The Book Thief; Joseph Rykwert; Isy Suttie; Monologues for black actors

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With John Wilson.

Based on the bestselling novel by Markus Zusak, the film of The Book Thief - starring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson - tells the story of a spirited young girl Liesel in World War II Germany. Liesel finds solace from the war by stealing books and sharing them with others. Novelist Meg Rosoff reviews.

Professor Joseph Rykwert is one of the few critics to win the prestigious Royal Gold Medal for architecture for a body of work that includes the ground-breaking book The Idea Of a Town. Written in 1963, it warned of the problems of traffic congestion in cities and the rise of the high-rise building. He tells John if anything has improved over the last 50 years.

The comedian and actress Isy Suttie, from the TV series Peep Show, discusses her new stage role in a 'musical fable' The A-Z of Mrs P, about Phyllis Pearsall, the woman who set out to map an entire city in 1936, resulting in the classic A-Z map of London.

Two books of monologues for black actors have been published to provide young performers with a diverse range of speeches to use at auditions. The monologues are taken from the Black Play Archive and have been compiled by theatre producer Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway. She and actor Jimmy Akingbola explain why these books are needed and discuss whether there is a glass ceiling for black British actors.

Producer : Dymphna Flynn.

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Monologues for Black Actors

Monologues for Black Actors
The Oberon Book of Monologues for Black Actors: Classical and Contemporary Speeches from Black British Plays. Volume One: Monologues for Women and accompanying book Monologues for Men is published by Oberon Books.

The A-Z of Mrs P

The A-Z of Mrs P

Isy Suttie stars in The A-Z of Mrs P on at the Southwark Playhouse, London until Saturday 29 March 2014.


Image: The A-Z of Mrs P - Su Blackwell sculpture

Photo credit: Jane Hobson

The Book Thief

The Book Thief is released in UK cinemas on Wednesday 26 February 2014, certificate 12A.

RIBA: Royal Gold Medal

To learn more about the RIBA Royal Gold Medal visit RIBA's website.


Role Contributor
PresenterJohn Wilson
Interviewed GuestMeg Rosoff
Interviewed GuestJoseph Rykwert
Interviewed GuestIsy Suttie
Interviewed GuestSimeilia Hodge-Dallaway
Interviewed GuestJimmy Akingbola
ProducerDymphna Flynn

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