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Contemporary Cold War and new comedy (E273)

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The cruel and unusual judicial killing of a married couple in New York in 1953, which left two children orphaned, was a brutal footnote in the history of the Cold War. The execution by electric chair of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg marked the high (or low) point of McCarthyism, the era of witch-hunting, blacklisting, and ‘Reds under the beds.’ With the current climate of rising tensions between the United States and Russia, the play Rubenstein’s Kiss certainly has contemporary resonance. So, we invited the director Joe Harmston and actress Ruby Bentall into the studio to tell us more about the play’s timely revival.

He won the Pride of Britain award at the age of 12. He was runner-up in Britain’s Got Talent at the age of 14 and his film was released on 29th March (because nothing else was meant to be happening that day apart from possibly yet more “meaningful” votes). Jack Carroll is a proper stand-up comedian who’s headed right for the top. So, he came into the Sputnik studio to talk about the mechanics of stand-up as well as explaining how he became a comedian at such a young age.

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