The Playlist: Week One

It’s that time again, the break is over and week one is upon us. Polar Bears goes up this week in The Barron, a play written by Mark Haddon who also wrote The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. It will undoubtedly be cleverly funny and thoughtfully intense. Another debut this week is Burton’s novel The Miniaturist that crafts its story around a model house where the miniature figures sent to furnish it creepily resemble events taking place in real time. Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper is becoming as bestselling as the Navy Seal memoir from which it was adapted. There is only one way to decide whether it is a piece of Republican propaganda or a celebration of an American hero – go and see it. Also adapted from a novel, Wolf Hall, originally written by Hilary Mantel, is already creating a legacy for itself on BBC One with its cunning dialogue and the understated brilliance of its action. There is no better way to end the first week of the new semester than by supporting the launch of RAG Week which begins in Week Two. The launch party is free so there’s no excuse for not making a donation as you dance away Week One.