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Arts ahead: September 9, 2018

Mona Hatoum: Remains to be Seen
White Cube Bermondsey
Until November 3

Featuring new and recent installations, sculpture and works on paper, this exhibition of Mona Hatoum’s work reflects current global concerns, including systems of confinement, the architecture of surveillance and themes of mobility and conflict.

In the major new installation Remains to be Seen (2019, pictured), heavy industrial building materials are transformed into a light, suspended cube which hovers just above the ground in perfect vertical and horizontal alignment, as if a multistorey building has been reduced to the mere skeletal lines and indices of the original structure.

Also on show is Remains of the Day (2016-18), in which domestic settings are burnt and charred, shadows of the solid objects they once were. “Home” becomes not a place of refuge and established order but a site of upheaval, disorder and the uncanny.

Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra
Symphony Hall
September 17

Two great 20th-century composers, Dmitri Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten, are the inspiration behind this new multinational orchestra, which makes its first-ever Birmingham appearance.

Conducted by Jan Latham-Konig (pictured),  it will perform Four Sea Interludes by Britten and  Hamlet by Shostakovich, along with Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet.

Also on the bill are perennial concert-hall favourites Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and Rachmaninov’s hugely popular Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, played by virtuoso young Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov.

A treat is surely in store.

Nuclear Future
Camden People's Theatre

This new play from Gameshow reflects on the devastating potential of nuclear weapons and asks questions about how the same energy that created the universe can be used to rip it apart.

It follows the story of Astrid, ostensibly leading a normal life but whose work brings her into contact with the world’s most dangerous weapons as she assesses the risks and their consequences.

The production explores the everyday human impact of something so enormous we can't bear to think about it, with an immersive soundscape and experimental video-lighting techniques powering the audience's imagination to create the unimaginable. Touring until October 29.

The D Road
Spode Works
October 16-26

Deborah McAndrew’s new play about Stoke’s major dual carriageway the A500 is set in a house marooned between the railway, the canal and the D road where Liam lives with his Nana.

He and his girlfriend dream of the bright lights of Manchester, but they can't abandon her.

When a charismatic stranger turns up at the door and shows great interest in Nana’s back garden, the plot thickens in what sounds like an intriguing site-specific theatre production.


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