Listen to The Art Inspired by Being Struck by Lightning, and the 41st Melbourne Fringe Festival01:12:537 September 2023

Composer and cellist Zoë Barry on how her unlikely experience of being struck by lightning on three separate occasions inspired her new artistic work in ‘The Nervous Atmosphere’ at Arts House; Simon Abrahams, Creative Director and CEO of Melbourne Fringe walks listeners through the exciting new program for the 41st Melbourne Fringe Festival; Co-Artistic Directors Andy Freer and Nick Wilson of Snuff Puppets on their new festival, ‘Snuffest’, bringing joy and giant puppets to Melbourne’s West; Matthew Lutton, Artistic Director and Co-CEO of Malthouse Theatre explores the intriguing new program for Malthouse Theatre in 2024

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.