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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…

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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'.

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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.

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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

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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…

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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.

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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…

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SmartArts - 3 October 2019

Richard talks to mentalist Scott Silven about his new shows 'At the Illusionist’s Table' and 'Wonders' which are showing as a part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Scott works with…

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SmartArts - 29 August 2019

This week on SmartArts Richard conducts three interviews

1. Richard talks to Matthew Stanton and Abigail Varney about their exhibition 23° and Rising which is showing at the Centre for Contemporary Photography

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SmartArts - 15 August 2019

Richard conducts three interviews.

1. Richard talks to Nicole Beyer of Theatre Network Australia about the Australia Council funding decision and the small- to medium-sized arts organisations that will miss out on funding.

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.

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

https://andras.bandcamp.com/track/soft-illusion

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