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Issue No. 2379

Guantanamo Boy

This powerful play is based on Anna Perera’s teen novel. Khalid is an ordinary 15 year-old who loves football, rap music and above all computer gaming.

When Khalid goes with his family to post-9/11 Karachi, he gets lost, kidnapped and handed over to US forces. 

He is plunged into a Kafka-esque nightmare of interrogation and torture at Guantanamo Bay, and is finally freed by his mother’s campaigning. 

Sarah Cox

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Matangi - MIA

This long-awaited fourth album combines MIA’s unique blend of militant politics and playful irony with the catchy hooks largely missing from 2010’s MAYA.

MIA’s musical influences are as eclectic and defiantly international as ever.

Named after a Hindu goddess, Matangi’s lyrics offer a bit of a mystical turn.

But there’s still a song that rhymes “anti-war” with “banking offshore”, another written with the help of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and last year’s anthemic single Bad Girls, in solidarity with the women drivers of Saudi Arabia.

On NEET recordings

Only in England

The Science Museum, London, until 16 March, Tickets £8/£5

This magnificent exhibition showcases two of England’s finest documentary photographers.

Tony Ray-Jones photographs English eccentricities and traditions. His black and white photographs of the working class at seaside resorts are joyful, melancholic, insightful and surreal.

Martin Parr’s work centres on Methodist congregations around Hebden Bridge in the 1970s. He manages to photograph people with their guard down, combining humour, warmth and tenderness. 

Greg Jones

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Tue 12 Nov 2013, 17:43 GMT
Issue No. 2379
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