Listen to Queer Bushrangers and the Brand New Merribek Festival01:06:0715 September 2023

Co-producers Tim Sneddon and Jeff Achtem explain how accessibility and the need for low-cost family festivals drove them to create the new Merribek Family Festival, walking listeners through their exciting program; Nina Sanadze, founder of  Collective Polyphony Festival, and artist Camille Perry from Collective Agitation explore the importance of giving a voice to different perspectives and diasporas; Dr Craig Cormick on his new book, A Darker Shade of Moonlite: A Creative Biography’, a retelling of history through the lens of the present, exploring the queerness of bushranger Captain Moonlite; Director Melanie Hillman on her all-female cast production, ‘A funny thing happened on the way to the forum’, comically reimagining the 2000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright, Plautus

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.