50th Anniversary of Hair the Musical

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Hair the musical is 50 years old this year. With very little plot, nudity, plenty of four-letter words, explicit sexual content, rituals, drugs, lyrics that didn't rhyme, music that didn't follow the rules, and the sound of genuine rock and roll on a stage for the first time, the musical shocked and changed the world of theatre. The launch for many careers, actor Patti Boulaye was just 16 when she accidently found herself on a West End stage performing in Hair. Actor and author of The Real Rock Follies, Annabel Leventon played Sheila in the original cast on the London stage. Laura Johnson is currently playing the same role. The three of them join Jenni to discuss the impact of Hair and how relevant it remains for today's audiences.

Cornwall and Devon- places of heaving beaches, ice creams, body-boarding, tea-shops and fishing. Hannah Stacey from BBC Cornwall spoke to some of the women, and it seems there aren't many of them, who work hands on in fishing. She met 80 year old salmon netter from Braunton in North Devon, Sheila Taylor. Sheila has netted fish on the River Taw with her husband Stephen for the past 35 years... it can be a risky business ..

Award winning poet Claudia Rankine's is Jenni's guest on Friday. Using a combination of poetry, essay, photography and visual art her book Citizen An American Lyric became an instant classic and examined the experience of race and racism in Western society including the language used to describe tennis star Serena Williams and the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida. Now she's in the UK for an international festival of poetry.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Kirsty Starkey.

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Fri 13 Oct 2017 10:00


Role Contributor
PresenterJenni Murray
Interviewed GuestJoan Smith
Interviewed GuestRebecca Hitchin
Interviewed GuestAnnabel Leventon
Interviewed GuestPatti Boulaye
Interviewed GuestLaura Johnson
Interviewed GuestClaudia De Sabe
Interviewed GuestWendy Pham
Interviewed GuestSheila Taylor
Interviewed GuestHannah Stacey
Interviewed GuestClaudia Rankine
ProducerKirsty Starkey

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