12 March 2005
Saturday 12 March 2005 21:45-22:30 (Radio 3)
Ian McMillan presents the literature and performance programme, with new work from cult Israeli writer Etgar Keret, and a commissioned drama about intrusive documentary-making from playwright Steve Waters.
The programme this week includes a new four-part play by STEVE WATERS, 'The Family Project'. Husband and wife Paul and Sue and their daughter Martha have agreed to be the subjects of a documentary study conducted by Maeve, a film maker and researcher. They think they are prepared for an intrusive experience, but they have no idea how far Maeve will go...
As the experience of being watched rapidly and entirely transforms the lives of its subjects, Steve Waters' witty and provocative play questions a society's obsession with the idea of capturing 'reality' on film and audio tape.
Steve's plays include 'English Journeys', 'World Music' and 'Habitats'.
Ian McMillan proudly presents new work from one of the most popular writers among Israeli youth: ETGAR KERET. In a society in which young conscripts are both responsible for and victims of conflict and violent death, Etgar Keret's voice has struck a resounding chord. He writes very short stories which paint oblique, occasional absurd, often funny and sometimes tragic pictures of life in modern Israel. Etgar reads two new stories on the programme, and his latest collection "The Nimrod Flip Out" is published by Chatto and Windus.
Also this week, new Radio 3 writer in residence for the Africa 05 season and Verb alumnus ROMMI SMITH gives us a taste of her performance poetry, and, in the midst of the unofficial run-up to the next General Election, philosopher JAMIE WHYTE close-reads some current political pronouncements: a voter's guide to what politicians (might) mean by what they (don't) say.
Rommi Smith will be appearing on the network throughout the year, and "A Load of Blair" by Jamie Whyte is published by Corvo.