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Steak, chocolate, water, potato: food takes centre stage

'Mouthful' is a darkly comic and at times heartbreaking response to the global food crisis from six dramatists in partnership with six world-renowned scientists.
from Trafalgar Studios on Aug 27, 2015.

Still more Lotus Flower?

Julie Cheung-Inhin is wittily engaging about the stereotyping of “Chinese” actors – even when, like her, they are British – but it’s exasperating that the issue still has to be raised.
from Daniel Nelson on Aug 28, 2015.

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* The BBC's India Season includes Sue Perkins in Kolkata; The World’s Busiest Railway 2015  in Mumbai with Dan Snow, Anita Rani and Robert Llewellyn; The Wonders Of India and Treasures of the Indus;  a special new episode of the Asian sketch show, Goodness Gracious Me; a retrospective 90-minute documentary on the history of Indian cinema, Bollywood And Beyond: A Century Of Indian Cinema; a unique documentary musical filmed in Dharavi in Mumbai, the biggest slum in Asia -  Mumbai High - A Musical; and The White Mughal: A Story In Art , a look at the love affair between British diplomat James Achilles Kirkpatrick and Muslim princess Khair un-Nissa.


Promotion of the thrill-a-minute documentary Cartel Land includes a Superticket Initiative:  if you see the film in the first week of its release, from 4 September, you will be able to access the film’s website and get a free digital download of the film on its subsequent digital release, Director’s Cut scenes, deleted scenes, and Q&As to give context to the film. Details:

* Talks, films and shows from or about developing countries dry up in the summer, so it's a good time to catch up on exhibitions you've been meaning to see or didn't know about. They include the Southbank Centre's  Adopting Britain, 70 Years of Migration, and a cluster of shows by or about Black Britons: On Belonging: Photographs of Indians of African Descent;  No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990; Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience, 1950s- 1990s; and Spaces of Black Modernism: London 1919–39. Rarely seen photos of The Fifth Pan-African Congress are also on display.


 Actor Steven Berkoff is to play Saddam Husein a political satire, Dinner with Saddam,  at the Menier Chocolate Factory in September, focussing on the true-life events of a family in Baghdad having dinner on the eve of the British and US invasion, when Saddam turned up at the door. Further ahead, Battlefield, a new work inspired by Peter Brook’s legendary production of The Mahabharata, will play at the Young Vic.  The theatre's artistic director, David Lan, commented: “Peter Brook’s staging of The Mahabharata is acknowledged as one of the seminal theatre works of the 20th century. Now, in Battlefield, he and his longtime collaborators, Marie-Hélène Estienne and Jean-Claude Carrière, explore the contemporary immediacy of just one of its many stories: the moment when the heroes of the epic face each other before a great battle." 



* Below, right: Cartel Land, which opens next month,  is a documentary about vigilantes on both sides of the Mexico-US border, but it's also an action-packed, adrenaline-fuelled tale of drug barons and migrants and  people taking the law into their hands.

Cartel Land

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Sunday 30 August

* Let's Talk Women, panel discussion with Susana and others, on issues in Central America, 2-5pm, London Theatre Workshop, above Eel Brook Pub, 65 New King's Road, SW6. Info: Amnesty events 


Tuesday 1 September

* Evidence from an unconditional cash transfer programme in Kenya, Jeremy Shapiro, 12:45-2pm, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 15-17 Tavistock Place, WC1. Info:

* Will We Crash Again? Why Capitalism Needs Debt Write-offs to Survive, Steve Keen, 7:30-9pm, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1. Info: 7405 1818


Wednesday 2 September

* After the Deal – Iran, the Region and the West, Azadeh Moaveni, Saeed Kamali Dehghan, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940

* Community Hearing - Putting the Immigration Detention System on Trial, testimony by former detainees on the reality of detention, Brixton East Gallery, 100 Barrington Road, SW9. Info:


Friday 4 September
* Minds of Caste - An Inter-Disciplinary Seminar on How Caste Identities Shape the Mind, Bhargavi Davar, Meena Dhanda, Gautam Gawali, 5.30pm, University College London, Gower Street, WC1. Info: 7679 2000/ 7679 8585/


Saturday 5 September
* Caste - out of the shadows, conference, 9am-7pm, £25/£18, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:
* Right to Remain national conference, 11am-5pm, free, Amnesty's Human Rights Action Centre, 25 New Inn Yard, EC2. Info:  Reservations


Monday 7 September 

* Stop the Arms Fair 2015: Stop Arming Israel Day of Action, day of creative action, 8am, ExCel Centre London, Royal Victoria Dock, E16. Info:

* Climate Change: Road to Paris, Baroness Jones and André Gattolin discuss collaboration between global cities, 6.30pm, free, Institut francais, i 17 Queensberry Place, SW7. Info:

* The 2015 Liberty Human Rights Awards, 7pm, £10, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road

* The Library of Alexandria and the Digital Library of Tomorrow, Ismail Serageldin, 6.30pm, free, British Library, Euston Road, NW1. Info: 01937 546060/









Wednesday 26-Thursday 27 August
slow -co- ruption, first UK solo exhibition by South African artist Dineo Seshee Bopape, free, Hayward Gallery Project Space, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1, until 27 September. Info: 7960 4200


One Less Gun, exhibition that explores the stories behind the work of  McCrow, who works with weaponry procured directly from areas of conflict and then decommissioned in the UK, free, Gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, SE1, until 6 September. Info:


Ghulam Rasool, Pakistan’s photography artist on a spiritual journey through Pakistan’s hidden landscapes, 10am-6pm, Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, W1, until 28 August. Info: 7307 5454/


* Rapid Response Collecting, small but fascinating exhibition of objects recently acquired in response to major moments in history that touch the world of design and manufacturing, including Christian Louboutin shoes in five shades of 'nude'; a cuddly toy wolf used as an object of political dissent; and the world's first 3D-printed gun: each acquisition raises a different question about globalisation, popular culture, political and social change, demographics, technology, and regulation or the law, Gallery 74a, V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, Sw7, until 15 December

+ Printed guns, nude shoes and Indonesian eyelashes


The Fifth Pan-African Congress, photographs + a Film Lounge screening a programme of films exploring pan-African history and ideals, Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, EC2, until 12 September. Info: 7729 9200/

+ The moment history turned


* I think therefore I #, Celina Teague's paintings that responds to global atrocities as reported by social media, Kristin Hjellegjerde, 533 Old York Road, SW18, until 5 September. Info: 8875 0110


* Adopting Britain, 70 Years of Migration, free, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1, until 6 September. Info: 7960 4200

+ 70 Years of migration on show


* Women of Sierra Leone,  Lee Karen Stow's photographs, free, Horniman Museum, SE23, until 27 September. Info: 8699 1872


* On Belonging: Photographs of Indians of African Descent, Ketaki Sheth's portraits of the Sidi people, an Indian community of African descent - previously seen at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi, free, National Portrait Gallery, WC2, until 31 August. Info:7312 2463/ Exhibition


* Spaces of Black Modernism: London 1919–39, painting, sculpture, photographs exploring the experiences and interactions of people from diverse ethnic backgrounds in London’s art world between the wars, free, Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1, until 4 October. Info: 7887 8888


* No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990:, with a special focus on the establishment by Guyanese activists Eric and Jessica Huntley of a bookshop and publishing house in London in 1969, free, Guildhall, Gresham Street, EC2, until 24 January. Info: 7332 1313 /


* Coral Reefs, Secret Cities of the Sea, £10/ £4.50, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 13 September. Info: 7942 500


Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014, the work of professionals and amateur photographers from around the globe, £6.30-£12.60, Natural History Museum, South Kensington, until 30 August


* Dream to Change the World Exhibition, on the life and legacy of John La Rose, Islington Museum, 245 John Street, EC1, until 29 August


* RE·THINK Migration, activities exploring, discovering, reflecting on and responding to migration + events and workshops in the space 10am–5pm daily, free, National Maritime Museum, Romney Road, SE10, until mid-November. Info:  UpdatesMaritime Museum


* Watershed: Art, Play and the Politics of Waterwork by 15 contemporary artists including Gavin Turk, Tania Kovats, Tatsuo Miyajima and Martin Parr, £8, Bexley Hall, Nourne Road, DA5, until 6 September. Info: 01322 526 57401322 526 574


* Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma 1852-1860, V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 11 October,  part of the V&A India Festival. Info: 7942 2000


* Kites from kabul, free, the V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, E2, until 3 January. Info: 8983 5200


* Peter Kennard: Unofficial War Artist, major retrospective of the political artist's work demonstrates how Kennard has confronted issues in world politics and British government policy at home and abroad, free, Imperial War Museum,  Lambeth Road, SE1 until April. Info: 7416 5000/


* Virtual Control - Security and the Urban Imagination, the hidden nature of secureity and control in urban space and privatised public areas, RIBA, W1, until 25 August. Info: 7580 5533


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


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



from Wednesday 2 September

* Fences Make Senses, George Barber’s exhibition rehearses and re-enacts prevailing debates at international borders, Waterside Contemporary, 2 Clunbury Street, N1, until 10 October. Info: 3417 0159

* Red Kimono, photographs from a project commemorating the 2011 Fukushima nuclear catastrophe by Lis Fields, free, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1, until 30 September. Info: 7405 1818/


from Friday 4 September

* Inside Out Iran – Urban Art Exhibition, CK1, FRZ, Black Hand, ABCNT, ill, Omet, Ghalamdar, PST, W.B., Blind, Shaghayegh Cyrous, 9am-10.30pm, free, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1, until  26 September. Info: 7613 7498/

Image:  Artist McCrow  works with weaponry procured directly from areas of conflict and then decommissioned in the UK, and her exhibition at gallery@oxo explore the human stories behind the art.

One Less Gun




Around Town



* The Salt of the Earth, homage to Brazilian photographer Sebastiaõ Salgado, whose instantly recognisable black-and-white photographs have documented scenes of great suffering as well as great beauty around the globe, Curzon Bloomsbury, Curzon Soho, Prince Charles Cinema,

* The President, Mohsen Makhmalbaf's feature about a toppled dictator on the run who finds out about how people are living, Curzon Bloomsbury, Picturehouse Centre, Finchley Road JW3, ICA

* Theeb, the world’s first Bedouin-Western, a  story of brotherhood and betrayal, set in Wadi Rum 1916, Barbican Centre, Curzon Bloomsbury, ICA

An Arab Western hits the trail - on camels


* Here, Now, season of films about London and the contemporary migrant experience, including Last Resort, in which a Russian woman and her young son are virtually imprisoned in an asylum camp in a deserted seaside resort, Deptford Cinema, the Ben Uri gallery, Oxford House, SHAK and Thamesmead. Info:  Facebook


* The Look of Silence, focusses on Adi, an optometrist whose brother was murdered during the Indonesian genocide of 1965-66 and who tests the eyesight of the men responsible for his brother’s death, asking them about their crimes as he attempts to make them take responsibility for their actions. A subtle, extraordinary tour de force of documentary filmmaking, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, SE1, until 2 September. Also, 30 August, 2pm: at ICA,

+ Smashing the silence of genocide


Sunday 30 August

*  Dirty Pretty Things, intelligent thriller about two illegal migrants navigate the corrupt world surrounding the hotel where they work, 6.20pm, BFI, Belvedere Road, SE1

* Shoah, powerful documentary on the Holocaust, BFI, Belvedere Road, SE1


from Tuesday 1 September

* In Short Film Festival, with a focus on diversity, human rights and empowerment, films from the Dominican Republic, Japan, Ecuador and India plus a Focus on Iran section, day pass £20, Rich Mix, until 5 September. Info: 7613 7498/


Wednesday 2 September

* Cartel Land, adrenaline-fuelled documentary that looks at two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy – the murderous Mexican drug cartels + panel discussion wuth director Matthew Heineman, 6.30pm, Curzon Soho

+  Mad Max meets Mexico: hell on earth as the vigilantes take over

+  SuperTicket Initiative

*  How To Change The World, documentary with unseen archive material about the birth of Greenpeace in 1971, 6.30pm, Picturehouse Central

* Oriented, documentary exploring the lives of three Palestinians in Tel-Aviv during the Israel-Gaza conflict of 2014, 7-10pm, £12/£15, Picturehouse Central, W1. Info: Guardian membership


from Wednesday 2 September

* Also Like Life: Hou Hsiao-Hsien season, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, until 6 October. Info: BFI


from Friday 4 September 

* Cartel Land, Matthew Heineman rip-roaring documentary goes deep into the world of Mexican drug cartels by embedding himself with two vigilante groups on either side of the US-Mexico border + Q&A with Heineman, 7pm, £10/£8, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940

+  Mad Max meets Mexico: hell on earth as the vigilantes take over


Monday 7 September 

* Shorts, from around the world, 7pm, £10/£8, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 894


from 7 September

* Warriors From The North, chilling insight into what fuels the current trend of Western Muslim youth leaving the West to join radical terrorist groups abroad, 6.30pm, £9/£7/£5, Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick, WC1.Info: Info:









* Crossing Jerusalem, family drama set during the 2002 Intifada, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, N4, until 29 August. Info: 7870 6876

+ The personal and the political find a place in Jerusalem


* Black Spartacus, presentation about Toussaint L'Ouverture, the leader of a slave uprising in Haiti in 1791, Courtyard Theatre, The Courtyard, Bowling Green Walk, 40 Pitfield Street, N1, until 12 September. Info: 0844 477 10000844 477 1000


* My Children! My Africa!, Athold Fugard's apartheid-era play about a student attracted to radicalism, Trafalgar Studios, SW1, until 29 August. Info: 0844 871 76270844 871 7627


* No More Lotus Flower!, thought-provoking documentary theatre exposing the drawbacks of being a British East Asian actor in the UK today, Camden Peoples Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, NW1, until 30 August. Info: 7419 4841/ (part of the  Camden Fringe)

+ Still more Lotus Fower?


from 30 August
* This Heaven,  European premiere of play by Aboriginal playwright Nakkiah Lui that tells a universal story of an indigenous Australian family at breaking point, Finbororugh Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10, until 15 September. Info: 0844 847 16520844 847 1652/

British Souvenirs, one-woman show inspired by all those peculiar things in the British culture that one stumbles upon when first moving over, Rabbit Hole NW3 Theatre, via The Duke Of Hamilton, 23-25 New End, NW3. Info: 7794 2068/ (part of the Camden Fringe)


from 2 September

*  Call My Brothers, a car has exploded: Amor wanders the city, doing his best to blend in. He must not attract any suspicious glances. But what is normal behaviour? And who is a potential perpetrator?, by Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s explosive play explores where the lines between criminal and victim, and fantasy and reality, blur, Arcola,  24 Ashwin Street, E8, until 19 September. IOnfo: 7503 1646


Friday 4 September

* The Bogus Woman,  Krissi Bohn bring to life 51 characters who retell the experiences of a young African woman seeking safety and asylum in England but who is indefinitely confined, interrogated, humiliated and abused, 7:30pm, £12/£10, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, SDhoreditch. Info: 7613 7498


Saturday 5-Sunday 6 September

* Discover Indonesia, music, dance, puppetry, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info:


from Tuesday 8 September

* A Brimful of Asha, real-life mother and son Asha and Ravi Jain take the stage to share their compelling story of generational culture clash over the search for a potential bride, Tricycle, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6, until 19 September. Info: 7328 1000/







Wednesday 26 August

* World's Busiest Railway, more Indian trains, 9pm, BBC2

* Secrets of China, first of three-part series looks at conformity, 2am, Freeview

Thursday 27 August

* World's Busiest Railway, more Indian trains, 9pm, BBC2

* Stephen Fry's Central America, amiable but aimless travelogue, 9pm, ITV

* Lost land of the Volcano, a New Guinea crater, 11pm, BBC4




* Kolkata with Sue Perkins, from its notorious 'Black Hole' dungeon and the dreadful poverty of its street people to a place re-inventing itself as a vibrant megacity, with a booming property sector and a reputation for eccentricity, culture and tolerance, BBC1, Wednesday 2 September