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Smartarts - 19 December 2019

Richard chats to Bernard Caleo about the latest comics, Theatreworks General Manager Dianne Toulson for their 2020 program and Melinda Martin, Director of Linden New Art for the Linden Postcard Show.


SmartArts - 12 December 2019

Richard discusses 'Asia TOPA' with Stephen Armstrong and Kate Ben-Tovim; 'The Australian Musical: From the Beginning' with Peter Wyllie Johnston; and arts criticism with Alison Croggon


SmartArts - 5 December 2019

Midsumma Festival CEO Karen Bryant on their 2020 program; NGV curator Pip Wallis on Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines; Ben Walter on Punk Rock.


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…


SmartArts - 21 November 2019

Richard talks to Wesley Enoch about Sydney Festival; Devon Taylor and Penelope Bartlau about 'Drill'; and Victor Griss, Janelle Low and Frances Tapueluelu about 'Language and Liberty'.


SmartArts - 14 November 2019

Richard talks with Bernard Caleo about comic books, Anni Davey about The Borderville Circus Festival, and Carolyn Fraser about Velvet, Iron and Ashes.


SmartArts - 7 November 2019

Richard talks with Iain Gandage about Perth Festival; Krystalla Pearce and Maja Amanita about She Is Vigilante and Diane Soumilas and Colin Smith about Stories in clay: Arthur Merric Boyd Pottery


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…


SmartArts - 24 October 2019

Richard talks to Simon Abrahams from Melbourne Fringe; Rebecca Lister about 2:20AM; Shareena Clanton and Corey Saylor-Brunskill from Conversations With The Dead.


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…

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.