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R3Arts:Night Waves-Bring Up the Bodies,56 Up,Babel

May 11th, 2012

Episode 140 of 1341 episodes

Anne McElvoy talks to Hilary Mantel about her new historical novel Bring up the Bodiesand to Michael Apted the film maker behind the ground-breaking television documentary project 56 Up which has been following the lives of a selection of English people at seven year intervals.Susannah Clapp reviews Babel, the latest project from the immersive theatre company who won plaudits for last year's mammoth theatrical extravaganza, The Passion, in Port Talbot. This event has been commissioned for World Stages London as part of the Cultural Olympiad and uses the biblical story of the Tower of Babel as a starting point around which to organise 500 performers in an outdoor performance that has been billed as the theatrical event of the year.

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