Gloriana, Porn, Lowry, New Generation Thinker Sarah Peverley
Philip Dodd and Susan Hitch review the new production of Benjamin Britten's Gloriana at the ROH. First staged as part of the present Queen's coronation celebrations in 1953 Richard Jones directs, Paul Daniel conducts, Susan Bullock is Elizabeth I and Toby Spence her Essex.
As a new academic journal of Porn Studies is announced Philip discusses whether being morally neutral about pornography is possible or desirable with the activist and writer Julie Bindel, one of the journal's editors Feona Attwood and the writer Geoff Dyer who says he came to porn at 35 and had a glimpse of paradise.
Sarah Peverley of Liverpool University is one of this year's New Generation Thinkers. In her first outing on Night Waves she considers the figure of King Arthur.
This week a major exhibition of Lowry's urban landscapes opens at Tate Britain. It is the first exhibition to be held by a public institution in London since the artist's death in 1976. Curator T.J.Clark talks to Philip Dodd about how Lowry's growing stature in the British art world coincided with the disappearance of the industrialised land he depicted and how without his pictures Britain would lack an account in paint of the experiences of the 20th century working class.
Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life exhibition is on at the Tate Britain 26th June – 20th October.
Image - Ancoats Hospital Outpatient's Hall, 1952
L. S. Lowry
Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester