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A newly arrived woman from Sudan is placed in cramped temporary accommodation.with two other families. Strangers. Forced together. No space is personal.
from National Theatre on Dec 6, 2016.

Immigration detention: what's love got to do with it?

Feeling a little jaded with traditional theatrical formats? Try 'Removal Men'.
from Daniel Nelson on Nov 18, 2016.

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A new play about the Calais ‘jungle’ refugee camp is in development at the National Theatre. It is working with Good Chance Theatre founders Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson on the project, based on their experiences and those of refugees living in the camp. The Good Chance Theatre was set up in Calais in 2015 as an arts centre and community hub for refugees, but was dismantled in March after the migrant camp was cleared by the French government. Full story from The Stage. In another story, the newspaper reports thst a new diversity report commissioned by Andrew Lloyd Webber has slammed the UK theatre industry as “hideously white”. It says black, Asian and minority ethnic performers are regularly overlooked for lead roles and the sector has an “unconscious bias” against them. The report, Centre Stage – The Pipeline of BAME Talent, highlights the dominance of white students at drama schools, the lack of diversity on the UK’s stages, the financial barriers to training and the stereotyping to which BAME talent is subjected.



*  Opening this month: Wyndham's Theatre in Charing Cross Road sees the return of The Kite Runner, the stage version of Khaled Hosseini's best-seller about two Afghan boys from different backgrounds and with different fates.

* The Curzon Bloomsbury continues to show a range of interesting documentaries. It's worth bookmarking the page: . This week's offerings include Starless Dreams, a heart-rendingly moving doc about a rehab centre for juvenile delinquent Iranian women. It took the director seven years to get permission to film there, and It opens the door on an aspect of Iran you've never seen before. 


* Image, below right: A dramatic re-telling of how a Bechuanaland  prince, Seretse Khama,  and his white British wife defied South African racists and devious British manoeuvring and in so doing achieved independence for Botswana - or , in Variety's opinion, "love story like a Disney princess movie, reducing the drama to a series of polite disagreements between the couple and the cardboard officiates who opposed their union"? Either way, A United Kingdom is a colourful, teary reminder about real political events. 

A United Kingdom


Daniel Nelson


Tw: @EventsNelson












Monday 12 December

* Black Flag Down: Winning the Battle - Defeating the rise of radical Islam, Liam Byrne MP, Michael Gove MP, Shiraz Maher, 7pm, £10-£12, King's College, Strand, WC2. Info:  Reservations 

* Brexit Means..., John Harris, Justine Kolata, 6pm, RSA, 8 John Adam Street, WC2. Info: 7451 6868/


Tuesday 13 November

* The International People's Tribunal on the 1965 Genocide in Indonesia and its aftermath, Soe Tjen, 5.15pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: 7898 4893/

* A Sustainable Future for Britain: redesigning waste and resource policy outside the EU, 3-4.30pm, Lord Deben, Mary Creagh, Colin Church, Ian Boyd, Stephen Shergold,  Portcullis House, Westminster, Info: 7202 8573


Wednesday 14 December

* How technology is changing women's working lives, Ethel Cofie, Abigail Hunt, Chidi King, Monica Raina, 10.30am-miday, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info:

* The Colombian Peace Agreement II: What would peace change in Colombia?, Louise Winstanley, Gwen Burnyeat, Olga Lucia Lozano, 6-7.30pm, Canning House, 15 Belgrave Square, SW1. Info: 7811 5623/

* Pathway to 2050: Developing a Sustainable Industrial Strategy, Iain Wright MP, Matthew Bell, Stephen Barker, 1.15-2.45pm, Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, Westminster SW1. Info:  Register

* 2016... WTF: A year in review, Jess Phillips MP, Tiff Stevenson, Andy Zaltzman, Xenia Wickett, 7pm, £10-£14, Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, EC2. Info: Tickets

* Identity in Digital democracy: Inequality, Participation and Contestation, Marianne Franklin, Susan Halford, Paolo Gerbaudo, Anastasia Kavada, 4-6pm, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, W1. Info: 7911 5000


Thursday 15 December

* Access to contraception in emerging health markets, Caitlin Mazzilli, 12.45-2pm, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, LSHTM, 15-17 Tavistock Place, WC1. 7636 8636











* Exploring Identity Through Photography, works by young photographers that explore cultural diversity, gender, race, sexuality, perceptions of men and women in society and the media, and familial bonds, free, Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, EC2A 3BA. Info: 7749 1240/


* Sparrow Come Back Home, British artists Carmel Buckley and Mark Harris represent calypso singer Mighty Sparrow's records alongside an archive of printed material relating to his music, revealing the depth of calypso culture, ICA, The Mall, SW1, until 5 February. Info:

13 Dec, Sparrow Calypso Genius, 6.30pm

17 DecCalypso Dreams, film screening, 2pm

11 Jan, for educators, 5pm


Crossing the Empty Quarter, photographs, film, maps and memorabilia from the first expedition across the Rub al Khali by Bertram Thomas in 1930 and the second by Mark Evans in 2015, including material never shown in public before, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7, until 15 December. Info: 7591 3000


* Writing the City, David Lurie's photographs of Cape Town, Sulger-Buel Lovell Gallery, Unit 2 La Gare, 51 Surrey Row,  SE1, until 16 December. Info: 3268 2101/


* Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the best of 50,00 entries from 95 countries, Natural History Museum, South Kensington, until 10 September 2017. Info: 7942 5000/

+ Wildlife photography judges bark up the right tree


* Malick Sidibe: The Eye of Modern Mali, photographs by the late West African artist, free, Somerset House, Strand, WC2, until 15 January. Info: 7845 4600


* Journey to Justice, exhibition that ltells stories about the people who took part in struggles in Tower Hamlets and the US civil rights movement, Rich Mix, 35-47 bethnal Green Road, E1, until 1 January. Info:


* South Africa: the art of a nation, from rock art by the country’s earliest peoples to contemporary works, £12, under-16s free, British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1, until 26 February. Info: 


A Bitter Road: Britain and the Refugee Crisis of the 1930s and 1940s, responses to Jewish and other refugees in Britain, The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide, 29 Russell Square, WC1, until 17 February. Info: 7636 7247


* Mahwish Chishty, the Pakistan-born US-based artist’s work combines silhouettes of military drones with decorative Pakistani folk art patterns to highlight the way in which foreign drones over Pakistan have become a feature of the physical, psychological and cultural environment of the country, free, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 19 March. Info:  7416 5000

+ Chshty introduces her work

20 MarchCovert War and Cultures Colliding, discussion with Chishty, Lisa Barnard and Clare Carolin on the challenges of creating artworks which represent and comment on covert war, 2pm, free. Info: Booking


* Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line, how maps made the world we live in, British Library, Euston Road, NW1, until 1 March. Info: (0)1937 546546


* Edmund Clark: War of Terror, the artist-photographer's work on hidden aspects of state control during the "Global War on Terror", free, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 28 August

William Kentridge: Thick Time, the South African artist's latest intelligent look at history and time, £11.95/ £9.50, Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel Street, E1, until 15 January. Info: 7522 7888


* Traces of War, Jananne Al-Ani, Baptist Coelho and Shaun Gladwell explores the relationships between war and the everyday, tracing the imprints it leaves on bodies, memories, landscapes and in places we least expect, free, King's College, The Strand, WC2, until 18 December. Info: Exhibition


* Imperfect Chronology: Mapping the Contemporary 11, over 13 artists focus on the theme of mapping geographies, examining the notion of statehood and exploring how artists engage with the rapidly expanding cities of the Arab region, Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1, until 8 January. Info: 7522 7888/


* Rapid Response Collecting, tiny but fascinating exhbit that ranges from cheap Indonesian-made eyelashes 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 Meseum, Cromwell Road, until 15 December

+ Printed guns, nude shoes and Indonesian eyelashes


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




Picture: Refugees are a popular subject for talks and discussions including Christina Lamb on Nujeen Mustafa's Journey from War-Torn Syria, born with cerebral palsy;Crisis, of refugees, of imagination and solidarity;  From Exodus 1947 to Lampedusa: Jewish Refugees and Other Boat PeopleThe Changing Face of The Sex Trade; and, with a geographic shift, International Migration, Migrant Integration, and Multiculturalism in South Korea.









* A United Kingdom, the based-on-true love story of the marriage and political struggle of a Bechuanaland prince and the white Londoner he met in UK, which led - via the machinations of apartheid South Africa and spineless British Foreign Office and Downing Street manoeuvrings - to the emergence of independent Botswana - where the current Prime Minister is their son, Brixton Ritzy, Cineworld Fulham Road, Cineworld Haymarket, Cineworld Leicester Square, Curzon Chelsea, Curzon Mayfair, Curzon Mondrian, Curzon Victoria, Everyman On The Corner, Barnes Olympic Studios, Brentford Watermans, Crouch End Picturehouse, Greenwich Picturehouse, Stratford Picturehouse, Wimbledon HMV Curzon,

+ Cliches, tears and true love conquer Africa

* Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, Werner Herzog documentary on the effect of the Internet, its history and future, and the wonders of robotics, ICA

+ Spirit of evil? Herzog casts a curious eye on the Internet


* Starless Dreams, heart-rendingly moving documentary filmed inside a rehab centre for juvenile delinquent Iranian women, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 13 December

More nightmares than dreams for Iran's 'delinquent' girlsk


* The Birth Of A Nation, the story of the 1831 slave rebellion in the US led by Nat Turner, Barbican, Rich Mix, Cineworld Fulham Road, Cineworld Leicester Square, Curzon Myfair, Curzon Victoria, Gate Notting Hill, Islington Vue, Odeon Whiteleys, Picturehouse Central, Whitechapel Genesis and local cinemas


* Holy Cow, the story of one man's dream to bring a cow from Europe into his mountain village in Azerbaijan - but first must win over the conservative community, who want to keep their secular traditions intact, 6pm, £9/£7/£5, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 15 December


Monday 12 December

* Dennis Rodman's Big Bang in Pyonyang, documntary about the basketball star's calamitous foray to North Korea with a team of retired players + Q&A with director Colin Offland, 6.30pm, Picturehouse Central

from Friday 16 December

* The Eagle Huntress, 13-year-old Alsholpan causes a stir in her isolated Kazhak tribe by pursuing her dream despite objections from the elders: to become the first Eagle Huntress in Mongolia against all odds, Curzon Bloomsbury


Saturday 17 December

* Calypso Dreams, celebration of calypso music, the sense of community it engenders in Trinidad & Tobago, and of its social and political roots, 2pm, ICA, The Mall, SW1. Info:











* Whose Sari Now, one-woman show that tackles real and complicated relationships with the sari, Theatre Royal, Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, E15, until 17 December. Info: 8534 0310


* LOVE, in the run-up to Christmas three families are placed into cramped temporary accommodation: a middle-aged man and his elderly mum, a young family with a baby on the way, a newly arrived woman from Sudan, National Theatre, Belvedere Road, SE1, until 10 January. Info: 7452 3000

+ 15 Dec, Performing without a home, 5.30-6.45pm, £6/5

+ 4 Jan, playwright Alexander Zeldin, 6pm, £5/£4


Monday 12 December

* Showstopper! The Improved Musical, improvised musical in which the cast transforms audience suggestions into an all-singing, all-dancing production7.30pm, £50 in aid of Index on Censorship, Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1. Info: 0330 333 4812


Thursday 15-Saturday 17 December

The Duke, solo show that weaves the tragi-comic fate of a family heirloom, the quandary of a scriptwriter and an unfolding disaster as thousands of children flee their homes, Barbican Arts Centre, 15-17 December. Info: 7638 8891/ 


from 21 December

* The Kite Runner, Afghanistan is a divided country on the verge of war and two childhood friends are about to be torn apart. But neither Hassan or Amir can foresee the terrible incident which will shatter their lives forever: the play of the novel, Wyndham's Theatre, 32 Charing Cross Road, WC2, until 11 March. Info: Tickets/ 0844 482 5138.











Monday 12 December

The Changing Face of Terror - Panorama7.30pm, BBC1

* Muslims Like Us, comments on what it means to be Muslim in Britain today, 9pm, BBC2

* The Changing Face of Terror - Panorama, 7.30pm, BBC1

* Cricket, Colour and Quotas in South Africa, 8.30pm, R4


Tuesday 13 December

Muslims Like Us, comments on what it means to be Muslim in Britain today - part 2, 9pm, BBC2

* Paying for the Hostage, 8pm, R4


Wednesday 14 December

Britain's Treasure Islands, series which visits all Britain's Overseas Territories, starting with Bermuda, midnight, BBC4

Muslims Like Us, comments on what it means to be Muslim in Britain today - part 2, 11.15pm, midnight15, BBC2

* Planet Earth, 1.15am, BBC2

* Science Stories; The Man Who Predicted Deforestation and Climate Change 200 Years Ago, 9pm, R4


Thursday 15 December

* The Changing Face of Terror - Panorama, midnight15, BBC2 

* Crossing Continents, 11am, R4

* A Beginner's Guide to India: Women, 6.30pm, R4


Friday 16 December

* Netanyahu At War, 9pm, PBS America

* Black and British: A Forgotten History, 1.05am, BBC2