17 episodes

Country & Town House’s culture editor, Ed Vaizey, and associate editor, Charlotte Metcalf discuss the week’s cultural offerings with a brilliant edit of what you should be watching, reading, listening to, booking and visiting each week. Their roster of high profile guests from adds illuminating insight to the current cultural landscape.

Break Out Culture With Ed Vaizey by Country and Town House Country & Town House

    • Society & Culture
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Country & Town House’s culture editor, Ed Vaizey, and associate editor, Charlotte Metcalf discuss the week’s cultural offerings with a brilliant edit of what you should be watching, reading, listening to, booking and visiting each week. Their roster of high profile guests from adds illuminating insight to the current cultural landscape.

    Episode #07 - ‘Saucy’ Loyd Grossman’s Roman Holiday

    Episode #07 - ‘Saucy’ Loyd Grossman’s Roman Holiday

    Loyd Grossman discusses his new book and saving our culture and the Royal Borough opens its Physic Garden and National Army Museum for its annual History Festival.

    We’re reading:

    An Elephant in Rome : Bernini, the Pope and the making of the Eternal City by Loyd Grossman, £19.99

    We’re going to:

    The Chelsea History Festival

    www.chelseahistoryfestival.com until 27 th September

    We’re visiting:

    The National Army Museum www.nam.ac.uk and The Chelsea Physic Garden

    www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk for numerous live events during The Chelsea History

    Festival – BOOKING ESSENTIAL

    We’re scrabbling to get the last seats for:

    Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – till 27 th September

    www.Openairtheatre.com

    ENO’s Drive & Live : Puccini’s La Bohème at Alexandra Palace till 27 th September

    www.eno.org

    Produced and Edited by Alex Graham

    • 27 min
    Episode #06 - Digital Theatre, Free Culture For All and Lifting the Lid on Undiscovered London

    Episode #06 - Digital Theatre, Free Culture For All and Lifting the Lid on Undiscovered London

    This week: Neelay Patel on how Digital Theatre is transforming young people’s lives and revitalising the theatre world, Phil Edgar-Jones on how and why we’re all going to be watching Sky Arts for free and Hafsa Adan on exploring hidden, uncelebrated parts of London at this weekend’s Open House Festival.

    We’re tuning into Sky Arts for free on Freeview from midday Thursday 17th September

    We’re logging onto Digital Theatre at

    https://www.digitaltheatre.com

    subscribe for £9.99 per month or rent productions for £7.99

    Teachers, libraries and all educational institutions can subscribe to Digital Theatre + at https://www.digitaltheatreplus.com/education

    We’re exploring London this weekend with the Open House Festival from Saturday 19th September.

    For details of what to see and now to book go to

    https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk

    We’re pre-ordering Open House’s Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs, £14.99, edited by Owen Hatherley from

    https://shop.openhouselondon.org.uk/products/pre-order-open-house-london-guide-2020

    Produced and Edited by Alex Graham

    Music: Wholesome by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5050-wholesome

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 33 min
    Episode #05 - Racism in the Capital and Blue Plaques

    Episode #05 - Racism in the Capital and Blue Plaques

    Vogue photographer Misan Harriman on combatting racism in the capital and Kate Mavor from English Heritage chooses her favourite sites and blue plaques to visit

    For our cultural nutrition, we’re logging onto What We Seee www.whatweseee.com

    We’re visiting sites cared for by English Heritage. To book please visit

    www.english-heritage.org.uk

    We’re downloading the Blue Plaques of London app and watching English Heritage’s video

    about how it makes them

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAmnwsVfu1U

    Edited and Produced by Alex Graham

    Music: Wholesome by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5050-wholesome

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 31 min
    Episode #04: We Can Go To The Movies!

    Episode #04: We Can Go To The Movies!

    Can we go out to watch a film this summer? Ben Roberts, CEO of the British Film Institute tells us what’s happening with British cinema and Rob Adediran from London Music Masters tells us about the positive changes happening in the music industry

    We’re breaking out to:

    Recently opened National Trust Properties

    For all details of how to book:

    www.nationaltrust.org.uk

    Petworth House in Sussex

    Barrington Court in Somerset

    Kingston Lacy in Dorset

    Lyme in Cheshire

    Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk

    The Argory in Country Armagh

    Packwood House in Warwickshire.

    Festivals:

    Gisburne Park’s Pop Up – the first socially distanced festival in Lancashire: Parties in the park every Friday and Saturday from 11 July to 31 August

    https://www.gisburneparkpopup.com

    Red Rooster Festival: celebrating the best of the American Deep South at Euston Hall in Suffolk

    4-6 September

    www.redrooster.org.uk

    Theatres:

    Fanny and Stella opens outdoors at The Garden Theatre, adjacent to The Eagle in Kennington

    Sleepless, based on Sleepless in Seattle, opens at the Troubador in Wembley Park on 25 August

    https://www.troubadourtheatres.com/wembley-park

    Machine de Cirque at Sadlers Wells Peacock Theatre opens 8 September

    https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2020/machine-de-cirque/

    Jesus Christ Superstar: The Concert at Regent’s Park Open Theatre Theatre from 14 August

    http://openairtheatre.com/production/jesus-christ-superstar-the-concert

    Cinema:

    The BFI on the South Bank will open on 1 September

    https://www.bfi.org.uk

    To find out what Odeons are open please see https://www.odeon.co.uk

    Sign up to I’m In, the new tool from London Music Masters

    https://londonmusicmasters.org/portfolio-item/40-music-organisations-sign-up-to-im-in/

    For more of what’s on every week, sign up to our Weekly What’s On newsletter here –  https://www.countryandtownhouse.co.uk/newsletter/

    Edited and Produced by Alex Graham

    Music: Wholesome by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5050-wholesome

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 26 min
    Episode #03 - Tony Hall on the Future of Art

    Episode #03 - Tony Hall on the Future of Art

    Tony Hall in his new role as Chair of the National Gallery shares his vision for the gallery’s future and the Marquis of Cholmondeley talks about working with Anish Kapoor to mount his exhibition, now open to the public at Houghton Hall in Norfolk.

    We’re breaking out to:

    Titian : Love Desire Death at the National Gallery till 17 th January 2021

    https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/exhibitions/titian-love-desire-death



    Anish Kapoor at Houghton Hall till 1 st November 2020

    https://www.houghtonhall.com/?page_id=3181

    Ronnie Wood at Ashridge House : 21 st to 27 th August – SOLD OUT please see website for

    news of more ticket releases

    https://www.ashridgehouse.org.uk/events/ronnie-wood-x-ashridge-house-art-exhibition/



    Turner Contemporary in Margate

    https://turnercontemporary.org



    Produced and Edited by Alex Graham

    • 26 min
    Episode #02 - June Sarpong Talks Diversity and Change at the Beeb

    Episode #02 - June Sarpong Talks Diversity and Change at the Beeb

    All Change: June Sarpong, TV broadcaster and panellist and author of Diversify became the BBC’s first ever Director of Creative Diversity last October. She talks to Ed and Charlotte about change at the BBC, gives a sneak preview of all the exciting programming coming up this summer and autumn and tells us how white people can be effective allies in the fight against racism

    We’re breaking out to:

    Masculinities: Liberation through Photography at The Barbican from 13th July

    Jan Svoboda: Against the Light at The Photographers Gallery from 14th July

    Radical Figures:  Painting in the New Millennium  at Whitechapel Gallery from 14th July

    We’re Reading:

    Diversify by June Sarpong

    The Power of Women by June Sarpong

    We’re Watching:

    I May Destroy You: BBC iPlayer

    Noughts and Crosses: BBC iPlayer

    Produced & Edited by Alex Graham

    Music: Wholesome by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5050-wholesome

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Vivien7700 ,

Another excellent episode. #5

Well done on another excellent episode! You certainly get some good guests to interview and these two didn’t disappoint. They were both extremely interesting and also seemed like very nice people.

Thanks for alerting me to Missan Harriman and his work. What a great person he is. I am also looking forward to visiting Eltham Palace which I’ve only so far seen on Antiques Roadshow and I’ve downloaded the Blue Plaque app - what a great idea to be able to get more information about the individuals commemorated.

Looking forward to the next episode!

Camdylou2234 ,

Great podcast

Really enjoy listening to Ed and Charlotte and have come to really look forward to their weekly recommendations. Very informative and I have found out about some excellent new things from listening, they kept cheerful through lockdown and now the Breakout Culture is equally upbeat and entertaining. Great guests as well !

Burnham Westgate ,

1st episode

Brilliant. So funny, haven’t smiled and laughed so much for ages. Thank you.
What a treat, will of course tell anyone I speak to.
Refreshing and informative too.
Well done Ed, you always chaired the best meetings at DCMS and saved Wedgewood.
Well done Charlotte terrific team, and Darling Kit and his widow.
Look forward to the next one and Sunday.
Patricia R

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