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Monday 19 October 2009

Andrew Marr discusses game theory with CIA advisor Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Charles II with Jenny Uglow, the Russian holocaust with historian Orlando Figes and Kwame Kwei-Armah's new play Seize the Day.


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    Kwame Kwei-Armah’s latest play, Seize the Day, explores the idea of a black man running for mayor of London.


    Kwame Kwei-Armah’s latest play, Seize the Day, explores the idea of a black man running for mayor of London. It’s part of a trilogy of plays that forms the Not Black and White season at the Tricycle Theatre in London. The season aims to put the state of multicultural Britain under the spotlight. When Jeremy, a middle class black celebrity, entertains the idea of running for office, he has to prove himself not only to the white elite, but the black youths on the street.

    Seize the Day runs from 22 October to 17 December at the Tricycle Theatre.

    Tricycle Theatre

    Historian and biographer, Jenny Uglow, is no stranger to the past and its colourful characters. Her latest book, A Gambling Man, casts an eye back to an extraordinary decade and Charles II, an extraordinary monarch. This Restoration period was one of new beginnings - there was an air of euphoria and expectation - but it was also a period plagued by diabolic disasters and foreign wars. Despite all this, Jenny argues, it was Charles’ potent mixture of charisma and duplicity that proved to be his saving grace and which ultimately transformed medieval Britain into a modern nation.

    A Gambling Man: Charles II and the Restoration is published by Faber and Faber.

    Jenny Uglow

    Bruce Bueno de Mesquita uses game theory to foretell political, financial and even personal events in his new book Predictioneer: One Who Uses Maths, Science and the Logic of Brazen Self-interest to See and Shape the Future. Regularly consulted by the CIA and the US Department of Defence, Bruce is Professor of Politics at New York University.

    Predictioneer is published by The Bodley Head. Bruce is also giving a talk at the ICA on Monday 19 October at 7.00pm.

    Institute of Contemporary Arts: The Predictioneer

    Professor Orlando Figes explores why the atrocities of Stalin's regime have failed to ignite the imagination and horror of the West. In a debate at the Inside Out Festival in London, he argues that Western Europe's moral compass is dominated by the memory of the Holocaust, to the extent that the persecution under Stalin is relatively forgotten. While books and films about the Holocaust abound, there's very little to bear witness to Stalin's repression, even in Russia. At a time when the Kremlin is attempting to rehabilitate Stalin, Professor Figes asks why such an act hasn't created an outcry among countries in Europe.

    Orlando Figes is appearing at the Inside Out Festival at Somerset House in London on 23 October.

    Orlando Figes


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