Listen to Saying no to coal in the arts, Local Laughs and Sonic Eclipse48:291 June 2023

CEO Lucy Manne on 350 Australia’s campaign to help the arts community rule out coal and oil industry partnerships; Janet McLeod reminisces about her comedy room, ‘Local Laughs’ in the wake of its 20th anniversary; co-artistic director Eugene Ughetti and composer Erkki Velthei on their audio art event, ‘Sonic Eclipse’ as part of RISING Festival, featuring a 12-person percussion ensemble.

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.

Please email for all interview requests.


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.