To paraphrase Monty Python, “What have the French ever done for us?”. Well, language wise, quite a lot or 74% to be precise. But is it all good? Dr Lynne Murphy asks us to reclaim our language and the two Davids try to reclaim our land.
Zoology expert, Jules Howard gives his second Odditorium talk on the sex lives of animals, the extraordinary ways some creatures have learned to extend their lives and what we can learn from them. In the studio pie, cake and biscuit lover Dave Mounfield, is doing all he can to make it past 40.
We were delighted when Rupert agreed to come and speak at one of our live Odditorium events in 2016. Here the celebrated scientist explores the importance of ritual and pilgrimage and the rise of psychedelic rituals in recent years. Inspired, our intrepid presenters take a pilgrimage to the shops…to buy some biscuits.
Something a bit different for our episode today! Odditorium co-presenter David Bramwell, together with author John Higgs, have made a special 4-part series exploring the hidden history of one of Britain’s oldest roads: Watling Street. This sample episode, recorded on location in Kent, covers everything from the Carry -On’s Charles Hawtry to Brian Haw, who […]
Psychogeographer, author and acclaimed Alpinist, Mathew Clayton argues that, even more than the synthesiser, the cowbell, was the defining sound of the 20th century. Tying in everything from Kraftwerk to Jazz he shows how the little-known genres of kling-klang and ding-dong have influenced us in a post-truth world.
Nearing the end of his journey, David heads to the Arizona Desert in search of an entire eco-city built from scratch by Italian arhitect, Paolo Soleri. Arriving back at his home in Brighton after twelve months he wonders how he can bring a sense of community and utopia to his own backyard, only to discover […]
David heads to California where he thinks maybe – just maybe – he’s found utopia in a New Age community conceived by Aldous Huxley and managed by Hunter S.Thompson. Does it have free wifi and stock his favourite biscuits? Is he finally over his ex? Find out in the penultimate thrilling episode. Part five of […]
In the heart of the Italian Alps sits the community of Damanhur, creators of the world’s largest underground temple and home to singing plants. While David is moved to tears by their architectural wonders he is there on a commission from his old friend Ken Campbell: to steal the community’s ‘fully functioning’ time machine. Part […]
In search of a little carnal pleasure David dips his toe into the world of free love and polyamory. From here he heads to the Czech Republic to spend time in a BDSM-themed kingdom run by women and fuelled entirely on Pot Noodles. Part three of a special six-part comedy drama series based on David […]
David heads to the north of Scotland to the caravan park community of Findhorn in search of giant vegetables and plant spirits. Instead he finds himself rooming with Karl, the bassist of the Belgian punk band, Demon Swallower. Part two of a special six-part comedy drama series based on David Bramwell’s book, The No.9 Bus […]
Part one of a special six-part comedy drama series based on David Bramwell’s book, The No.9 Bus to Utopia. Starring the two Davids, Graham Duff and Emma Kilbey. After his long-term partner leaves him for someone ‘younger but more mature’ David embarks on a global adventure to find his own utopia. First stop is an […]
Dr Hester celebrates the life and work of the celebrated ‘supermasochist’ and performance artist Bob Flanagan. Find out how Bob fought cystic fibrosis with whips, chains, and self-carpentry. The two Dave’s meanwhile, appear to be stars of a new sitcom: the Odditorium Couple, in which Bob plays the next door neighbour. Warning: this podcast contains […]
Author, magician and hirsute wonder, Alan Moore is, for many, the greatest living Englishman. Not easily lured from his home town of Northampton, Alan made a rare appearance at the Odditorium tent in Brighton in May 2016, as part of an evening exploring the theme of counterculture. He was interviewed by another podcast favourite, John […]
Dr Cara Courage has a love/hate relationship with the long-running Radio 4 soap opera The Archers. She shares her enslavement, the program’s appeal and why it irritates the shit out of most right-thinking people, including Grayson Perry. Meanwhile the two Davids appear to be trapped in a meta-universe where they too are in an episode […]