Listen to Guiding Creative Victoria’s way of Covid-19, little saucepans, and MSO’s 2021 programming34:1422 October 2020

Managing Director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sophie Galaise joins Richard to chat about the first part of the MSO’s 2021 programming. Featuring a range of free concerts and more, part 1 of the MSO’s 2021 programming will begin on January 29th and run until June.

Also, Jenny M Thomas of folk band Bush Gothic chats to Richard about their recent collaboration with Welsh fiddle-player, Angharad Jenkins, the struggles of pronouncing Welsh properly plus their new songs, I Fyw I Fôd (To Live and To Be) and Sosbahn Fach (Little Saucepan) - the story about just how crazy domesticity can be.

Lastly, Danny Pearson MP, the new Minister for Creative Industries, chats to Richard about the announcement of the Victorian Creative Strategy and Survey. The survey is looking to hear from young people aged 15 to 25, First Nations People, the LGBTQ+ community, and anyone else who feels as though their voices are not heard in order to make sure the resources, strategic focus, and intent are properly allocated to guide Victoria’s creative sector out of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Season 2021 Guide | MSO

Bush Gothic | Bandcamp

Creative Strategy Survey | Engage Victoria

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.