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Robert Bound and his guests discuss what has piqued their interest in our one-stop shop for lively reports and in-depth interviews on the newest and finest in art, film, books and the media business. Continue Reading >>
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Weird-and-wonderful theatre We take a deep dive into immersive theatre with the acclaimed company Punchdrunk and offer recommendations for what to watch if you’re heading to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Plus: a musical treat from comedian Jazz Emu.
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Weird-and-wonderful theatre We take a deep dive into immersive theatre with the acclaimed company Punchdrunk and offer recommendations for what to watch if you’re heading to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Plus: a musical treat from comedian Jazz Emu.
How did drag become mainstream? Drag culture has sashayed its way into the mainstream. Robert Bound speaks to Nicole Pasulka, the author of the new book, 'How You Get Famous: Ten Years of Drag Madness in Brooklyn', and one of the UK's best-known drag queens, Amrou Al-Kadhi — otherwise known as 'Glamrou' — about the sparkliest of art forms.
Music for moons Robert Bound is joined in the studio by composer Amanda Lee Falkenberg to explore how she created her new work, ‘The Moons Symphony’. It tells the story of seven moons in our universe and dramatises the past, present and future of moon explorations.
Contemporary arts in the Mena region What does contemporary arts practice look like across the Middle East and North Africa? We head to Morocco to find out from an actress and theatre practitioner, a pop star and an arts facilitator about the challenges and opportunities of creating their work in the region – and whether one of them can help Robert Bound find a cocktail bar in Casablanca.
Summer soundtrack Robert Bound is joined by Kate Hutchinson and Christine Ochefu to take you through this summer’s hottest music releases. From the biggest names to the less well-known, find out which artists should be providing the backdrop to your summer.
Chris Blackwell As the man who signed Bob Marley and the Wailers, Chris Blackwell is credited with bringing Jamaican music to the masses. He talks to Robert Bound about his upbringing on – and love for – the Caribbean island, as well as the breadth of his musical legacy, which includes playing an instrumental role in the careers of Grace Jones and Nick Drake. Blackwell’s new book, ‘The Islander: My Life in Music and Beyond’, is out now, published by Bonnier.
Norway’s new National Museum, behind the scenes of Primavera and Indonesia’s ‘Balinale’ We visit Norway’s new National Museum on Oslo’s harbour, which aims to cement the city’s position as an emerging cultural capital. Plus: we go behind the scenes of Barcelona music festival Primavera Sound and hear from the founder of the Bali International Film Festival.
‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Tom Cruise is back as Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell for another sky-high adventure in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’. Robert Bound is joined by critics Clarisse Loughrey and Simran Hans to ask whether this legacy sequel takes off.
The films of Sofia Coppola Sofia Coppola has been applauded as a filmmaker ever since ‘The Virgin Suicides’ in 1999. In the two decades since, her films have touched on everything from an 18th-century queen on the eve of the French revolution to a group of thieves notorious for stealing the property of Paris Hilton. We take a deep dive into her work with critic Hannah Strong, the author of the new book, ‘Sofia Coppola: Forever Young’.
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