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ABL #52,  29 June, 2020

Chris Goode explores theatre as a live art based in community, encounters and conversation, a frame saying “now pay attention to this”. He talks us through his work, especially his online anthology of spoken word, What Words, and asks when, where and why we need language to work really hard as a container for the things we want to say.

ABL #49,  18 June, 2020

Kate Morrison tells us about her novel A Book of Secrets, and the challenges and joys of moving between creative and research-based writing. We hear about the real and reimagined experiences of black people in sixteenth-century England, print, gender and much more.

ABL #48,  17 June, 2020

Poet Tim Atkins talks us through the importance of play and doubt in his creative practice.

ABL #45,  11 June, 2020

Director Kimberley Sykes describes her work in the rehearsal room as focused on generosity, conversation and ‘absolute presence’, and tells us about her work for the Royal Shakespeare Company on Shakespeare’s As You Like It and Marlowe and Nashe’s Dido, Queen of Carthage. She emphasises collective authorship, conversation and collaboration in the rehearsal room, and explores the idea of real and psychological space in her work. She also tells us about her current list of lockdown reading.

ABL #44,  9 June, 2020

Theatremaker Emma Frankland talks us through contemporary, devised and classical performance, taking in Ghostbusters, Don Quixote and John Lyly’s Galatea, and ranging from Jerwood Arts, Shakespeare’s Globe, Roehampton University, Cornish beaches and Stratford, Ontario.

ABL #41,  29 May, 2020

In our third film on wrestling, the wrestler, writer and comedian RJ City tells Andy Kesson about storytelling with the body, playing against genre conventions and wrestling as a kind of exploration of bodily intimacy and care. Basil Fawlty, Roland Barthes and Bertolt Brecht also feature.

ABL #25,  27 April, 2020

The O.J.M.O. tells us about wrestling, especially acrobatics, grappling and selling. We hear about what it’s like to be in the ring, and the way in which audiences, promotions and the match’s contexts change the ways wrestlers perform.

ABL #1,  23 March, 2020

Andy Kesson kicks off A Bit Lit with an invitation to conversation, ideas and fun, offering ‘a good place to put your brain for a few minutes’ during troubled times. He also suggests that the events of spring 2020 may be more normal than we thinks, and points out coping mechanisms available in the past.