PICK OF THE WEEK
Varna Road is an eagerly-awaited show rounding up CCCS photographer Mendelsohn’s pioneering images of 1960s Balsall Heath. Meanwhile, The Colony is a video installation from Vietnamese artist Lê exploring the turbulent history of a set of islands off the coast of Peru.
ALSO THIS WEEK
Mac, Thursday January 21
A well-received show from London’s Single Shoe Productions, influenced by Buster Keaton and Looney Tunes cartoons, in which a couple move from the heady early days of their relationship to the relative drudgery of domesticity.
Rep, Thursday January 21-Saturday January 23
A refreshingly frank examination of sex and pornography from the perspective of a 21st-century woman, in the first full-length piece from Brum theatre maker Sarah Hamilton Baker.
The Midnight Soup
Mac, Saturday January 23
Two performances from Leo Burtin telling the story of a woman who meticulously recorded every detail of her life, before nominating the day on which she would die.
Rep, from Tuesday January 26
A bold, stylish new production of Shakespeare’s tragedy, a collaboration between the Rep, the Young Vic and HOME.
A Beautiful Ending
Rep, Tuesday January 26 and Wednesday January 27
Mohamed El Khatib, one of the leading lights of French contemporary theatre, ruminates on his mother’s death and the void left behind.
Wolverhampton Art Gallery, until Saturday February 6
A touring show from the Crafts Council showcasing the sonic properties of a range of traditional craft techniques.
Enchanted Dreams: The Pre-Raphaelite Art Of ER Hughes
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, until Sunday February 21
A first-ever retrospective for the overlooked painter, including his signature 1912 watercolour Night With Her Train Of Stars.
DATE FOR THE DIARY
New Art West Midlands 2016
Various venues, from Friday February 12
The unmissable annual roundup of new visual-art talent, with 43 recent graduates exhibited across four galleries.
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