Waitrose & Partners Weekend Issue 606

3 0 J UNE 202 2 4 1 WEEKENDING Photography: Johan Persson BOOK IT NOW Quentin Letts The theatre critic’s guide to what’s on SEE HOW MODERN BRITAIN WAS SHAPED It’s 75 years since the partition of India and 50 years after the expulsion of Asians from Uganda by Idi Amin – events that helped shape modern Britain. Opening at Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, followed by Manchester, Wolverhampton, Birmingham and London, a new exhibition, Where is Home? looks at the stories of those who, as a result, came to Britain to build new lives and communities. Curator Alnoor Mitha, senior research fellow at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, says deäning home is complicated for many communities. “I was born in Uganda, but have made my home here in the UK. My children were born and have always lived here, but still face racism from those who do not see them as British. Through this exhibition, we examine the idea of home, asking what it really means. We bring in the complex history of Britain and the South Asian diaspora, and hear the voices of artists and everyday South Asian people.” Runs from 2 July-23 October. indiansummer.org.uk SHOP FOR CITRUS STYLES Expect to see zingy, zesty fruit prints, from sundresses to cushions, this summer – they won’t keep the doctor away but they’ve got the feelgood factor. This Orange Tree Cushion, £15/each (above), from the great value Anyday range at John Lewis, is an inexpensive way to add sunny colour to a room, or jolly up a seating area in the garden. There’s five-a-day fashion too – these Powder Citrus Fruits Short Pyjamas Set, £49/set (right), are perfect for breakfast in the garden. johnlewis.com star turn Amy Adams in TennesseeWilliams’ The Glass Menagerie THE GLASS MENAGERIE DUKE OF YORK’S THEATRE, LONDON Hollywood star Amy Adams has hadmuted reviews for her role in this newWest End production, but I thought she was deceptively good. She has a subtlety on stage that makes her character more believable than if she went in for grande-dame theatricality. Adams plays AmandaWingfield, a fading Southern Belle in 30s St Louis. Amanda was desertedmany years ago by her husband (whose sepia-tinged photograph keeps being projected on an overhead screen) and since then, has looked after their son and daughter, both now young adults. Amanda has delusions of gracious living. She dreams of ‘gentleman callers’ coming to their drab flat to court her disabled daughter Laura (a touching performance fromLizzie Annis). Jim, the chap who does eventually come to dinner, is not altogether bad and charms Laura and her mum. Then he discloses he is already betrothed and Laura’s hopes of salvation from stagnation are dashed. Themenagerie of the title is a collection of glass trinkets owned by Laura. Like her, these animals are delicate and imprisoned in a display case. Playwright TennesseeWilliams is gripped by the su ocation of impoverished gentility that can be as stifling as aMissouri summer, but here we never quite get that sense of entrapment. Adams herself is well worth seeing. I have known Amanda played with big gestures and melodramatic huskiness. This time there is somethingmore naturalistic. Good on her for doing her own thing. Victor Alli makes a likeable Jim. An unusual aspect of Jeremy Herrin’s production is that the part of Tom, Amanda’s restless son, is split between two actors, one to play him in youth, the other to open and close the play as amemory. Tom Glynn-Carney and Paul Hilton do the honours. Runs until 27 August. thedukeofyorks.com CLUEDO SALFORD AND TOURING Twas a dark and stormy night at a 40s manor house... cue thunder and lightning for this murder-mystery jape based loosely on the board game andmovie. Farcical laughs follow as six strangers, including Col Mustard and the Rev Green, gather at Boddy Hall at the invitation of its mysterious lord. They are handed a candlestick, a piece of lead piping, etc. Michelle Collins and Daniel Casey star asMiss Scarlett and Prof Plum. At Salford’s Lowry theatre until Saturday (2 July) beforemoving to Glasgow, Wolverhampton and Truro. Light fun. cluedostageplay.com BONNIE & CLYDE ARTS THEATRE, LONDON This musical take on the tale of Bonnie and Clyde has won a word-ofmouth following at the dusty theatre near Leicester Square. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrowwere armed robbers andmurderers whose crime spree came to a sticky end in Louisiana in 1934. They acquired cult status after the 1967 film starring Faye Dunaway andWarren Beatty. Don Black wrote the lyrics for the songs, which include ThisWorldWill RememberMe, and Dyin’ Ain’t So Bad. On the run until 10 July. artstheatrewestend.co.uk

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