration, written and performed by Joe Sellman-Leava. Expect paper planes, racist romances and lots of sticky labels!, £14/£11, Tara Theatre, 356 Garratt Lane, SW18, until 29 April. Info: 8333 4457

+ Yes, but where are you really from?


* Occupational Hazards, based on the memoir by Rory Stewart about the time when, as a 30-year-old former British diplomat, he is posted to serve as governor in a province of post-invasion Iraq, Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, NW3, until 3 June. Info: 7722 9301/


from Sunday 30  April

* Everything Between Us, on the first day of the newly formed Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Northern Ireland at Stormont. a woman explodes into the chamber and attacks the South African chairwoman, Dikeledi Mashiane: the two must fight through decades of violence, anger and denial to discover if reconciliation is possible on the pathway to peace, Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10, until 16 May. Info: 0844 847 1652/


from Tuesday 2 May

* The Pulverised, disturbing drama about globalisation and its effects on our lives, Arcola, 24 Ashwin Street, E8, until 27 May. Info: 7503 1646/










Wednesday 26 April

* Nature's Wonderlands: Islands of Evolution, 8pm, BBC4

* Only Artists: Yinka Sonibare and David Adjaye, 9am, R4

* Free Thinking, Paul Kingsnorth on his changed view of the environment, 10pm, R3

Costing the Earth: Insulation for the nation, 9pm, R4


Thursday 27 April

* Crossing Continents, 11am, R4


Friday 28 April

* Unreported World, 7.30pm, C4


Saturday 29 April

* A New Life in Europe Revisited, astonishingly intimate documentary that follows the Dhnie family as they leave Syria for a perilous journey to Europe and visits them in Germany to find out what's happened since. Brilliant journalism - but it's so personal one wonders whether it should be aired onnational radio, 8pm, R4