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Elizabeth Oldfield will host a live recording of The Sacred podcast with guests Richard Ayoade and Lydia Fox.
The Sacred is a podcast interested in the state of our public conversations. We explore how the things we hold sacred, but rarely have language to express, could help us understand each other better, even when we disagree.
Each episode features an in–depth interview with host Elizabeth Oldfield and a wide array of guests from a variety of beliefs and background — politicians to poets, academics to archbishops, journalists to jurists. Conversations explore childhood influences, the things we hold dear and examine the things that hold us together — not just as individuals, but as a society.
This event is a live podcast recording and will feature an interview with Richard Ayoade and Lydia Fox.
Richard Ayoade is an actor, director, writer and comedian. He grew up in Suffolk, the son of a Norwegian mother and a Nigerian father. He studied Law at Cambridge university, and became the president of the Cambridge Footlights club.
Ayoade’s first TV break was in the comedy horror series, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, which he also wrote and directed. This was followed by cameo appearances and a script editor role in another cult series, The Mighty Boosh. His fame was cemented in The IT Crowd where Ayoade played IT technician Maurice Moss, a role which won him a BAFTA for Best Male Comedy Performance.
He has directed music videos for Vampire Weekend, Kasabian, and Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs. In 2010, he wrote and directed his first feature film, Submarine, followed by The Double in 2013, based on a novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky. He has presented Gadget Man, Travel Man and The Crystal Maze, as well as appearing on numerous comedy panel shows.
Richard is married to Lydia Fox, who is an actor and part of the Fox ‘acting dynasty’. Her most recent projects include The Souvenir, released this summer, and The Double. They live in South London.
The event will be held at Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick Centre, London, WC1N 1AW on Wednesday 11 September.
Doors open at 6.30pm, with the recording starting promptly at 7pm. Drinks will follow in the Curzon bar.
Nearest station is Russell Square on the Piccadilly line (on exit cross the road and the Brunswick Centre is on your left. Curzon is 5 minutes walk).
Arrivals are from 6.30pm. The event will start promptly at 7pm and will end at 8pm, followed by drinks in the bar area. Upon arrival you will be given a token for the bar (redeemable for one glass of wine, bottle of beer or soft drink).
If possible please bring your eventbrite ticket and hand to us on arrival – this helps keeps the queue flowing!
After registering please make your way down to screen 5 (the Renoir) and fill up the cinema from the front and middle to allow people to access seats. After the recording please make your way up to the ground floor bar.
Please inform us of any special access requirements by 4th September.
One booking per person (if booking for another guest please complete a separate booking with their full name).
The event formally finishes at 9.15pm and the bar will open back up to the public at this time.
Bookings close 10th September.
Elizabeth is Theos’ Director. She appears regularly in the media, including BBC One, Sky News, and the World Service, writing in The Financial Times and delivering Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick Centre
London WC1N 1AW
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