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Hofesh Shechter at the Brighton Festival; Michael Jackson's Xscape; South African theatre; Advanced Style

A report from the Brighton Festival where Hofesh Shechter is guest artistic director, Michael Jackson's posthumous album Xscape, South African plays and a review of Advanced Style.

Acclaimed choreographer Hofesh Shechter talks to Kirsty Lang in his role as Guest Artistic Director for this year's Brighton Festival, and for her report she also visits a disused beer depot which is staging a production of Sir Harrison Birtwistle's chamber opera Down by the Greenwood Side. Also tonight, a review of Michael Jackson's second posthumous album Xscape; 20 years after Nelson Mandela's inauguration, young South African playwrights Amy Jeptha and Napo Masheane respond to the change their country has witnessed; and blog-turned-film documentary Advanced Style follows the sartorially elegant older women of New York.

Producer: Ellie Bury
Presenter: Kirsty Lang.

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30 minutes


  • Brighton Festival 2014

    Kirsty Lang reports from festival locations across Brighton

    Duration: 10:21

  • Michael Jackson - Xscape

    A review of Michael Jackson's latest posthumous album release

    Duration: 04:19

  • South African Playwrights

    Amy Jeptha and Napo Masheane on setting plays both during Apartheid and 20 years later

    Duration: 09:24

  • Advanced Style

    New York documentary following the lives of seven unique fashionistas aged from 62 to 95

    Duration: 04:26

Brighton Festival 2014

Brighton Festival 2014

An all-encompassing celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film and literature,  the Brighton Festival 2014 is now on and runs until the 25th May.  This year the festival is guest directed by Hofesh Shechter.

South African Playwrights

South African Playwrights

New plays from South Africa after 20 years of democracy: Six plays and associated events of poetry, readings, discussions and music at the Royal Court Theatre from 12th – 17th May.

Advanced Style

Advanced Style
Blog-turned-film documentary Advanced Style follows the sartorially elegant older women of New York. Opens 9th May across the UK.

Michael Jackson Xscape

Michael Jackson Xscape

Xscape is the second posthumous compilation album of previously unreleased tracks by Michael Jackson. It will be released on May 13, 2014 by Epic Records.


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest Hofesh Shechter
Interviewed Guest Susannah Waters
Interviewed Guest Christopher Stark
Interviewed Guest Andrew Comben
Interviewed Guest Julia Crouch
Interviewed Guest Emlyn Rees
Interviewed Guest Rosie Swash
Interviewed Guest Viv Groskop
Interviewed Guest Amy Jeptha
Interviewed Guest Napo Masheane
Producer Ellie Bury


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