Listen to Performance Art Mania & Remembering Ukraine01:07:3826 October 2023

Ruth McKenzie, Artistic Director of Adelaide Festival gives an overview of the exciting new festival program; Dynamic duo, choreographer Stephanie Lake and composer Robin Fox astonish Richard with their exhilarating performance art piece, Manifesto, featuring a frenzied nine-person troop dancing to the beat of nine frantic drummers; Performer and choreographer Thomas E.S Kelly on his playful First Nations performance art piece, Weredingo, exploring identity through the historical practice of Indigenous 'shapeshifting', and its status as fantastical and irrational in a contemporary Western society; Ukrainian-Australian photographer, Daniel Hasset brings Ukrainian stories to the forefront of viewers’ minds with his exhibition, ЖИТТЯ, battling the Australian ‘news fatigue’ towards the ever-present war in Ukraine

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.