It’s back and better than ever! Our Lockdown Culture podcast is back with a bang for a second series, and this time we’re breaking OUT. Introducing Break Out Culture, Country & Town House’s newest podcast series. Culture editor, Ed Vaizey, and associate editor, Charlotte Metcalf discuss the week’s cultural offerings with a brilliant edit of what you should be watching, reading, listening to, booking and visiting each week. Their roster of high profile guests from adds illuminating insight to the current cultural landscape.
Break Out Culture Podcast
EPISODE 11: Out Of The Box
This week: Plymouth’s dazzling new art space. Plus, portraits of Britain’s black female academics and spying on Jonathan Yeo painting Jamie Oliver.
Dr. Nicola Rollock tells us about commissioning Bill Knight to photograph Britain’s 45 black female professors for an exhibition on London’s South Bank. We talk Jo Loosemore, curator at The Box, Plymouth, about a new exhibition turning myths about the Mayflower on their head and artist Jonathan Yeo welcomes everyone into his studio – via his brand new app.
- Jonathan Yeo’s virtual studio, Jonathanyeo.com
We’re breaking out to:
- Mayflower 400: Legend & Legacy, until September 2021, The Box, Plymouth, book tickets here theboxplymouth.com
Phenomenal Women, until November 8th
- The Queen’s Walk, South Bank, southbankcentre.co.uk
- We’re lobbying academic institutions about the need for more black female professors by tweeting: @ukri_News, @UKRI_CEO, @UniversitiesUK, @RussellGroup, @AdvanceHE
EPISODE TEN: John Tusa’s On Board secrets, the tiny theatre making Londoners smile and Stanley Spencer’s tragic love life
Renowned TV journalist John Tusa spills the beans on what goes on behind the doors of Britain’s art institution. Anthony Biggs, Creative Director of The Playground Theatre in Notting Hill, tells us how a small community theatre can flourish and Amanda Bradley, Curator of Love, Art, Loss, tells about the complicated love life of the great artist Stanley Spencer.
- Love, Art, Loss: The Wives of Stanley Spencer at the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham. The show runs till Autumn 2021. stanleyspencer.org.uk
- On Board by John Tusa
- The Playground Theatre. Bowjangles – dates TBC. Blue Electric : An Opera. theplaygroundtheatre.london
We’re registering to be part of:
EPISODE NINE: How Sir Terence Conran Changed Our Homes
We talk to designer Sebastian Conran about his father’s legacy and his influence on British design. We discover Cromwell Place in South Kensington, London’s newest venue for galleries and collectors shaking up the art world. Plus we talk to the Dutch artist Jan Hendrix at his home in Mexico about his new exhibition, Paradise Lost, just opened at Shirley Sherwood’s Gallery of Botanical Art at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.
We’re tracking down and rereading:
- The House Book by Terence Conran
- Electronic: from Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers, The Design Museum, Designmuseum.org
- Paradise Lost : an exhibition by Jan Hendrix, The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanic Art, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
- Cromwell Place in South Kensington, Visitors must register to visit beforehand at Cromwellplace.com
EPISODE EIGHT: How Books Can Make the World a Better Place
Elif Shafak on curating the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Chris Riddell’s Poems to Save the World With and Kensington and Chelsea Art Week.
We’re booking up:
- The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. From Friday 2nd October until Sunday 11th. For all details of what’s on and how to book visit cheltenhamfestivals.com.
- Kensington and Chelsea Art Week. From Thursday 1 October until Sunday 11. See website for details and for exhibits that will be in situ for longer ckaw.co.uk.
- How to Survive in an Age of Division by Elif Shafak
- 10 Minutes and 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak
- Poems to Save the World With by Chris Riddell by Macmillan Children’s Books
EPISODE SEVEN: ‘Saucy’ Loyd Grossman’s Roman Holiday
Loyd Grossman discusses his new book and saving our culture and the Royal Borough opens its Physic Garden and National Army Museum for its annual History Festival.
- An Elephant in Rome : Bernini, the Pope and the making of the Eternal City by Loyd Grossman, £19.99
We’re going to:
- The Chelsea History Festival, chelseahistoryfestival.com until 27th September
- The National Army Museum nam.ac.uk and The Chelsea Physic Garden chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk for numerous live events during The Chelsea History Festival – BOOKING ESSENTIAL
We’re scrabbling to get the last seats for:
- Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – till 27th September, Openairtheatre.com
- ENO’s Drive & Live : Puccini’s La Bohème at Alexandra Palace till 27th September, eno.org
EPISODE SIX: Digital Theatre, free culture for all and lifting the lid on undiscovered London
This week: Neelay Patel on how Digital Theatre is transforming young people’s lives and revitalising the theatre world, Phil Edgar-Jones on how and why we’re all going to be watching Sky Arts for free and Hafsa Adan on exploring hidden, uncelebrated parts of London at this weekend’s Open House Festival.
- We’re tuning into Sky Arts for free on Freeview from midday Thursday 17th September
- We’re logging onto Digital Theatre at digitaltheatre.com, subscribe for £9.99 per month or rent productions for £7.99
- Teachers, libraries and all educational institutions can subscribe to Digital Theatre + at digitaltheatreplus.com/education
- We’re exploring London this weekend with the Open House Festival from Saturday 19th September. For details of what to see and now to book go to openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk
- We’re pre-ordering Open House’s Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs, £14.99, edited by Owen Hatherley from shop.openhouselondon.org.uk
EPISODE FIVE: Racism in the Capital and Blue Plaques
Vogue photographer Misan Harriman on combatting racism in the capital and Kate Mavor from English Heritage chooses her favourite sites and blue plaques to visit.
- For our cultural nutrition, we’re logging onto What We Seee whatweseee.com
- We’re visiting sites cared for by English Heritage. To book please visit english-heritage.org.uk
- We’re downloading the Blue Plaques of London app and watching English Heritage’s video about how it makes them youtube.com
EPISODE FOUR: We Can Go To The Movies!
Can we go out to watch a film this summer? Ben Roberts, CEO of the British Film Institute tells us what’s happening with British cinema and Rob Adediran from London Music Masters tells us about the positive changes happening in the music industry.
We’re breaking out to:
Recently opened National Trust Properties. For all details of how to book: nationaltrust.org.uk
- Petworth House in Sussex
- Barrington Court in Somerset
- Kingston Lacy in Dorset
- Lyme in Cheshire
- Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk
- The Argory in Country Armagh
- Packwood House in Warwickshire
- Gisburne Park’s Pop Up – the first socially distanced festival in Lancashire: Parties in the park every Friday and Saturday from 11 July to 31 August gisburneparkpopup.com
- Red Rooster Festival: celebrating the best of the American Deep South at Euston Hall in Suffolk, 4-6 September redrooster.org.uk
- Fanny and Stella opens outdoors at The Garden Theatre, adjacent to The Eagle in Kennington fannyandstellamusical.com
- Sleepless, based on Sleepless in Seattle, opens at the Troubador in Wembley Park on 25 August troubadourtheatres.com/wembley-park
- Machine de Cirque at Sadlers Wells Peacock Theatre opens 8 September sadlerswells.com
- Jesus Christ Superstar: The Concert at Regent’s Park Open Theatre Theatre from 14 August openairtheatre.com
- The BFI on the South Bank will open on 1 September bfi.org.uk
- To find out what Odeons are open please see odeon.co.uk
Sign up to I’m In, the new tool from London Music Masters londonmusicmasters.org
For more of what’s on every week, sign up to our Weekly What’s On newsletter here
EPISODE THREE: Tony Hall on the Future of Art
Tony Hall in his new role as Chair of the National Gallery shares his vision for the gallery’s future and the Marquis of Cholmondeley talks about working with Anish Kapoor to mount his exhibition, now open to the public at Houghton Hall in Norfolk.
We’re breaking out to:
- Titian : Love Desire Death at the National Gallery till 17th January 2021
- Anish Kapoor at Houghton Hall till 1st November 2020
- Ronnie Wood at Ashridge House : 21st to 27th August – SOLD OUT please see website for news of more ticket releases
- Turner Contemporary in Margate
EPISODE TWO: June Sarpong Talks Diversity and Change the Beeb
All Change: June Sarpong, TV broadcaster, panellist and author of Diversify became the BBC’s first ever Director of Creative Diversity last October. She talks to Ed and Charlotte about change at the BBC, gives a sneak preview of all the exciting programming coming up this summer and autumn, and tells us how white people can be effective allies in the fight against racism.
We’re breaking out to:
- Masculinities: Liberation through Photography at The Barbican from 13th July
- Jan Svoboda: Against the Light at The Photographers Gallery from 14th July
- Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium at Whitechapel Gallery from 14th July
- Diversify by June Sarpong
- The Power of Women by June Sarpong
- I May Destroy You: BBC iPlayer
- Noughts and Crosses: BBC iPlayer
EPISODE ONE: Desire, Death and Dutch Masters
Breaking out from lockdown – what’s opening up from art galleries to the office? Cabaret duo Kit and McConnel on the future of cabaret and pantomime, Martin Waller of Andrew Martin on the new-look office and Spirit and Endeavour, the opening of a new art exhibition to celebrate 800 years of Salisbury Cathedral.
This week we’re breaking out and visiting:
- Spirit and Endeavour at Salisbury Cathedral
- Love, Desire, Death : Titian at the National Gallery
- Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age at the National Gallery
- Picasso and Paper at the Royal Academy of Arts
- Portraying Pregnancy: From Holbein to Social Media at The Foundling Museum
- Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings at the Focal Point Gallery, Southend
- Mohammed Omar Kahlil – Homeland under my Nails at TheMosaic Rooms
- Andrew Martin’s brand new store and ‘Luxe Lab’ Pop Up on 72-74 Sloane Avenue
- Kit and McConnel in Cabaret at the How To: Academy
Lockdown Culture Series Notes
EPISODE TEN: Discover Jesus’ Secrets
Matthew Burrows explains his Artists’ Support Pledge has saved thousands of artists’ incomes during lockdown and Jesus Adorno, London’s favourite maître d shares his secrets and tells us if London’s iconic and much-loved restaurant Le Caprice has a post-lockdown future. As we start to leave lockdown, the philanthropist Sir Lloyd Dorfman encourages everyone who’s lost a loved one to Coronavirus to create a memorial for them on St. Paul’s Cathedral’s tribute site Remember Me.
Ed and Charlotte will be back next week with BREAK OUT CULTURE
EPISODE NINE: Beyond Lockdown With Nicholas Coleridge
An exclusive podcast interview with Sir Nicholas Coleridge, Chairman of the V&A, Condé Nast supremo and author of The Glossy Years, on life beyond lockdown. What’s going to happen to our museums, to the fashion industry and to magazines?
- The Glossy Years by Nicholas Coleridge (published in paperback 16th July)
- Getting ready to go back out again.
Next week will be our last week as Lockdown Culture – but we’ll be back with a new focus on breaking out of lockdown and going out again.
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EPISODE EIGHT: Covid Comedy in Edinburgh, Chineke Orchestras and Sitting in Limbo
Ready for a laugh? As we start easing up on lockdown are we ready to laugh about it yet? We ask comedy producer Emma Brunjes, producer of Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards about comedians’ take on Coronavirus and how they’ll survive without the Edinburgh Festival. And we talk to Founder of the Chineke Orchestras, Chi-chi Nwanoku about the Junior Orchestra’s triumph on Britain’s Got Talent, the Black Lives Matter movement and the future for classical musicians of colour. Plus we discuss all latest exciting offerings on television from Sitting in Limbo and Little Fires Everywhere to Filthy Rich and Steve Coogan in Greed.
We’re laughing at:
- Comedy at the Covid Arms
- The British Comedy Guide
- Beyond the Joke
- Michael Spicer
- Sarah Cooper
We’re listening to:
- Deep River by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a tribute to George Floyd and other victims of racism performed by The Chineke Orhcestra
- Sitting in Limbo : BBC i-Player
- Little Fires Everywhere: Amazon Prime
- Filthy Rich: Amazon
- Greed: Amazon Prime
EPISODE SEVEN: Going Local
We go local: Hastings Contemporary – the local gallery using a robot to take Sir Quentin Blake’s Guernica global, Sir Nicholas Kenyon on the Barbican’s Radio Local and Bettany Hughes seeps us off on her epic Greek Island Odyssey from the comfort of our armchairs.
We’re listening to:
- Barbican Radio Local with Hunt and Darton: culturemile.london, till Friday between 1 and 2 every day on Resonance DAB or on Resonance DAB between 1 and 2 till Friday or at 10 am on Resonance 104.4 FM
- Everything at The Barbican
- Secrets of Pompeii’s Greatest Treasures with Bettany Hughes on Channel5
- Bettany Hughes’s Greek Island Odyssey, Episode One, 9 pm on Friday 12th June, Channel5
- The Bush Theatre Monday Monologues: bushtheatre.co.uk
We’re reading our children:
- Tad by Benji Davies, Winner of the 2020 Oscar Award
- A Contemporary Art Society mask (£35 or £120 for a set of four)
EPISODE SIX: I Want To Break Free
Song, movies, good news and sex to cheer us up: the national singalong of I Want to Break Free, Gabriel Jagger and his good news channel, the first virtual global film festival We Are One and Lindsay Duncan and Hilton McRae on sex and storytelling during the Black Death.
- Kevin Child’s new translation of The Decameron
- Good news stories on Gabriel Jagger’s positive news media channel Why Now?
We’re listening to:
- A new podcast bringing stories from The Decameron, Passion and the Plague: play.acast.com
- All the new movies from round the world on the global virtual film festival We Are One. Streaming live on YouTube till Sunday 7th June
We’re singing along to:
- Queen’s I Want to Break Free – join the virtual choir on musicinoffices.com
EPISODE 5: BalletBoyZ, ArtUK and Lockdown LitFest
This week Lockdown Culture explores the nation’s quarter of a million hidden art treasures with Andrew Ellis of ArtUK. We meet Michael Nunn OBE, one of the duo behind the contemporary dance troupe BalletBoyZ, celebrating 20 extraordinary award-winning years and we point you in the direction of Lockdown Litfest, specially created for our screens.
- Gillian Anderson in Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire
- This House by James Graham on The National Theatre’s YouTube page from Thursday
- Deluxe by BalletBoyz on BBC4 on Wednesday 27 May at 10.30 pm (available for 28 days)
EPISODE 4: Hay-on-Wifi
This week Lockdown Culture brings you Hay-on-Wifi, as Boris Johnson has christened the Hay Festival. Founder Peter Florence tells us about the challenges of taking a literary festival digital and we talk to filmmaker and author Hannah Rothschild about her new Cornish caper The House of Trelawney and celebrate Shakespeare with poetry fanatic Allie Esiri and actor Dominic West.
This week’s recommendations
- Hay on Way Digital – 18-31 May
- The House of Trelawney, Hannah Rothchild’s new novel
- Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year by Allie Esiri
EPISODE 3: Diana Quick at the Donmar, the first ever drive in opera, poetry for the soul and Cocktails with a Curator at the Frick
This week Ed and Charlotte welcome their first guests – they hear from actress Diana Quick, chat to Stuart Murphy, Chief Executive of English National Opera and talk to William Sieghart who tells them how Poetry Pharmacy is providing thousands of people – including the actress Emilia Clarke – with solace.
- Poetry Pharmacy by William Sieghart
- Midnight Your Time starring Diana Quick from Wednesday 13th May for a week youtube.com
- Caliphate: Netflix
- Call my Agent: Netflix
Art We’re Loving:
- Cocktails with a Curator: Happy Hour: YouTube
- London Original Print Fair Online runs from 1st to 31st May: londonoriginalprintfair.com
For more information on English National Opera’s drive in: eno.org
EPISODE 2: Normal People, The How To: Academy, the ultimate top 100 classical music hits and the virtual Great Wall of China
This week he raves about BBC’s Normal People, discovers Classic FM’s 100 top pieces of music going back 1000 years and tells us where to look out for artists’ work in response to Covid-19
- City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
- House of Glass by Hadley Freeman
- East West Street and The Ratline by Philippe Sands
- Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
We’re Watching & Listening
- The How To Academy: howtoacademy.com
- Normal People: BBC i-player
- Sex Education: Netflix
- Classical 100: classicfm.com
- Virtual Tour of The Great Wall of China
- Limited Edition Art Posters and prints from countereditions.com
- The Hermitage in St. Petersburg: hermitagemuseum.org
- Riverside Studios Book Club weekly online events: riversidestudios.co.uk
EPISODE 1: Lockdown Culture With Ed Vaizey
In the first episode, Ed admits his devotion to Tamsin Greig in Twelfth Night, Belgravia and Friday Night Dinner, introduces us to the new documentary series on Michael Jordan, tries out Olafur Eliasson’s new Earth perspective with his kids and admits a weakness for Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels.
- The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs by Tristan Gooley
- All the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child
We’re Watching & Listening
- Fauda: Netflix
- Twelfth Night (till Thursday evening) and Frankenstein (from Thursday): National Theatre Home, YouTube
- Friday Night Dinner, Friday, 10pm: Channel Four
- The Last Dance: Netflix
- Berlin Philharmonic: Digital Concert Hall
- Olafur Eliasson’s Earth perspective: Serpentine Galleries