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The Strand - Thursday 12th August 2010

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Thursday 12 August 2010

The best of the world's arts, film, literature and music brought to you every day. Presented by Harriett Gilbert.

In today's programme: the Irish writer Emma Donoghue talks about her new book Room, we hear from director Javier Fuentes-Leon about his new film Undertow, we take a tour of Old Delhi City and Lemi Ponifasio, the Samoan dance choreographer and his company, make their Edinburgh Festival debut.


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    What does a human being need to grow up whole? Or stay sane? In her new novel Room, Emma Donoghue takes us into the tiny space that has been Ma's world for seven long years and the only world her five year old son has ever known.

  • Undertow


    Harriet speaks to the director of Undertow, Javier Fuentes-Leon, whose delicate drama tells the story of a Peruvian villager's struggle to keep his gay love affair hidden from his wife and the wider community.



    In one of the most culturally rich neighbourhoods in the world the mostly poor inhabitants of Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti in Delhi, India grow up ignorant of the 700 years of history around them. But now a new programme is teaching its some of its students how to become tour guides - with the hope of bringing tourists and riches to their door. Sunita Thakur reports for The Strand.



    Photo shows Birds with Skymirrors, Edinburgh International Festival 2010 - Photo: Klaus Lefebvre

    The Samoan dance choreographer and his company MAU make their Edinburgh Festival debut this weekend. The artist argues that theatre audiences like democratic electorates must learn to be active rather than passive. Plus, why birds covered in old video cassette tape provided a moment of ecstasy, horror and inspiration.

    You can see a photo gallery of the dance company at the top of this page.

    Below is a link where you can find out more details about MAU.

    eif.co.uk - MAU


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