Listen again: 25th November 2014

The-Long-Weekend-Clare-Lydon-cover-640x1024Rosie  chats to performance artist Caroline Smith about her show ‘Birdwatcher’s Wives’, which explores this past-time and focuses on the character of Rita Grebe, a woman who wants to be a bird herself. Caroline tells us how this project came about and her challenging costume, which is half woman and half bird. She also shares her experiences of being at the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time, where she presented her show this year. ‘Birdwatcher’s Wives’ is part of the SACRED season at Chelsea Theatre and can be seen on 27th November.

Writer Clare Lydon is back and reveals what inspired her to write her new book ‘The Long Weekend’. It is about a group of friends who rent a house in Devon to celebrate 20 years of friendship, and of course, it is not as easy as it seems. Clare‘s own experience of a reunion prompted her to write ‘The Long Weekend’, but she admits that her reunion was much different to the one in the novel. She also has a short story published in the collection of Christmas stories called ‘Unwrap these Presents’. It features a relationship between two women of different generations. On 23rd February Clare will also be part of the Polari Literary Salon at the Southbank Centre.

Culture reporter Alex Goldberg reviews the film ‘The Imitation Game’, which portrays the mathematician Alan Turing, who broke the Enigma Code during the Second World War. Alex was very impressed by the film and particularly enjoyed the scene in which Turing’s future colleague Joan Clarke, a brilliant mathematician herself, comes to take the test to join the team at Bletchley Park in the 1940s. Alex merely criticised that the scenes in the 1950s, which picture Turing’s last years were too short. However, he and Rosie agree that it was good to celebrate Turing’s achievements and triumphs during the war rather than focusing on his struggles with the government in the 1950s caused by his sexuality. ‘The Imitation Game’ with Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in the lead roles is now on general release.

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

1) Patrick Wolf: ‘The Magic Position’ from the album “The Magic Position”

2) The Czars: ‘Drug’ from the album “The Best of The Czars”

3) Annie Keating: ‘Coney Island’ from the album “Make Believing”

4) David Bowie: ‘Sue (or in a Season of Crime)’ from the album “Nothing Has Changed”

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