A one-woman play about slavery and an opera based on the Jerry Springer American chat show have ranked on BBC Radio 4 Front Row’s risk list.
Salt by Selina Thompson, which ran at London’s Royal Court last year, explores Black British identity and the history of slavery. Thompson retraced the transatlantic slave triangle by cargo ship, before writing the one-woman show. It features as number four on the list.
Jerry Springer: The Opera, by Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee, was revived by Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre in August 2019 and features as number five on the list.
The list ranks the ‘top ten riskiest art works’ of the past twenty years, and has been compiled by panellists including writer Will Self, columnist Ellen E Jones, artist and broadcaster Scottee, and writer and producer Deborah Coughlin. Pussy Riot’s protest performance at a Moscow cathedral was judged the ultimate risky artwork of the 21st century.
The London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, directed by Danny Boyle, was placed at number 10.
The programme’s editor Alice Feinstein said: “Our panellists themselves have taken a risk here, no doubt the choices will spark debate; but it’s surely that sort of conversation which will interrogate what risk really means in today’s world: who’s playing it safe and who’s genuinely putting something on the line?
“Best, biggest or ‘most loved’ lists are ‘two a penny’ and often much the same, but the risk list stands out from the crowd.”