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Interviews, news and reviews ranging across the arts; interspersed with music to make you think and feel.

Interviews, news and reviews ranging across the arts; interspersed with music to make you think and feel.
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Melbourne, VIC


Interviews, news and reviews ranging across the arts; interspersed with music to make you think and feel.






SmartArts - 5 December 2019

CEO at Midsumma Festival Karen Bryant joins Richard to discuss some of the highlights of the upcoming festival, whick takes over Melbourne, Australia for an epic 22-day celebration of queer arts and culture in January and February. Also on the show, Contemporary Art Curator at National Gallery of Victoria Pip Wallis previews the world premiere exhibition Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines, showing at the NGV International until April 2020. Lastly, Artistic Director at...


SmartArts - 28 November 2019

What's in a name? Richard speaks with Geelong Arts Centre (formerly called Geelong Performing Arts Centre) CEO Joel McGuinness about the Centre's re-badging, to coincide with a mammoth $38.5 million redevelopment. They chat about how the Centre will cater to Geelong's diverse and evolving arts ecosystem as the city continues to grow, and look ahead to some highlights from the Centre's eclectic program. He's also joined by celebrated contemporary artist Louise Weaver to talk about her...


SmartArts - 21 November 2019

Richard talks to Wesley Enoch, the Artistic Director of Sydney Festival 2020. They discuss Sydney Festival's extraordinary contribution of commissioning 46 new works from both Australian and International artists. Following that Richard talks to Women's Circus Executive Producer Devon Taylor and Creative Director Penelope Bartlau about their new show Drill. Drill explores the alternative history of the drill hall within which Women's Circus meets. Their focus on women, trans and non-binary...


SmartArts - 14 November 2019

Richard starts the show with the Drawn Out comics segment with Bernard Caleo. The discussion has a focus on new works by Australian artists. They discuss Deep Breaths by Chris Gooch, Bad Gateway by Simon Hanselmann, The Chant of the Big Black Birds by Simon McKeown, and The Adventures of Anders by Gregory Mackay. Next up Richard talks to Anni Davey, who's the Artistic Director of The Flying Fruit Fly Circus, about the upcoming Borderville Circus Festival. The Flying Fruit Fly Circus has...


SmartArts - 7 November 2019

Richard talks to Iain Grandage, the artistic director from the Perth Festival, about the 2020 program. Iain is the first Perth local to hold this position and has brought a strong Indigenous focus to the program. Next up is writer/director Krystalla Pearce and writer Maja Amanita discussing the new show She Is Vigilante. This is a series of short plays put on by Theatre Works. The show had an open call for both writers and actors with the aim of opening up the theatre to new practitioners...


SmartArts - 31 October 2019

Richard starts the show with an interview with playwright Jamaica Zuanetti about her show Thigh Gap, which is showing at La Mama. It is a dark comedy for, by and about millenial women. Next up we hear from Matt Lutton regarding the Malthouse 2020 program. In their 30th year Malthouse have created a program that encapsulates the very DNA of the Malthouse, and celebrates local artists. Richard then talks to Dancehouse artistic director Angela Coquet and dancer and choreographer Jozsef...


SmartArts - 24 October 2019

Richard talks to Simon Abrahams, the creative director & CEO of Melbourne Fringe. The Fringe has set up a new home called Common Rooms at Trades Hall where they will be running productions throughout the year. He hopes the shows will capture The Fringe's feeling of rebellion, inclusivity and support of independent arts. Next Richard talks to playwright, director, performer and producer Rebecca Lister about her new work 2:20AM. The play covers the sensitive topic of suicide from the...


SmartArts - 17 October 2019

Richard talks to Petra Kalive about her new musical theatre work, which is an adaptation of Miles Franklin's classic My Brilliant Career. The production will involve a core cast of professionals with students in supporting roles, and will be showing at Monash University's Alexander Theatre. Next Richard speaks to Stewart Laing who's the director of The End of Eddy, which will be showing at the Malthouse Theatre. This work centres around the experiences of a gay teenage boy in a small...


SmartArts - 3 October 2019

Richard talks to mentalist Scott Silven about his new shows 'At the Illusionist’s Table' and 'Wonders' which are showing as a part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Scott works with audiences to delve into the world of imagination. The next interview is with artists Bruce Gladwin and Scott Price about their theatre production 'The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes' which is also showing at the Melbourne International Arts Festival. This is a challenging but important work...


SmartArts - 29 August 2019

This week on SmartArts Richard conducts three interviews 1. Richard talks to Matthew Stanton and Abigail Varney about their exhibition 23° and Rising which is showing at the Centre for Contemporary Photography 2. Richard talks to Anne Ekenes who is the CEO and Artistic Director of Panta Rei Danseteater regarding the works I Wish Her Welland Lullaby which are showing at Monash University’s Alexander Theatre 3. Richard talks to Fiona Sweet who is the creative director of the Ballarat Foto...


SmartArts - 15 August 2019

Richard conducts three interviews. 1. Richard talks to Nicole Beyer of Theatre Network Australia about the Australia Council funding decision and the small- to medium-sized arts organisations that will miss out on funding. 2. Richard talks to Simon Abrahams, the creative director and CEO of Melbourne Fringe, about some of the exciting events in this year's festival. 3. Richard talks to writer Daniel Keene and director Beng Oh about Wild Cherries, a show about modern slavery that's coming...


SmartArts - 8 August 2019

1. Richard talks to Ciaran Begley and James Nguyen about their show Hell is Other People which is showing at Gertrude Contemporary 2. Interview with Steven Mitchell Wright and Alexandra Hines about their new show Let Men Tremble by the Danger Ensemble. Steven is the Company Artistic Director for Danger Ensemble and Director of the work. Alexandra is a member of the ensemble. Let Men Tremble is showing at Theatre Works. 3. Richard talks to playwright Anchuli Felicia King about her new show...


SmartArts - 1 August 2019

Richard and Bernard Caleo discuss comics in their monthly Drawn Out comics segment. Richard talks to Director Briony Dunn and actor Caroline Lee about the play 'night, Mother, which is showing at Chapel Off Chapel. This discussion centres on the topic of suicide. If this brings up any issues for you, please ring Lifeline on 13 11 14. This segment runs from 12:02 until 26:38. Richard interviews Tilly Boleyn, the Curator of Disposable, an exhibition that talks about waste using a combination...


SmartArts - 25 July 2019

Richard conducts three interviews: 1. Galit Klas, about her show 'The Ghetto Cabaret' 2. Kirsten Siddle and Danielle Harvey about their interactive performance 'A Midnight Visit' 3. Nicki Greenberg about her new kid's book 'Bitsy'


SmartArts - 18 July 2019

Richard conducts three interviews


SmartArts - 11 July 2019

Richard chats to choreographer Nick Power, and dancers Erak Mith and Aaron Lim, about their show Between Tiny Cities. Curator Sophia Cai and artist James Nguyen talk about the exhibition For Love Or Money. Also, Broadway Director Christopher Ashley and Musical Director Luke Hunter talk about the musical Come From Away.


SmartArts - 4 July 2019

Three interviews: David Berthold regarding the Brisbane Festival. JOF and Emily Tomlins on their new show 'The Cabin!', a theatre production written by children to scare adults. Cat Hope regarding 'Sub-Decorative Sequences', which is a combined sound art show at Linden New Art that responds to the architecture of the building.


Smart Arts - 27 June 2019

This week Richard’s guest include Co-Artistic Director and performer Francis Italiano. Ambera Wellman and Max Dellany on Vulnerability and Doubt. Followed artistic director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre, David Grieg, the playwright who adapted Solaris for the stage.


Smart Arts - 20 June 2019

Richard chats to Alice Lee Holland, Artistic Director of the Australian Youth Dance Festival, about how young people are expressing themselves through the interactive physical art of dance. Circus Oz Artistic Director Rob Tannion drops by the studio with Kane Peterson, a performer with smaller, independent circus group Company 2, to talk about their new collaborative high-wire show Wunderage. Acclaimed Soprano Ali McGregor joins Richard to talk about Opera Victoria's production of A Little...


Smart Arts - 13 June 2019

This week on Smart Arts, curator Vipoo Srivilasa joins Richard in the studio to discuss Un-Thaid; an exhibition of work by Thai-Australian artists at Grau Projekt. Playwright Tom Holloway and Associate Director and Puppet Designer David Morton call into the studio to discuss the challenges of bringing the classic Australian story, Storm Boy, and its famous pelicans to life on stage. And Richard chats to Curator Lisa Sullivan about Geelong Gallery's current exhibition The Moon.