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Issue No. 1969

Bob Dylan at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester  (Pic: Mark Makin, 1966, Sony Ericsson Proud Galleries)

Bob Dylan at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester (Pic: Mark Makin, 1966, Sony Ericsson Proud Galleries)

Bob Dylan exhibition

Pictured is Bob Dylan at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, 17 May 1966. Dylan later stunned the crowd by playing on an electric guitar. This is part of a new exhibition of photos of Dylan at the Sony Ericsson Proud Galleries, Camden, London, until 15 October.

Who Killed Mr Drum?
Directed by Paul Robinson
Until 8 October
Riverside Studios, London
Phone 020 8237 1111

The death of a reporter on a South African magazine nearly 50 years ago is the backdrop for this play.

Drum was the first black publication written by black South Africans for black South Africans.

The plays start with the murder of one of the reporters, Henry Nxumalo, on the streets of Sophiatown. The play then moves back and forth in time to explore differing attitudes to the horrors of apartheid.

Despite terrible overacting from Sello Maake ka-Ncube as the writer Can Themba this is an engaging play about a period of history that should not be forgotten.

Bruce George
For a full review see October’s issue of Socialist Review

Not in Our Name
Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra

Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra has come together at key moments in US political history to make a musical statement on what’s going on.

Jazz bassist Haden reassembled the collective last year to premiere its latest stunning instrumental project, Not in Our name, at the Marciac Jazz Festival.

Now an album, it’s a beautiful musical protest about US imperialism and the Iraq war. It uses American composers to show that, in Haden’s words, “Although we lost the election, we have not lost the commitment to reclaim our country in the name of humanity and decency.”

Judith Orr

Tristan and Yseult
Directed by Emma Rice
On tour

This is everything that you’d expect from Kneehigh — thoroughly engaging theatre full of song, movement and brilliant storytelling.

Tristan and Yseult is the Cornish legend of the war between Cornwall and Ireland—and the tale of the people whose lives are tied up in it.

The chorus is made up of love’s losers — life’s trainspotters, who wear macs and binoculars and narrate this tale.

The show will be touring until mid-November, visiting Bristol, Coventry, Nottingham, Plymouth, Leeds, Salford and Birmingham.

Kelly Hilditch

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Sat 24 Sep 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1969
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