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Thomas Ostermeier, Joseph O'Neill, Ali Smith

With Anne McElvoy. Writers Ali Smith and Joseph O'Neill discuss depicting Renaissance art and Dubai, and Thomas Ostermeier talks about directing Ibsen's An Enemy of the People.

As the Schaubühne Berlin's production of Henrik Ibsen's 'An Enemy of the People' opens at The Barbican, Anne McElvoy speaks to the play's director Thomas Ostermeier about shaking up classical adaptations and the status of whistle-blowers past and present.

American novelist Joseph O'Neill discusses his new book 'The Dog', which depicts life in Dubai and, continuing the series meeting this year's shortlisted authors for the Man Booker Prize, Ali Smith explains the connected stories which comprise her novel 'How to Be Both'. One section considers the viewpoint and paintings of the Italian renaissance artist Francesco Del Cossa - the other depicts a teenage girl coming to terms with her art-loving mother's death - and the book, published in two versions, is designed to be read in whichever order the reader chooses.

Image above: Christoph Gawenda in An Enemy of the People
Photo credit: Arno Declair.

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Chapters

  • Ali Smith

    Ali Smith explains the connected stories which comprise her novel 'How to Be Both'

    Duration: 17:01

  • Thomas Ostermeier

    Thomas Ostermeier talks about shaking up classical adaptations in his play on in the UK

    Duration: 14:52

  • Joseph O’Neill

    American novelist Joseph O'Neill discusses his new book 'The Dog'

    Duration: 11:40

Thomas Ostermeier

Thomas Ostermeier

Schaubühne Berlin’s An Enemy of the People directed by Thomas Ostermeier is on at the Barbican, London until Sunday 28 September 2014.

 

Photo credit: Paolo Pellegrin

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest Thomas Ostermeier
Interviewed Guest Joseph O'Neill
Interviewed Guest Ali Smith
Producer Georgia Catt
Editor Robyn Read

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