Dizzee Rascal

Dizzee Rascal focuses on something new

To the untrained eye it looks like a picture of an empty Jacuzzi, taken on a phone camera that went off accidentally. It is, in fact, one of a series of shots taken by the award-winning rapper Dizzee Rascal as part of his new creative impulse.

Culture Club: Salt (12A)

"Angelina Jolie as a 21st-century superhero. The plot could have been written by a five-year-old and the word 'thriller' certainly does not describe this film. It would have been much better as a cartoon."

From Dizzee Rascal to Eddie Izzard... Edinburgh Fringe line-up is

The Edinburgh Fringe will continue its seemingly remorseless expansion this summer as organisers revealed the biggest line-up of artists in its 64-year history yesterday. With details of 2,453 shows and more than 40,000 performances contained within a 344-page programme, the world's largest arts festival has officially doubled in size over the last decade.

The Diary: Mehrdad Seyf; Ghost Stories; Hauser & Wirth, Max Wigram

Mehrdad Seyf, the Iranian director of the play, 'Plastic', inspired by stories of Iranian men undergoing sex-change surgery, was told that as a result of the production coming to London this month (after a sensational reception in Edinburgh in summer 2008) – it is not safe for him to travel back to his homeland. He had intended to go back for a lecture there, but after contacting the authorities he was told that "under no circumstances (was he) to come to Iran". Seyf told me: "The Dramatic Arts Centre did not say I was banned but that they couldn't be held responsible for my safety". A dancer from the original cast was arrested then released during a trip to Tehran while a co-director who was questioned by authorities. The site-specific work, to be performed in a converted sawmill in London's Whitechapel, is predicated around Iran being the place for transgender surgery, subsidised by the government because homosexuality is illegal in Iran. As a result, many gay men are "encouraged" to have the surgery.

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Speech Debelle, Scala, London

Look at you all!" says Speech Debelle, admiring a fairly full house of mostly well-heeled white pseudo-bohemians. "See what the Mercury can do!"