May 12th, 2015
Episode 893 of 1393 episodes
Virginia Woolf is the subject of a new dance piece Woolf Works, directed by Wayne McGregor for the Royal Ballet, in which each of the three acts is inspired by a different novel - Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves. Sarah Crompton reviews. T C Boyle discusses his new novel The Harder They Come. Set in the redwood forests of California, and inspired by true events, the book examines the complexity of Americans' relationship to violence and guns. Some critics suggested that last year's Turner Prize shortlist lacked the calibre of previous years. Will this year's choice meet with greater approval? Louisa Buck joins Samira to discuss the 2015 shortlist of four artists which was announced today. Larushka Ivan-Zadeh reviews a new feature film The Tribe, set in a specialist boarding school for the deaf in Ukraine where violence is a constant threat, which features deaf actors who communicate by signing with no spoken dialogue. Inspired by an object on display at Imperial War Museum North, Sir Andrew Motion (former Poet Laureate) has created a new poem in response to the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of the Second World War. Presenter Samira Ahmed Producer Jerome Weatherald.