Festival City #11 | Triple thrills across Sonica, Luminate and The Wipers Times

Festival City #11 | Tripe thrills across Sonica, Luminate and The Wipers Times

The Wipers Times / credit: Kirsten McTernan

We interview artist Robbie Thompson about Sonica, Morag Deyes and Lindsay Kemp about their work at Dance Base and playwrights Nick Newman and Ian Hislop about The Wipers Times

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In this triple interview edition of the Festival City podcast Gareth is joined by Robbie Thompson, who talks about his work as part of Cryptic's Sonica festival, including a club night at Art School where he harnesses the power of the Tesla coil, the 19th century invention that first made electricity visible, to fuse sound and light.

Next he dashes to Edinburgh, where Morag Deyes (Artistic Director of Dance Base) and Lindsay Kemp (dancer, teacher and choreographer) discuss past controversial performances, current projects and enjoy an impromptu chorus of 'Nobody Loves a Fairy When She's Old'.

Last but not least he meets cartoonist Nick Newman and Private Eye editor Ian Hislop to chat about The Wipers Times, their play based on the true story of the satirical newspaper created on the front line during WWI. The pair discuss the medium of the stage in contrast to TV or print, and the benefits and pleasures of experiencing audience reactions first hand.

Show notes:
00:00:20 – Introduction
00:01:18 – Robbie Thompson
00:13:24 – Morag Deyes and Lindsay Kemp
00:33:22 – Nick Newman and Ian Hislop
00:51:00 – Outro

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Festival City Podcast is co-created by Gareth K Vile (host) and Scott Henderson (producer). Intro music by The Joy Drops. Supported by SGSAH.

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The Wipers Times

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman's satirical play about WWI.