David Bowie, Another Mother for Peace and cool jewellery

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about David Bowie. There’s the listener mailbag, a surprise guest, some great music - and of course, the new quiz question. So click on that little “Listen” arrow above and join in!


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This week’s quiz: On 16 January, I asked you a question about the pop star David Bowie, whose death that week surprised the world – no one even knew he was sick, far less dying. But he left clues in his last works: his final album Blackstar, as well as a musical play he co-authored with the Irish playwright Enda Wright. And that was my question to you: what is the name of the musical play, co-authored by Enda and Bowie, which premiered this past December in New York?

The answer is: Lazurus, which ran for two months at the Off Broadway playhouse, the New York Theater Workshop. It was directed by Ivo van Hove, and starred Michael C Hall. The play is a sequel to the 1976 movie The Man Who Fell to Earth, which was based on the novel of the same name by Walter Tevis. In that film, Bowie starred as Newton, an alien who comes to earth looking for water to save his dehydrated planet. It was unbearably sad. Not only does Newton fail to find a way to save his planet, he is stranded on Earth and cannot get back to his home planet. Bowie was perfect.

Bowie and Enda’s play Lazurus takes place 40 years later; Newton is still stranded on Earth. The play, as Ben Brantley wrote in The New York Times, is about “universal solitude and dislocation, about alienation, about dividedness, about life as a perplexing jumble of puzzle pieces that can never be fully assembled.”

The winners this week are: Riaz Ahmad Khan from the soon-to-be official “RFI Listeners Club” in Sheikhupura, Pakistan; Mrs CO Agboola from Ekiti State, Nigeria; Manisha Jain from Delhi, India; RFI Listeners Club member Jean Forget from Attleboro, Massachusetts, and Ferhat Bezazel, president of the “RFI Club Ain Kechera” in West Skikda, Algeria.

Congratulations winners!

This week’s question ... you'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 21 March to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 26 March program. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

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Susan Owensby
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