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The year in theatre, Linden Postcard Show and Adelaide Festival 2023

In our final Smart Arts episode for 2022, Anne-Marie Peard casts her eyes back over this year’s theatre highlights in our fortnightly theatre review segment; Vincent Alessi talks stepping into his new role…


Peter Booth, Staging a Revolution and The General Public

TarraWarra Museum of Art curator Anthony Fitzpatrick discusses the current exhibition on Australian painter Peter Booth; Author Kath Kenny talks about her work of narrative nonfiction ‘Staging a Revolution: When Betty Rocked the…


Snuff Puppets, Barbara Hepworth and The Waste Land

Andy Freer, the CEO and artistic director of the 30-year-old Melbourne puppet company Snuff Puppets talks about the world premiere of ‘SWAMP’; Heide Museum of Modern Art’s artistic director, Lesley Harding, on Heide’s…


Sydney Festival, Drawn Out and Red Stitch

Sydney Festival’s artistic director Olivia Ansell chats about what’s in store for the immersive 2023 program in January; Bernard Caleo talks all things comic books for the Drawn Out segment; Ella Caldwell, artistic…


Fragile Skin, Next Wave’s All School and NGV: Melbourne Now

Artist Jeremy Blincoe chats about his boundary-blurring exhibition ‘The Fragile Skin of the World’ at Linden New Art; Next Wave’s CEO Jamie Lewis on opening the doors to more artists with the new…


Malthouse 2023, Thanks For Having Me and GODZ

Malthouse Theatre’s artistic director Matthew Lutton introduces the 2023 season; Comedian, drag king, DJ and producer Natali Caro talks ‘Thanks For Having Me’, a FRINGE comedy night for PoC and queer artists; Two…


Australian Ballet, Melbourne Fringe and the Nicholas Building’s new vision

The Australian Ballet’s artistic director David Hallberg talks the 2023 season program; Christian Cavallo on directing the queer drama ‘If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You’…


Irish Film Festival, Where Lakes Once Had Water and Shelley Lasica

The Irish Film Festival’s director Dr Enda Murray talks about 2022’s hybrid program; Artists Sonia Leber and David Chesworth on the new exhibition ‘Where Lakes Once Had Water’, combining Indigenous thought, art…


Melbourne on Film at MIFF, Faint Echoes and Medea

Kate Jinx, programmer for Melbourne International Film Festival, talks about this year’s Melbourne On Film program stream; Artist and photographer Pia Johnson on her exhibition ‘Faint Echoes’ at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre…


Rebel, Homophonic! and Light Works

Playwright Fleur Kilpatrick chats about her new play ‘Rebel’ about senior activists, for the Ian Potter Centre; Miranda Hill, artistic director of ‘Homophonic!’, on telling the stories of LGBTQI+ elders through music for…

About this program

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.


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 podcast intro and outro theme is Soft Illusion and was generously provided by Andras.