The Friday Arts Diary

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.


Kings Place Gallery, London, N1 - Sculptor’s Drawings, 31 August – 12 October

The largest ever exhibition of its kind with over 200 works on display, this collection will span the entire public space at Kings Place over three levels and focus on the unique way in which sculptors approach drawing. Works on show include both preparatory drawings that demonstrate the functionality of drawing in the design process of sculpture as well as drawings and collages that have a sculptural quality themselves. Artists represented range from the established to the emerging and include names such as Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Pablo Picasso, Sarah Lucas and Damien Hirst.


Richmond Theatre, London, TW9 - Great Expectations, 12-15 September

The Charles Dickens 200th anniversary celebrations continue, with this new adaptation of one of his best-loved books at Richmond Theatre. In this production, the 59-chapter-long 1860 novel has been transplanted to the English Raj, using colonial India as a backdrop for Dickens’s epic tale of love, faith and the class divide. As a consequence, a level of race and even caste is applied to the already complex plot. Expect a very fresh and different adaptation of a story you thought you already knew.


West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds – Ondine, 8-15 September

The Northern Ballet brings the UK premiere of Ondine to the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. Described as a "beautifully tragic adult fairytale" and featuring the original music by Hans Werner Henze, it is a must-see for all fans of ballet.


ITV1 - The Scapegoat, 9 September, 9pm

This new television adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1957 novel promises to retain the harsh edges, dark humour and unexpected twists of the original book, and judging by early previews, it seems to succeed. When lonely academic John Standing meets his doppelganger, a mysterious French aristocrat named Jean de Gué, he is forced to change places and finds himself caught up in the intrigues and passions of his double’s family. This is one period drama that may be worth watching.


London Jewish Cultural Centre, NW11 – Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival, 0-11 September

The fourth year of the Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival offers up a remarkable roster of journalists, authors, politicians and writers including Howard Jacobson, Rose Tremain, David Lammy MP, Alison Weir and Michael Palin. There is also an opportunity for would-be writers to hone their own skills at one of three creative writing workshops.

Dame Barbara Hepworth with some of her work, 1967. Hepworth is one sculptor to have her drawings included in a new exhibition. Photo: Getty Images.
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“You’re a big corporate man” The Apprentice 2015 blog: series 11, episode 8

The candidates upset some children.

WARNING: This blog is for people watching The Apprentice. Contains spoilers!

Read up on episode 7 here.

“I don’t have children and I don’t like them,” warns Selina.

An apt starting pistol for the candidates – usually so shielded from the spontaneity, joy and hope of youth by their childproof polyester uniforms – to organise children’s parties. Apparently that’s a thing now. Getting strangers in suits to organise your child’s birthday party. Outsourcing love. G4S Laser Quest. Abellio go-carting. Serco wendy houses.

Gary the supermarket stooge is project manager of team Versatile again, and Selina the child hater takes charge of team Connexus. They are each made to speak to an unhappy-looking child about the compromised fun they will be able to supply for an extortionate fee on their special days.

“So are you into like hair products and make-up?” Selina spouts at her client, who isn’t.

“Yeah, fantastic,” is Gary’s rather enthusiastic response to the mother of his client’s warning that she has a severe nut allergy.

Little Jamal is taken with his friends on an outdoor activity day by Gary’s team. This consists of wearing harnesses, standing in a line, and listening to a perpetual health and safety drill from fun young David. “Slow down, please, don’t move anywhere,” he cries, like a sad elf attempting to direct a fire drill. “Some people do call me Gary the Giraffe,” adds Gary, in a gloomy tone of voice that suggests the next half of his sentence will be, “because my tongue is black with decay”.

Selina’s team has more trouble organising Nicole’s party because they forgot to ask for her contact details. “Were we supposed to get her number or something?” asks Selina.

“Do you have the Yellow Pages?” replies Vana. Which is The Apprentice answer for everything. Smartphones are only to be used to put on loudspeaker and shout down in a frenzy.

Eventually, they get in touch, and take Nicole and pals to a sports centre in east London. I know! Sporty! And female! Bloody hell, someone organise a quaint afternoon tea for her and shower her with glitter to make her normal. Quick! Selina actually does this, cutting to a clip of Vana and Richard resentfully erecting macaroons. Selina also insists on glitter to decorate party bags full of the most gendered, pointless tat seed capital can buy.

“You’re breaking my heart,” whines Richard the Austerity Chancellor when he’s told each party bag will cost £10. “What are we putting in there – diamond rings?” Just a warning to all you ladies out there – if Richard proposes, don’t say yes.

They bundle Nicole and friends into a pink bus, for the section of her party themed around the Labour party’s failed general election campaign, and Brett valiantly screeches Hit Me Baby One More Time down the microphone to keep them entertained.

Meanwhile on the other team, Gary is quietly demonstrating glowsticks to some bored 11-year-old boys. “David, we need to get the atmosphere going,” he warns. “Ermmmmm,” says David, before misquoting the Hokey Cokey out of sheer stress.

Charleine is organising a birthday cake for Jamal. “May contain nuts,” she smiles, proudly. “Well done, Charleine, good job,” says Joseph. Not even sarcastically.

Jamal’s mother is isolated from the party and sits on a faraway bench, observing her beloved son’s birthday celebrations from a safe distance, while the team attempts to work out if there are nuts in the birthday cake.

Richard has his own culinary woes at Nicole’s party, managing both to burn and undercook burgers for the stingy barbecue he’s insisted on overriding the afternoon tea. Vana runs around helping him and picking up the pieces like a junior chef with an incompetent Gordon Ramsay. “Vana is his slave,” comments Claude, who clearly remains unsure of how to insult the candidates and must draw on his dangerously rose-tinted view of the history of oppression.

Versatile – the team that laid on some glowstick banter and a melted inky mess of iron-on photo transfers on t-shirts for Jamal and his bored friends – unsurprisingly loses. This leads to some vintage Apprentice-isms in The Bridge café, His Lordship's official caterer to losing candidates. “I don’t want to dance around a bush,” says one. “A lot of people are going to point the finger at myself,” says another’s self.

In an UNPRECEDENTED move, Lord Sugar decides to keep all four losing team members in the boardroom. He runs through how rubbish they all are. “Joseph, I do believe there has been some responsibility for you on this task.” And “David, I do believe that today you’ve got a lot to answer to.”

Lord Sugar, I do believe you’re dancing around a bush here. Who’s for the chop? It’s wee David, of course, the only nice one left.

But this doesn’t stop Sugar voicing his concern about the project manager. “I’m worried about you, Gary,” he says. “You’re a big corporate man.” Because if there’s any demographic in society for whom we should be worried, it’s them.

Candidates to watch:


Hanging on in there by his whiskers.


Far less verbose when he’s doing enforced karaoke.


She’ll ruin your party.

I'll be blogging The Apprentice each week. Click here for the previous episode blog. The Apprentice airs weekly at 9pm, Wednesday night on BBC One.

Anoosh Chakelian is deputy web editor at the New Statesman.