The shipyard painter, political activist and razor-sharp cartoonist Bob Starrett has just written a new book The Way I See It on his eventful life and times. Below we reprint one of his stories and review an essential read
A cherry-pick of some of the best on offer in the weeks to come
National Theatre Of Scotland
SECC, Finnieston Quay
March 28-April 20
Hurtling from a pool room in Fife to an armoured wagon in Iraq, Black Watch is based on interviews conducted by Gregory Burke with former soldiers who served in Iraq. Viewed through the eyes of those on the ground, the play reveals what it means to be part of the "war on terror" and then make the journey home again. Movement, music and song create a visceral and complex piece of theatre which has won national and international acclaim. It returns for this three-week run to the National Theatre of Scotland where the production originated.
Robert Filliou: The Institute Of Endless Possibilities
Henry Moore Institute, The Headrow
Until June 23
This is the first exhibition of the work of Robert Filliou (1926-87) in Britain and it poses the question of at what point an everyday object becomes a sculpture.
A trained political scientist, Filliou was greatly inspired by the work of Charles Fourier, especially his concept of "attractive passions" that championed the concept of work as pleasure. Play and joy occupy crucial roles for Filliou, who believed art making was part of a permanent, universal and endless process deeply embedded in everyday life.
Sweet Honey In
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2
The iconic US female vocal group return for their first British show in eight years with music steeped in African-American traditions and clarion calls of the civil rights movement ringing through. Celebrating their history as black women, they bring together elements of blues, gospel, rap, reggae, hip hop, jazz and ancient lullabies to create an arresting performance of music, dance and sign language. Inspirational.
The Hospital At The Time Of The Revolution
Finborough Theatre, Finborough Road, SW10
March 28-April 16
Frantz Fanon (1925-1961) was a Martinique-born psychiatrist, philosopher, revolutionary and writer whose best known works include Black Skin, White Masks and his masterpiece The Wretched Of The Earth. This play by one of our great playwrights Caryl Churchill is set in the Algeria of 1956 when the country was fighting for independence from French colonial rule. Fanon (pictured), head of a hospital psychiatric department in Algiers, treats both oppressed and oppressor and the play poses the question of who are the real victims in this challenging piece exposing the adjustment of morality for the sake of conscience. Highly recommended.