Listen again: 20th May 2014

9781408851890Rosie speaks to writer Gene David Kirk, who offers an insight into ‘Yesterday’s Tomorrow’, his play about two servicemen and their love during wartime. Gene was in the army himself and his experience fed into the play. For example, back in the 1990s he had to deny being gay to join the army. If it would have been disclosed he would have faced a dishonourable discharge, which would have left him without a pension. He also talks about post traumatic stress disorder and explains that the play has not a timeline as such but is set up in a dreamlike way where memories are central. ‘Yesterday’s Tomorrow’ runs at the Drayton Arms Theatre from 6th to 31st May.

Award-winning author Paul Bailey presents his novel ‘The Prince’s Boy’. The story begins in 1920s Paris, where a young Romanian falls in love with a man known as the ‘Prince’s Boy’. Paul reveals that is fascination for the time and place motivated him to write the book. Although it is fictional story, he points out that some characters were taken from real life, such as Albert who knew Marcel Proust personally. Paul also describes the experiences he had, when he visited Romania. He learned, for example, that the gay scene there to be completely underground.

We hear from Canadian musician Owen Pallett who talks about his new album ‘In Conflict’, which is released at the end of the month. Owen and Rosie discuss different mental states, especially when it comes to producing something creative. He shares that he currently enjoys working with a band and being on tour. He speaks about his work with Brian Eno who did the backing vocals on the album. He also tells us how the art work of the album came about.

For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but that’s what you could hear on the show:

1) Liz Green: ‘Haul Away’ from the album “Haul Away”

2) Josephine Baker: ‘I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight’ from the album “The Very best of…”

3) Owen Pallett: ‘I’m Not Afraid’ from the album “In Conflict”

4) Owen Pallett: ‘In Conflict’ from the album “In Conflict”

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