Listen to Still Alive, Set Piece and Little Brother, Big Sister47:2527 May 2021

Graphic artist Safdar Ahmed talks about his novel ‘Still Alive: Notes from Australia’s Immigration Detention System’ which collates almost a decade of stories involving the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre; Nat Randall, co-creator of ‘Set Piece’ for RISING festival talks about their genre bending performance exploring intergenerational desire; and playwright Michel Paul Tuomy chats about ‘Little Brother, Big Sister’ at La Mama, a theatre piece exploring familial ties inspired by his own lived experience of schizophrenia. With presenter Richard Watts.

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.