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Saturday Review
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Saturday Review offers sharp, critical discussion of the week's cultural events.
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Saturday 6 September 2008
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Detail from Edith Birkin A Camp of Twins - Auschwitz 1980-1982
Painting the Holocaust; Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes in The Duchess; Rhys Ifans and Tom Wilkinson in Caryl Churchill’s play A Number; Glyn Maxwell's new play about ‘The Terror’.

Joining Tom Sutcliffe on this week's panel are:

Kathryn Hughes – historian and biographer
Alkarim Jivani – writer and broadcaster
Gillian Slovo – writer, journalist and film producer

The Duchess
Keira Knightley plays Princess Diana’s 18th century ancestor, the beautiful and glamorous Georgiana Spencer in a film inspired by Amanda Foreman’s best-selling book.

The Duchess is on general release now, Certificate 12A.

Glyn Maxwell’s poetic drama Liberty is an adaptation of Anatole France's 1912 novel Les Dieux ont Soif. Set at the height of the 'Reign of Terror', it tells the story of Gamelin, a revolutionary young artist, who is appointed magistrate for the ruling forces. With wit and humanity, the play tells the story of how a group of friends are sundered by the force of history and mass hysteria; and how Gamelin’s idealism turns into support for state violence.

Liberty is at Shakespeare’s Globe until October 4 and then on tour.


Theatre Royal, York
9 – 11 October
Box office: 01904 623568 or online

Northcott Theatre, Exeter
14 – 18 October
Box office: 01392 493493 or online

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
21 – 25 October
Box office: 01483 440000 or online

Oxford Playhouse
28 October – 1 November
Box office: 01865 305305 or online

Warwick Arts Centre
4 – 7 November
Box office: 024 7652 4524 or online

Minerva Theatre, Chichester
11 – 15 November
Box office: 01243 781312 or online

Good to Be God by Tibor Fischer
Tibor Fischer’s novel is the story of an unemployed loser living in South London who decamps to Miami borrowing the identity of a handcuffs salesman and proceeds to try and convince the citizenry of Miami that he is, despite appearances, the Supreme Being.

Good to Be God is published by Alma Books.

A Number
Academy-Award nominated Tom Wilkinson plays Salter and Rhys Ifans is Bernard in the screen adaptation of A Number, a stage play by British playwright Caryl Churchill.

Salter is confronted by his son, Bernard, demanding answers about his existence only to discover a disturbing secret. Not only is he not his father’s son, he is a clone and he is not alone. He is one of “a number” – perhaps more than 20 people who were copied from his father’s first son, whom Salter claims was killed in a car crash.
The situation takes a turn for the worse when Salter’s first son, the original Bernard, returns to torment his father and his unfortunate clone. With the responsibilities of parenthood bearing down on Salter, and his past coming back to haunt him, a whole manner of unpalatable truths come out.

A Number is on BBC TWO on Wednesday September 10 at 9.00pm.

Unspeakable: The Artist as Witness to the Holocaust
This exhibition presents the different artistic responses to the Nazi persecution of the Jews of Europe, from the Imperial War Museum’s Art collection. The paintings of the British war artists who documented the aftermath of the liberation of camps are shown alongside the art produced by survivors, now living in this country, and a series of contemporary artists.

The exhibition was prompted by the Imperial War Museum’s new acquisition of seven oil paintings by Roman Halter, a Polish Jew who survived the Holocaust and painted these powerful paintings 25 years after World War II ended. Each painting recalls his traumatic experiences of the suffering and loss he endured and observed under the German occupation.

Unspeakable: The Artist as Witness to the Holocaust is at The Imperial War Museum until the end of August 2009.
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