Yinka Shonibare, Water Babies, Akhil Sharma, women film directors

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The artist Yinka Shonibare MBE talks to Kirsty Lang about his latest work The British Library, a study of immigration in Britain, currently showing at the Brighton Festival. US Novelist Akhil Sharma's new novel Family Life is based on his own family history and the tragedy of his brother's death, so why a novel rather than a memoir? A new report released this morning highlights a significant lack of female film directors on the big and small screen. Drama director Beryl Richards reflects on the findings. And as a new musical version of The Water Babies opens this week at Curve Theatre in Leicester, which features a waterfall, video projections of the performers singing under water and a hologram of Richard E Grant, the director, video designer and one of the actors discuss the mixture of musical theatre and special effects.

Producer Jerome Weatherald
Image: The British Library by Yinka Shonibare MBE.

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Yinka Shonibare

Yinka Shonibare

The British Library by Yinka Shonibare is on display at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery until Sunday 25 May 2014, commissioned as part of the House Festival 2014 and Brighton Festival 2014.


Photo credit: Marcus Leith

Water Babies

Water Babies

Water Babies: A New Musical Adventure is on at the Curve Theatre, Leicester until Saturday 17 May 2014.


Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Akhil Sharma

Akhil Sharma
Family Life written by Akhil Sharma is published by Faber & Faber.


Role Contributor
PresenterKirsty Lang
Interviewed GuestYinka Shonibare
Interviewed GuestAkhil Sharma
Interviewed GuestBeryl Richards
ProducerJerome Weatherald

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