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South Pacific Review, Author Miroslav Penkov

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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 25 August 2011

The award-winning Broadway production of South Pacific, now starring former EastEnder Samantha Womack, has just had its British debut. Until its recent American revival this Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, famous for songs such as I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair, hadn't been staged on Broadway since its original 1949 run. Critic David Benedict offers his verdict.

Three forthcoming films aim to capture the rock 'n' roll experiences of clubland, festivals and being in a band just about to hit the big time. The familiar settings of Ibiza, warehouse raves and muddy fields are accompanied by loud soundtracks. But can such works ever be authentic? Adil Ray gives his assessment.

Miroslav Penkov, an expatriate Bulgarian writer now resident in Texas, explains why in his new collection of short stories, East of the West, he hopes to tell the world about the rich history of his mother country and paint a picture of Bulgarians away from the clichés involving car thieves and prostitutes.

And Kirsty Lang reports on an independent bookshop in Bath which is finding new ways to engage readers in author events, including the creation of The Bookshop Band. The shop's owner Nic Bottomley got together with local musicians to create original music inspired by books.

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

Chapters

4 items
  • South Pacific

    • South Pacific

      David Benedict reviews a revival of South Pacific at the Barbican Theatre

  • Miroslav Penkov

    • Miroslav Penkov

      Kirsty Lang talks to the Bulgarian writer, Mirosla Penkov about his new book

  • Rock & Roll Films

    • Rock & Roll Films

      Ray Adil review two films set in music festivals, Powder and You Instead

  • Book Shop Band

    • Book Shop Band

      An independent bookshop in Bath has found a novel way of engaging readers

  • South Pacific

    South Pacific is at the Barbican Theatre in London until 1 October and then tours to Milton Keynes, Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol, Oxford, Southampton, Birmingham, Liverpool and Stoke

    South Pacific
  • Music Films

    Power opens in selected cinemas on Friday, certificate 15
    You Instead opens on 16 September
    Weekender opens in selected cinemas on 2 September, certificate 15

  • East of the West

    East of the West by Miroslav Penkov is out now in hardback, published by Spectre

  • The Bookshop Band

    The Bookshop Band

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