Stop, Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house..
Watch..new drama at 24/7 Theatre Festival in Manchester. 10 new plays by new writers. Topics vary from The Cell a collaboration with writer-in-residence, Mike Crowley at Lancaster Farms YOI and young offenders and prison warders to Eric Northey’s drama about the Transit of Venus in 1639. There are free events such as a script in hand reading of Ian Winterton’s play Sherica which won Manchester Theatre Awards 2011 as well as workshops with playwrights and actors. Further details.
Look....the radical response to the Jubilee. A new exhibition, Jubilee: the radical tradition, opens today at the Working Class Movement Library, curated by Jen Morgan. The exhibition uses the Library’s collections to trace the radical use of ‘jubilee’ alongside the royalist use of the term. It runs until September. See
Read... Goya by Robert Hughes. Hughes is one of the best art critics in the world and in this book he explains why Goya is one of his heroes. Goya was a pacifist and in some of his paintings he expresses all the horrors that come with war, not in a voyeuristic way but in a humane and compassionate style that firmly takes the side of the oppressed. Hughes says that Goya was the first modern visual reporter on warfare. See what you think, the book is fascinating, personal and thought provoking. See
Listen.…Rumba Angelina by Radio Tarifa. A mixture of Arabic,Flamenco and medieval music with the wonderful voice of lead singer Benjamin Escoriza. Sadly he died on March 8 2012 at the age of 58. See
Celebrate. playwright,Lydia Besong and Bernard Batey’s success at getting leave to remain in this country after a national campaign to stop them being deported.Funds raised will go towards paying their legal costs. Event is on 26 July, 730pm at Unique, formerly Platt Chapel, Wilmslow Rd, Manchester. £5 entrance.Further info