Tom Sutcliffe and guests discuss the week’s cultural highlights on BBC Radio 4.
Monkey: Journey to the West
Blur frontman Damon Albarn, animator Jamie Hewlett and Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng teamed up together to bring Monkey: Journey to the West to the stage. Based on the traditional Chinese tale of the Monkey King's journey of enlightenment, this version re-works the legend as a circus opera.
Perverted by Language: Fiction inspired by The Fall. A collection of stories based on the caustic imagination of Mancunian Mark E Smith and his band The Fall.
Perverted by Language: Fiction inspired by the Fall is puhlished by Serpent's Tail
Shut Up and Sing: The Dixie Chicks
Natalie Maines, lead singer of Texan country band The Dixie Chicks told a London audience in 2003 that the group were ashamed the president of the United States was from Texas. The Guardian reprinted her words and the band found themselves facing the wrath of an America still loyal to George W Bush. This documentary charts the turbulent past four years in the lives of the Dixie Chicks since that career-threatening comment.
All American Boys
A Radio 4 play by Paul Brodwick is the story of what happened in My Lai, told in the words of those who found themselves in the middle of that horrific event during the Vietnam war.
The Rusholme Project
The ethnic diversity of Manchester's Rusholme district is celebrated in works by two leading Asian artists, Subodh Gupta from India and Rashid Rana from Pakistan.