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Willy Russell switches on the Front Row neon artwork, Kon-Tiki review, Dementia-friendly theatre

Arts news, interviews and reviews. Willy Russell switches on the Front Row neon artwork. Plus a review of Kon-Tiki, and dementia-friendly theatre in Yorkshire.

Forty years after his breakthrough play - John, Paul, George, Ringo...and Bert, the celebrated playwright, musician, and novelist Willy Russell reveals the word he has chosen for the new Front Row neon artwork. He joins Kirsty Lang on the roof of the BBC's Salford home to turn it on.

A review of Kon-Tiki, a new film about Thor Heyerdahl's famous journey across the Pacific ocean.

Tomorrow the West Yorkshire Playhouse will be the setting for the UK's first ever 'dementia friendly' theatre performance - a specially adapted theatre performance of a new production of Irving Berlin's Broadway musical White Christmas. Front Row visited the Playhouse to find out more about this performance from those involved with developing it.

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30 minutes



  • Willy Russell

    Duration: 12:16

  • Kon-Tiki

    Duration: 04:44

  • Dementia-friendly theatre

    Duration: 07:17

  • Front Row neon artwork

    Duration: 03:24

Front Row neon artwork

Front Row neon artwork
Kirsty Lang is in Salford for the unveiling of this year's Front Row neon artwork. The playwright, musician and novelist Willy Russell is the guest artist for the 2014 artwork and joins Kirsty to switch it on.


Kon-Tiki is released in UK cinemas on 19 December, certificate 15.

White Christmas

White Christmas
White Christmas, directed by Nikolai Foster, runs at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds until 24 January 2015, with a dementia-friendly performance at 2pm on 16 December 2014. 


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest Willy Russell


  • Mon 15 Dec 2014 19:15

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