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This week we break format a bit as the Crew talks about the earthshaking news of the new Punchdrunk show -- The Burnt City -- coming to London next year. Then we get into a bit of Venice VR Expanded [27:00] and the Vellum LA/Standard Vision collab in LA [40:00]. It's a weird one but a fun one! With Kathryn Yu, Kevin Gossett, Laura Hess, Blake Weil,…
 
The recent Netflix comedy drama, The Chair, centres on an English professor, played by Sandra Oh who has just been appointed the first female chair of the department and has big dreams about modernising it. Hanna Flint joins us to reviewWe hear live from the winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021, announced this evening: Susanna Clarke for he…
 
This week: Felix Lajeunesse of the Emmy Award-winning Felix and Paul Studios is with us to talk about The Infinite their collaboration with PHI which brings their work with NASA on the International Space Station down to Earth and gives it a whole new dimension. Prof. Julia Ritter joins us to talk about her new book Tandem Dances, which explores im…
 
Visible Skin: Rediscovering the Renaissance through Black Portraiture is a new outdoor exhibition across King’s College London’s Strand Campus, showcasing artworks by opera singer Peter Brathwaite. He talks to Tom Sutcliffe about creating the portraits and images, as well as his role in the new opera The Time of Our Singing. Indecent, a play which …
 
If you go down to the Oastler Centre carpark in Bradford over the next few days, you’re sure of a big surprise because this derelict multi-storey is the venue for a new theatrical production - Peaceophobia - exploring the passions and the lives of three young Pakistani-heritage Muslim men from Bradford as they attend a car meet. Evie Manning is co-…
 
This week Kevin hosts, Patrick basically triple dips, and Noah is loopy from a flu shot and talks Star Wars. Of course, he's supposed to talk Star Wars, so at least he's not totally gone. Kevin & Patrick tackle Deadbolt Mystery Society — Conspiracy [1:45] Patrick reports back on Welcome to Retropolis [14:42] and I Expect You To Die 2 [23:09] Noah &…
 
Award-winning author Anuradha Roy crafts pots as well as prose. She joins us live from India to discuss the fusion of ceramics and storytelling, pottery and politics in her new novel, The Earthspinner, a coming of age story set between two continents.At a recent auction some 19th century pottery jugs, expected to fetch £100 or so, sold for £3,000 -…
 
A special bonus episode focusing on the release of Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge -- Last Call. We interview ILMxLAB's Jose Perez III, Ian Bowie, and Ronman Ng about the Last Call expansion that brings the Tales duology to a satisfying conclusion. Get ready to nerd out with NoPro's Star Wars Geek in Chief, because it's lightspeed to Batuu.…
 
The role of Norman, the longsuffering, waspish eponymous dresser in Ronald Harwood's 1980 play, might have been written for Julian Clary. It's about a touring theatre company bringing Shakespeare to the provinces during the Blitz. As all the young actors are away fighting it's a motley crew, led by Sir, a monstrous yet pathetic veteran actor. Sir's…
 
Liane Moriarty is the best-selling author of nine novels including, Big Little Lies, and Nine Perfect Strangers, both of which have been adapted for television. Her latest novel, Apples Never Fall, is a mystery wrapped up in a domestic drama which focuses on an Australian family shaped by their passion for tennis.Described as a pianist like no othe…
 
Yannis Pappas came over to my house to talk about the greatest baseball game ever attended. But it turns out I'm a terrible podcast host and as much as Yannis tried to get to the topic we agreed on, I just kept missing the hints. So this ended up just being two friends joking around for 3 hours. I mean, you’d think after 10 years this guy would hav…
 
Front Row announces the shortlist for the £15,000, 16th BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University. Judge Fiona Mozley, author of Booker-shortlisted novel Elmet, joins us live to discuss the storiesAustralian tenor Stuart Skelton is a fan of a party. And what bigger party in classical music than the Last Night of the Proms?! Stuart wi…
 
This week on the show: new work from some of Third Rail Project's long time collaborators, a look at how neuroscientists measure immersion, a peek inside the VR Chat Prefabs community and more more more! The Rundown: Zach Morris and Tara OCon on Return The Moon [4:00] Immersive 101 [28:23] Fionna of Studio CyFi [32:22] Pick of the Week [43:00] Paul…
 
Elijah Wood tells Tom Sutcliffe about his new film No Man of God. Elijah Wood plays criminal profiler Bill Hagmaier in a story based on interview transcripts. Hagmaier is sent by the FBI to visit the serial killer Ted Bundy on death row. A fascinating, troubling relationship develops which becomes all the more intense when the date of Bundy's execu…
 
Iranian-born artist, photographer and filmmaker Shirin Neshat talk to us about her latest work - a feature film entitled Land of Dreams which premiered at The Venice Film Festival last week -and her exhibition at Photo London of still images connected to New Mexico.The last of our Women’s Prize for Fiction-shortlisted authors, Yaa Gyasi, talks to F…
 
Guitarist Peter Green last performed with Fleetwood Mac, the band he help found, in 1970. Fellow founding-member Mick Fleetwood has honoured Green's legacy in an all-star concert that will be shown in cinemas, celebrating the band's early music. Mick Fleetwood talks to Samira about the early days of Fleetwood Mac, working with Peter, and dreams of …
 
John Hastings and I talk about car accidents on a fun episode of Skeptic Tank. John has been in a dozen accidents so he’s got a lot of experience. And I have hit and run over 34 people in my life, many of those resulted in fatalities. So I can’t quite fully join in because of an antiquated statute of limitations rule in the state many of these “cri…
 
This week it's the kickoff for SPOOKY SEASON here in our home territory of Southern California so we're going all out with: A visit to CREEP LA's brand new venue THE GHOST LIGHT [4:00] A talk with Jon Braver, creator of Delusion [19:00] And we round up our Haunt Club with writers Juliet Bennett Rylah (The Hustle), Jeff Heimbuch (HorrorBuzz), and No…
 
Irish author Sally Rooney’s third novel 'Beautiful World, Where Are You' has just been released amid a fanfare of publicity and speculation. It follows the runaway success of the TV adaptation of her Booker longlisted second novel, Normal People, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award. Essayist and critic Sinéad Gleeson and writer Zing Tsjen…
 
Ian Rankin, author of the Inspector Rebus crime novels, has recently completed a book left unfinished by the father of the ‘tartan noir’ genre William McIlvanney who died in 2015. Ian explains how he pieced together the fragments and notes left by McIlvanney and wrote his own sections of The Dark Remains, a prequel to McIlvanney’s Laidlaw series. H…
 
The murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 and the subsequent police investigations threw up a lot of questions about institutional racism and corruption within the force. Another enquiry which began in 2006 was led by DCI Clive Driscoll, who decided to go right back to basics and investigate the crime anew. In a new three-part drama on ITV, Steve Coog…
 
Liz Carr's role in Silent Witness was a groundbreaking step in the depiction of disability in primetime TV drama. The actor, comedian and broadcaster, who has used a wheelchair since childhood, looks back at her early years, her law degree, and how that led her to life of activism for disability rights.Liz spent six years playing Clarissa Mullery i…
 
Annie Lederman tells me about her time as a man-hater. Annie has come out of it since then but she recounts the way she got caught up in a world of despising an entire gender and how she was able to extricate herself from that way of thinking. For more Annie: Instagram: https://bit.ly/3mHmgk6 Twitter: https://bit.ly/2WszGpb Watch or listen to Trash…
 
Paula Hawkins’s novel The Girl on the Train sold 23 million copies and was made into a film starring Emily Blunt. Now she has written A Slow Fire Burning, a who-and-why-dunnit about damaged people trying to move on with their lives, set along the Regent’s Canal in London. She talks to Front Row about starting with character, creating suspense, and …
 
This week we've got some BIG NEWS about our upcoming events as we evolve into our next form (I'm hoping for Charizard) as a non-profit organization. We've also got a regular episode for you with a fantastic lineup from Venice VR Expanded, Superblue, and more. Venice VR Expanded w/ curators Liz Rosenthal and Michel Reilhac [5:33] Immersive 101 [26:1…
 
Jason deCaires Taylor has been working in underwater art for 15 years. Today, he joins us to discuss his new museum Musan, built in the Mediterranean sea off the coast of Cyprus.The Answer Me This podcast began in 2007. Presenters Helen Zaltzman and Olly Mann have been answering questions from listeners about anything and everything over the subseq…
 
This time out, technical difficulties leaves the crew down a member, but that doesn't stop us. Patrick McLean on RECON, the Reality Escape Convention [1:56] Blake Weil on Alterra's Gala [20:40] Noah Nelson on Gatsby: An Immersive Illumination [33:55] Hosted by Noah Nelson Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out in…
 
Following the announcement of the death of the musician Charlie Watts, tonight’s Front Row is an archive edition featuring John Wilson in conversation with the band he was a member of - The Rolling Stones. The programme was recorded in 2012 to mark 50 years since the band’s first performance. In it, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and R…
 
Music journalist David Hepworth reflects on the life and drums of Rolling Stone Charlie Watts who has died aged 80.Natalya Romaniw is a soprano on her way to stardom. With numerous Madame Butterflies, Mimis and Tatyanas under her belt, Natalya was on the brink of international fame when the pandemic hit and took her momentum. Now she’s preparing to…
 
American conductor Kalena Bovell makes her Proms debut with the Chineke! Orchestra this week. She tells Samira about her path into conducting, and why it’s so exciting to be performing music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor at the Royal Albert Hall.Following the death of singer Don Everly over the weekend, Bob Stanley joins us to reflect on the importanc…
 
Eleanor Kerrigan comes over to talk about the glory days of the Comedy Store. Eleanor and Ari were employees of the Store together at the turn of the century. That sounds weird but it’s true. Are we old? Am I old? Is the only thing keeping me young a steady flow of mind-altering substances and laughs from live audiences? Or is it just the general u…
 
This week on the show: We walk the digital playa of BRCvr and reflect on Burning Man 2020 with an eye towards the 2021 Virtual Burn. [4:30] Odyssey Works' Abraham Burickson & Ayden LeRoux tell us about their new Experience Design Certificate Program. [18:00] Emma Buttin, New Media officer of the French Embassy in the United States tells us about th…
 
Michael Sarnoski is the director and co-writer of Pig, starring Nicolas Cage and a pig that is brilliant at finding truffles – until it’s stolen. Cage’s trip to the culinary hot spots of the big city to find his pig reveals more about his past and explores ideas of grief, redemption, and what to value in life. The director joins Front Row to talk a…
 
This time out, three reviews and a long look at pricing models for online work. Patrick McLean: Once in a Blue Moon (Mobile Escapes, Online) [0:50] (This rolls into the pricing model convo.) Noah Nelson: Optika Piñata (Optika Moderna/La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego, [29:23] Kathryn Yu: Field Guide to Memory (Jeeyon Shim and Shing Yin Khor, printed ma…
 
At last, Cinderella has made it to the ball. After postponement, rearrangement, and postponement again because of, first the lockdown, then social distancing requirements, Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical, Cinderella, opened last night. Emerald Fennell takes a radical approach to the fairytale: in her version Prince Charming is missing, presumed d…
 
This year's Edinburgh Festival is a smaller affair than normal but it's packed full of delicious cultural goodness. We speak with film director Isaac Julien about Lessons of The Hour- a 10-screen film about the former slave and emancipationist Frederick Douglass who visited Edinburgh many times.Just These Please is a four-piece comedy group who hav…
 
The Edinburgh Festival is a much more pared-down event this year because of Covid, but despite this there is still plenty on offer. Comedian Henning Wehn is filling the Edinburgh Corn Exchange and he'll be discussing the challenge of preparing for a festival with all live comedy events cancelled for so many months.Playwright Frances Poet discusses …
 
Dr Ahmad Sarmast, founder and director of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music tells John Wilson of his fears and hopes for music-making as his country falls under the control of the Taliban.Some things can only be expressed in song. That’s the idea behind The Song Project at the Royal Court Theatre where five of our foremost female playwrig…
 
Greg Fitzsimmons and Ari Shaffir go on a deep dive into forbidden acts of love in this public Patreon episode of Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank. The boys, victims of generational inbreeding of different styles, take Patreon submitted stories and questions about trouble with the law which leads them down the taboo road of adult breastfeeding. It’s a ver…
 
Last year, Icelandic pianist Vikingur Olafsson was Front Row's artist-in-residence from Reykjavik. Finally this week, he's able to join John Wilson in the studio, where he talks playing at the Proms and how great it is to be back performing in front of live audiences. He shares stories from his new Mozart album (including a childhood tantrum agains…
 
This week on the show we will take you from the virtual Burning Man playa of BRCvr to a chat with the author of Tamara the original hit immersive play which is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a new printing of the text that dropped just this month. That plus we check in with Scott Stein of CNET, bring you an all-new Immersive 101, and the Pic…
 
This week: Laura on Divine Immersion: The Experiential Art of Nick Dong [2:12] Patrick on Trover Saves The Universe - Squanch Games [14:36] Kathryn on The Walks - Rimini Protokoll [25:00] Hosted by Noah Nelson Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
In 1962 the USA and USSR engaged in one of the most terrifying acts of brinksmanship the world has seen. But few people know of the role played by an ordinary British businessman in bringing the Cuban Missile Crisis to an end. New film The Courier, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, tells the true story of Greville Wynne, recruited by MI6 to penetrate …
 
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