Listen to SmartArts - 31 October 201958:5131 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 women.

Next up we hear from Matt Lutton regarding the Malthouse 2020 program. In their 30th year Malthouse have created a program that encapsulates the very DNA of the Malthouse, and celebrates local artists.

Richard then talks to Dancehouse artistic director Angela Coquet and dancer and choreographer Jozsef Trefeli about their new show Swiss Style. This show is looking at Geneva-based contemporary dance, within the context of rising national identitarianism and a multicultural Geneva.

Finally Richard interviews Kurt Kansley who is a cast member of the new theatre production Ragtime, which will be showing at the Arts Centre. This play is based on "the great American novel" by E. L Doctorow. It's set at the dawn of a new century when a golden age of optimism was gripping America, and everything seemed possible.

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 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 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.