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Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Shebeen in Nottingham, Will Sharpe, Vampyr video game

250th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition reviewed; Shebeen, a play about the 1950s immigrant community in Nottingham; Will Sharpe of dark comedy Flowers; and Vampyr video game tested.

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition opens on 12th June. It has been held every year without interruption since 1769 providing a platform for emerging and established artists. This year it is co-ordinated by Grayson Perry with the theme "Art Made Now". Art historian Jacky Klein joins Stig to review the exhibition.

Shebeen is a new play set amongst the Caribbean community in 1950s Nottingham. Inspired by the Windrush generation and written by local playwright Mufaro Makubika, the drama deals with an immigrant Jamaican couple and the forbidden parties they throw at their shebeen - an illegal bar set up in their home. Writer Mufaro Makubika and director Matthew Xia discuss its relevance now.

The offbeat comedy Flowers, about the dysfunctional family of a children's writer, starring Olivia Coleman and Julian Barratt, returns to Channel 4 for a second season. The Anglo-Japanese writer Will Sharpe, who also directed and acts in it, is in the studio to discuss its dark humour.

We review Vampyr, the action role-playing video game with a moral dilemma at its heart which is released today. Jonathan Reid is a vampiric doctor whose thirst for blood compels him to kill innocent people, but how does that sit with his Hippocratic Oath? Games reviewer Jordan Erica Webber joins Stig to play the game and offers her verdict.

Presenter: Stig Abell
Producer: Harry Parker.

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30 minutes


  • Royal Academy

    Duration: 06:11

  • Shebeen

    Duration: 08:07

  • Flowers

    Duration: 07:16

  • Vampyr

    Duration: 06:03

Royal Academy 250th Summer Exhibition

Royal Academy 250th Summer Exhibition

Grayson Perry
Photo credit: David Parry

The 250th Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy is on until 19 Aug

Main image: Young Academician, by Yinka Shonibare RA.
© Royal Academy of Arts. Photography: David Parry

Will Sharpe

Will Sharpe
The cast of Flowers

Flowers returns to Channel 4 on at 10 pm on 11 June


Martina Laird and Karl Collins
Photo credit:
Richard Hubert Smith

Shebeen is at the Nottingham Playhouse until 16 Jun and transfers to Theatre Royal Stratford East from 20 Jun until 7 Jul


Stig Abell and Jordan Erica Webber playing Vampyr


Role Contributor
Presenter Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest Jacky Klein
Interviewed Guest Mufaro Makubika
Interviewed Guest Matthew Xia
Interviewed Guest Will Sharpe
Interviewed Guest Jordan Erica Webber
Producer Harry Parker




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