Free Thinking: Audiences

BBC Radio 3: Free Thinking


Free Thinking


From online dance, pavement performances of plays back to the part played by audiences in Greek theatres and Shakespeare’s Globe – how is performance adapting in the Covid era and how are we rethinking what an audience is? Shahidha Bari hosts a discussion. Kwame Kwei-Armah directs the Young Vic, Kirsty Sedgman from the University of Bristol looks at theatre from Ancient Greece on; Lucy Weir teaches on dance at the University of Edinburgh and is a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker and Ted Hodgkinson programmes literary events at Southbank Centre in London.

This episode is part of the programming for BBC Radio 3’s residency at London’s Southbank Centre and their Inside Out Season of Music and Literary Events which include concerts being broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and available to catch up with via BBC Sounds – and a series of author interviews and discussions.

The Young Vic is marking its 50th anniversary with a series of events including Twenty Twenty – 3 plays centred around the themes of Home, Heritage and History which mark the culmination of a year-long community project with Blackfriars Settlement, Certitude and Thames Reach and various online films.


Producer: Emma Wallace