Listen to Dumplings, Dodgeball and Dancing 'In the Club'51:3619 October 2023

Ania Reynolds & Alisa Tanaka-King join Richard to talk about their show 'Dumplings Darling' and their approach to cultural sharing; being un-pretentious and inclusionary, using the cultural cross-section that is made up of food, music and storytelling.

Joining Richard next is Anna Louey, the creator of 'A Dodgeball Named Desire', a show set up as a dodgeball game between theatre performers and professional sportspeople that playfully investigates the competition between theatre and sport in Australia and delves into the divide between high art (theatre) vs high spectacle (sports).

Lastly, but definitely not leastly, playwright Patricia Cornelius & actor Darcy Kent talk about Patricia's new work 'In The Club', which makes a case study of and interrogates the idea of 'pack mentality' and the power it holds in society, especially in so-called 'Australian' culture. The show is also designed as a vehicle to bear witness to the bad behaviour that comes with pack mentality.

Hosted by 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.