War and Life
There are two great exhibitions both showing at the Tate Britain. Aftermath: Art in the wake of World War One until September 2018. This includes works by George Grosz, Otto Dix, Fernand leger and early Dada artists among others. Also the exhibition All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life, until August 2018.
On behalf of the People — 2018 tour
Northern England, various venues until 20 July
This play by the Melting Shop Theatre Company (based in Sheffield) written by Ray Castleton. The play was originally commissioned by The National Coal Mining Museum to mark the 70th anniversay of the nationalisation of the coal industry. It tells the story of post-second World War Britain from the viewpoint of a mining family.
Birmingham International Dance Festival
Birmingham, throughout June
A biannual event that covers all aspects of dance across many venues and public spaces, covering the many cultures of Birmingham. Events include: a new dance/theatre production of Woyzcek, a story that is akin to the work of Kafka; Let’s talk about Dis, a performance about disability; and has much more from street performances to small gallery and theatre events.
Pride and Prejudice (Sort Of)
Glasgow, from 28 June until 14 July
The Tron Theatre Company and Blood of the Young in Glasgow are putting on their own take of Pride and Prejudice by Isobel McArthur after Jane Austen. A working class take on the Austin classic. It’s the view from below the stairs of their “betters” upstairs. Directed by Paul Brotherston. Described as ‘Genuine, side-splitting, worth-missing-telly-for, great night out entertainment’.
The Big I am
Liverpool, from 16 June to 14 July
Liverpool rep has a radical new take on Peer Gynt, the play by the Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen. Born as the bombs drop in 1940, he’s on a mission to live life his way and have a blast doing it It is billed as an anarchic take on the classic tale that journeys from wartime Britain to the ends of the earth and beyond. With live music and with a modern version of the cabaret style theatre a la Brecht.