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The History of Pain, Martin Freeman as Richard III, Animal Rights

Presented by Philip Dodd. With a discussion about changing medical attitudes to pain, a review of Richard III starring Freeman and Alasdair Cochrane on animal rights.

Historian Joanna Bourke considers changing medical attitudes to pain. She's joined by Marion Coutts, who has written about her husband's death in The Iceberg, and by the comedian Arthur Smith.

Should we equate animals with humans when talking about rights? New Generation Thinker Alasdair Cochrane argues for a shift in our thinking.

Philip Dodd is joined by political commentator Steve Richards to discuss the new production of Richard III which stars Martin Freeman and is set in the 1970s.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • The History of Pain

    Joanna Bourke, Marion Coutts and Arthur Smith discuss the language of pain.

    Duration: 24:31

  • New Generation Thinker: Alasdair Cochrane

    Alasdair Cochrane on the need to get over our species sectarianism.

    Duration: 05:44

  • Richard III with Martin Freeman

    Steve Richards on the latest merging of Shakespeare and politics.

    Duration: 12:35

Richard III

Richard III

Steve Richards discusses the political production of Richard III starring Martin Freeman.

 

The play continues at London’s Trafalgar Studios until 27 Sept as part of Jamie Lloyd's Trafalgar Transformed Season.

 

 

 Image: Gina McKee plays opposite Martin as the Queen. Credit: Marc Brenner

The History of Pain

The History of Pain

Joanna Bourke’s 'The Story of Pain: From Prayers to Painkillers'  and  Marion Coutt’s 'The Iceberg' are both out now.

 

Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen (volume 2) will be touring this summer.  Read Arthur's Blog.

 

 

 Image: Marion Coutt with her husband Tom Lubbock and child.

 

New Generation Thinkers 2014

New Generation Thinkers 2014

Alasdair Cochrane is a lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Sheffield and one of this year's New Generation Thinkers. He discusses how animal rights and human rights are actually one and the same thing.

 

 

 

Full list of New Generation Thinkers 2014

 

Hear all the columns from this year's New Generation Thinkers

 

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Philip Dodd
Interviewed Guest Joanna Bourke
Interviewed Guest Marion Coutts
Interviewed Guest Arthur Smith
Interviewed Guest Alasdair Cochrane
Interviewed Guest Steve Richards
Producer Jacqueline Smith

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