Listen to Jack and Millie, Jim and Barb and Russell and Mab46:0511 February 2021

Writer and Actor Elaine Beek joins Richard ahead of the premiere of ‘Jack and Millie’, Essence Productions’ latest piece at the Saltwater Community Centre. Based on her personal experience of navigating a cancer diagnosis, this play explores the hardships of illness with equal lashings of humour and sadness.

Clare Bartholomew and Daniel Tobias, the duo behind multi-award winning ‘Die Roten Punkte’ are back with ‘The Anniversary’ a theatre piece following two baby boomers from Balwyn stuck in a joyless marriage. Described by Bartholomew as ‘mad, macabre and magical’, ‘The Anniversary’ combines elements of farce and absurd theatre into one big nonsensical romp.

Finally, Alisa Bunbury, Curator of the Grimwade Collection at the Ian Potter Museum of Art speaks about ‘Pride of Place: Exploring the Grimwade Collection’, a book exploring the variety of visual and textual artifacts found in The Russell and Mab Grimwade Bequest. Edited by Bunbury, the book features over 40 contributors and offers a unique insight into the impacts of British colonisation.

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.