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Margaret Atwood's Dystopian Future

Tom Sutcliffe talks to novelist Margaret Atwood, theatre director Vicky Featherstone and philosopher AC Grayling.

As Start the Week returns to Radio 4, Tom Sutcliffe talks to Margaret Atwood about her vision of the future. In the last of a trilogy of dystopian novels, Atwood charts the fortunes of a group of survivors after a man-made plague has devastated the world. There's more man-made corruption and savagery in Vicky Featherstone's first production as the new Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre: The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas is a dark morality tale. But the philosopher A C Grayling goes back to the Greeks to explore the best of humanity - friendship.

Producer: Katy Hickman.

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43 minutes

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is an author.


Maddaddam is published by Bloomsbury.


Margaret Atwood

A C Grayling

A C Grayling is a philosopher and Master of the New College of the Humanities.


Friendship is published by Yale University Press.


A C Grayling

Vicky Featherstone

Vicky Featherstone is the Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre.


The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas is on at the Royal Court in London until 19 October.


Vicky Featherstone


Role Contributor
Presenter Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest Margaret Atwood
Interviewed Guest Vicky Featherstone
Interviewed Guest AC Grayling
Producer Katy Hickman