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Visual art, theatre, film and literature. Segments include: - 'Art Attack' - fortnightly visual arts reviews with Ace Wagstaff and Tai Snaith. - 'Shoot the Messenger' - fortnightly theatre news & reviews with Fleur Kilpatrick. - 'Drawn Out' - monthly chat about comic books and graphic novels with Bernard Caleo. Please email talks@rrr.org.au for all interview requests. About the Presenter Richard Watts has many years experience working in the arts industry, including five years as the Artistic Director of the youth arts organisation Express Media, seven years on the Board of Melbourne Fringe (including three years as Chair), and six years on the Committee of Management at La Mama Theatre, where he currently serves as Chair. Richard has helped program a range of festivals including Next Wave, the National Young Writers' Festival, the Melbourne Queer Film Festival and the Emerging Writers' Festival (which he founded) and he has written for various broadsheets, journals, zines and magazines. Currently he pays the rent by working as the Performing Arts Editor at www.artshub.com.au. In his spare time he watches old Doctor Who episodes. The intro and outro theme is Soft Illusion and was generously provided by Andras. https://andras.bandcamp.com/track/soft-illusion

Visual art, theatre, film and literature. Segments include: - 'Art Attack' - fortnightly visual arts reviews with Ace Wagstaff and Tai Snaith. - 'Shoot the Messenger' - fortnightly theatre news & reviews with Fleur Kilpatrick. - 'Drawn Out' - monthly chat about comic books and graphic novels with Bernard Caleo. Please email talks@rrr.org.au for all interview requests. About the Presenter Richard Watts has many years experience working in the arts industry, including five years as the Artistic Director of the youth arts organisation Express Media, seven years on the Board of Melbourne Fringe (including three years as Chair), and six years on the Committee of Management at La Mama Theatre, where he currently serves as Chair. Richard has helped program a range of festivals including Next Wave, the National Young Writers' Festival, the Melbourne Queer Film Festival and the Emerging Writers' Festival (which he founded) and he has written for various broadsheets, journals, zines and magazines. Currently he pays the rent by working as the Performing Arts Editor at www.artshub.com.au. In his spare time he watches old Doctor Who episodes. The intro and outro theme is Soft Illusion and was generously provided by Andras. https://andras.bandcamp.com/track/soft-illusion

Location:

Melbourne, VIC

Description:

Visual art, theatre, film and literature. Segments include: - 'Art Attack' - fortnightly visual arts reviews with Ace Wagstaff and Tai Snaith. - 'Shoot the Messenger' - fortnightly theatre news & reviews with Fleur Kilpatrick. - 'Drawn Out' - monthly chat about comic books and graphic novels with Bernard Caleo. Please email talks@rrr.org.au for all interview requests. About the Presenter Richard Watts has many years experience working in the arts industry, including five years as the Artistic Director of the youth arts organisation Express Media, seven years on the Board of Melbourne Fringe (including three years as Chair), and six years on the Committee of Management at La Mama Theatre, where he currently serves as Chair. Richard has helped program a range of festivals including Next Wave, the National Young Writers' Festival, the Melbourne Queer Film Festival and the Emerging Writers' Festival (which he founded) and he has written for various broadsheets, journals, zines and magazines. Currently he pays the rent by working as the Performing Arts Editor at www.artshub.com.au. In his spare time he watches old Doctor Who episodes. The intro and outro theme is Soft Illusion and was generously provided by Andras. https://andras.bandcamp.com/track/soft-illusion

Language:

English

Contact:

+61393881027


Episodes

Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival, Performance of a Lifetime and The Enchanted Pig

7/21/2021
Director of the Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival Claire Jager introduces their program of online films; writer/director Emma Muir-Smith chats about the MSO’s ‘Performance of a Lifetime’ campaign addressing vaccination hesitancy in the community; and Linda Thompson, Artistic Director of the Australian Contemporary Opera talks about their latest production, ‘The Enchanted Pig’. With presenter Richard Watts.

Duration:00:42:30

Comedy Republic, Dating Amber and When the Rain Stops Falling

7/14/2021
Kyran Whealey, co-owner of Comedy Republic chats about the challenges of opening a comedy venue during a pandemic; David Freyne, director of ‘Dating Amber’ discusses his romance comedy film set in 90’s Ireland; and Briony Dunn, director of Iron Lung Theatre’s production of ‘When The Rain Stops Falling’ talks about their upcoming season at Theatreworks. With presenter Richard Watts.

Duration:00:52:16

Pt Leo Sculpture Park, Still and The Huxleys Places of Worship

6/23/2021
Tai Snaith returns for another Art Attack, reviewing the 135-hectare Point Leo Estate Sculpture Park; Elisa Armstrong, co-artistic director of Heartstring Theatre talks about ‘Still’ at fortyfivedownstairs; and Will and Garrett Huxley introduce ‘The Huxleys Places of Worship’, opening at the Centre for Contemporary Photography. With presenter Richard Watts.

Duration:00:44:13

The Regina Monologues, Cirkus Plan 47(b), Iphigenia in Splott and Papier Mache

6/16/2021
Sharmini Kumar, writer and assistant director of ‘The Regina Monologues’ chats about their upcoming performances at the Meat Market Stables; director Mike Finch and performer Emily Zoe introduce the National Institute of Circus Arts’ latest student-devised piece, ‘Cirkus Plan 47 (b)’; actor Jess Clarke talks about ‘Iphigenia in Splott’, a one woman show at Red Stitch Actors' Theatre; and Louise Klerks, co-curator of visual arts exhibition ‘Papier Mache’ at Missing Persons discusses...

Duration:00:52:48

Still Alive, Set Piece and Little Brother, Big Sister

5/26/2021
Graphic artist Safdar Ahmed talks about his novel ‘Still Alive: Notes from Australia’s Immigration Detention System’ which collates almost a decade of stories involving the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre; Nat Randall, co-creator of ‘Set Piece’ for RISING festival talks about their genre bending performance exploring intergenerational desire; and playwright Michel Paul Tuomy chats about ‘Little Brother, Big Sister’ at La Mama, a theatre piece exploring familial ties inspired by his...

Duration:00:47:25

Do You Still Love Me, ButohOUT! and Back to Back Theatre

5/19/2021
Artist Rosie Weiss joins Richard Watts to talk about ‘Do You Still Love Me (asked the earth)’, a solo exhibition utilising charred plant fragments for Silver Leaf Art Box. Yumi Umiumare, Artistic Director of ButohOUT! 2021, a festival inspired by the Japanese dance theatre artform, introduces ‘Odd Hours’, part of the festival’s exploration of ‘abnormality’ at Abbotsford Convent. Finally, Back to Back Theatre’s Executive Producer Tim Stitz and ensemble member Sarah Mainwaring discuss the...

Duration:00:39:13

Macbeth, Meow Meow and Poona

5/12/2021
Bruce Beresford, legendary screen director, talks about directing Melbourne Opera’s production of ‘Macbeth’ which will be broadcast live using VR technology; Internationally acclaimed performer Meow Meow discusses ‘Meow Meow’s Pandemonium’, her latest collaboration with the MSO; and Roshelle Fong and Keziah Warner, co-creators of ‘Poona’ talk about their new work for Next Wave 2020, based on the controversial book, ‘Pauline Hanson: The Truth’. With presenter Richard Watts.

Duration:00:39:33

Drawn Out, She-oak and Sunlight, Considerable Sexual Licence and Voyage

5/5/2021
Richard Watts is joined by comic book lover Bernard Caleo for this month’s Drawn Out segment, discussing Declan Shelvey’s Bog Bodies and Savage Town, two Irish graphic novels transforming the crime fiction genre, and Scribe Publications’ Two-Week Wait, a sensitive portrayal of the IVF process. Curator Dr Angela Hesson talks about NGV Australia’s latest exhibition, ‘She-oak and Sunlight’, featuring the nation’s largest collection of Australian impressionist pieces with a particular focus on...

Duration:00:57:57

Notions of Care and more Midsumma picks

4/28/2021
Richard Watts is joined by Tai Snaith for their regular ‘Art Attack’ segment, discussing in depth Bus Projects’ ‘Notions of Care’, a multidisciplinary visual arts exhibition located in the newly completed Collingwood Yards space. Actor Kristen Smyth talks about ‘The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven’, playing at Theatre Works as part of Midsumma 2021. The solo performance reimagines the rituals of Christianity through a transgender lens. Finally, Hayden Tonazzi, director of Rock...

Duration:00:40:35

Negative Capability, Fangirls and Berlin

4/21/2021
This week Richard Watts is joined by co-curators Amy Forbes and Caitlin Mullaly of Veils of Cirrus introduce ‘Negative Capability’, an immersive, tactile exploration based on John Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale. Award winning playwright Yve Blake chats about the Melbourne debut of ‘Fangirls’ at Arts Centre Melbourne. Inspired by interviews with teenage fangirls, this musical celebrates generations of passionate fan culture. Finally, playwright Joanna Murray-Smith talks about ‘Berlin’, an MTC...

Duration:00:38:54

The Will to Be, Shawn the Sheep’s Circus Show and Mayflies and Stars

4/14/2021
This week on SmartArts, Theatre-maker Mark Salvestro joins Richard to discuss ‘The Will to Be’, an award-winning solo show running at La Mama as part of Midsumma 2021. The piece blends Shakespearean language and Australian history to explore societal attitudes towards homosexuality in the 1960s. Artistic Director of Circa Yaron Lifschitz introduces the company’s latest performance, ‘Shawn the Sheep’s Circus Show’ produced in collaboration with UK animation studio Aardman. Finally, artist...

Duration:00:39:39

The Surrealists’ Exhibition, Midsumma and Dumtectives

4/7/2021
Musicians and visual artists Kim Salmon and Stu Thomas talk about their first-ever joint surrealist exhibition at the One Star Gallery; Karen Bryant, CEO of Midsumma, talks about this year’s program of events, set to run later in the year than usual; and Jamie Bretman, co-director and founder of circus company Dummies Corp chats about ‘Dumtectives’, a film-noir inspired circus piece for Melbourne International Comedy Festival. With presenter Richard Watts.

Duration:00:46:03

Yirramboi, Terra Data and RISING

3/31/2021
Boonwurrung and Wemba Wemba woman and Creative Director of Yirramboi Festival Caroline Martin discusses the festival’s 2021 program; Ukrainian-Australian Artist Stanislava Pinchuk talks about 'Terra Data', a museum survey of over 5 years of work mapping the Ukrainian civil war; and co-artistic director of RISING Hannah Fox chats about the launch of the brand new Melbourne arts festival, beginning on the evening of the total lunar eclipse in May. With presenter Richard Watts.

Duration:00:47:42

Pét Nat, Because the Night and School for UnTourists

3/24/2021
Comedian and Triple R ‘Breakfasters’ regular Nat Harris joins Richard Watts to talk about her new show with co-creator Hannah Camilleri, ‘Pét-Nat + Han ah Chocolat’, playing as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Actors Khisraw Jones-Shukoor and Keegan Joyce talk about 'Because the Night', the Malthouse Theatre’s immersive take on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Set in the world of Elsinore, the piece allows audiences to choose their path through the story by journeying through...

Duration:00:44:48

Bodylex, Take Back and MTC's Act 2

3/17/2021
Resident comic book artist Bernard Caleo returns to the studio for the first time since lockdown with this month’s Drawn Out, discussing Zach Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ cut, Taiyo Matsumoto’s ‘Ping Pong’ as well as Safdar Ahmed’s ‘Still Alive’, which Bernard helped publish. Drawn from the stories of refugees detained in the Villawood Immigration Detention centre, ‘Still Alive’ is based on the Walkley-award winning webcomic ‘Villawood: Notes from an immigration detention centre’. Dancer and...

Duration:03:40:30

No Friend but the Mountains, MICF, A Name for Herself and Collingwood Yards

3/10/2021
Composer Luke Styles, Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani and translator and collaborator Omid Tofighian join Richard ahead of ‘No Friend but the Mountains: A Symphonic Song Cycle’ premiering at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Inspired by Boochani’s book of the same name written secretly in Farsi whilst on Manus Island, this adaptation explores his brutal detention experience through the language of music. Susan Provan, CEO of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival speaks about the...

Duration:01:18:02

Looking Glass, Flesh After Fifty and French Impressionism

3/3/2021
Tai Snaith returns to the studio for the fortnightly visual arts segment Art Attack, chatting about her artistic process whilst working from home, and reviewing Judy Watson and Yhonnie Scarce’s ‘Looking Glass’, on display at the TarraWarra Museum of Art. Described by curator Hetti Perkins as both “a love song and lament for country”, this exhibition sees Watson, a Waanyi artist, and Scarce, a Kokatha and Nukunu artist, explore the painful, dark history of the Australian landscape in poignant...

Duration:00:48:55

MIRKA, Sangam and The Cursed Child

2/17/2021
William Mora, son of Melbourne cultural icon Mirka Mora joins Richard to discuss ‘MIRKA’ - the most expansive exhibition of her work to date, which will be on for an exceptional nine months at the Jewish Museum of Australia. Featuring previously unseen works, objects she lived with and a soundscape of her voice in each room, the exhibition is a comprehensive and immersive honouring of a truly remarkable life. Dr Priya Srinivasan, co-director and co-founder of Sangam introduces their 2021...

Duration:00:46:42

Jack and Millie, Jim and Barb and Russell and Mab

2/10/2021
Writer and Actor Elaine Beek joins Richard ahead of the premiere of ‘Jack and Millie’, Essence Productions’ latest piece at the Saltwater Community Centre. Based on her personal experience of navigating a cancer diagnosis, this play explores the hardships of illness with equal lashings of humour and sadness. Clare Bartholomew and Daniel Tobias, the duo behind multi-award winning ‘Die Roten Punkte’ are back with ‘The Anniversary’ a theatre piece following two baby boomers from Balwyn stuck...

Duration:00:46:05

Ten Days on the Island, Gung and Grand Gesture

2/3/2021
Lindy Hume, Artistic Director of Ten Days on the Island presents the festival’s 2021 program of pan-Tasmanian arts and culture. Taking place over three weekends, the festival connects regional communities and celebrates the island’s unique identity. Wemba Wemba artist Kelly Koumalatsos’ ‘Gung | create, make, do, love’ combines screenprinting with the traditional ‘uka ngalung wooleh’ (to paint with possum) technique. Inspired by the stories of her ancestors, the exhibition features...

Duration:00:43:44