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Representing cities - in politics and plays

Anne McElvoy looks at the benefits and challenges of cities pooling resources. Plus, Michael Wynne and Rachel De-lahay discuss their latest plays.

Anne McElvoy discusses the benefits and challenges of neighbouring cities pooling resources in the global phenomenom of city-regions. Economist Jim O'Neill, chair of the City Growth Commission, Alexandra Jones, Chief Executive of the Centre for Cities, and Dr John Harrison, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Loughborough University debate the issues for UK cities forming partnerships and ask whether it helps balance a London-centric economic recovery, or if historical rivalry and local pride could prove too big a hurdle for effective co-operation.

As two plays with strong regional overtones open tomorrow, the playwrights Michael Wynne and Rachel Delahay talk about how their city roots have shaped their writing.
Michael Wynne's Hope Place runs at the Liverpool Everyman until May 31st
Rachel Delahay's Circles runs at the Birmingham Rep until May 24th

And we continue our series in which previous New Generation Thinkers who've worked with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and BBC Radio 3 talk about their latest research and projects.
Matthew Smith, from the University of Strathclyde, and Charlotte Blease, from University College Dublin, have been working on philosophy and psychiatric diagnosis, depression and ADHD.

Presenter: Anne McElvoy
Producer: Georgia Catt.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • Should UK cities form partnerships?

    Jim O'Neill, Alexandra Jones and John Harrison discuss city regionalism

    Duration: 15:07

  • Representing Liverpool and Birmingham in plays

    Michael Wynne and Rachel Delahay on how their city roots have shaped their writing.

    Duration: 16:19

  • Philosophy and Psychiatric Diagnosis, Depression and ADHD

    New Generation Thinkers Matthew Smith and Charlotte Blease discuss.

    Duration: 12:19

Circles

Circles

Rachel Delahay's Circles runs at the Birmingham Rep until 24 May 2014

Hope Place

Hope Place

Michael Wynne's Hope Place runs at the Liverpool Everyman until 31 May 2014

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest Jim O'Neill
Interviewed Guest Alexandra Jones
Interviewed Guest John Harrison
Interviewed Guest Michael Wynne
Interviewed Guest Rachel De-lahay
Interviewed Guest Matthew Smith
Interviewed Guest Charlotte Blease
Producer Georgia Catt

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