Peterloo, George Saunders, Posy Simmonds, Klimt/Schiele, debbie tucker green, Doing Money
Mike Leigh's film Peterloo, illustrated story books from George Saunders and Posy Simmonds, Klimt and Schiele at The Royal Academy, debbie tucker green - Ear For Eye, Doing Money.
Mike Leigh's film Peterloo is his biggest budget film. 200 years ago mounted yeomanry massacred unarmed protesters in Manchester who had gathered to demand their rights. The story is not often taught in schools and this film aims to increase public awareness of the barbarity and indifference of the authorities.
We're reviewing 2 illustrated story books; Booker Prize winner George Saunders follows up Lincoln In The Bardo with a story apparently written by a fox. Also Posy Simmonds "Cassandra Darke" about love and dark machinations in world of fine art trading.
Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele were near-contemporaries on the Viennese art scene if the late 1800s. A new exhibition at London's Royal Academy shows a selection of their drawings; erotic, tender, explicit, ethereal, beautiful and intimate
Olivier and BAFTA award-winning playwright debbie tucker green's new play at The Royal Court Theatre in London is ear for eye, described as "a play about protest and the black body in the UK and US today” containing “snapshots of some experiences of protest; violence versus non-violence, direct action versus demonstrations”. Doing Money is a one-off drama for BBC TV about sex trafficking of Eastern European women. The writer Gwyneth Hughes also recently adapted Vanity Fair; the contrast could hardly be greater.
Tom Sutcliffe's guests are Ayesha Hazarika, Liz Jensen and Robert Hanks. The producer is Oliver Jones
Podcast Extra selections:
Liz recommends The British Library's selection of Mervyn Peake's manuscripts
Ayesha recommends Tunng
Robert recommends Day Of The Outlaw
Tom recommends Room 237
Ear For Eye
Image: Stephen Cummiskey
Klimt / Schiele
Image: Egon Schiele, The Cellist, 1910 - black crayon and watercolour on packing paper, 44.7 x 31.2 cm; The Albertina Museum, Vienna
Cassandra Darke by Posy Simmonds
Image: Victor Schiferli
Image: Chloe Aftel