Hidden Figures, Dirty Dancing writer, Muslim Othello, Simon Armitage
Hidden Figures tells the story of three brilliant African-American women mathematicians working at NASA during the early years of the Space programme. Science expert Sue Nelson reviews the film which stars Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe and Octavia Spencer.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Dirty Dancing, the coming-of-age film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, set in the 1960s, about a wide-eyed teen on a family holiday who discovers a forbidden underworld of sexy dancing. The film's writer Eleanor Bergstein explains how she drew on her own experiences as a teen, but also reflected the politics of the time.
To celebrate the bicentenary of Branwell Brontë, the brother overshadowed by his more talented sisters - Charlotte, Emily, and Anne - the poet Simon Armitage discusses a new exhibition he has curated at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, and a new series of poems he has written inspired by some of Branwell's possessions.
A new production of Othello at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol aims to emphasise Othello as an Islamic convert to Christianity rather than focusing solely on the race dimension to the play. Writer and journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and historian Jerry Brotton discuss the impact this has on how we understand the text.
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Producer Jerome Weatherald.
Hidden Figures opens in UK cinemas on 17 February 2017, certificate PG.
Main image above: Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Morae in Hidden Figures
Image to the left: Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Morae in Hidden Figures
Images credit: 20th Century Fox
Othello is at the Tobacco Factory , Bristol from 16 February - 01 April 2017, and tours to:
Exeter Northcott 09 - 13 May 2017
Wilton's Music Hall, London 16 May - 03 June 2017
Image: Abraham Popoola as Othello
Image credit: Camilla Adams
|Interviewed Guest||Sue Nelson|
|Interviewed Guest||Simon Armitage|
|Interviewed Guest||Yasmin Alibhai-Brown|
|Interviewed Guest||Jerry Brotton|