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Dorian Gray, Conjurer At The Card Table and Rawcus

Actor Eryn Jean Norvill and alternative performer Nikki Shiels talk starring in the much-hyped production of ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’; One of the performers at this year’s Melbourne Magic Festival, Josh Staley…

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Replay Festival, Common Thread and Illuminate Adelaide

Comedian and co-owner of Comedy Republic, Rhys Nicholson, talks encore shows at Replay Festival 2022; One of four artists showing at Boroondara’s Town Hall Gallery’s ‘Common Thread’, Sarah Hallett, explores transforming everyday materials…

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Picasso, Passing Strange and The Keir Choreographic Award

The National Gallery of Victoria’s Senior Curator Dr Miranda Wallace talks about this year’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition ‘The Picasso Century’;  Director of ‘Passing Strange’, Dean Drieberg, along with the show’s Musical Director…

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Mother Courage, Under The Surface and Set Piece

Playwright Damien Millar on directing Bertolt Brecht’s ‘Mother Courage and Her Children’ for a 2022 audience at La Mama Theatre; Belinda Collins, Creative Director of The Social Crew, is back to discuss ‘Under…

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Mette Ingvartsen, Rewards for The Tribe and Triceratops

Danish dancer and choreographer, Mette Ingvartsen, talks exploring pornography’s pervasive creep in her performance ’21 Pornographies’ at RISING; Restless Dance Theatre director Michelle Ryan on another RISING favourite ‘Rewards for The Tribe’; Dr…

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Myanmar, To Schapelle and Back and Hercules

Author Michele Aung Thin joins us to discuss PEN Melbourne’s Fundraiser for Myanmar and its freedom of expression at La Mama Courthouse; Winner of the 2022 Golden Gibbo award at the Melbourne International…

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The Return, Light & Shade and The View From Up Here

Jason Tamiru talks co-directing ‘The Return’, which recounts the macabre history of the stolen bodily remains of First Peoples, for Malthouse Theatre and RISING; Art Gallery of Ballarat Director Louise Tegart on the…

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Floating Gallery, Meatus and ANAM Set Festival

Curator Janenne Willis chats about a fascinating ‘Floating Gallery’ presented by O_C_E_A_N, where people can swim, row or paddle out to view local artworks on laser yachts at Point Leo; Artist Frances Barrett…

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RISING, Venice Biennale for New Zealand, Photo 2022 and Southside Festival

RISING co-artistic directors Hannah Fox and Gideon Obarzanek discuss the long-awaited program coming this winter; Natalie King talks about curating the work of Yuki Kihara, the representative for New Zealand Pavilion at this…

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Platform Papers, Can’t Complain and Double Feature

Dr Josephine Caust from the University of Melbourne discusses her important paper connecting ‘Arts, Culture & Country’ for Platform Papers; Nominated for Best Newcomer at last year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Chris Ryan…

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Art Attack, Bunny and Bigger and Blacker

Tai Snaith is back for another Art Attack; Barnie Duncan gets personal about grief in his new show 'Bunny' at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival; Writer and actor Steven Oliver talks about…

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Theatre Reviews, Comedy fest with Amanda Jane Pritchard and Circa's ON

Anne Marie Peard joins the show for a fortnightly critique and celebration of theatre in Melbourne; Amanda Jane Pritchard discusses her show 'Google Amanda Jane Dildocoming to the Melbourne International Comedy…

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The Rabble, Distant Things Appear Suddenly Near and Apparitions

Co-founders of THE RABBLE, Emma Valenta and Kate Davis discuss their latest work of feminist theatre ‘YES’; Irish artist Sean Lynch on his temporary public artwork in Carlton’s University Square ‘Distant Things Appear…

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Theatre Reviews, Happy End and Hamilton

Anne Marie Peard reviews recent theatre works; Actor and soprano Ali McGregor chats about Victorian Opera’s staging of the 20th century anti-capitalist musical comedy 'Happy End'; Jason Arrow, who plays the titular character

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Reigen, Flux Job and Queer Stories at The NGV

Viv Nguyen and Georgia Symon, two of the nine writers behind Periscope Productions’ ’REIGEN’, talk adapting Arthur Schnitzler’s play; Choreographer Lucy Guerin explores proximity and distance through dance in ‘Flux Job’ at Arts…

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Rider Spoke, Chronic Cabaret and Creative Start-Up

Nick Tandavanitj discusses Blast Theory and ACMI's ‘Rider Spoke’, an immersive experience where participants cycle through the city to find a hiding place for a secret; Producer Rosie Roulette chats about 'The Chronic…

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Black Cockatoo, Little Monster and Lust Love Loss

Playwright Wesley Enoch discusses his Geelong Arts Centre theatre production, ‘Black Cockatoo’, the true story of Johnny Mullagh and the all-First Nations cricket team travelling to England in 1868; Artist Telia Nevile reinvents…

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Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival, Performance of a Lifetime and The Enchanted Pig

Director of the Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival Claire Jager introduces their program of online films; writer/director Emma Muir-Smith chats about the MSO’s ‘Performance of a Lifetime’ campaign addressing vaccination hesitancy in the community…

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Comedy Republic, Dating Amber and When the Rain Stops Falling

Kyran Whealey, co-owner of Comedy Republic chats about the challenges of opening a comedy venue during a pandemic; David Freyne, director of ‘Dating Amber’ discusses his romance comedy film set in 90’s Ireland…

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Pt Leo Sculpture Park, Still and The Huxleys Places of Worship

Tai Snaith returns for another Art Attack, reviewing the 135-hectare Point Leo Estate Sculpture Park; Elisa Armstrong, co-artistic director of Heartstring Theatre talks about ‘Still’ at fortyfivedownstairs; and Will and Garrett Huxley introduce…

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The Regina Monologues, Cirkus Plan 47(b), Iphigenia in Splott and Papier Mache

Sharmini Kumar, writer and assistant director of ‘The Regina Monologues’ chats about their upcoming performances at the Meat Market Stables; director Mike Finch and performer Emily Zoe introduce the National Institute of Circus…

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Still Alive, Set Piece and Little Brother, Big Sister

Graphic artist Safdar Ahmed talks about his novel ‘Still Alive: Notes from Australia’s Immigration Detention System’ which collates almost a decade of stories involving the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre; Nat Randall, co-creator of…

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Do You Still Love Me, ButohOUT! and Back to Back Theatre

Artist Rosie Weiss joins Richard Watts to talk about ‘Do You Still Love Me (asked the earth)’, a solo exhibition utilising charred plant fragments for Silver Leaf Art Box.

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Macbeth, Meow Meow and Poona

Bruce Beresford, legendary screen director, talks about directing Melbourne Opera’s production of ‘Macbeth’ which will be broadcast live using VR technology; Internationally acclaimed performer Meow Meow discusses ‘Meow Meow’s Pandemonium’, her latest collaboration…

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Drawn Out, She-oak and Sunlight, Considerable Sexual Licence and Voyage

Richard Watts is joined by comic book lover Bernard Caleo for this month’s Drawn Out segment, discussing Declan Shelvey’s Bog Bodies and Savage Town, two Irish graphic novels transforming the crime fiction…

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Notions of Care and more Midsumma picks

Richard Watts is joined by Tai Snaith for their regular ‘Art Attack’ segment, discussing in depth Bus Projects’ ‘Notions of Care’, a multidisciplinary visual arts exhibition located in the newly completed Collingwood Yards…

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Negative Capability, Fangirls and Berlin

This week Richard Watts is joined by co-curators Amy Forbes and Caitlin Mullaly of Veils of Cirrus introduce ‘Negative Capability’, an immersive, tactile exploration based on John Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale.

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The Will to Be, Shawn the Sheep’s Circus Show and Mayflies and Stars

This week on SmartArts, Theatre-maker Mark Salvestro joins Richard to discuss ‘The Will to Be’, an award-winning solo show running at La Mama as part of Midsumma 2021. The piece blends Shakespearean language…

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The Surrealists’ Exhibition, Midsumma and Dumtectives

Musicians and visual artists Kim Salmon and Stu Thomas talk about their first-ever joint surrealist exhibition at the One Star Gallery; Karen Bryant, CEO of Midsumma, talks about this year’s program of events…

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Yirramboi, Terra Data and RISING

Boonwurrung and Wemba Wemba woman and Creative Director of Yirramboi Festival Caroline Martin discusses the festival’s 2021 program; Ukrainian-Australian Artist Stanislava Pinchuk talks about 'Terra Data', a museum survey of over 5 years…

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Pét Nat, Because the Night and School for UnTourists

Comedian and Triple R ‘Breakfasters’ regular Nat Harris joins Richard Watts to talk about her new show with co-creator Hannah Camilleri, ‘Pét-Nat + Han ah Chocolat’, playing as part of the Melbourne International…

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Bodylex, Take Back and MTC's Act 2

Resident comic book artist Bernard Caleo returns to the studio for the first time since lockdown with this month’s Drawn Out, discussing Zach Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ cut, Taiyo Matsumoto’s ‘Ping Pong’ as well…

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No Friend but the Mountains, MICF, A Name for Herself and Collingwood Yards

Composer Luke Styles, Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani and translator and collaborator Omid Tofighian join Richard ahead of ‘No Friend but the Mountains: A Symphonic Song Cycle’ premiering at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl…

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Looking Glass, Flesh After Fifty and French Impressionism

Tai Snaith returns to the studio for the fortnightly visual arts segment Art Attack, chatting about her artistic process whilst working from home, and reviewing Judy Watson and Yhonnie Scarce’s ‘Looking Glass’…

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MIRKA, Sangam and The Cursed Child

William Mora, son of Melbourne cultural icon Mirka Mora joins Richard to discuss ‘MIRKA’ - the most expansive exhibition of her work to date, which will be on for an exceptional nine months…

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Jack and Millie, Jim and Barb and Russell and Mab

Writer and Actor Elaine Beek joins Richard ahead of the premiere of ‘Jack and Millie’, Essence Productions’ latest piece at the Saltwater Community Centre. Based on her personal experience of navigating a cancer…

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Ten Days on the Island, Gung and Grand Gesture

Lindy Hume, Artistic Director of Ten Days on the Island presents the festival’s 2021 program of pan-Tasmanian arts and culture. Taking place over three weekends, the festival connects regional communities and celebrates the…

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The year ahead: 2020 Bowness Prize, Women’s Circus commission and Light Source

Dr Christian Thompson AO, a Bidjara man of the Kunja Nation and winner of the 2020 Bowness Photography Prize joins Richard to discuss his piece ‘Rule of Three’. This compelling four panel print…

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Come From Away, Burn This and Castlemaine State Festival

Daniel Goldstein, Associate Director of Tony award winning musical ‘Come From Away’ chats about the show’s return to the Comedy Theatre post-lockdown. This life-affirming true story centres on the days following the September…

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SmartArts returns for 2021 – and so too does art!

Creator and Performer Michelle Myers talks about her solo show ‘And Then She Became a Chair’, playing at Theatre Works in St Kilda. Developed during her four years in Berlin, Myers describes the…