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Pages ripped from Jamaican history

From Oliver Cromwell’s seizure of Jamaica in 1655 to the present day, an exhibition looks at the island's influence on British culture and economy.
from gallery@oxo on Feb 27, 2015.

Caught in the act

As if British Pakistanis didn’t have enough bad news to contend with from the fallout of the appalling Rochdale grooming cases, along comes a blistering feature film about “honour killing” in the community.
from Daniel Nelson on Feb 26, 2015.

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* On stage at the National Theatre Dara spans the lives of two 17th century Moghul Indian princes from cradle to grave: "An intense domestic drama of global consequence – for India then and for our world now."  Behind the Beautiful Foreversbased on Katherine Boo's book about a group of residents in a Mumbai shantytown, is also continuing its run at the National. And Britain's past, this time in the Caribbean, features in a forthcoming production at the Albany, Honey Man, where a reclusive man trying to save his bees in rural England meets a weed-speaking heiress and discovers a secret which connects their past and destiny in ways they could never have imagined.


The Singing Stones at the Arcola gives voice to the women who snitched on Gaddafi, marched on Tahrir Square and defended the bloody borders of Kurdistan. Dalia Taha's play, Fireworks (A 'Ab Nariya), at the Royal Court is also set in the Middle East, and gives a new way of seeing how war fractures childhood. The Arcola returns in March with Shrapnel: 34 Fragments of a Massacre, which looks at one of the most controversial episodes in the ‘war on terror’.


The Gate has two plays set in Africa, both asking questions about independence: this month The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco is about a Zimbabwean who arrives in a prison cell claiming to have spent the first years of independence hiding in a mountain cave. In April, it puts the spotlight on Liberia, with Eclipsed, which starts with another arrival - of a girl at a rebel base in the midst of the civil war. 


Multitudes at The Tricycle is set on the eve of a Conservative Party conference when the country is in turmoil and waiting for a visit from the Prime Minister. Kash, a liberal British Muslim, prepares his address to politicians about the state of the nation. His girlfriend Natalie, a recent convert to Islam, cooks for anti-war protesters gathered at the town hall. Lyn, her mother, moans to everyone about the decline of her cherished England.  It’s all too much for Kash’s daughter Khadira, who begins to plan a radical intervention. Racial tensions in Britain also take centre-stage at The Albany in March, with Black: “Nikki doesn't think that her Dad is a racist…. He just cares deeply about his community… But when a Zimbabwean family move in over the road, the dog won’t stop barking…the local kids start lobbing stones… and her Dad starts laying down the law.”


Aninmal welfare is in the spotlight in Chicken Dust at the Finborough in March, "A hard hitting exploration of the human cost of our enormous appetite for cheap meat."


* Below, right: An election campaign dominated by immigration, in which the Conservatives try to out-UKIP UKIP, and migrants are left feeling bruised and alienated. Sounds familiar? It's the setting for Multitudes, at the Tricycle Theatre.


Daniel Nelson


Tw: @EventsNelson






Saturday 28 February

* Dabke flash mob action, meet 1.30pm, Lincoln's Inn  Fields, WC1, to demand the “clean up of Israeli apartheid”; dabke is a Palestinian dance. Info: @londonpalestine

* Digital Personhood and Identity, Luke Dormehl, Aleks Krotoski, Sonia Livingstone, Andrew Murray, 1pm, part of LSE Literary Festival, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6198
* Tanzania: A New Constitution?, Frederick Longino, Abdul Paliwala, Yussuf Hamad, Aikande Kwayu, 2-5pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:
* Rebellion and Foundation: Southeast Asia, the UK and 50 years of development, Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Nickson Fong, Yang-May Ooi, 3pm, part of LSE Literary Festival, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6198
* Israel and the Middle East, Roger Cohen, Simon Schama, Michael Ignatieff, 8.30pm, £24.50, Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1, part of Jewish Book Week. Info: 7520 1490/ 7520 1440
* Protest! The Symposium, sessions include Institutionalisation of the Environmental Movement, Libyan Youth Movement: How To Start A Revolution, Understanding Protest Through Music, screening of Riot From Wrong, from 11am, free, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Infio:
* Claudia Jones - 100th Anniversary, Marika Sherwood, Colin Prescod, Donald Hinds, Nia Reynold,s Shango Baku, noon-6pm, £15/£25/£30, Black Cultural Archives, Brixton, SW2. Info: 3757 8500


Sunday 1 March

*  Lives in Common: Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Hebron, Menachem Klein, 8pm, £6/£4, Hashomer House, 37a Broadhurst Gardens, NW6. Info:


Sunday 1-Sunday 8 March
* WOW: Women of the World Festival, Southbank Centre. Info: 0844 847 9910. Programme includes 1–29 March Sara Shamsavari's photographs of young Muslim women in London, Paris an New York and explores expressions of identity as conveyed through their vibrant hijab styles, Royal Festival Hall, level 40844 847 9910

Sunday 1-Tuesday 31 March
* Women's History Month in east London. Info: Programme includes
7-14 March, International Women's Week in Tower Hanmlets, East London Chinese Community Centre, HEBA Women’s Project, Jagonari Women’s Resource Centre, Kollun, Leaders in Community, Limehouse Project, Mohila Ongon Association, Muslim Women’s Collective, Nari Diganta, Poplar HARCA, Praxis, Udichi Shilpi Gosthi and others. Programme:

Monday 2 March
Iran: Is a rapprochement with the West possible?, Abbas Edalat, 6.45pm, £3/£2, Friends of Le Monde, The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street. Info:
* Clean Energy and Renaissance: a report from the race between revolution and collapse, Jeremy Leggett, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2


Tuesday 3 March

* Aderonke's judicial review hearing, Nigerian lesbian and LGBTI and asylum rights activist fights for her right to remain in the UK, 9am, Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, WC2

* Road to Paris, Qi Ye and Sir David King, 10-11.30am, Institute for Public Policy Research, 14 Buckingham Street, WC2. Info:
* Transport Infrastructure: Low Carbon Vehicles – A journey to a more sustainable future, Andy Eastlake, Konstanze Scharring, Sian Berry, 12–1:30pm, House of Commons, SW1. Info: 7833 6035/
* Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola since the Civil War, Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, Christopher Cramer, Lara Pawson, 6:30-8:30pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: Registration
* Experiences of working with Save the Children on Ebola, Louisa Baxter, 12:45-1:45pm, free, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 15-17 Tavistock Place, WC1. Infio:
* Reinventing the Corporation, Colin Mayer, 6-7.15pm, The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. 


wednesday 4 March
A New Kind of Capitalism, Muhammad Yunus, 7pm, The Mermaid Theatre, Puddle Dock, Blackfriars, EC4. Info:
* The Bottom Line: Beauty, Body Image and Teenage Girls, Yang-May Ooi, Jee OH, Sally Gloyne, 6.30pm, free, Nehru Centre,  8 South Audley Street, W1. Info: 7491 3567/ 7493 2019
* First Wednesday, current affairs discussion, 7pm, £12.50, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940/ 7479 8950/
* Spatial politics of prostitution in London, Delhi and Lima, Paulo Drinot, Julia Laite, Stephen Legg, 5.30-7.30pm, UCL – Institute of the Americas,  51 Gordon Square, WC1. Info: 3018 9721/
* Yes, it is a Curse: politics and the adverse impact of natural-resource riches, Francesco Caselli, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2
* Nationalism in Africa: aspiration, self-improvement and belonging, Heike I. Schmidt, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2

* Feminism, Stella Sandford, 7pm, £3, redeemable against any purchase, Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, N1. Info: 7837 4473/

* Reaching Every Woman and Every Newborn: The Post-2015 Research Agenda, Peter Brocklehurst, Richard Horton, Joy Lawn, Gwyneth Lewis, Matthews Matthai, Bob Pattinson, Lesley Regan, 9am-5pm, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 27 Sussex Place, NW1. Info:

Thursday 5 March
* The Extreme Present: An evening of self-help for Planet Earth, Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Ben Hammersley, Daniel Glaser, Mike Ellis, Sophia Al Maria, 7pm, £15/£30, Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street, SW1. Info:
* Tackling the Great Challenges of the 21st Century, Sir Paul Nurse, Nicholas Stern, 6.30-8pm, free, Royal Society, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. Info: 7969 5200/
Little Emperors and Material Girls, Jemimah Steinfeld, 6.30-8pm, £87/£6/£5, Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, W1. Info: 7307 5454/
* A Historical perspective on the maternal health work of WHO, Julianne Weis, 12:45-2pm, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, WC1. Info:
On Civil Disobedience,  Kimberley Brownlee, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2
* Why We Should Talk to Terrorists, Jonathan Powell, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2
* Beyond the Cold War: how summits shaped the new world order, Kristina Spohr, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2

Friday 6 March
* Palestinian Olive Groves, farmer Mohammad Irsheid and Zaytoun’s Palestinian director Taysir Arbasi1, 12.30-1.30pm, Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, EC4. Info:
* The Life and Legacy of Claudia Jones, Judy Richards, Mary Davis, Marika Sherwood and Alex Pascall, 6pm, Congress House, Great Russell Street, WC1. Info: 7467 1292/ 7467 1220/

Friday 6-Sunday 8  March
* Family medicine: global impact, Sir Andy Haines, Hernan Montenegro, Santanu Chattopadhyay, Phil Cotton, Royal College of General Practitioners, 30 Euston Square. Info:






* The Palestinian Olive Harvest, photographs by Nick Pickard, free, Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, EC4, until 6 March. Info: 7832 1310/ Arab British Centre

+ Friday 6 March, Meet farmer Mohammad Irsheid and Zaytoun’s Palestinian director Taysir Arbasi, 1, 12.30-1.30pm. Info:


Human Rights, Human Wrongs, over 200 original press prints from 1945 to the early 1990s, Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, W1, until 6 April. Info: 7087 9300 

+  3 March, Helena Kennedy QC, 6.30pm; 7 March, curator's tour, 3pm; 19 March, curator's talk, Mark Sealy; 26 March, Useful Images?, 6.30pm

Famine babies and crying war widows: unpicking the cliches of conflict photography 

+ Rights exhibition hits a wrong note


* Dwellings, Carlos Reyes-Manzo's photographs from some 25 countries, covering issues linked to the concept of dwellings and boundaries, The Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck College, 43 Gordon Square, WC1 until 20 March. Info:


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


Dor Guez: The Sick Man of Europe, installation by an artist of Christian Palestinian and Jewish Tunisian descent, living in Jaffa, whose practice questions contemporary art’s role in narrating unwritten histories, ICA, The Mall, SW1, until 12 April. Info:


* Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience, 1950s–1990s,  photographs drawn from the V&A’s collection,  part of the Staying Power project to increase the number of Black British photographers and images of Black people in Britain, Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, SW2, until 24 May. Info: 3757 8500/

+ The black experience: portraits of a community


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


* Poetry and exile, display drawn from recent acquisitions of works by artists of the Middle East and North Africa exploring the effects of exile through the eyes of five artists (Abdallah Benanteur, Ipek Duben, Mireille Kassar, Mona Saudi and Canan Tolon), free, British Museum, Great Ruissell Street, WC1, until 29 March. Info: 7323 8299/


Conflict, Time, Photography, photographers who have looked back at moments of conflict, from seconds after a bomb is detonated to 100 years after a war has ended, £14.50/ £12.50, Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1, until 15 March. Info: 7887 8888

+ Photographers at war: 'Max Max collides with the Canterury Tales'

War photography: what happens after the conflict?


Democracia real ya!, exhibition of street art by Rosario Martínez Llaguno and Roberto Vega Jiménez of the Mexican art collective Lapiztola Stencil, free, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1, until 28 February. Info:

+ 'It's a shout painted on a wall'


*  Intergalactic Desh,  imagines a world, where the earth, engulfed in an apocalyptic disaster has only a fortnight to gather its belongings: visitors are asked to choose a finite number of objects that define ‘Bangladeshiness’  to include in a vessel about  to leave Earth, free, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, until 28 February. Info: 7613 7498

+ workshops on 28 February, noon, free. Info: 07914 11928207914 119282 


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


* Mouths At The Invisible Event, David Birkin's mixed media works and installations centred around issues of censorship, spectatorship and the legal and linguistic frameworks underpinning war, free, Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm, The Mosaic Rooms, A.M Qattan Foundation, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5, until 28 February. Info:


London, Sugar & Slavery , permanent gallery at the Museum in Docklands, with new display that gives a snapshot of those who received compensation when slavery was abolished in the 1830s, No 1 Warehouse, 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 Thursday 5 March

* Freedom Week: Defying the Laws of Gravity, exhibition of photography by Abir Abdullah, Taslima Akhter, Shahidul Alam, Sarker Protick, Anisul Hoque, Jannatul Mawa, and Tushikur Rahman from the pioneering media school Pathshala in Dhaka, Bangladesh, free, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road. Info: 7613 7498

+ 5 March, Open House, 6-8pm, followed by exhibition launch event: Defying the Laws of Gravity: From Images to Issues - the journey of Bangladeshi photographers, excerpt from the film Bangladesh: Seen from Within and Q&A with Shahidul Alam


Image:  What Tomorrow Brings follows a year in the life of the first all-girls school in a remote, conservative Afghan village. It's screening at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in mid-March

What Tomorrow Brings




Around town


* Catch Me Daddy, violent, visceral blend of modern-day Western and chase-thriller, set against a uniquely British backdrop as a British Pakistani girl runs off with a white boy followed by her brother and a gang of bounty hunters, Curzon Soho, Curzon Victoria, Brixton Ritzy, Hackney Picturehouse

+ Caught in the act

* Selma,  biopic of Martin Luther King's campaign for equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965, Barbican, Brixton Ritzy, Cineworld Haymarket, Curzon Mayfair, Curzon Victoria, Empire Leicester Square, Everyman Baker Street, Gate Notting Hill, Odeon Covent Garden, Odeon Kensington, Rich Mix,  Whitechapel Genesis, Hammersmith Cineworld, Hackney Picturehouse,  Stratford Picturehouse, Wimbledon HMV Curzon

* Citizenfour, documentary about whistleblower Edward Snowden, ICA, The Mall, SW1. Info: (see also: TV & radio)

Dancing in Jaffa, ballroom dancing champion teaches Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children to dance together,  Cine Lumiere, Curzon Victoria, Tricycle (Saturday and Sunday)


Saturday 28 February
The Cold Winter, documentary highlighting the struggle of Beijing artists in the face of threats and violence, 4pm, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road


Sunday 1 March 
Kon-Tiki, how a Norwegian set out to prove his theory that the South Sea Islands were settled by ancient South Americans, Whirled Cinema, 259-260 Hardess Street, Loughborough Junction, SE24. Info: 7737 6153


Monday 2 March

* Banking Nature, protecting our planet has become big business, with companies like Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan Chase promoting new environmental markets. Investors buy up vast swathes of land, full of endangered species, to enable them to sell ‘nature credits’ + Q&A with directors Sardine Feydel and Denis Delestrac, 7pm, £10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940/






Behind the Beautiful Forevers, David Hare's adaptation of Katherine Boo's book about life in a Mumbai shantytown, National Theatre, Southbank, SE1, until 13 April. Info: 7452 3000/ Production

The slumdogs who aren't millionaires

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: A spotlight on Mumbai's poor

+ 11 March, Representing India, Sunil Khilnani, Ian jack, Rachel Dwyer, 2-5pm


* Dara, adapted from Shahid Nadeem’s play originally performed by Ajoka Theatre in Pakistan, it spans the 1659 struggle between two heirs to the Mughal empire, £15-£50, National Theatre, South Bank, SE1, until 4 April. Info: 7452 3000

+ 18 March, Nadia Fall and Tanya Ronder discuss the production, 6pm

+ 26 March, Exploring the history and culture of the Mughal empire, Malini Roy, Susan Stronge

+ Mughal history play meets courtroom drama


* The Singing Stones, three short plays, each offering an exploration of women and the Arab revolutions, Arcola, 24 Ashwin Street, E8, until 28 February. Info: 7503 1646

+ Mancunian-eye-view of women and the Arab Spring

+ Arab women's liberation - still more than a stone's throw away


* Fireworks, play by Dalia Taha, set in a Palestinian town where two children are playing in their apartment block and as the siege intensifies outside, fear for their safety becomes as crippling as the conflict itself, £10/£20, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, until 14 March. Info: 7565 5000/ Royal Court

+ Light the blue touchpaper and stand clear - if you can


* Multitudes, as the nation questions immigration policies and military support in the Middle East, a family faces a conflict of faith, belonging and who gets to call themselves British, Tricycle, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6, until 21 March. Info: 7328 1000/ 7372 6611/

+ 4 March, post show Q&As:  free with ticket price 

+ 11 March, discussion, Women & Islam, 6.15-7.15pm, £5

+ 18 March, discussion, Our Essential Values – The end of multiculturalism and  the future of diversity in the UK, 6.15-7.15pm, £5


* Elegy, based on interviews with Iraqi refugees, the story of a man's flight into exile, 9.30pm, matinees 4.30pm, Vault, Leake Street, until 1 March, part of the Vault Festival. Info:


* The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco, three prisoners in 1986 Zimbabwe are confronted by an inmate claiming to be a freedom fighter who has spent years hiding: they must discover the truth and confront their own memories of the struggle to ask: what is the true value of liberation?, Gate Theatre, 11 Pembridge Road, W11 until 21 March. Info: 7229 0706

* The Indian Queen, reworking of Purcell’s unfinished opera about the initial confrontation between Europeans and the Mayans through a personal account from the female perspective, based on a book by Nicaraguan author Rosario Aguilar, English National Opera, Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, WC2, until 14 March. Info: 7845 9300/


from Sunday 1 March
* Chicken Dust, "A hard hitting exploration of the human cost of our enormous appetite for cheap meat," Finborough Theatre, Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10, until 17 March. Info: 7244 7439, 0844 847 165/ 0844 847 1652/
* Between The Notes: A Tale of Two Sisters, staged reading of a work exploring the birth of the 'modern' sari as a representation of female emancipation, from 1800 Bengal to contemporary India and asks what happens when a nation cannot agree on what a woman is, 3pm, free, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road. Info: 7613 7498


Tuesday 3-Wednesday 4 March

* The Honey Man is an ageing recluse from the Caribbean, trying to save his dying bees in a derelict cottage on the edge of rural England. Into his world bursts a 16-year-old girl, a fiery, weed-smoking heir to the nearby manor house which in turn leads to the discovery of a secret which connects them in ways they could never have imagined, The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, SE8. Info: 8692 4446





Friday 27 February
* Drama: The Road to Bani Walid, Dr Saleyha Ahsan on her journey to the Libyan front in 2011, 2.15pm, R4