Barbara Hepworth retrospective, Broadening museum boards, Othello as a woman


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Eleanor Clayton is the curator of the largest publlc exhbition of the work of the sculptor Barbara Hepworth since her death in 1975. She's also written a new biography about the sculptor called Barbara Hepworth Art and Life. She talks to Nick about Hepworth's passion for making sculpture and how her insistence on the best way her work should be presented to the public has influenced the new show at The Hepworth Wakefield. The secretary of state for culture, The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden wants museum trustee boards to have greater regional representation, but is he taking the right approach to achieve this? Lord Smith of Finsbury who, as Chris Smith MP, was culture secretary in Tony Blair's goverment has concerns. He joins Front Row to explain why he thinks the present culture secretary needs to keep at arms length from our cultural institutions. The National Youth Theatre is about to premiere a new production of Othello at the Royal and Derngate in Northampton. The play is set in a hedonistic 90s club, and Othello is now a black woman played by rising star Francesca Amewudah-Rivers. She reflects on the appeal of playing the tragic hero and the joy, after months of lockdown, of creating a club on stage. Can theatre keep you healthy? As UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) release new research about the financial savings that theatre brings to the NHS, Jon Gilchrist, executive director and deputy chief executive of Home in Manchester, explains how theatre can be part of a healthy way of life. Presenter: Nick Ahad Studio Managers: Owain Williams and Jonathan Esp Production Coordinator: Caroline Dey Producer: Ekene Akalawu

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