Listen to Bodylex, Take Back and MTC's Act 203:40:3018 March 2021

Resident comic book artist Bernard Caleo returns to the studio for the first time since lockdown with this month’s Drawn Out, discussing Zach Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ cut, Taiyo Matsumoto’s ‘Ping Pong’ as well as Safdar Ahmed’s ‘Still Alive’, which Bernard helped publish. Drawn from the stories of refugees detained in the Villawood Immigration Detention centre, ‘Still Alive’ is based on the Walkley-award winning webcomic ‘Villawood: Notes from an immigration detention centre’.

Dancer and former lawyer Rhys Ryan chats about 'Bodylex', a dance work exploring how our bodies navigate the laws and regulations imposed on them. Blending legal theory and choreography, this new work for three dancers will premiere at Dancehouse.

Multidisciplinary artist Candy Bowers talks about 'TAKE BACK!', a co-production between MAV and Darebin FUSE festival featuring a team of female and gender-diverse artists of colour both onstage and behind the scenes. Including both live performances and digital content, the performance explores and challenges the racialized gaze.

Finally, MTC CEO Brett Sheehy announces the company’s Act 2 program playing during the second half of this year: ‘The Lifespan of a Fact’, a comic Broadway turn on the nature of truth, ‘The Truth’, a dark comedy on marital troubles, ‘Sunday’, the story of Heide Museum of Modern Art founder Sunday Reed, ‘Jacky’, Green Room Award Winner Declan Furber Gillick’s MTC debut, ‘Cyrano’, a gender-flipped adaptation of the Edmond Rostand classic, and ‘As You Like It’, which reunites the creative team behind MTC hit ‘Twelfth Night’.

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.