Listen again: 2 June 2015

moominsIt’s not like we need much excuse to talk about the Moomins and their creator, the Finnish writer and illustrator Tove Jansson. Currently out on general release,  Moomins on the Riviera is a feature length adaptation of her cartoon strips. Wendy Baverstock joins Rosie in the studio to talk about the latest adventures of Snorkmaiden, Moomin and the entire family. They both enjoyed this very faithful adaptation which even references some of eccentric author’s own peculiar habits such as hiding dirty washing up under the bed.

DJ and writer Stewart Who reviews McQueen, written by James Phillips (The Rubenstein Kiss) and on at the St James Theatre until 27 June. This new play takes inspiration from the late fashion designer’s astounding runway shows and charts a fantastical night in London. It follows a girl who burgles McQueen’s home to steal a dress and is caught red handed by the designer himself. But instead of phoning the police, he gives her a chance and the two troubled souls go out into the city streets together. Stewart, who knew the designer personally, found Stephen Wight’s central performance spookily accurate yet didn’t find the play completely satisfying.

Psychotherapist, writer, producer, film maker and performer Dr Charlotte Cooper and social worker and musician Kay Hyatt tell us about performing in SWAGGA, ‘a dance crafted out of everyday bullshit, strong wills and trembling flesh’, running at the Yard Theatre from 16-20 June and created by Project O. Both are involved in Fat Activism and perform as the Queercore band Homosexual Death Drive. They talk about facing the challenge of their first professional performance and intensive rehearsal period. We hear tracks from feminist all girl band Trashkit whose music features in SWAGGA.

For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but here’s what we played on the live show:

1) Annabelle Chvostek: This Night from the album Be the Media

2) Clare Teal: I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight from the album At Your Request

3) Neneh Cherry: Spit Three Times from the album Blank Project

4) Trash Kit: Tattoo from the album Trash Kit

5) Trash Kit: Cadets from the album Trash Kit

6) Dusty Springfield: I Only Wanna Be With You from the album Stay Awhile 

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