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John Hannah, Vicky Featherstone and Lee Hall, Playing Nina Simone

August 19th, 2015

Episode 979 of 1502 episodes

Kirsty Lang from the Edinburgh Festivals with director Vicky Featherstone and Billy Elliot author Lee Hall. They discuss their new production, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, which follows group of Catholic schoolgirls on a school choir trip that gets out of control. Viv Groskop reviews Gemma Bovery, a film based on the graphic novel by Posey Simmonds. Loosely based on Flaubert's Madame Bovary, it starts Gemma Arterton as an English woman who moves to rural France and attracts the attention of the local men. John Hannah, best known for his roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral and Sliding Doors, is appearing on the Scottish stage for the first time in 25 years. He discusses his role in The Titanic Orchestra, an absurdist work by Bulgarian playwright Hristo Boytchev. Two shows at this year's Edinburgh Festival are based on the life and civil rights activism of Nina Simone. Ruth Rogers-Wright and Apphia Campbell discuss the challenges of playing Nina Simone on stage and recreating her unique voice. Presenter: Kirsty Lang Producer: Ellie Bury.

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