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Front Row - Enquirer - a play about UK Newspaper journalists

Kirsty Lang reviews Toni Morrison's new novel, discusses a theatrical investigation of journalism, and talks to Tracie Bennett playing Judy Garland on Broadway.

Enquirer is a new rapid-response, verbatim work mounted by the National Theatre of Scotland investigating the current crisis in UK newspaper journalism. Performed promenade style in a Glasgow office block, it is based on over 50 interviews with journalists. Directors John Tiffany and Vicki Featherstone explain how they came up with the idea and what they hope the project will achieve.

Toni Morrison's new novel, Home, tells the story of a self-loathing African-American veteran of the Korean war who returns home to a racist America. Suffering serious trauma, he sets out to rescue his beloved sister, who is dying as a result of medical abuse, and take her back to the small Georgia town they grew up in. Professor Diane Roberts reviews.

Picasso's Vollard Suite is on show at the British Museum - a series of 100 etchings named after the avant-garde Paris art dealer who commissioned them. They show Picasso's interest in sculptural forms in the 1930s, and include images of passionate sexual imagery and bullfighting - which became central to his later work. Andrew Graham-Dixon reviews.

Tracie Bennett won the Best Actress Olivier Award last year for her performance as Judy Garland in End Of The Rainbow. The production recently transferred to the US, with Tracie as the only British member of the cast. After a run in Judy's home state, Minnesota, the show has now opened in Broadway - and Tracie talks to Kirsty Lang about her "coals to Newcastle" experience.

Producer: Nicki Paxman.

  • Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 7:15PM Fri, 27 Apr 2012
  • Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
  • First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 7:15PM Fri, 27 Apr 2012
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  • Duration 30 minutes

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