Radio cinema

If the idea of listening to radio stories with strangers in the dark piques your aural curiosity, I recommend the Radio Cinema events hosted by Sirius Tales in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

The event I went to last month, hosted at the Book Lounge, was themed Dark Winter. A R45 ticket secured our Friday night’s entertainment. Basically, you’re seated, the lights are switched off, and you all get to listen to radio stories (doccies and fiction) with wine in hand, popcorn passed round and snacks at intermission.

We heard:

  • A voyeur woman photographer, Michele Iverson, talk about her “Night Surveillance Series”, which sees her photographing people through their windows in their homes at night.
  • An investigation into SA’s “satanic panic” in the news.
  • A humour-horror from 1937, called “A Day at the Dentist”.
  • The sexy Ray Donovan actor, Liev Schreiber, read Italo Calvino’s “The Distance of the Moon” (you can hear it here).
Liev

The yummy Liev

It was such a stimulating, novel way to spend a Friday night: Eyes closed, the call of voices, and our imaginations free to go wild in the dark…

To check out the new project by Sirius Tales, podcasts of creative non-fiction from the African continent, visit Sound Africa.

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