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A London cabbie takes on his toughest fare

Alexandra Wood can’t really explain how she came to write a play about a London taxi driver who returns to his original country, Somalia, to secure the release of a [...]
from Daniel Nelson on May 18, 2015.

Never again, again

Writing a play about the Rwandan genocide – about any genocide – is not easy. Nor is watching it. But write and watch we must because it’s part of remembering.
from Daniel Nelson on May 25, 2015.

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*  Theatrical contrast:  World Factory at the Young Vic is basically an interactive team game, with the audience sitting at tables in groups of five and running their own Chinese clothing factory. Another piece of "immersive theatre"  is No Feedback,which encourages participants to think about the social dynamics that enable genocide to take place. Genocide - or the difficulty of finding the truth about a specific act within a genocide, in this cazse, Rwanda - is the subject of Sense Of An Ending at Theatre 503. And at the Park Theatre, two plays in an evening look at two sides of British extremism - a British Pakistani bus bomber and a White racist thug, and tries to present both as recognisable human beings rather than simple hate figures.


* Exhibitions include the Southbank Centre's  Adopting Britain, 70 Years of Migration, an absorbing display of Chinese Photobooks at the Photographers' Gallery, Ketaki Sheth's Photographs of Indians of African Descent .at the National Portrait Gallery and a new display of rare Indian photographs from a private collectiion, at thle Royal Opera Arcade in Pall Mall..


* Below, right: Abderrahmane Sissako's Timbuktu, a quiet, moving film set in Mali when Islamists had taken over parts of the country


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Tuesday 26 May
* The Point is to Feel it: A Night of Creative Responses to Climate Change, George the Poet, Alice Oswald and Ruth Padel, 6pm, free, RSA, 8 John Adam Street, WC2. Info: 7451 6868/
* The role of mobile operators in M4D, 5pm networking drinks; 6-7:30pm panel and presentations; 7:30-8:30pm, networking drinks, The Walbrook Building, 25 Walbrook, EC4. Info:
* Negritude, Decolonization and the Future of the World, Gary Wilder, 6pm, London School of Economics, New Academic Building, WC2
* The Genetics of Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma, Judit Gervai, 7-9pm, Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, WC1. Info: 7636 7247

Crossing Borders, Shifting Boundaries, lecture on Chinese cities by Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, photography exhibition, and roundtable, exploration through architectural photography of how migratory movements have influenced fabric, identity and people within the urban environment, Valeria Carullo, Pedro Gadanh, Marco Iuliano and Alnis Stakle, 4-8pm, free, Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, W1. Info: 7580 5533/


Wednesday 27 May

* Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East needs a Sexual Revolution, Mona Eltahawy, 6pm, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1. Info: 7324 2570/

* The World in 2015: What Went Wrong?, Dominique Moisi, 6.30-7.30pm, Kings College, The Strand, WC2. Info: Eventbrite

* Insurgent Margins, Jeremy Lind, Aden Abdi, 6:30-8:30pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: Meeting

* The Birth of South Africa's Military-Industrial Complex: Pre-Apartheid Public and Private Sector Development, Sumaiya Aboo, 5-6.30pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:

* The World in 2015: What Went Wrong?, Dominique Moisi, 6.30pm, Kings College, The Strand. Info:


Thursday 28 May

* The Africans of Georgian Britain, historian Onyeka tells the story of Africans in 18th-century Georgian Britain and their role in the development of British society and the Empire, 7pm, £7/£6, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, WC2. Info: 7306 0055
* Crisis in the Mediterranean, 7pm, £12.50, panel discussion with Maurice Wren, frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940

Thursday 28–Sunday 31 May
* Web We Want, final weekend of the year-long festival, with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Julian Assange, Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Shumon Basar, Naomi Alderman, Gaia Vince, Tom McCarthy, James Bridle, Mark Titchner, Bleep43, Gaggle, Gwilym Gold, Drake Music, James Veitch, 11am-11pm, £20/£10/£5, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road. Info: £20/£10/£5

Friday 29 May
* México20: New Voices, Old Traditions, Laia Jufresa, Brenda Lozano and Daniel Saldana Paris discuss their writing, part of the official Year of Mexico in the UK and the UK in Mexico, 7—8pm, £5/£4, Free Word Centre, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1
* An Evening with Nuruddin Farah, 7.30-9:30pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:


Friday 29-Sunday 31 May
* Fear of Missing Out, three-day event to discuss post-digital anxieties and the social condition, ICA, The Mall, SW. Info:

Saturday 30 May
* Darcus Howe, Race Today and Black Power in Britain, book signing, screening of 1973 documentary Mangrove Nine, social gathering, and a viewing of the exhibition Staying Power at Black Cultural Archive, 1pm-4pm, £7, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2


Sunday 31 May

* The Decline of the Honey Bee and the End of Human Kind?, Luke Dixon, 11am-1pm,  £3/£2, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1. Info: 7405 1818/


Monday 1 June

* Three ways to ensure a zero-carbon future, launch of a new World Bank report with Kevin Watkins, Stephane Hallegatte, Amal-Lee Amin, Ilmi Gronoff and Michael Jacobs, 2-5.30pm, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300/

* Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect: When, where and how?, Aidan Hehir, 6.45pm, £3/£2, Friends of Le Monde, The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street. Info: 

* The Forcible Displacement of Palestinian Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel, Khalil Alamour, Jeff Halper, 6:30-8pm, Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincolns Inn Field. Info:  PSO

* Magna Carta's American Adventure, A E Dick Howard, 6.30-8pm, £10/£7, British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1. Info: 01937 54654601937 546546/

* Loving Jamaica, Diana McCaulay, 7pm, free, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1. Info: 7324 2570/

* Addressing the Air Quality Science and Policy Challenges in China and India, Daniel Greenbaum, 5-6pm, Imperial College, South Kensington Campus. Info:

* How might we reduce the ‘carbon footprint’ of concrete on a global scale?, llis Gartner, 5.30-7pm, Imperial College, South Kensington Campus. Info:







* Rare Indian Photographs, private collection, free, 5b Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, Pall Mall, SW1, until 30 May. Info: 7930 8069/


Garden State, Corinne Silver’s  sound and photographic installations on the politics of gardening in the context of Israel’s colonisation of the Palestinian territories, until 20 June, The Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5 . Info 7370 9990

+ 28 May, Photography, Colonialism and the Politics of Planting, with Brenna Bhandar, Jennifer Gabrys, Uriel Orlow, 7pm, free

+ Guerrilla gardening


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

+ 70 Years of migration on show


* The Chinese Photobook, exhibition on the largely unexplored history of photobook publishing in China, from 1900 to 2014, Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, W1, until 5 July. Info: 7087 9300/

+ Nudes fight back against propaganda in China


* 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


* Endangered Species 20 artists respond to the challenge to depict one animal under threat of extinction, free, MYA Gallery, 150 Commercial Street, E1, until 12 June. Info: 7247 2434/


* Lee Karen Stow: Images from 42 Women of Sierra Leone, free, Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, SE23, until 27 September. Info: 8699 1872


* Deutsche Börse, annual photography prize finalists, including Zanele Muholi's tender, unflinching portraits and testimonies of the South African LGBTI community, and Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse's collaborative ‘photo/graphic’ album of images and text on the history of a once elite, now abandoned high-rise apartment block in Johannesburg, Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, W1, until 7 June. Info: 7087 9300/

+ 28 May, award ceremony


* The Dangerous Frontier, Laila Essaydi challenges Western representations of Arab female identity, free, Kashya Hildebrand, 22 Eastcastle Street, W1, until 6 June. Info: 73588 1195


Whip it Good: Spinning from History's Filthy Mind, exhibition of action paintings based on the performances by Danish-Trinidadian artist Jeannette Ehlers that retraced the footsteps of colonialism and mapped the contemporary reverberations of the triangular slave trade, Rivington Place, EC2, until 20 June. Info: 7749 1240


Gone Tomorrow, Nikki Stevens' animal paintings "that highight our obsession with data, its collection and the unravelling of the natural world", free, Cricket Fine Art, 2 Park Walk, SW10, until 30 May. Info:


* Coral Reefs, Secret Cities of the Sea, £10/ £4.50, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 13 September. Info: 7942 5000


In Black and White: Prints and Posters From Africa and the Diaspora, free, V&A, South Kensington, until 6 July. Info: 7942 2000


The William Morris Family Album, a Morris-inspired photographic exhibition by Turner Prize nominee Yinka Shonibare that encourages viewers to reflect on Morris’ political views by connecting his socialist ideals with the history of Empire, 10am-5pm Wednesday to Sunday, free, William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park House, 531 Forest Road, E17, until 7 June. Info: 8496 4390


* Thomas Struth, photographs taken in Israel and Palestine in 2011-14: ‘a particle of the conflict of the region’, free, Marian Goodman Gallery, 5-8 Lower John Street, W1, until 6 June. Info: 7099 0088


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


* Indigenous Australians, British Museum, WC1, until 2 August. Info:


* 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 526 574/ 


* Identity, stillness and extremism, work by photographer Robert Goldstein and 10 young artists, runs alongside the double-bill of plays Hurling Rubble (until  6 June), free, 10.30am–5.30pm, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4. Info: 7870 6876 


London, Sugar & Slavery , permanent gallery at the Museum of Docklands, No 1 Warehouse, West Inbdia 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 27 May
* 53 Echoes of Zaire: Popular Painting from Lubumbashi, DRC, collection of popular paintings by several Congolese artists that depict 1970s Zaire, The Loft, Unit La Gare, 51 Surrey Row, SE1, until 30 June. Info: 203 268 203 268 2101203 268 2101


from 29 May


Sweet Armageddon,  Joe Webb's collages comment on the way consumerism has distracted us from world problems, free, Hang Up Gallery, 56 Stoke Newington High Street, N16. Info:  3667 4550 


Friday 29-Saturday 30 May
* Peace blooms: Cattle, conflict and the roses of Lake Naivasha, photography exhibition at the RHS Rose Show, RHS Lindley Hall, Elverton Street, SW1, 10am-5pm, £5 in advance; £8 on the day


Image:  The documentary We Are Many re-lives the anti-Iraq war demonstrations that took pace all over the world and argues that though the protests failed to stop the US-led attack they had far-reaching effects.

We Are Many






Around Town


* We Are Many, documentary about the biggest demonstration in human history, which took place on 15 February 2003, against the impending war on Iraq, Barbican, Curzon Bloomsbury, Odeon Panton Street, Brixton Ritzy, Holloway Odeon

+  We Are Many - but we weren't enough

Girlhood, 16-year-old Marieme navigate the disruptive onset of womanhood alonside the inequalities of being black in the underprivileged suburbs of Paris, Barbican, Brixton Ritzy,Curzons Bloomsbury and Soho,  ICA, Odeons Covent Garden and Camden Town, Shortwave, Crouch End Arthouse, Hackney Picturehouse Lexi Kensal Rise, Tricycle, 


* I/Eye in Conflict: Personal Stories From The Middle East, the insiders' perspectives on recent wars, revolutions, uprisings, and occupations, plus film-makers talks, Barbican Cinema, Beech Street, until 27 May. Info: 7638 8891


* Timbuktu, simple, moving feature film set in Mali, where Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his family and their 12-year-old shepherd, while in the city the people suffer from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith, Cine Lumiere, 17 Queensberry Place, SW7, until 28 June; ICA, The Mall, SW1 until 4 June (26 May, screening and discussion with writer and producer Kessen Tall, 8.50pm)

+ 29 May, 2pm seniors screening, £7.45-£8.20; 6.20pm £8.35-£11.75, BFI, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7255 1444; also Curzons Victoria and Wimbledon

+ 29-30 May, Curzons Bloomsbury, Richmond, Soho,

+ A beautifully observed Timbuktu story 


Wednesday 27 May
* Food Chains, documentary exposure of the abuses facing farmworkers and the $4 trillion global supermarket industry + Q&A with director Sanjay Rawal and producer Eric Schlosser, 7pm, £10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940/
* Strawberry & Chocolate, looks at changing attitudes in Cuba to homosexuality, 7.30pm, free, Cinecuba, The Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, WC1. Info:


Wednesday 27–Saturday 30 May
* 9/11 Trilogy and Selected Shorts, by Laura Poitras, ICA, 12 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. Info: 7930 3647/
+ 30 May, Trilogy + Citizen Four, doc about Edward Snowden, followed by Q&A with Poitras


Thursday 28 May

* The Supreme Price, doc about Hafsat Abiola, whose father, M.K.O. Abiola, was arrested soon after his presidential victiory in Nigeria and whose activist mother, Kudirat Abiola, was assassinated three years later + director Q&A, 6.20, Curzon Bloomsbury


Saturday 30 May-1 June
* Summer Pasture, a couple must decide whether to raise their daughter in the Tibet pasture or send her to school - a decision with deep implications for their future, Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick, WC1. Info:
* Walking Under Water,  Alexan teaches his nephew everything he knows, from ancient dangerous diving techniques to his tribe's wisdom about the underwater world. But it's a lifestyle under threat, Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick, WC1. Info:


Sunday 31 May

* Cine Liberacion, day of documentary film and discussion about Latin America, mid-day-11pm, £12/£10/£5/£4, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road. Info: 7613 7498. Programme includes Buenos Aires Rap, Resistencia:The Fight for the Aguan Valley, El Diario De Agustin, plus music from Banda Condorito  


Sunday 31 May-Monday 1 June
* My name Is Salt, there's not a tree or blade of grass in sight in India's Little Ran of Kutch desert, but for eight months of the year 40,000 men, women and children trek across India to make a living harvesting salt, Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick, WC1. Info:  







* World Factory, tells  the stories of people connected to the garment industry in the past and present with an interactive team game in which audiences run their own clothing factory. The show puts the ethics and politics of fast fashion in England and China under the microscope, £10/£19.50, conc available, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, SE1, until 6 June. Info: 7922 2922/

+ When the audience is boss


* Sense of an Ending, play about the Rwandan genocide, focusing on questions of journalistic truth, morality and the possibility of forgiveness, £15/£12/ pay what you can Sundays, Theatre 503, until 6 June. Info: 7978 7040 + post-show talks 28 May and 4 June

+ Never again, again


* Hurling Rubble At the Sun/ Hurling Rubble At the Moon, two plays on the human story behind contemporary British extremism, from Blackburn-born writer Avaes Mohammad,  £15-£25, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, N4, until 6 June. Info: 7870 6876  

+ 27 May (Jez Bond, Rod Dixon, Avaes Mohammed and the cast); 2 June (Hassan Mahamdalli); 5 June (Matthew Rhodes) post-show discussions, 10.30-11.15pm

+ A Muslim extremist and a White British racist thug walk onto a stage...

+ One story, two plays - through White and Brown British eyes


* Klippies, two teenagers collide in new play by South African playwright Jessica Siân, £18/£16, Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, SE1, until 6 June. Info: 7407 0234

+ 26 May, post-show discussion, Celebrating women in theatre, Janet Suzman and Sue Parrish


* Temple, fictional account of the Occupy movement's struggle at St Paul's, Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, WC2, until 25 July. Info: 0844 871 76240844 871 7624

+ My hopes for the Occupy St Paul's drama


* No Feedback, immersive theatre experience that encourages participants to think about the social dynamics that enable genocide, organised in partnership with Aegis Trust, Genocide Watch and Anne Frank Trust, £12, Theatre Delicatessen, 119 Farringdon Road, EC1, until 6 June. Info: 7278 7694 


Wednesday 27-Saturday 30 May

* Cinema, an act of terror that sparked a revolution: who will remember the 422 dead?, £17/£12/£10, Arcola, 24 Ashwin Street, E8. Info: 7503 1646  


Friday 29-Saturday 30 May

* Dirty Paki Lingerie, the stories of six Pakistani-American Muslim women from six to 65 in post-9/11 US, 7:30pm, £10/£8, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road. Info: 7613 7498


Thursday 3–Saturday 6 June

* The Diary of a Hounslow Girl, Ambreen Razia's play about a 16-year-old British Muslim Girl growing up in West London, £5, Ovalhouse, 52-54 Kennington Oval, SE11. Info: 7582 7680/ 





Monday 25 May

* Springwatch, 8pm, BBC2

* The Origins of War, 9pm, R4

* Incarnation: India in 50 Lives, 1.45pm, R4


Tuesday 26 May

* Springwatch, 8pm, BBC2

* Incarnation: India in 50 Lives, 1.45pm, R4


Wednesday 27 May

* Springwatch, 8pm, BBC2

* Incarnation: India in 50 Lives, 1.45pm, R4


Thursday 28 May

* Springwatch, 8pm, BBC2

* Wild Arabia, repeat of wildlife series, 10pm, BBC4

* Red Sorghum, powerful Chinese feature set in 1930, 1.15am, Film4

* Incarnation: India in 50 Lives, 1.45pm, R4


Friday 29 May

* Springwatch, 8pm, BBC2

* Incarnation: India in 50 Lives, 1.45pm, R4