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BRIAN FRIEL'S tricksy reflection on the Troubles, Volunteers, has been given the belated premiere it richly deserves by Mick Gordon, who wrings every drop of bitter comedy from this tale of five internees wisecracking and breaking ranks on an archeological dig. The Gate has been transformed into a boggy site, providing an earthy counterpoint to the many high-flown observations.

Gate Theatre, London, W11 (0171-229 5387) 7.30pm

Exodus (right) is Tara Arts' bold attempt to represent the Kenyan Asian migration of 1968. Performed in a magnificent mogul tent, it's not always easy to follow, but then, boasting a sprinkling of four languages, that's partly deliberate. Let the textures of this sensuous production - its colours, smells and even food - supply the sense.

Battersea Arts Centre, London, SW11 (0171-223 2223) 1.30pm, 7.30pm