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Issue No. 1944

The View from Manchester

The View from Manchester


The View from Manchester,
Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, until 3 April

Don McPhee’s exhibition The View from Manchester reflects the lives of ordinary people, encapsulating the world but focusing on the north west of England. What really struck me was the humanitarianism and compassion of his work.

Andy Coles


Melinda and Melinda
Directed by Woody Allen
Released Friday 25 March

Woody Allen's latest film begins with an argument in a restaurant about what makes for a better story — comedy or tragedy. Two playwrights tell a story, each beginning at the same place, with Melinda interrupting a dinner party.

Melinda, played brilliantly by Radha Mitchell in both stories, is the only constant. This film is nothing new for anyone who has seen a Woody Allen film. But it is very enjoyable.

Kelly Hilditch


Lear
Written by Edward Bond
Sheffield Crucible until 2 April

The image of a wall in this epic is strikingly relevant as a world of war and poverty is fashioned out of the atrocities of the 20th century.

Inspired by William Shakespeare’s King Lear, this play is an indictment of the madness of a system which destroys everything to save it.

Ian McDiarmid is brilliant as Lear, the tyrant who ends up trying to make an act of revolution.

Phil Turner


Eddie Izzard’s Late Night Cabaret
9.30-10.30pm, Radio 2
Saturday 26 March

Eddie Izzard presents a cabaret style programme with poetry, music and drama.

The first programme includes Jerry Hall performing the play Around This Table accompanied by The Who’s Pete Townshend.

It also features performances by Beverley Knight and Guy Barker and his jazz band.

Maggie Lister


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Sat 26 Mar 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1944
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