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Zawe Ashton joins Gemma Cairney at her local retail park.

Actress Zawe Ashton joins Gemma Cairney to the talk about how she spends her leisure time shopping in retail parks and how these seemingly menial non-artistic places calms her.

Born in Hackney in London, Zawe attended Manchester University School of Theatre, where she gained her degree in acting. Her portrayal of Vod in Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong’s Fresh Meat won her a cult following and the diversity of her work across television, film and stage has attracted numerous accolades.

As well as talking about her love of shopping, Zawe also shares with us her childhood memories of Africa, why she loved playing the part of Vod and the importance of connecting with both your art and your audience.

Zawe Ashton will be in conversation with author Candice Carty-Williams in Shapeshifters at Brighton Festival on Sunday 12 May, 2019.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Pet Shop Boys


    • EMI Manhattan Records.
  • Lykke Li

    I Follow Rivers

    • LL Recordings.
  • Pulp

    Common People

    • Island.
  • Best Coast


    • CD SINGLE.
    • Wichita.
    • 1.
  • Sex Pistols

    I Wanna Be Me

    • Kiss This.
    • Virgin.
    • 005.
  • Fela Kuti


    • The Best Of Fela Kuti: CD1.
    • Wrasse Records.
    • 5.
  • Yvonne Chaka Chaka


    • Nord Sud ‎.
  • Ezra Furman

    Anything Can Happen

    • Day Of The Dog.
    • Bar None Records.
    • 004.
  • Bikini Kill

    Rebel Girl

    • Kill Rock Stars.
  • Sharon Van Etten

    Every Time The Sun Comes Up

    • Are We There.
    • Jagjaguwar.
    • 001.
  • David Bowie

    Sweet Thing-Candidate-Sweet Thing (Live in Los Angeles 1974)

    • Cracked Actor.
    • Parlophone.
  • Nina Simone

    I Put A Spell On You

    • Melodies Of Love (Various Artists).
    • Global Television.
  • Agnes Obel

    It's Happening Again

    • Play It Again Sam.
  • Pixies


    • 4 A.D..


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