It’s easy to forget how turbulent the relatively recent history of America actually is. This six-part documentary promises an overview of the American Latino story. But what it actually offers up is a beginners’ guide to the forming of America itself, complete with more sieges, annexations and reckless colonialist expansions than you could shake a matchlock musket at.
The end result of all this jostling for space was the eventual marginalisation of some of the earliest combatants in the land grab, including Native Americans (who were, of course, there in the first place) and also Latinos. This is all explored in PBS’s trademark style, which could be kindly described as stately and more snarkily as ponderous. It’s utterly solid, while making us grateful for the lively and argumentative likes of Simon Schama who remind us that historical documentaries can be a more challenging and thought-provoking experience than this.
Puppet Theatre Barge
Moored at lovely Little Venice, this intimate water-borne theatre is the setting for quality puppet shows that put a modern twist on traditional tales and kids’ classics. Movingstage, a touring puppet company established in 1979, anchored here in 1982 and has since produced critically acclaimed marionette and animation shows for a mini 55-seat audience. The barge is here from October to July, with regular performances on Saturday and Sunday and a daily schedule during school holidays. The barge moves to Richmond from August. Discover more great things to do in Little Venice
Venue says: “Joey's Circus now showing! A fun adventure for all the family, in which Joey the clown brings a circus to town!”