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Millicent Fawcett statue, Joe Penhall, Stage lighting under review, Thomas Chippendale at 300

Arts news, interviews and reviews. The first statue of a woman in Parliament Square is unveiled today, but is it any good? Plus dramatist Joe Penhall talks about his new play.

Today the first statue of a woman in Parliament Square in London was unveiled. Millicent Fawcett, the suffragist who fought for women's right to vote in the early 20th century, joins 11 male figures including Sir Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandi. Art critic Estelle Lovatt gives her verdict on the artwork.

We talk to dramatist Joe Penhall, writer of the award-winning The Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon and hit play Blue/Orange, about his new work Mood Music, about a feuding singer and music producer.

Theatre and show effect lighting could be seriously affected by new EU regulations intending to make lighting and other electrical goods more energy efficient. Lighting designers Paule Constable and Patrick Woodroffe explain how the entertainment industry would be affected if the new proposals, which are currently in consultation, were to be implemented.

This year marks the 300 anniversary of Thomas Chippendale, arguably the greatest and certainly the most well-known furniture maker in the world. Front Row reports from the small town of Otley in Yorkshire, where Chippendale was born and started out in his trade as a cabinet maker and where celebrations are in full swing.

Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Edwina Pitman.

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30 minutes


  • Joe Penhall

    Duration: 07:56

  • Stage Lighting

    Duration: 07:38

  • Chippendale 300

    Duration: 08:15

  • Millicent Fawcett statue

    Duration: 03:55

Joe Penhall

Joe Penhall

Joe Penhall’s new play Mood Music is running at the Old Vic in London until June 16th 2018.  Photo: Seána Kerslake and Ben Chaplin in rehearsals for Mood Music.  Credit: Sarah Lee

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Chippendale 300

Find more information about Thomas Chippendale and events celebrating his 300th anniversary on the Chippendale 300 website

Millicent Fawcett statue unveiled in Parliament Square, London.

Millicent Fawcett statue unveiled in Parliament Square, London.

There's more information on Millicent Fawcett here, and information about the Fawcett Society here.   Image:  Parliament Square before the statue's unveiling.



Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest Estelle Lovatt
Interviewed Guest Joe Penhall
Interviewed Guest Paule Constable
Interviewed Guest Patrick Woodroffe
Producer Edwina Pitman


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