Stop,Look,Listen! My weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house
Watch…Shoestring starring Trevor Eve as private “ear” Eddie Shoestring. He works on a Bristol based radio show and responds to the problems of his listeners. It was made in 1979 and has a very English style. Trevor Eve was fancied by all my girl friends when this first came out. He looked too much like my cousin to do anything for me, but he was a very likeable character and the scripts hold up today.
Read… Visitation by German author, Jenny Erpenbeck. A piece of German history tracing the life of a house and its inhabitants. Set in the Brandenburg forest we are taken through the history of the 19 and 20 century. Over seven decades we learn of a history of violence. A woman drowns and Jewish neighbours disappear, the Red Army takes over the house, a young man tries to swim to freedom in the West and so on. Jenny uses little dialogue, but creates a powerful story of loss; not just that of a house but of a country.
Go and see…The Name of the Game by Bridgewater Theatre Company at the Nexus Art Café on 2 June at 8pm. Alfie has returned from the war in Afghanistan and is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Tickets £5 (£4 concessions) Tickets can be reserved for collection on the door at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 07504635431. A collection for the military mental health charity ‘Combat Stress’ will be taken at the door on exit
Take to the streets…to oppose work capability tests on the disabled and benefit cuts. Join the march on thursday 31 May at 12 from Albert Square in Manchester. Further details Manchester Coalition against the Cuts.
Look up…on 5 June, the Transit of Venus take place. Only four times every two centuries does the planet Venus pass between the Sun and the Earth. In 1639 Salfordian William Crabtree, self taught astronomer, was the first person to discover it. Due to the outbreak of the English Civil War his discovery was not recognised until sixty years later, long after he had died. Don’t worry if you miss the Transit because you can watch Eric Northey’s play of the same name in the 24/7 Theatre festival in July. Manchester Digital Lab is organising an event , more information here