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Daniel Evans, artistic director of Sheffield Crucible

1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 10 February 2012

Claudia meets Daniel Evans, artistic director of the Sheffield Crucible. Daniel tells us about the Crucible Theatre's 40th birthday celebrations which started last September and run until the end of the Spring, as well as the productions which form part of this: a major revival of William Congreve's rarely performed masterpiece, The Way of the World, and a season of work dedicated to the multi-award-winning playwright Michael Frayn.

Actress Sophie Thompson discusses her role as Mrs Hardcastle in Oliver Goldsmith's comedy of manners She Stoops To Conquer, a play about secret love and the class divide in Georgian England which is at the National Theatre.

Nigerian poet Inua Ellams joins Claudia to talk about his second solo tour and return to the National Theatre with "Black T-shirt Collection", an epic spoken word performance about two brothers who start a t-shirt business in Nigeria that goes global. He also performs two of his own poems.

The 'Tour Guide's Guide To Art' this week comes from Hawkshead in the Lake District, with Claudia chatting to John Moffat, the General Manager of The Beatrix Potter Gallery. Contained within a lovingly preserved 19th century building, the gallery has the largest collection of Beatrix Potter's published work anywhere in the world, including most of the original watercolour illustrations and manuscripts from the'Peter Rabbit'series of books.

Plus we preview this Sunday's British Academy Film Awards, and critic Baylen Leonard looks ahead to the major arts events of 2012.

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    Hosted by Stephen Fry, the BAFTA 2012 ceremony is at London’s Royal Opera House on February 12th.


    Best Film
    The Artist
    The Descendants
    The Help
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Outstanding British Film
    My Week with Marilyn
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    We Need to Talk About Kevin

    Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
    Attack the Block – Joe Cornish
    Black Pond – Will Sharpe (Director/Writer), Tom Kingsley (Director), Sarah Brocklehurst (Producer)
    Coriolanus – Ralph Fiennes (Director)
    Submarine – Richard Ayoade (Director/Writer)
    Tyrannosaur – Paddy Considine (Director), Diarmid Scrimshaw (Producer)

    Film Not In English
    A Separation
    The Skin I Live In

    George Harrison: Living In the Material World
    Project Nim

    Animated Film
    The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
    Arthur Christmas

    The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius
    Drive – Nicolas Winding Refn
    Hugo – Martin Scorsese
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Tomas Alfredson
    We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lynne Ramsay
    Original Screenplay
    The Artist
    The Guard
    The Iron Lady
    Midnight in Paris

    Adapted Screenplay
    The Descendants
    The Help
    The Ides of March
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Leading Actor
    Brad Pitt – Moneyball
    Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    George Clooney – The Descendants
    Jean Dujardin – The Artist
    Michael Fassbender – Shame

    Leading Actress
    Bérénice Bejo – The Artist
    Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
    Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn
    Tilda Swinton – We Need to Talk About Kevin
    Viola Davis – The Help

    Supporting Actor
    Christopher Plummer – Beginners
    Jim Broadbent – The Iron Lady
    Jonah Hill – Moneyball
    Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn
    Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Ides of March

    Supporting Actress
    Carey Mulligan – Drive
    Jessica Chastain – The Help
    Judi Dench – My Week with Marilyn
    Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids
    Octavia Spencer – The Help

    Original Music
    The Artist
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    War Horse

    The Artist
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    War Horse

    The Artist
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Production Design
    The Artist
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    War Horse

    Costume Design
    The Artist
    Jane Eyre
    My Week with Marilyn
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Make Up & Hair
    The Artist
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
    The Iron Lady
    My Week with Marilyn

    The Artist
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    War Horse

    Special Visual Effects
    The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    War Horse

    Short Animation
    Bobby Yeah
    A Morning Stroll

    Short Film
    Mwansa the Great
    Only Sound Remains
    Pitch Black Heist
    Two and Two

    Rising Star Award (public vote)
    Adam Deacon
    Chris Hemsworth
    Chris O’Dowd
    Eddie Redmayne
    Tom Hiddleston

    BAFTA - Official Website

    Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad and West Side Story. Part of the World Shakespeare festival.

    Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad: reset in contemporary Iraq, where sectarian strife between Sunni and Shia ignited and fuelled from the outside has left the population exhausted by a cycle of violence and revenge. This is an Iraqi Theatre Production in Arabic with English subtitles.

    West Side Story: A full-scale production of Bernstein’s West Side Story with new choreography and features the Northern Sinfonia Orchestra of The Sage Gateshead, conducted by renowned conductor and musical director John Wilson.

    World Shakespeare Festival - Official Website
  • The Titanic Belfast Festival

    These events will mark the opening of the multi million pound Titanic Belfast attraction and commemoration services on the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking. There's a range of plays, tours, talks, films and major musical events all positioning Belfast as the 'home' of Titanic. In total there are around 120 events for everyone to enjoy.

    The Titanic Belfast Festival - Official Website
  • The Hofesh Shechter Dance Tour

    One of the most exciting choreographers currently producing new work in the world today takes
    2 of his most startling works on a tour of the UK after returning from South Korea and Taiwan.

    Hofesh Schecter - Official Website
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ 9th Symphony - The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

    Witness a landmark in the history of British music, as Master of the Queen’s Music Sir Peter Maxwell Davies reaches his own Ninth Symphony. Dedicated to the Queen as a Diamond Jubilee tribute, and commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, The symphony will be
    inspired by the events of her long reign.

    The Royal Philharmonic - Official Website
  • The Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art

    Packed with events, talks and tours as well as major world class exhibitions, some by artists
    living in the city and others by leading international figures. The GI Festival offers a unique
    moment in the British cultural calendar and presents Glasgow’s art scene at its liveliest and
    best, it also includes significant commissions of new work.

    The Glasgow International Festival - Official Website
  • The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

    A gathering of fans and choirs sing aboard the historic ship The Matthew and at the Trelissick Garden. The Falmouth Sea Shanty festival is the largest free festival of maritime music on the planet.

    The Falmouth Shout - Official Website
  • Actress, Sophie Thompson - 10/02/12

    Actress, Sophie Thompson - 10/02/12

  • Nigerian poet, Inua Ellams - 10/02/12

    Nigerian poet, Inua Ellams - 10/02/12


    Dear Tina,

    The day I discovered how she survived the civil war,
    how she saw her friends pass like minutes into oblivion,
    how she screamed through drop zones and Morse codes
    into jungle, dodging bullets, hiding and crying into rain,

    The day I discovered my grandfather heard her wailing,
    felt something enough to move him after her, in darkness,
    through rain, how her eyes, found in the flickering bounce
    of hurricane lamps, showed a place so pure, he sailed her

    Away to the embrace of Paris, the kiss of Rome, the world
    with its wide welcoming dome. The day I discovered this,
    why she called him hero, she died. Peacefully, 90 years old.
    He followed an hour after, again into darkness.

    All those years, he never let go. That day, I realised we live
    in different worlds; friends pass too fast for minutes, wars
    come after X Factor, turtle dove romances exist in the past.

    But I will send one sentence to you. One text message
    screaming through wifi zones, digital codes, dodging
    ones and zeros, like bullets and anti-heroes, promising

    If ever you’re lost in this urban jungle,
    i'll find and bring you in from the rain.

    Portrait of Prometheus: As a basketball player

    His layup starts from mountains
    not with landslide, rumble or some gorgon clash of titans, but as shadow-fall across stream
    some thief in the night black Christ
    type stealth.
    In the nights before this,
    his name, whispered in small circles, muttered by demigods and goddesses, spread rebellious,
    rough on the tongues of whores and queens,pillows pressed between thighs, moaning.
    Men will call him father, son or king of the court. His stride will ripple oceans,feet whip crack quick, his back will scar, hunched over, a silent storm about him.
    Both hands blurred, scorched, bleeding;you see nothing but sparks splash off his palms, hear nothing but breeze beneath his shuck ‘n’ jive towards the basket carved of darkness, net of soil and stars.
    Fearing nothing of passing from legend to myth, he fakes left, crossover, dribbles down
    the line, soars an eagle chained
    to hang time.

  • Kraftwerk: Radio-Activity

    To commemorate thirty years since Kraftwerk's 'The Model' went to number one in the UK chart, BBC 6 Music pays tribute to this influential, but secretive German group.

    6 Music's Kraftwerk Day


    Manager John Moffat tells us about his favourite exhibit at the Beatrix Potter Gallery.

    “The original artwork by Beatrix Potter from her ‘little white books’ is absolutely wonderful and is the main draw for our visitors. The exhibition, artwork and other memorabilia changes every year – but I’ve picked something a little different. This simple cupboard door has signatures from the clerks and other staff who worked here when it was the solicitor’s office, dating back for decades, a reminder of a life that existed before the current use. Fascinating to read and wonder about them.”

    Find out more about Beatrix Potter Gallery


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