Wadjda, Philipp Meyer, Alison Balsom, Paul Franklin

With John Wilson.

Wadjda is the first film from Saudi Arabia to be directed by a woman, Haifaa Al Mansour. It's the story of an 11-year-old girl who enters a Koran recitation competition in order to buy a bike with the winnings, even though women are discouraged from cycling and are banned from driving cars. Critic Shahidha Bari delivers her verdict.

American writer Philipp Meyer's ambitious new novel, The Son, maps the legacy of violence in the western United States. When a young man is taken captive by the Comanches, he learns to adapt to their way of life before their tribe is destroyed by disease, starvation and an overwhelming number of armed, white settlers. Philipp Meyer discusses the breadth of scope - and the five years it took to research and write - of his epic 560-page novel.

Starring trumpet soloist Alison Balsom, Gabriel opens at Shakespeare's Globe this evening. The play, set during the Glorious Revolution, showcases the music of Purcell through a combination of drama, instrumentals and songs. John talks to Balsom, as well as the play's director Dominic Dromgoole, about the project.

Producer Karla Sweet.

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Fri 19 Jul 2013 19:15


Wadjda is released in key cities on 19 July 2013.

The Son

The Son by Philipp Meyer is available now and published by Simon & Schuster.


Gabriel by Samuel Adamson continues in Shakespeare's Globe Theatre until 18 August 2013.


Role Contributor
PresenterJohn Wilson
Interviewed GuestPhilipp Meyer
Interviewed GuestAlison Balsom
Interviewed GuestDominic Dromgoole
Interviewed GuestPaul Franklin
ProducerKarla Sweet
EditorJohn Goudie

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