Listen to SmartArts - 17 October 201949:3817 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 students in supporting roles, and will be showing at Monash University's Alexander Theatre.

Next Richard speaks to Stewart Laing who's the director of The End of Eddy, which will be showing at the Malthouse Theatre. This work centres around the experiences of a gay teenage boy in a small community in the north of France. The work has been aimed at a teenage audience in the hope of reaching out to people experiencing similar issues.

Richard then speaks to Antony Hamilton artistic director of the contemporary dance company Chunky Move regarding his work Token Armies, which will be showing at the Melbourne International Arts Festival. The work aims to push the boundaries of contemporary dance and explore how the biological world intersects with a world that is constructed. Richard describes Chunky Move's work as "innovative, engaging and exciting."

Finally Richard talks to Mama Alto regarding the work Gender Euphoria, which is a celebration of gender identitiy. This work will be performed as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival at the Famous Spiegeltent.

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.

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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 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.