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Danny Boyle's Armistice Day tribute, White Teeth the musical, singer-songwriter and poet Emily Maguire

Zadie Smith's White Teeth as stage musical, Danny Boyle on his Armistice Day Tribute; singer and poet Emily Maguire on how her art has helped in her battle with bi-polar disorder.

On Folkestone beach, film-maker Danny Boyle discusses Pages of the Sea, his Armistice Day tribute to the servicemen and women who left these shores in the First World War, many never to return. Members of the public will be invited to visit a number of beaches around the country to pay their respects, and will be given a specially-commissioned poem The Wound in Time, by Carol Ann Duffy.

Zadie Smith’s White Teeth gets a musical makeover, we review the new theatrical production put on in the same district of north London where the novel is set.

Continuing Front Row's Arts and Mental Health series, John Wilson meets singer-songwriter, composer and poet Emily Maguire who discusses how music making and writing have helped her deal with bipolar disorder. She is about to embark on a nationwide tour playing music and reading from her new collection of poetry, Meditation Mind, which was inspired by her latest battle with bipolar, and is a testimony to how her Buddhist practice of meditation has helped her recovery.

Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu's famous painting, Tutu, has gone on public display in Lagos, prompting a search for the subject, an Ife princess called Adetutu Ademiluyi. The novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaks about the power and significance of the painting known as 'the African Mona Lisa'.

Presenter John Wilson
Producer Julian May

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White Teeth, the musical

White Teeth, the musical

White Teeth the musical is at the Kiln Theatre, London until 22 December 2018. 

Image: the White Teeth cast from back Left: Philip Bird (Des/ Marc Perret/ Marcus Chalfen),  Amanda Wilkin (Rosie Jones), Karl Queensborough (Anthony/Josh Chalfen), Naomi Frederick (Ruth/Poppy/ Joyce Chalfen), Michelle Austin (Mad Mary), Richard Lumsden (Archie Jones), Tony Jayawardena (Samad Iqbal), Ayesha Dharker (Alsana Iqbal), Ayesha Antoine (Irie Jones), and Assad Zaman (Millat Iqbal).  

Image credit: Mark Douet

Danny Boyle's Armistice Day tribute

Danny Boyle's Armistice Day  tribute

Pages of the Sea a collaborative artwork and act of Remembrance organised by Danny Boyle marks 100 years since Armistice and the end of the First World War on 11 November 2018 at 30 beaches around the UK


Main image above: Danny Boyle at Folkestone beach

Image to the right: an artist's impression of a sand portrait of CN Taylor from the Royal Artillery.

Image credit: Pages of the Sea

WW1: the Last Tommies by Testament Films is on BBC Four on 07 and 08 November 2018 at 9.00pm, and on the BBC iPlayer


Singer-songwriter Emily Maguire

Singer-songwriter Emily Maguire

Emily Maguire's Meditation Mind tour starts on 08 November 2018 in Taunton, and goes on to visit Oxford, Bridport, Cardiff, Manchester, Haslemere, Coventry, Frome, Bath, London and ends in Bristol on 08 December 2018.

Her book, also called Meditation Mind is out now.

Image: Emily Maguire

Image credit: Richard Ecclestone

Chimamanda Adichie on Tutu

Chimamanda Adichie on Tutu

Image: a close up of Tutu, the 1974 portrait of Nigerian princess Adetutu Ademiluyi by Ben Enwonwu , known as Africa's Mona Lisa.

Chimamanda Adichie





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