Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti: Telling Britain’s story on stage
Does British theatre truly represent the nation? The Welsh director Rhiannon White and the English playwright Michael McManus share their views on what needs to be done for British theatre to reflect the stories and the lives of the whole of the United Kingdom.
We meet the Scottish folk musician keeping an ancient language alive. The singer Julie Fowlis reveals why writing and performing in Scots Gaelic connects her not just to her heritage in the Outer Hebrides but also to people and places across the world.
Cracks begin to show between family and friends after an incident at an impromptu party. And there’s no going back. The acclaimed playwright Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s talks to Tina about her new play, A Kind of People, the story of a small multi-cultural community struggling to move forward amidst unspoken inequality and prejudice.
Plus she is a poet, a comedian, a theatre-maker, and a flirtatious amputee. The multi award-winning performer Jackie Hagan tells us why she wants to create theatre that is truly accessible to all.
Presented by Tina Daheley
Image: Publicity image for 'A Kind of People'
Will Franken: Comedy and culture in Trump’s America
He’s a fan of Monty Python and Donald Trump. We find out what makes US comedian Will Franken tick. He speaks to Tina about performing conservative satire, being anti-political correctness and why he’s remaining loyal to the US President despite recent scandals.
A game-changer in the world of tap, Michelle Dorrance talks to the Cultural Frontline about how the history of tap dance mirrors the social story of America from slavery through the civil rights movement to today’s 21st Century dance.
Beats, rhymes and saving lives. We head to Baltimore to hear how the community arts project Beats not Bullets is helping the city’s youth turn their back on gang violence for a brighter future in hip-hop.
Presented by Tina Daheley
Image: Will Franken
Image credit: Scott Ambrose
Mon Laferte: Singing for change in Chile
As historic protests continue in Chile, we explore the nation’s social crisis through the eyes of its artists.
From the slums to the Latin Grammys. The superstar singer Mon Laferte speaks to Tina about why her experience of growing up as a child surrounded by poverty in the city of Viña del Mar has inspired her to join the protests and to help Chile’s poorest citizens.
How would you feel if you had no choice but to take your child to a job interview? That’s the question at the heart of Chilean writer Paulina Flores’ award winning story, Humiliation. We hear an extract of the moving tale of one father’s struggle to save face after losing his livelihood.
A playful rhythm that tells the stories of the underworld. Actor and singer Daniel Muñoz reveals the secret behind of one of the most typical Chilean dances, cueca brava. It’s like a Chilean tango, but with a lively flow.
Meet the woman standing up for Chile through comedy. Natalia Valdebenito talks about how she uses humour to challenge authority and speak out against sexism and corruption.
Presenter: Tina Daheley
(Photo: Mon Laferte performs on stage during a concert in tribute to Jose Jose on October 2019, Mexico City, Mexico. Credit: Adrián Monroy/Medios y Media/Getty Images)
Murad Subay: The walls remember
When war broke out in Yemen, Murad Subay began painting murals on the shelled and bullet-marked buildings of his home city of Sana’a.
His colourful messages of protest and hope raised awareness of the conflict’s impact on Yemeni civilians. He encouraged passers by to join him as he worked, and together they filled ruined homes with images of peace.
Journalist Sumaya Bakhsh traces Murad’s journey as he leaves Sana’a for Cairo. International travel is rarely simple for citizens of Yemen, and we hear from Murad as he languishes in Egypt, stuck without a visa and unable to create new work. Murad is used to living and working in the toughest of conditions, but this period of inactivity is a new test for the prolific artist.
Eventually Murad receives a visa and arrives in the UK to launch a new campaign. Painting with Murad on the streets of London, Sumaya digs into his process as Murad explains why ultimately he must return to the conflict in Yemen, armed only with his brushes and spray cans.
Photo: A mural by Murad Subay Credit: Murad Subay
Murad Subay is voiced by Fayez Bakhsh
Presenter: Sumaya Bakhsh
Producers: Robbie MacInnes and Simona Rata
An SPG production for the BBC World Service
Meet Dimash, Central Asia’s Biggest Pop Star
Sell out tours, millions of social media followers and adoring fans across the globe. Welcome to the world of Dimash, Central Asia’s biggest pop star. We find out how he went from a child singer to a pioneer of pop music and why he is trying to change the world’s perception of his home country, Kazakhstan.
Has a song, a book, a work of art ever changed the way you see the world? Zandra Rhodes, one of British fashion’s leading trend setters, reveals why the work of the artist Duggie Fields inspires her.
They have been dubbed “the wildest DJ crew and label in Mexico” and have been credited with revolutionising a dance music scene in Mexico City that has been devastated by the War on Drugs. The BBC’s Emmanuella Kwenortey speaks to the creative minds behind the pioneering artistic collective NAAFI and finds out what drives these cultural mavericks.
Plus we find out why the sky is the limit for Indian statues. The writer Sandip Roy explores the increasingly competitive and record breaking nature of public art and public life in India.
Presented by Tina Daheley
Image: Dimash in concert. Credit: Nikita Basov