Witness: Highlights of First World War Art
Imperial War Museum North, Manchester
until 23 April
The horror of the First World War profoundly affected the lives and work of many of the artists involved. The exhibition, in the year of the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, includes work by Paul Nash, Flora Lion and Walter Bayes along with sculptures and eyewitness accounts of the war.
For more information go to www.iwm.org.uk
Life After Rover
Radio 4, 11am, Mon 27 Mar - Wed 29 Mar
One year on from the closure of the Rover factory in Longbridge, West Midlands, this documentary follows some of the former workers.
It looks at the plant’s history and the community that relied upon it.
A third of the plant’s former employees are still without jobs, and for those who have found work, salaries have dropped.
An Evening with Ken Loach
7.30pm, Mon 27 Mar, Preem Restaurant, 124 Brick Lane, east London. £10
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the TV drama Cathy Come Home, director Ken Loach will talk about the film, his work and the continuing fight for decent housing at an evening organised by Respect.
The film was first shown on the BBC in 1966. It revealed the appalling effects of poor housing, slum landlords and homelessness. It led to the formation of the charity Shelter.
Now we face another housing crisis with attempts to sell off council homes. Respect intends to make this a major issue in May’s council elections.
Written by Debbie Tucker Green
Soho Writers Theatre, London
Until 25 March
Soho theatre hosts the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new writers’ season, which includes a number of plays dealing with very political issues.
Trade is part of the season. This play is set on a Caribbean island and the three strong female cast members tackle the subjects of sex tourism and women’s liberation.
This is not a preachy play. It is very short, taking place in under an hour, and highly entertaining.