One Night in Miami, The Mountaintop, Black Mirror, Ali Smith, Beyond Caravaggio
Two plays about black America: Kemp Powers' One Night In Miami and Katori Hall's The Mountaintop. Black Mirror on Netflix, Ali Smith's Autumn, National Gallery's Beyond Caravaggio.
We're looking at two plays about black America this week: Kemp Powers' One Night In Miami imagines a meeting in 1964 between boxer Cassius Clay, activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke & American Football star Jim Brown as they decide how they can each change the world. Katori Hall's The Mountaintop is set 4 year's later and imagines Rev Martin Luther King's last night alive, in a hotel room in Memphis
Charlie Brooker's distopian TV show Black Mirror was a huge success when it began on Channel 4. The new series has moved on to Netflix - a different scale of budget and a different audience. Can it have the same effect?
Ali Smith's Autumn is the first in a quartet of seasonal novels. It imagines a contemporary Britain struggling to deal with its identity
London's National Gallery's Beyond Caravaggio exhibition explores the influence of Caravaggio on the art of his contemporaries and followers.
Razia Iqbal's guests Emma Dabiri, Ekow Eshun and Hardeep Singh Kohli. The producer is Oliver Jones.
One Night In Miami...
Autumn by Ali Smith is available in hard-back and ebook from Thursday 20 October
Beyond Caravaggio is at the National Gallery in London until 15 January 2016.
Image: An Old Woman and a Boy by Candlelight, Matthias Stom, probably 1620s. © Birmingham Museums Trust on behalf of Birmingham City Council