Listen to Come From Away, Burn This and Castlemaine State Festival44:5521 January 2021

Daniel Goldstein, Associate Director of Tony award winning musical ‘Come From Away’ chats about the show’s return to the Comedy Theatre post-lockdown. This life-affirming true story centres on the days following the September 11 tragedy, where locals in a small Canadian town were forced to take on thousands of stranded travellers.

Iain Sinclair, Director of 16th Street Actors Studio’s production of ‘Burn This’ speaks to Richard about their online rehearsal process and upcoming training opportunities at the studio. Set during the peak of the 1980’s AIDS epidemic, the play deals with poisoned romance and dangerous and irresistible desire.

Finally, Castlemaine State Festival Director Glyn Roberts gives an overview of this year’s program including many live-streamed and free events. Running over 16 days, the festival showcases the best of regional Victorian arts and culture and includes Archie Roach, Die Roten Punkte and Tim Costello.

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.