Listen to Art of the Impossible38:4029 October 2020

Being creative during a lockdown and a global pandemic mustn’t be easy but it’s amazing just what can be created whilst under pressuring conditions.

Creative Director and CEO of Melbourne Fringe, Simon Abrahams joins Richard to discuss how the 2020 rendition of the Melbourne Fringe festival will look and just what will be on offer, running from November 12th to 29th.

Back in March, a new play, Single Ladies was in its first week of previews but Covid-19 forced it to close. Since then a new set of audio plays were developed in its place. Actor, Caroline Lee joins Richard to discuss Single Ladies Now a prequel to the aforementioned play. Set in Collingwood, the audio works were written as companions to the original piece.

How well do you know your bushrangers? Can you name just one (most likely Ned Kelly) or many? A lesser-known bushranger, Captain Moonlite is the subject of author Garry Linnell’s latest book aptly titled Moonlite. Garry joined Richard to discuss the writing of Moonlite & also about why he feels Australian history should be retold so it’s more accessible and entertaining to both students and history lovers alike. Moonlite is out now via Penguin Books Australia.

Welcome to the 2020 Festival | Melbourne Fringe

Single Ladies Now | Red Stitch Actors' Theatre

Red Stitch - Single Ladies Now | Aussie Theatre

Moonlite - Garry Linnell | Penguin Books Australia

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.