The Harder They Come
Written by Perry Henzell. At the Royal Stratford Theatre, London. Phone 020 8534 0310
This version of the 1972 film, which starred Jimmy Cliff, has been adapted for the stage by Perry Henzell.
The Harder They Come, directed by Henzell, was the first Jamacian film to be an international success.
The play follows country boy Ivan as he travels to Jamacia’s capital Kingston. He has songs that he hopes will earn him fame and fortune, but he is faced with shady record producers and corrupt cops.
It includes the songs “You Can Get It If You Really Want”, “Many Rivers to Cross”, “By the Rivers of Babylon” and the wonderful title track.
Five London Lives
At Barham Park Library, Wembley, until 21 April. Phone 020 8937 3550
This exhibition explores the stories of five of east London’s black and Asian residents between 1706 and 1833.
It includes Sarah Ecco, whose baptism record makes the earliest mention of a black person in what is now the borough of Brent.
It uses records from the London Metropolitan Archives and other museums.
The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living
The Streets, Out now
Mike Skinner’s third album is full of witty, life affirming music and lyrics.
Although this is an album about being famous, Skinner has not lost his knack for making you laugh and telling a story.
The track Two Nations about the “special relationship” between Britain and the US features the lines, “I’m proud we gave you people like John Lennon/Even though you shot him as well.”