including industrial struggles. Starring some of the region’s biggest theatre stars, it also features brilliant musical comedy from Gavin Webster and Josh Daniels.

Geoffrey Oi!Cott Brudenell Social Club, Leeds December 14 With a certain Yorkshire cricketer (correctly) having got flack after being awarded a knighthood by Theresa May despite a conviction for assault, arts with attitude would like to take the opportunity to point readers in the direct of Leeds punks Geoffrey Oi!Cott. Have a listen to their classic album The Good, The Bad and The Googly and catch them live for a hometown gig before Xmas.

Books Sheep Town Gary Hicks Inspired by his time as a district reporter in Tredegar for the Western Mail and South West Echo in the 1960s, Gary Hicks has written his first novel – a story of political wrangling in a grim mining town. “Then, the local press, unlike

today, covered everything,” he tells Arts with Attitude. “Every inquest, local

government meeting, magistrates’ court. A rich source of often comic material reflected in my book– best described as The Little World of Don Camillo meets Under Milk Wood.” www.silverwood

Film Luce

On general release from November 8 Kelvin Harrison Jr stars as Luce Edgar, a Eritrean child soldier adopted by liberal

Spotlight Josie Long on motherhood and on tour

“My baby is great, but she absolutely hates my comedy,” says Josie Long. The multi-talented artist

– she’s appeared in teen comedy-drama Skins, co-presented an indie music

show, written for TV and films and presents Radio 4’s Shortcuts – hits the road in January for her first solo tour in five years. “I’ve been busy having a

baby,” she says. “It’s been the

most intense, wonderful, brutal experience and I can’t wait to talk about it on stage.” As well as being very

funny, Josie is also very political. She has toured with UK with Lefty Scum (singer

Grace Petrie, comedians Johnny and the Baptists) and helped set up Arts Emergency in response to increasing tuition fees and the abolition of public funding for teaching arts in British universities.

theJournalist | 21 Book When team loyalty is tested by dark secrets

As a memorable summer of cricket draws to a close, football once again dominates the back pages. And, in the case of former

Financial Times FoC Charlie Morris, the literary pages too. The Crewe Alexandra fan has

written a soul-searching account of how his support for his team was severely tested following the revelations by former player Andy Woodward and others of their abuse by coach Barry Bennell. What, writes Morris, should a fan

do when the club he has fanatically supported becomes so besmirched? Remain loyal or sever a family connection spanning more than

10 years and three generations? Much more than a conventional fan

memoir, Generation Game explores the roots of this obsession. While unveiling the club’s history, he relates how the game helped his grandfather through the horrors of the First World War and his own reliance on it as an escape from life’s heartbreaks. He chronicles Crewe’s transformation under manager Dario Gradi. But, after success with stars such

as David Platt, Neil Lennon, Robbie Savage, Danny Murphy and Dean Ashton, dark secrets emerge and the author has to take a painful decision. Powerful and passionate, this book tackles the psychology of

football fans, their eccentricities, tribulations and blind spots.

white couple Peter and Amy (Tim Roth and Naomi Watts). A star student at school, a poster boy for black excellence, he writes an essay promoting political violence that sets him against his teacher, Harriet (Octavia Spencer) and his parents. Tense, uncomfortable and electrifying, this film will

provoke you in more ways than one.

Theatre The Son Duke of York’s Theatre Until November 2 Florian Zeller’s new show arrives in the West End fresh from the Kiln Theatre and, as is his wont, he deals with family matters. This time he delves into adolescent

rebellion. Expect the unexpected. of-yorks/

Atlas of the Irish Revolution Exhibition St Peter’s, Cork Until December 31 2019 This exhibition brings to life the Atlas of the Irish Revolution and some of the pivotal moments in Irish history as they played out across the country. Touching on history, geography, art

history, sociology and archaeology in addition to intertwining the Cork perspective into the narrative of events that occurred, it highlights the varying views and different sides to the conflict from 1913 to 1923.

Exhibition Family of Miners

Big Pit National Coal Museum Until December 30

Documentary photographer Walter Waygood’s exhibition documents mining and miners of Blaenafon from the 1970s onwards. He started out using a large format mahogany and brass Gandolfi camera. Inspired by the landscape and people of his South Wales home, he used photography for social commentary, leading him to make more political statements through his pictures during the miners strike of the 1980s. whatson/

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