The Tin Drum
Bristol Old Vic; Truro’s Hall for Cornwall and Shoreditch Town Hall in November
Gunther Grass’s classic postwar novel gets the musical treatment from Kneehigh theatre company. Three year old Oscar (portrayed here by a puppet) refuses to grow and communicates only by beating his drum as a protest against the turmoil in his family life and his home city of Danzig. Charles Hazlewood’s innovative score combines electronica with songs reminiscent of pre-war German cabaret.
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power
Tate Modern, London, 12 July-29 October
The US Civil Rights and Black Power movements inspired artists to celebrate African American pride and explore politics. This landmark exhibition promises to be “an electrifying visual journey”. With 150 artworks — including paintings, murals, photography, fashion and activist posters — from more than 50 artists, this is a rare opportunity to see era-defining artworks that changed the face of art in America.
Out now on DVD
The six-part TV drama broadcast on Sky Atlantic in April receives a welcome DVD release. This flawed but fascinating drama centres on racial politics in Britain in the 1970s and follows the relationship of activists Marcus and Jas (Babou Ceesay and Freida Pinto). It looks at racist policing, the impact of immigration laws, and the angry responses of the communities they targetted.
People Power: Fighting for Peace
Imperial War Museum, London, 23 March to 28 August
This exhibition displays over 300 objects, including posters, placards, badges, artworks and banners, from anti-war movements over the past century. From First World War conscientious objectors to the Stop the War Coalition via the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Greenham Common women’s camp, the IWM examines the passions and motivation of the millions who have taken up the struggle against war.
Bristol Radical Film Festival
Various venues,13-15 October
The festival was founded in 2011 to showcase “a different kind of cinema” — contemporary and historical works of formally innovative, risk-taking, and/or overtly political left-wing documentary and fiction filmmaking. Its purpose is “to create a space in which an audience is moved, galvanised and informed”. After every screening there is space for discussion to encourage action, reflection and collaboration.
“We Are the Lions”
19 October 2016-26 March 2017, Brent Museum and Archives, London
An exhibition commemorating the Grunwick Strike of 1976 to 1978. Forty years ago a group of workers led by Asian women stood up to their bosses and started one of the most important industrial disputes in British history, changing the face of the trade union movement in Britain. With photographs, testimonies, posters, banners and exclusive archive material.