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Gormley - Tressell - Snape Proms - Surreal House - Clooney


Critical Mass
De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea

Antony Gormley's lifesize iron figures have returned, and once again they are at the seaside. But this time they are not standing proudly in the sea or gracing London's skyline. This set of figures is displayed lying down on the roof of the pavilion, showing a more vulnerable side to the metal models.


The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
Everyman, Liverpool, until 10 July, then at Minerva Theatre, Chichester, 15 July-26 August

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is one of the most well-known works in the labour movement, inspiring many towards socialist ideas.

This is a new production adapted from Robert Tressell's classic novel by Howard Brenton. His previous plays include Pravda (written with David Hare), The Romans in Britain, In Extremis and Never So Good.


Snape Proms
Aldeburgh Music, Snape, 31 July-30 August

This summer music festival not only has a multitude of classical concerts, but also features Seamus Heaney, both in conversation and reading some of his poems from a forthcoming new collection, and the jazz of Courtney Pine and Omar Puente.

Set in the remote village of Snape, the venue was originally a malthouse in the mid-19th century. Snape Proms promises to bring to Aldeburgh Music an original and exciting mix of genres.


The Surreal House
Barbican, London, until 12 September

Inside this mysterious house you'll find works by artists, architects and filmmakers, including many of the masters of surrealism such as Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp and René Magritte. Accompanying the exhibition is The Surreal Film House with a short season of films, old and new, including the brilliant Pan's Labyrinth.


Up in the Air
DVD, out now

This film starring George Clooney promised more than it delivered about the impact of losing your job in a time of recession and crisis. But its use of real people describing their reactions to being made redundant is powerful. It's still worth checking out for a Hollywood attempt to address an issue of the day with a great script and some excellent comic moments.