Saturday Review offers sharp, critical discussion of the week's cultural events.
Saturday 24 March 2007
Maggie Smith as the mysterious Lady from Dubuque; Wilberforce's fight to end the slave trade in Amazing Grace; the dazzling artistry of camouflage; and Simon Ings' book explains why seeing is deceiving...
Tom Sutcliffe and guests discuss the cultural highlights of the week
Joining Tom on this week's panel are:
David Aaronvitch - writer & broadcaster Anne Enright - novelist Michele Roberts - poet and novelist
Amazing Grace The Victorian reformer William Wilberforce is portrayed by Ioan Gruffudd in this film about the long parliamentary fight to end the slave trade.
Amazing Grace is on general release, Certificate PG
The Lady From Dubuque Maggie Smith plays a mysterious stranger in Edward Albee’s 1980 play, who arrives at the end of a difficult dinner party hosted by a young woman, Jo, who is dying. But who is the strange ‘lady from Dubuque’ and can she bring Jo the comfort she craves?
The Lady From Dubuque is at the Haymarket Theatre in London.
Guest Choice Anne Enright explains why she likes to write to the accompaniment of Steve Reich’s composition Tehillim.
Tehillim by Steve Reich is available on the ECM label.
Camouflage This exhibition at The Imperial War museum traces the development of military camouflage from the First World War and explores its links with French and British artists of the period and how it was influenced by Cubism.
Camouflage is at The Imperial War Museum until November 18.
The Eye: A Natural History This book by Simon Ings details the discovery of how exactly the eye sees – and, how the brain constructs what it can’t actually see. We may believe that our gaze is steady and our vision 20:20 but in fact that’s only an illusion.
The Eye: A Natural History by Simon Ings is published by Bloomsbury.
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