Follow Lenny Henry as he prepares to take on the role of Othello at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, from coaching sessions and boot fittings to TV appearances and trips to Africa for Comic Relief. Lenny keeps an audio diary of his hopes and fears for the show and, as rehearsals get under way, the microphones inside the rehearsal room listen to the slow process of building performance and production, right up to the first night. The idea for Lenny to take on the challenge of Othello stemmed from the last radio encounter between Lenny and Barrie Rutter, who appeared in a pair of documentaries that the comedian made for Radio 4 called Lenny and Will. In these, Lenny discussed his previously fraught love-hate relationship with Shakespeare and, by way of expiation, was treated to three hours of intense work with the director on Othello. At the end of the session, Barrie offered Lenny the part, which is where the next stage of Lenny’s own personal odyssey began.
A mentor and a student report from the 2009 Robotic Championships in Atlanta where they are competing. Also, A woman from Sydney, Cape Breton has an idea that she thinks could be a huge boost to the island’s tourism industry and she’s pitching it on Dragon’s Den.
The Antikythera Mechanism was discovered a hundred years ago in the wreckage of a 2000-year-old ship. For much of the last century, researchers, like Dr. Daryn Lehoux in the Classics Department at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, have been trying to figure out what this complex mechanical device can do. Dr. Lehoux spoke with host Bob MacDonald on Quirks and Quarks.