The Maids Written by Jean GenetNaach Theatre Company14 and 15 February, MAC Theatre, Birmingham,phone 01214403838<a href="http://www.naachtheatre.com" target = "_blank">www.naachtheatre.com</a>
IN THIS unusual and biting perspective on class relations, two maids of a wealthy woman live out a rich fantasy life.
FEAR AND hatred of all things Islamic and Middle Eastern is nothing new. Within a relatively short period of time from the 7th century, Islam spread across the Middle East, North Africa and finally into Europe itself, through Spain. Christendom was threatened and outraged. The Eastern Roman Empire faced a new foe — a new "barbarian at the gates".
Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize 2004National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin’s Place until 20February
The Return of Jack SplashPlantlifeGut Records
PLANTLIFE ARE the missing link between hip-hop and funk, caught somewhere between Sly and the Family Stone, Prince and Outcast.
Robert Burns lived in the last third of the 18th century, a time of the most rapid change in Scottish history. The agrarian revolution was squeezing the peasantry, the class into which he had been born, out of existence. The industrial revolution was underway.
SidewaysDirected by Alexander PayneReleased Friday 28 January
End of the century — the story of the RamonesDirected by Jim Fields and Michael Gramaglia
The British jazz scene has often been overshadowed by its much larger American cousin. But a new series starting on BBC4 next Friday lifts the lid on the development of jazz in this country. In doing so, it offers a fascinating glimpse of Britain’s multicultural history.
A Very Long Engagement Directed by Jean-Pierre JeunetReleased Friday 21 January
The Rotters’ Club
BBC2, starts Wednesday 26 January, 9pm
THERE’S A bedroom. A cosy bed, storybooks, toys, pretty curtains, birthday cards. Look closer. The effigy of a little girl on the bed. Is she dead? Unable to move? Above her men’s shoes dangle.
Rock the KasbahVarious artists
Turtles Can Fly (Lakposhtha ham paraz mikonand)
Directed by Bhaman Ghobi
Many people know you for your stamp designs. How did you first come be involved in that?
Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution
Requiem for a Black Soul
"A song is like a dream, and you try and make it come true. They’re like strange countries that you have to enter. You can write a song anywhere, in a railroad compartment, on a boat, on horseback – it helps to be moving" – Chronicles, p165.
Manet Face to Face
Visions of Zimbabwe: When Words Fail Art Speaks