How Shakespeare gave actor Michael Patrick Thornton his life again

This weekend, Lilah talks to actor Michael Patrick Thornton, who seems within the buzzy new Broadway manufacturing of Macbeth. When Michael was 24, he had a collection of spinal twine strokes. Reciting Shakespeare’s sonnets taught him how one can breathe and communicate once more, and proceed his profession. Michael is at current the one actor on Broadway who makes use of a wheelchair. We ask him concerning the energy of language and his function within the play (which additionally stars Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga). Then, we study Britain’s high forensic artist from journalist Will Coldwell, and the strategies she makes use of to catch criminals — which embrace a jar of strawberry jam.

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Hyperlinks and mentions from the episode: 

– Will’s profile of Melissa Dring, ‘To catch a prison: what a forensic artist is aware of concerning the thoughts’: 

– Michael Patrick Thornton’s theatre firm, The Present: 

– Macbeth – starring Daniel Craig, Ruth Negga and Michael – is on Broadway’s Longacre Theatre till July 10

– Michael is on Twitter @ThorntonMPT, and Will is on Twitter at @Will_Coldwell

– Choose protection of the warfare in Ukraine is free to learn at


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