Listen to Homegrown Australian musicals, gay bushrangers, MIFF 68½ & Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories38:496 August 2020

Melbourne based playwright, Gabriel Bergmoser talks to Richard about the musical radio-play adaptation of the Midsumma 2018 Bittern By Productions, Moonlite, one of Australia’s lesser-known bushrangers, out now online.
Richard is also joined by Mia Falstein Rush, MIFF’s Shorts programmer to chat about the festival’s 68½ programming for 2020 and the various short films on offer for this year’s festival which has moved online amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Lastly, Creative Producer for Families and Children at Arts Centre Melbourne, Mary Harvey, discusses the launch of Bambert’s Lost Stories, a theatrical tale for families by Barking Gecko Theatre plus the complementary range of creative activities inspired by the show to keep young minds occupied during this time.

Moonlite Radio-Play

MIFF | MIFF 2020

Bambert's Book of Lost Stories | Arts Centre Melbourne

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.