The Force of Destiny
Until April 21
THIS new Welsh National Opera production of Verdi's perennial favourite tells the story of Don Alvaro and the beautiful Leonora's plan to elope. When her father is killed by a stray bullet from Alvaro’s gun, an inescapable chain of events is unleashed as, forced to flee, they are pursued by her brother who has sworn vengeance. The other-worldly presence throughout of the carefree Preziosilla provides a constant reminder that the force of destiny really is unstoppable. Verdi’s epic opera is told through a rousing score that includes the instantly familiar overture, popularised through classic film scores and advertisements.
We Are the Lions, Mr Manager!
After a winter break, this unmissable show, highly recommended by the Morning Star, is back on the road again. It's the remarkable story of Jayaben Desai, inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick film processing factory strike, and it tells how she not only stood up for workers' rights and against oppression but turned the dispute into a national movement for human rights and dignity which is still inspiring. After these dates in Harrogate, the production tours nationally until May 22.
Yto Barrada: Agadir
The Curve, Barbican Centre
Feb 7-May 20
Yto Barrada weaves together personal narratives and political ideals to create a complex portrait of the Moroccan city Agadir — devastated by an earthquake in 1960 — and its people in a state of transition. Encompassing a mural, film, sculptures and a series of live and recorded performances, Barrada considers how a city and its people might address the process of reinvention following disaster. She takes as her starting point a surreal text by Mohammed Khair-Eddine reflecting on the earthquake that destroyed much of the modernist city.
The Shadow Factory
Above Bar Street
February 7-March 3
The inaugural production in this new Southampton theatre by one of Britain's leading playwrights, Howard Brenton, is set in 1940 during the Battle of Britain. At that time, it was home to the Spitfire fighter aircraft factory which was flattened by the Luftwaffe in three devastating raids. The city burned, but Brenton's play follows the lives of women who stepped up when the chips were down in a story of chaos, courage and emerging community spirit. Features a 25-strong community chorus made up of Southampton residents.
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