bravely sticking their heads out of their lockdowns (so that you don't have to) in rural aquitaine and wessex, allow molière and the fat lad to be your guides to the apocalypse and the new abnormal.
season 2 chapter 5 - the coldest house in france
a true feature length epic, which nevertheless cannot do justice to moliere's extraordinary return to the chateau, after an extended period of quarantine in his northern estates. but everything has changed! the hall of mirrors and the concubines are no more, and madame guenevere has muscled in. moliere takes refuge in the coldest house in france. an equally startling return for pilar, fresh from her own lengthy hibernation in a santander bar. fat lad, meanwhile, avers that he has turned over a new leaf, but the jury is out - especially as that appears to be familiar mould under the afore mentioned leaf, and particularly as he is more convinced than ever that much of the local so-called human population are actually shaved mice, shaved coypus, shaved boars and shaved ravens in disguise. the ominous mayday bonfire on the village green is being built, and this may signify moliere's imminent demise. hairy pigs and hairy horses and hairy flies might fly. the chaps discuss poemes saturnienes by paul verlaine. contact moliere, in his hour of need, at moliereandthefatladATgmail.com (replacing AT with @). thank you to pilar, verlaine et famille, and the great raoul ficel for our marvellous theme tune - raoulficel.com
season 2 chapter 4 - when it was forbidden to say that the emperor had no clothes
moliere gently and merrily dreams his way downstream to the port of bordeaux on a mississippi paddle steamer, as you do. however, unbeknownst to him, he appears to be momentarily whisked away to some distant land called portsmouth. but who is responsible for this dastardly rift in the space time continuum? the possible culprits are, variously, a siren, a coypu, a fairy and a starling. but answers are there none. the chaps discuss the essential works of michel foucault. theme music by the brilliant raoul ficel - raoulficel.com
une petite balade automnale ...
pond life 1 - quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
moliere, fat lad, and their north america correspondent, present their new, regular (but frankly, irregular) politics pod. they tell it how it is. but is it listening? and is junior j junior the third senior paying attention? we can but hope.
season 2 chapter 3 - village green warrior
the first pilgrim arrives on the estates! and to celebrate this momentous event moliere gifts us with not one but TWO audio tours of his groundbreaking museum. he also consults with a tactile butterfly, and decides to share his pearls of wisdom with his villagefolk directly from this point forth. fatlad suffers greatly, after communing with nature in her wildest guise. the chaps discuss les fleurs du mal by charles baudelaire. thank you, jair. and thank you to raoul ficel for our ace and exclusive new theme tune - check out his work at raoulficel.com
interlude - go seek some dewdrops here
we were delighted that bordeaux-based actor and poet, jair massiah, dropped in to talk about performance, gardens, pandemics and the ways in which stand up comedy represents, for the performer, both an absolute fear and an ultimate high. find jair on instagram and twitter - @jairmassiah. her poetry collections - lioness, eden, and half moon - are available from amazon and bookdepository. she is represented by the janet hampson agency - janethampson.co.uk. thanks a million jair.