Peter Blake; Gaslight; Sarah Ruhl; Leviathan

With Kirsty Lang.

The artist Peter Blake's new exhibition Under Milk Wood is the culmination of a 25-year project, in which he's created a series of illustrations, portraits, watercolours, and photographs based on Dylan Thomas's 'play for voices'. Peter Blake looks back over his ambitious project and discusses his fascination for Thomas's celebrated work.

A new film documentary, Leviathan, provides an insight into the harsh world of North Atlantic commercial fishing. With no narration, little dialogue, and long lingering shots of life aboard a fishing vessel, the film has divided audiences. Documentary film maker Molly Dineen gives her response.

Iain Sinclair and Professor Jeffrey Richards tell the story of the chequered history of Gaslight, Thorold Dickinson's adaptation of Patrick Hamilton's play, which was suppressed by a Hollywood studio when it bought up the rights. Legend has it that the film only survives now because the director smuggled out a copy under the cloak of darkness.

Sarah Ruhl's play In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) was nominated for three Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize after its initial Broadway run in 2009. Opening tonight at the St James Theatre in London, the play shows how 19th Century medicine used the female orgasm as a cure for hysteria, and how the invention of electricity transformed the treatment. Sarah Ruhl discusses the inspiration for the play and reflects on why it has been a hit in some surprising locations.

Producer: Stephen Hughes.

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Peter Blake

Peter Blake

Peter Blake's exhibition 'Llareggub' is on Nov 23 2013–Mar 16 2014 at the National Museum Cardiff. More details here


A new film documentary, Leviathan, provides an insight into the harsh world of North Atlantic commercial fishing. It is out in selected UK cinemas this weekend.

In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)

Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room or (The Vibrator Play) is currently running at the St James Theatre London, starring Natalie Casey. Directed by Laurence Boswell, it runs until 4 January 2014. Book tickets here



'Secret' surviving print of Gaslight was released on DVD via BFI on the 18th November.


Role Contributor
PresenterKirsty Young
Interviewed GuestPeter Blake
Interviewed GuestMolly Dineen
Interviewed GuestIain Sinclair
Interviewed GuestJeff Richards
Interviewed GuestSarah Ruhl
ProducerStephen Hughes

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