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Serge stakes his claim

'The Claim' is a play about an interview that will affect the rest of your life. It could even lead to your death.
from Daniel Nelson on Jan 8, 2018.

The mind-numbing numbers of the Nanking Massacre

A New York Times critics once referred to “The tiny but mighty Finborough”. The 50-seat pub theatre is again justifying the accolade as five actors conjure up one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century.
from Daniel Nelson on Jan 5, 2018.

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* This month's stage plays include


+ Into The Numbers, commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Nanking massacre, "a thrillingly innovative theatrical exploration of the philosophical and psychological implications of researching genocide, as well as the toll media saturation plays in the process", at the Finborough Theatre (followed in February and March by two plays about Palestine-Israel, Returning to Haifa and Checkpoint Chana)


+ Sugar Baby, "a journey to the dark soul of the food industry", Tristan Bates Theatre


+ The Brothers Size (photo, below, right),  after a spell in prison, two African-American brothers reunite through Yoruba mythology and live music - an interpretation of West African myths, Young Vic

The Brothers Size


* The Believers Are But Brothers, Javaad Alipoor explores the smoke and mirrors world of online extremism, anonymity and hate speech, Bush Theatre


* The Claim, charts the journey of a single asylum claim, taking a look at what happenss when your life is a danger and all you have to save it are your words, Shoreditch Town Hall.



* Satyagraha, composer Philip Glass' meditation on Gandhi’s early years in South Africa, traces the progress of his concept of non-violent protest as a positive force for change. Glass’ use of repetitive musical structures – ‘minimalism’ – c"reates a mesmerising soundscape, quite unlike traditional operas." It's at the English National Opera from 1 February.

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Thursday 18 January

* Mother Tongues: Multilater IdentitiesVahni Capildeo,  Burhan Sönmez, Vahni Capildeo, 6.30-8.30pm, £4-£6, Waterstone’s, 82 Gower Street, WC!. Info:

* Turbulent Climate Change: why we need to address injustice, Mary Robinson, 6:30-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7405 7686


Friday 19 January

* Displacement, launch of first issue of Contra journal that looks at visual responses to past and current migrationsmusic, speeches, photo exhibition and video works, 7pm,  £7, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1. Info: Rich Mix

Monday 22 January

* Africa in 2018: Prospects & Forecasts, Sethembile Msezane, Nanjala Nyabola, 6.30–8pm, followed by reception, £6/£10, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: Tickets

* Countering Terror With Terror: Kill Lists, Drone Programmes and 'Targeted' Killings, Jennifer Gibson,  6.45pm, £3/£2, Friends of Le Monde, 70/77 Cowcross Street, EC1. Info:

* How to Fight Climate Change: economic and technical challenges, 6:30-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info:  7405 7686


Tuesday 23 January

* The Politics of Numbers: 'Modern Slavery', Joel Quirk, 4-6pm, King's College, Somerset House, The Strand, WC2. Info: 7836 5454/

* Trump's Jerusalem Promise: Time for Europe to lead for peace in the Middle East?, Julie Ward MEP, Kamel Hawash, Ghada Karmi, Toby Cadman, 6-8pm, P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton Street, NW1. Info: events/464192940644984

* Gaucho Dialogues on Leadership and Management, book launch with Alfredo Behrens, Richard House, Simon Commander, 6-7pm, £10/£5, Canning House, 14/15 Belgrave Square, SW1. Info:  7811 5600/

* Right to Remain Workshop, learn more about the asylum process in the UK, the problems people face, and how to help people through the experience, 6.30-9pm, free. Info: The session is part of the engagement programme of a new play, The Claim.

Thursday 25 January

* Latin American Cities, Eileen Gavin and Andrew Thompson, 6-7.30pm, £10/£5, Canning House, 14/15 Belgrave Square, SW1. Info: 7811 5600/
* Ground Down by Growth: tribe, caste, class and inequality in 21st century India, Philippe Bourgois, Jens Lerche, Alpa Shah, Katy Gardner, 6:30-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7405 7686
* The Power of Words, Social Media and Holocaust Discourse, 6:30-8pm, Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide, 29 Russell Square, WC1. Info: 7636 7247


Thursday 25-Saturday 27 January

* Afrotech Festival, two-day tech festival by and for black people of African and Caribbean heritage, with talks, workshops, a hackathon, digital installations, tech-fuelled parties + a tech fair and making stations for young people, Loraine James, Erin Burns, Jessica Jordan, Ashley Patricks, Mozafar Haider, Sentayhu M Ali, Alex Fefegha, Chisa Nwabara, Olu Niyi-Awosusi, Helen Gould, Brian Akperi, Aby Mohamed, Yovanka Pridao, Chi-Chi Ekweozor, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1. Info:


Saturday 27 January

* Is The Era Of Universal Human Rights Coming To An End?, Conor Gearty, 2-4pm, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1. Info: 

* PSC Annual General Meeting, 9.30am-5pm, The London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, NW1. Info: AGM











The Gap Between Us, first UK solo exhibition by the artist and film-maker, a US-based artist of Palestinian descent, for whom Palestine is a predominant theme,  free, The Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5, until 31 March. Info: 7370 9990


The Chapel, Michael Armitage's large-scale paintings explore the ambiguous boundaries between religion, folklore and social consensus, particularly in relation to issues of mental health in East Africa, South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, SE5, until 23 February. Info: 7703 6120/


*  Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11, exhibition showcasing over 40 contemporary artists’ responses to war and conflict since the terrorist attacks, from artists including Ai Weiwei, Grayson Perry, Gerhard Richter, Jenny Holzer, Mona Hatoum, Alfredo Jaar, Coco Fusco and Jake & Dinos Chapman, £15/ £10.50/child £7.50/ National Art Pass £7.50, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 28 May. Info: 7416 5000

+ Art in an age of terror


John Akomfrah: Purple, immersive six-channel video installation addressing climate change, human communities and the wilderness, free, Barbican, Silk Street, until 7 June. Info: 7638 8891/ Purple


* No Turning Back: Seven Migration Moments that Changed Britain, art, photography and personal stories, Migration Museum at the Workshop, free, 26 Lambeth High Street, SE1, until 25 February. Info:

+ Migration moments to remember


* Wildlife Photographer of the Year, £13.50/£12.50/£8/£7, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 28 May. Info: 7942 5000


* lluminating India, season of exhibitions and eventst celebrating India's contribution to science, technology and maths, free. Includes Photography 1857-2017, and 5,000 Years of Science and Innovation. Science Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 31 March. Info: 7942 4000

+ 5,000 years of Indian science history on display


* Ayurvedic Man: Encounters With Indian Medicine, mapping encounters between medical practitioners, cultures, and continents - across India and beyond, Wellcome Foundation, 183 Euston Road, NW1, until 8 April. Info: 7611 2222/


* Rapid Response Collecting, tiny but fascinating exhibit 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


* Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, WC2, until 6 February. Info: 7306 0055/

+ Refugees and androids steal the show

+ Taylor Wessing prize: who is the man in the photograph?



from Thursday 25 January

* Andreas Gursky, the German photographer's large-scale pictures portraying emblematic sites and scenes of the global economy and contemporary life, £16, conc available, Hayward Gallery, Southbank, Belvedere Road, SE1, until 22 April. Info: 3879 9555



Photo: lluminating India is a season of exhibitions and events that celebrates India’s contribution to science, technology and mathematics. At its heart are two free major exhibitions: 5000 Years of Science and Innovation and Photography 1857–2017. They present a kaleidoscopic history of scientific breakthroughs in India and a unique photographic survey of the country's technological and cultural development.










* Youth, a group of young girls are recruited into the People Liberation Authority’s dance troupe, only to find their dreams shattered as Chairman Mao dies and the country goes into chaos; the hugely ambitious film spans the end of the Cultural Revolution to the 1990s, 12.30pm, 5.30pm. It's taken $200m at the box office in China. Odeon Luxe Haymarket, until 18 January.

+ An army dance troupe view of China


* Mountains May Depart, outstanding tale of the lives of three Chinese - two men and the woman they love - over a fast-changing period of the country's history, Genesis, until 18 January.

+ An intimate family epic as China moves from Confucious to capital


Jane, the story of British primatologist Jane Goodall's work on chimpanzees, £9/£7/£5, ICA until 20 January.


Human Flow, artist and activist Ai Weiwei's take on the global refugee crisis, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 18  January

'They're usually either enemies or victims': the refugee crisis on screen 


* Rey, visionary psychedelic film from artist Niles Atallah that probes Chilean history, memory and colonialism with a stylised blend of kaleidoscopic imagery, £3-£11, ICA, until 18 January.

+ Dreamlike drama about a man who would be king


* London Short Film Festival, programme includes a Colombian film in which a group of girls are held in a jungle prison camp, enduring the oppressive, harsh terrain, Regent Street Cinema, until 21 January. Info:


* Tempestad, emotional and evocative journey into the world of human trafficking in Mexico, steeped in loss, pain, love, dignity and resistance, ICA, until 24 January


* Becoming Who I Was, after a Buddhist boy in the highlands of northern India discovers he is the reincarnation of a centuries-old Tibetan monk, his aging godfather takes him on a journey to discover his past in an enchanting story of faith and unconditional love, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 23 January.


Thursday 18 January

* Stranger in Paradise, newly arrived refugees learn a lesson about multifarious Europe + Q&A with director Guido Hendrikx, 6.30pm, 26 Lambeth High Street SE1. Info: 


Saturday 20 January

* Felicite, compelling drama that follows a charismatic Congolese singer + intro, 2pm, £6.50, BFI Southbank

+ A tough and touching song of Africa


Saturday 20-Tuesday 23 January

* The Last of Us, a young sub-Saharan man heads for Europe in a stolen boat that breaks down in the middle of the sea, where he begins an imaginary surrealistic odyssey in which he meets an altered image of himself and is confronted by the forces of nature, £3-£11, ICA


Sunday 21 January

* My Pure Land, modern-day feminist western set in rural Pakistan + Q&A with director Sarmad Masud, 6pm, £10/£7.50/£5, Genesis


from Monday 22 January

* An Act of Defiance, South Africa 1963: Ten men – some black, some Jewish – are arrested for conspiring to commit sabotage against the Apartheid state and its government, 7.30pm, £5-£12, JW3 until 1 February


Tuesday 23 January

* Jane, the story of Jane Goodall, whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionied our understanding of the natural world, 6.30pm, Regent Street Cinema

Thursday 25 January

* Electrical Gaza and other films, shorts curated by Basma Alsharif, including Electrical Gaza by Rosalind Nashashibi and Foyer by Ismaïl Bahri set in Tunis, 7pm, £6.50, The Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5. Info: 7370 9990/









* Into The Numbers, gripping attempt to come to terms with the Nanking Massacre nd all such horrors, Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10, until 27 January. Info: 0844 847 1652/

+ The mind-numbing numbers of the Nanking Massacre


* Knock Knockhow is it to grow up in a place where children are destined to be soldiers from the day they are born?, 6.15pm, £12/£10, Tristan Bates Theatre, 1A Tower Street, WC2, until 27 January. Info: 3841 6600/


* So Many Reasons, a story about the unique influence our mothers have on how we understand the world, from the perspective of a first generation British Ghanaian woman, Camden Peoples Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, NW1, until 16 February. Info: 7419 4841


* The Claim, an imaginative response to the stories of those seeking refuge in the UK, asking what happens when your life is at stake and all you have to save it are your words, Shoreditch Town Hall, 7.45pm, until 26 January. Info: 7739 6176/

+ 23 Jan, Right to Remain Workshop, learn more about the asylum process in the UK, 6.30-9pm, free. Info:

+ Serge stakes his claim


Friday 19 January

* Where To Belong, in January 2017 Victor Esses visited his parents’ homeland of Lebanon for the first time. A year later, he stands before you with a tender hour of funny stories, multimedia and planning for the future, £8/£10, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1. Info:

* Yugpurush, drama about Mahatma Gandhi and his spiiritual mentior, Shrimad Rajchandraji, 8pm, £25-£50, Mermaid, EC4. Info:


from Friday 19 January

* The Brothers Size, reinterpretation of West African myths, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, SE1, until 14 February. Info: 7922 2922


from Tuesday 23 January

* There or Here, poignant comedy follows the journey of Robyn and Ajay who return to India – the country of Ajay’s birth – to outsource their pregnancy. But their increasing inability to be each other’s comfort drives them to seek solace from strangers on the other end of their phone lines in the unlikeliest of places - call centres, drive throughs and even sex lines, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4, until 17 February. Info: 7870 6876/









Wednesday 17 January

* Roger Law: Art and Seoul, series about Korean art and culture, 1.45pm


Thursday 18 january

* Crossing Continents, 11am, R4

* Roger Law: Art and Seoul, series about Korean art and culture, 1.45pm


Friday 19 January

* Conflict and Cooperation: A History of Trade, 9pm, R4

* Roger Law: Art and Seoul, series about Korean art and culture, 1.45pm