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Books: A struggle for women’s rights

Published: September 24, 2016
Written by Mark Metcalf

Women Workers & The Trade Unions by Sarah Boston Lawrence &?Wishart, £20 This is a revised version of a book originally written in 1980 and which now covers from the …

Books: Divisions in dark days of Spain

Published: September 24, 2016
Written by Stephen Kelly
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A Most Uncivil War by Nicolas Lalaguna Matador, £9.99 Wars inevitably generate a deluge of novels, and civil wars in particular lend themselves to an array of conflicting human emotions …

Books: A great European writer

Published: September 24, 2016
Written by Scarlett MccGwire

Cousin Bazilio by Eca de Quieroz Dedalus, £12.99 The painting of The Bride by the celebrated artist Paula Rego adorns the cover of this book. Fittingly so. For Eca de …

Art: Nice little garden with a gallery attached

Published: September 24, 2016
Written by Mike Parker

Martin Creed attempts to channel Jackson Pollock Martin Creed: What You Find Hauser &?Wirth, Bruton, Somerset Remember those news reports a couple of months ago about the teenagers who left …

Theatre: Predictable portrait of hopelessness

Published: September 24, 2016
Written by Aleks Sierz

Labyrinth Hampstead Theatre, London In past decades, the trouble with British theatre was that it wasn’t political. Nowadays the trouble is that there are plenty of political plays, but their …

Theatre: Sparkling revival packs a punch

Published: September 24, 2016
Written by William Russell

Made In Dagenham Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich (September 21 – October 18) This musical based on the 2010 film about the strike by women at Ford’s Dagenham plant in 1968 opened …

Film: A family in the wilderness

Published: September 24, 2016
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Captain Fantastic Directed by Matt Ross Watching Captain Fantastic, director Matt Ross’ second movie, I was reminded of the screenwriting advice mocked in Todd Solondz’s Wiener Dog: you’ve got to …

Film: Who owns a film festival?

Published: September 24, 2016
Written by Neil Young

What’s left of the socialist spirit of one of Europe’s pioneering cinema showcases? On one level, we could airily suggest that a festival is ‘owned’ by its audience, the people …

Theatre: Little evidence of genius

Published: September 16, 2016
Written by Cary Gee

Britten In Brooklyn Wilton’s Music Hall, London   In Britten in Brooklyn writer Zoe Lewis presents a snapshot of life in 7 Middagh Street, NYC, where Benjamin Britten escaped war-torn …

Music: ‘This show contains nudity’

Published: September 16, 2016
Written by Dave McGowan

Christeene Soho Theatre, London   The sign at the bottom of the stairs says ‘This Show Contains Nudity’, like we didn’t know. Christeene’s name is emblazoned across the stage, above …

Books: Arguments for an alliance

Published: September 16, 2016
Written by Brian Heatley

The Alternative: Towards A New Progressive Politics ed by Lisa Nandy MP, Caroline Lucas MP, Chris Bowers Biteback £12.99 This hopeful book had its origins in Brighton in the early …

Books: Escape from your political despair

Published: September 16, 2016
Written by Denis MacShane

The Other Side Of Silence by Philip Kerr Fatal Pursuit by Martin Walker Quercus £18.99 each Normally it is the holidays when we need some light relief.  But the political …

Books: Death amid the ashes of Empire

Published: September 16, 2016
Written by Glyn Ford

Hungry Bengal: War, Famine And The End Of Empire by Janam Mukhergee Hurst £30 This is the story of Bengal’s man-made famine in 1942 which killed two million people over …

Theatre: Tales of the exploited

Published: September 16, 2016
Written by Aleks Sierz

Counting Stars Theatre Royal Stratford East, London If We Got Some More Cocaine… Old Red Lion Theatre, London What hope is there for society’s oppressed and the exploited? A pair …

Theatre: Hardy in West Ham

Published: September 16, 2016
Written by Cary Gee

As a play about Keir Hardie opens in London, Cary Gee speaks to writer James Kenworth, director James Martin Charlton and actor Samuel Casely   From the same creative team …

Theatre: Stay out of the locker

Published: September 16, 2016
Written by Alexandra O Donovan

Treasure Island St Paul’s Church Covent Garden, London Billed as an interactive and immersive ‘voyage’, perfect for children 8 and above, writer/director/producer Daniel Wilder’s rendering of Treasure Island is far …

Film: The cruelty of togetherness

Published: September 16, 2016
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

The Commune Directed by Thomas Vinterberg 1970s communal living is recreated in director Thomas Vinterberg’s Copenhagen-set drama. The ensemble cast is dominated by Trine Dyrholm as Anna, a newsreader whose …

Film: The masters of Quebec

Published: September 16, 2016
Written by Neil Young

Critics who attend a lot of film festivals are frequently asked which country’s cinema is the most vibrant or worthwhile – South Korea, Romania, Argentina and Greece have all enjoyed …

The struggle to outrun the limits of Labourism

Published: August 9, 2016
Written by Sheila Cohen

Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth Of Radical Politics by Richard Seymour Verso £12.99 “Poor old Jeremy” has been the refrain sounding in my brain since watching Corbyn suffer the torments surrounding …