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It started with a comedy course in a refugee camp in the West Bank town of Jenin.
from Theatre Royal, Stratford on Mar 14, 2018.

Heard the one about the Jewish Palestinian? Or the Palestinian Jew...

Congratulations, yet again, Finborough Theatre. It stages consistently inventive productions of consistently interesting plays. Here’s another: 'Returning to Haifa'.
from Daniel Nelson on Mar 10, 2018.

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* Good news: The Jungle, a play about events in the Calais migrants' camp, is returning to the West End, at the Playhouse Theatre in June. It was staged at the old Vic in December and January and I said then: "The Jungle is an exciting, vibrant portrayal of life in the Calais encampment set up by refugees and migrants as a staging post for their hoped-for journey to Britain." The authors are Joe Robertson and Jo Murphy, who set up the Good Chance Theatre in the Calais camp.



*  The UK Asian Film Festival (the programme for which includes, below right, the documentary Inshah'Allah) claims to be "the longest running Asian film festival in Europe". This year it says it "is proud to champion women in cinema both on screen and  behind the camera. While shedding light on women’s stories has always been a cause we have put our weight behind, this year more than ever we felt it important to do our part to accentuate and show our support for a wider, long overdue social movement."

Insha'Allah Democracy is showing at the UK Asian Film Festival

* On stage now: Returning to Haifa, the first English-language adaptation of the classic novella by Ghassan Kanafani. It's "a story of two families – one Palestinian, one Israeli – forced by history into an intimacy they didn't choose". The play was originally commissioned by New York’s Public Theater which had committed to programming it but subsequently abandoned the production after political pressure from the board. It now receives its world premiere at the Finborough Theatre, Also at the Finborough is another premiere - Checkpoint Chana: "Poet Bev Hemmings is in the eye of a storm after she publishes a poem that the world seems to believe is anti-Semitic. She’s convinced she’s innocent, but everyone else – including her PA, Tamsin – wants her to apologise. A press interview is planned to begin her public rehabilitation, but Bev’s dying father, erratic behaviour and tendency to drink make her public contrition a complex process. The play examines the point where pro-Palestinian criticism of the government of Israel and anti-Semitism blur."

Daniel Nelson


Tw: @EventsNelson











Monday 19 March

* The complicity of the Saudi Coalition in the starvation & destruction of the Yemeni people, Kim Sharif, 6.45-8.30pm, £3/£2, Friends of Le Monde, 70/77 Cowcross Street, EC1. Info:


Tuesday 20 March

* The New Sustainable Development Goals and Access to Essential Medicines, Michael Kirby, 1pm, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, WC1. Info: 7636 8636/


Wednesday 21 March

* Save the Honeybee?, Rebecca Nesbitt, 7-9pm, £3 or donation, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1. Info: 7405 1818

* Palestine Book Club: Children under the Occupation, Andy Simons, 6.30-8pm, £3/£5 door, P21 Gallery, 21-27 Chalton Street, NW1. Info: 7121 6190/

* Into the Syrian Jihad, journalist and author Åsne Seierstad on how to report the conflict in Syria, domestic Islamic extremism and the rise of the Islamic State group,  Goldsmiths, SE14


Thursday 22 March

* Is 'Green Business' A Contradiction inTerms?, Carolyn Roberts, 6pm, free, Barnards In  Hall, Holborn, EC1. Info: 7831 0575/

* We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria, Wendy Pearlman on her new book, 5-7pm, MBI Al Jaber Building, 21 Russell Square. Info: 7898 4330

* Rania Abouzei talks about her new book No Turning Back: Life, Loss and Hope in wartime Syria, with Lyse Doucet, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940

* What do the SDGs mean for business in Africa?  Lord Malloch-Brown, Nick O'Donohoe, Geetha Tharmaratnam, Hailemichael Aberra Afework, 6pm,  £12 , London Business School, 26 Sussex Place, NW1. Info: 

* Sathnam Sanghera, the British writer discusses The Boy With The Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton, his memoir of a British Sikh family’s struggle with mental illness, and its BBC TV adaptation, 7.30pm, V&A Museum. Part of UK Indian Film Festival

* Sustainability Summit, Dagmar Degroot, Baroness Worthington, Ayesha Imam, Mike Couoe, Christopher Davis, Eric Beinhocker, County Hall. Info: Economist events


Friday 23 March

* From Cairo to Aleppo: Exploring the Photohraphic Archive of K. A. C. Cresswell, Omniya Abdel Barr, 6-8pm, Prints & Drawings Study Room, Victoria and Albert Museum,Cromwell Road, SW7. Info: Arab British Centre


Monday 26 March

* The Politics of Climate Change, Caroline Lucas, Benet Northcote, Alice Bell, Tony Greenham, 6pm, free, RSA, 8 John Adam Street, WC2. Info: 7451 6868/











* Universal Motherhood: a journey through the lottery of birth, Nepal, Kenya, Guatemala, Romania, UK, Noho Studios, 48 Great Titchfield Street, W1 until 18 March. Info:


* Movies, Memories, Magic, the British Asian experience in relation to cinema and how films helped form a cultural identity rooted in both British and South Asian culture, Nehru Centre, until 23 March. Part of UK Asian Film Festival


* Water Matters, large-scale photos of water taken by Edward Burtynsky around the world, Arup, 8 Fitzroy Street, W1, until 8 June. Info: 7636 1531/


Arab Women Artists Now, comedy, art, performance, workshops, music, Rich Mix, Albert Hall, Chatham House, Arab British Centre, The Book Club, Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen, until 25 March. Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, EC4, and Perpetual Movement, seven women artists, Rich Mix until 25 March. Info; 7832 1310/


* The Adamah Papers exhibition that follows a British-Ghanaian family’s journey in which they rediscover their rich heritage and connection to royalty, and which gives insight into Ghana’s history, British occupation,  resistance to colonialism and many generations of family history, free, Black Archives, Windrush Square, Brixton, SW2. Info:


* Agadir, Yto Barrada's installation includes a mural, a film, several sculptures, and live and recorded performances, to consider how a city and its people might address the process of reinvention following disaster, like the 1967 earthquake, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, until 20 May. Info: 0845 120 7511/

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


* Made in North Korea: Everyday Graphics from the DPRK, collection accumulated by documentary-maker Nicholas Bonner, House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, N1, until 13 May. Info: 3696 2020/


Deutsche Bose Photography Foundation Prize, the work of one of the four finalists, Mathieu Asselin, is "an investigation into the long history of the global biotechnology corporation Monsanto [which] brings together hundreds of documents and photographs depicting the devastating human, ecological and economical impact of the company’s long and reckless story of growth, and their cynical efforts to change their negative public image", Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, W1, until 3 June. Info: 9300


* The Tenderness Only We Can See, Lubaina Himid's lastest paintings and found objects on the past, colonialism and identity, free, Hollybush Gardens,v1-2 Warner Yard, EC1, until 24 March. Info: 7837 5991/


* Repetition is Truth - Via Dolorosa, Rachell Howard's abstraction based on the torture of Abu Ghraib prisoners, free, Newport Street Gallery, Newport Street, SE11, until 27 May. Info: 3141 9320


*  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


Plan for Feminist Greater Baghdad, Ala Younis exhibition that includes a new installation, Delfina Foundation, 29/31 Catherine Place, SW1, until 24 March. Info: Arab British Centre


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, until 29 April, Migration Museum, 26 Lambeth High Street, SE1. Info:

+ Migration moments to remember

+ 3-17 March,  Moving Hearts workshops culminating in procession, installation and forum discussion on 24 March.

+ 20 March, Fire At Sea/ Liquid Traces, film club double-bill. See Films


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


* Theatre of the Natural WorldUS artist Mark Dion uses specimens – natural and manmade – from his travels through rainforests and rubbish dumps to reveal the wonder and fragility of life on earth, £12.95/£9.50, Whitechapel Gallery,  77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1, until 13 May. Info: 7522 7888/


Young Guns, Maliza Kiasuwa, Pablo Malilk, Colin Sekajugo and Larry Amponsah, Sulger Buel-Lovell, "what the next generation of young Africans and its diaspora artists are up to", Unit2, La Gare, 52 Surrey Row, SE1, until 29 March. Info: 3268 2101


* lluminating India, season of exhibitions and events 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/


* African Scribes: Manuscript Culture of Ethiopia, free, British Library, Euston Road, NW1, until 29 April. Info: 0843 208 1144


* Another Kind of Life: Potography on the Margins, 20  photographers on life on the margins, including the Delhi eunuch, the hyenea men of Lagos and transexual Mexican sex-workers, £13.50, Barbican Centre, Silk Street


* 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/ 


A revolutionary legacy: Haiti and Toussaint Louverture, small display of objects associated with Louverture and Haiti from the 18th century to the present day, that looks at the ripples caused by the revolution that spread across the world, British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1


from 30 March

* Retracing A Disappearing Landscape, interdisciplinary art exhibition and events relating to modern-day Libya, Najat Abeed, Mohammed Abumies, Huda Abuzeid, Mohamed Al Kharrubi, Takwa Barnosa, Mohamed Ben Khalifa, Najwa Benshatwan, Alla Budabbus, Malak Elghwel, Elham Ferjani, Yousef Fetis, Hadia Gana, Ghazi Gheblawi, Reem Gibriel, Jihan Kikhia, Marcella Mameli-Badi, Guy Martin, Arwa Massaoudi, Khaled Mattawa, Tawfik Naas, Laila Sharif, Najla Shawket Fitouri, Barbara Spadaro and Adam Styp-Rekowski, 21 Gallery, 21-27 Chalton Street, NW1. Info: Exhibition

+ 31 March, talk by Libyan poet Khaled Mattawa, Poems Moving Pictures- Pictures Moving Poems, 2.30-4pm


Caroline Lucas addressing Frack Free Isle of Wight protest

* Caroline Lucas is on the panel for a discussion on The Politics of Climate Change at the RSA on 26 March.











* UK Asian Film Festival, features, shorts and discussions, until 25 March. Programme includes  19 March, Bishorjon (Immersion), a Hindu widow, finds an injured man near a river in Bangladesh, brings him home, and finds he’s a Muslim from India - which she must keep from the villagers; 20 March, My Great Journey, short film that captures the story of some of the first generation immigrants who moved to Tower Hamlets; 20-21 March, Shalom Bollywood, documentary about the role of Indian Jews in shaping the world’s largest film industry; 23 March, Insha'allah democracy, filmmaker Mohammed Naqvi's personal exploration of Pakistani democracy + discussion. Info: Festival

+ Pakistani democracy - straight from the horse's mouth


* Makala, absorbing documentary that follows a Congolese farmer as he wheels a bikeload of charcol to town: it's a lot more interesting than it sounds, The Montpelier's Back Room Cinema

+ A charcoal-seller's Herculean pushbike journey

* The Long Season, documentary chronicling daily life for Syrian refugees in Lebanon's Majdal Anjar camp, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 22 March.


Tuesday 20 March

* Fire at Sea + Liquid Traces, the main film is a documentary about residents and migrants on the island of Lampedusa; the second is a short ‘synthetic reconstruction’ of the events surrounding a 2011 ‘left-to-die boat’ case + director Q&A, 6.30–9.45pm, £8/ £5, Migration Museum at The Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street, SE1. Info: 


from Wednesday 21 March

* BFI Flare, LGBT films including Out of Iraq, documentary about two Iraqi soldiers who fall in love during the US invasion; a short, Pria, which portrays the complexities of being a queer male and Muslim in rural Indonesia; Signature Move, about an immigration lawyer in the US, caught between obligations to her Muslim mother and her life as a lesbian woman, Marilyn, a young man’s fight against homophobia and oppression in rural Chile; BFI Southbank, Southbank Centre, SW1,until 1 April.

* Essay Film Festival, with a section on the films of Mani Kaul, including Kaul's first feature, Uski Roti [A Day’s Bread], "a seminal film in defining the formal vocabulary of the New Indian cinema", Birckbeck Cinema, ICA, Institut Français, until 29 March. Info:

* Right Now Film Festival, from the beginning of vital movements such as Black Lives Matter to the future of welfare and Brexit, six films explore the motives and truths behind global systems and unjust balances of power, Rio Dalston, until 27 March. Info: 


from Friday 23 March

* Gholam, the story of an enigmatic Iranian taxi driver driving through east London’s streets at night who involves himself in the plight of a total stranger, 6.15pm, Barbican Centre, Silk Street


Monday 26 March

* Guantanamera, satirical Cuban feature from the 1990s about a funeral procession that induces unexpected emotions and consequences, free, Calthorpe Arms upstairs, 252 Grays Inn Rd, WC1. Info:










* The Great Wave, Japanese sIsters are caught in a storm: one is saved and their mother cannot believe the other isn't alive "and soon family tragedy takes on a global political dimension", National Theatre, Upper Ground, SE1, until 14 April. Info: 7451 3000/ The Great Wave

+ 'I didn't fancy being stuck in North Korea'


* The Vault Festival, over 300 shows, The Vaults, SE1, until 18 March. Info:


* A Passage to India, adaptation of E M Forster's novel, Park Theatre, N4, until 24 March. Info: 7870 6876


* Returning to Haifa, English-language adaptation of tGhassan Kanafani's novella that's a story of two families – one Palestinian, one Israeli – forced by history into an intimacy they didn’t choose, £6/£14, Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10, until 24 March. Info: Finborough/ Arab British Centre

+ Heard the one about the Jewish Palestinian? Or the Palestinian Jew...


* Checkpoint Chana, examines the point at which pro-Palestinian criticism of the Israeli Government becomes anti-Semitism, 18, 19, 20 March, Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10. Info: 0844 847 1652/

+ Bev faces poetic justice for her poetic licence


* Br'er Cotton, follows a boy growing up in a world where black men are in danger, Theatre 503, Battersea Park Road, SW11, until 31 March. Info: 7978 7040


* Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow, man-made climate change - the musical, £12.50-£20/ conc £.50-£15, ChickenShed, N14, until 31 March. Info: 8292 9222/ 


* Beyond Borders, season of events (some free, some £15), on an Anglo-Middle Eastern axis, Omnibus Theatre, 1 Clapham Common Northside, SW4. Info: 7498 4699


from Tuesday 20 March

* The Head-Wrap Diaries, three characters tell their stories through a blend of house, waacking and vogue fused with African and contemporary dance and accompanied by a soundtrack of Afro house, folk, electronic dance music, jazz and Ghana gospel, 7.30pm, £14/£10, The Albany Theatre, Douglas Way, E8, until 24 March. Info: 8692 4446


from Wednesday 21 March

* Black Men Walking, three men walk through 500 years of Black British history, Royal Court, Sloane Square, SW1, until 7 April. Info: 7565 5000


Friday 23-Saturday 24 March

* Curfew, contemporary dance production by El-Funoun (Palestine) and Hawiyya Dance Company (UK) + Q&A, 7.30pm, £12/£14, Rich Mix









Monday 19 March

* Treasures of the Indus, 8pm, BBC4


Tuesday 20 March

* Great Indian Railway Journeys - Amritsar to Shimla, 8pm, BBC2

* Costing the Earth, 3.30pm, R4

* Free Thinking Festival: Power to the People?, 10pm, R3


Wednesday 21 March

* Costing the Earth, 9pm, R4


Thursday 22 March

* Civilisations, Mary Beard on art and religion, 9pm, BBC2

* From Our Own Correspondent, 11am, R4