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Martin Creed, Feminism in Theatre, Pete Seeger

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First broadcast:
Tuesday 28 January 2014

American novelist Jonathan Lethem discusses the singer Pete Seeger, whose death has been announced today. Lethem remembers being taken to a Seeger concert as a child and his latest novel Dissident Gardens features a character who is a protest singer.

Martin Creed's artworks have included a room full of balloons and a room containing only a light switch. Matthew Sweet considers how Creed questions what are the limits to art, talking to Creed himself, art critic Charlotte Mullins and comedian Waen Shepherd.

And, as their latest plays open on the London stage, Free Thinking brings together the director and writer Carrie Cracknell and the writer Abi Morgan to consider feminism in theatre. Between January 16th and February 22nd Blurred Lines - created by Carrie Cracknell and Nick Payne is on at the Shed at the National Theatre and The Mistress Contract is at the Royal Court from January 30th until March 22nd.

Producer: Robyn Read.


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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Tribute to Pete Seeger

    Novelist Jonathan Lethem discusses Pete Seeger, whose death has been announced today.

  • Martin Creed

    Art critic Charlotte Mullins and comedian Waen Shepherd consider Martin Creed's art.

  • Feminism in Theatre

    Carrie Cracknell and Abi Morgan discuss the role of feminism in theatre.

  • Martin Creed

    Martin Creed: What's the point of it? is at the Hayward Gallery, London from

    Wednesday 29 January 2014 - Sunday 27 April 2014.


  • Feminism in Theatre

    Carrie Cracknell

    The Mistress Contract written by Abi Morgan is at the Royal Court Theatre, London from Thursday 30 January 2014 to Saturday 22 March 2014. And you can hear Abi Morgan in discussion with Nick Payne on writing feminist plays also at the Royal Court Theatre.



    Blurred Lines directed by Carrie Cracknell is on the Shed, National Theatre, London unitl Saturday 22 February.


    For further dicussion on feminism you can listen to a previous episode from December 2013.


    Image: Carrie Cracknell. Credit:  Bill Knight

  • Blurred Lines

    Blurred Lines

    Image shows the cast of the play including: Susannah Wise, Ruth Sheen, Bryony Hannah, Marion Bailey, Michaela Coel, Lorna Brown, Claire Skinner, Sinead Matthews


    Photo Credit: Simon Kane

  • Mistress Contract

    The Mistress Contract, Royal Court Theatre
    Image: Mistress Contract, Royal Court Theatre. Credit:  Richard Sandler
  • Jonathan Lethem

    Jonathan Lethem's Dissident Gardens is published now and can be heard as Radio 4's Book at Bedtime.


Matthew Sweet
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Jonathan Lethem
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Martin Creed
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Charlotte Mullins
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Waen Shepherd
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Carrie Cracknell
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Abi Morgan
Robyn Read


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