Caroline is an experienced broadcaster, presenter and writer. She is a trained actor and musician with a long freelance career in music and drama. She is frequently approached as a research consultant for TV and Radio producers working for BBC Radio 3 and 4, BBC 1 and 4 and Channel 4. Caroline has made over 100 music recordings and featured in international TV and Radio broadcasts. She is an experienced programmer and director. She was shortlisted for the early career AHRC/BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers 2014, taking part in media training workshops. She has also received media training via Ideas Lab, Birmingham.
Below are some recent examples of representative engagements:
Selected media, public engagement and events:
“The Machinery” Phantom Circuit #48 British Science Festival, September 2010. Caroline Radcliffe and Sarah Angliss perform and talk. “Clog Dancing: the original techno-industrial dance? … Caroline Radcliffe and Sarah Angliss relate a surprising history of dancing in the factory. We present some extracts from this multimedia show of music, video and clogs.” Phantom Circuit is an internet radio show of strange and wonderful sound waves - featuring music that is alien, electronic, exotic, essential.
Shakespeare's Globe. Shakespeare, “Henry VIII”. Film and DVD 2010 Directed by Mark Rosenblatt. (Musician).
“Anonymous”. Film and DVD 2011. Directed by Roland Emmerich . (Musician with Globe Theatre).
“The Paradise” (BBC1) Series One. October 2012. Consultant on music hall performers for BBC drama series set in a nineteenth century department store.
“If Wet” June 30 2013. Caroline Radcliffe demonstrates and discusses the relationship between early noise music and clog dancing. If Wet is a monthly event dedicated to sonic exploration, in Callow End Village Hall, Worcestershire.
The Lighthouse by Wilkie Collins, with an Introduction by Caroline Radcliffe and Andrew Gasson and a Foreword by P.D. James. Caroline Radcliffe; Andrew Gasson, Francis Boutle Publishers, Wilkie Collins Society, London 2013. ISBN 978 1903427 80 4. Book. A previously unpublished play, edited with a co-authored introduction.
"15 by 15” Clog, Series 2 Episode 3, BBC Radio 4, 7 August 2013 and 1 January 2014. Hardeep Singh Kohli …" also talks to Kate Tattersall who runs the Camden Clog, a group of dancers who trace their dances back to the Lancashire cotton mills, where the millworkers tapped their clogs in time to the machines - a moment of history restaged by Sarah Angliss and Caroline Radcliffe."
“Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens, 'The Lighthouse': A dramatic situation never before exploited” Book to the Future Festival, University of Birmingham. Barber Concert Hall, Barber Institute of Fine Arts 27 October 2013. This event brings to life the first published edition of The Lighthouse - with newly discovered music, illustrations, and scenes from the play including Dickens’s prologue and his “Song of the Wreck”, acted and sung by students from the University of Birmingham’s Department of Drama and Theatre Arts and the Department of Music and presented by Dr Caroline Radcliffe. Free public event.
“Clowning Around” (Radio 4 Extra) 8 March 2014, 9:00 & 19:00. In conversation with Tony Liddington, Caroline Radcliffe discusses the nineteenth century music hall performer Dan Leno.
‘“We mean to burst on an astonished World” Dickens and The Lighthouse’ 20 May 2014. Dr Caroline Radcliffe gives an illustrated lecture to the Dickens Fellowship at the Lumen Centre, Bloomsbury, London.
“The Wire” magazine June 2014: Caroline Radcliffe’s performance last year at "If Wet" is featured in this June's print issue of the contemporary music magazine "The Wire" in relation to clogs, machinery, noise music and the industrial age.
“Cotton Mills and Clogs” University of Birmingham Special Collections 10 July 2014. Illustrated public talk on conditions in the nineteenth century cotton mill and how an extraordinary dance form arose from the physically and mentally gruelling relationship between the worker and the machinery of the Industrial Revolution (coinciding with Cadbury Research Library Special Collections Exhibition “From Lancashire to China: A weaver’s tale.” Muirhead Tower Atrium, 1 July - 16 October 2014, 9:00 - 18:00 Highlights of the exhibition included a chance to to hear a dance soundtrack composed by Sarah Angliss and Dr Caroline Radcliffe in which the thrum of Lancashire clog dance and field recordings of a cotton mill are interwoven in an absorbing evocation of sounds which would surely have resonated with Lucy.
“Lancashire Heel and Toe Clog Steps” University of Birmingham, Cadbury Research Library Special Collections, 10 July 2014. Public dance workshop with Dr Caroline Radcliffe (coinciding with Cadbury Research Library Special Collections Exhibition “From Lancashire to China: A weaver’s tale.” Guild of Students Dance Studio, University of Birmingham.
“Wilkie Collins’ ‘lost’ drama – The Lighthouse”. Ideas Lab Predictor Podcast August 2014. Dr Caroline Radcliffe discusses her recent edition of The Lighthouse with Lucy Vernall.
“Letters from Wilkie Collins to Steele MacKaye”, introduction and edited letters by Caroline Radcliffe, in The Collected Letters of Wilkie Collins: Addenda and Corrigenda (9) eds. William Baker, Andrew Gasson, Grham Law, & Paul Lewis. Wilkie Collins Society, December 2014.
“The Song of the Wreck”, Dickens Fellowship and Wilkie Collins Society, 2014. Song by Charles Dickens, music rediscovered, reconstructed, edited and recorded by Caroline Radcliffe.
“People vs. Larry Chimp” British Science Festival. Wednesday 10 September 2014. Barber Lecture Theatre, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham. Lewis Dean School of Psychology and Neuroscience University of St. Andrews. Shown as part of the British Science Festival, exploring modern debates in comparative psychology through putting a (hypothetical) chimpanzee on trial for murder. The audience act as jury, quizzing witnesses, weighing up the evidence and voting on the verdict. Caroline Radcliffe chairs the debate as ‘the Judge’.
“Dancing Cheek to Cheek: An Intimate History of Dance” with Len Goodman and Lucy Worsley, (BBC4) 24 November 2014 21:00 - 22:00 Episode 1: 1.1m viewers(4.5%) Episode 2: 677,500 (2.8%) viewers. Various online and published reviews. “Len Goodman’s An Intimate History of Dance helped BBC4 record its second-biggest show of the year and smash competition from BBC2”. Caroline Radcliffe performs nineteenth century heel-and-toe clog dance and discusses the relationship between cotton machinery and clog dancing, teaching Len a few steps at Queen Street Textile Mill, Burnley. Research consultant for episode.
“The Machinery”, Science Museum, London, April 25, 2015. Caroline Radcliffe and Sarah Angliss perform their award-winning theatre piece and talk to an audience of international sound artists and the public in the AHRC funded “Music Noise and Silence Festival”.
“Who Do You Think You Are?” (BBC1) 10 September 2015. (3.90 Million Viewers) Caroline Radcliffe introduces Gareth Malone to his music hall ancestry in a pub in Liverpool. Research consultant for episode.
Dickens Symposium September 18, 2015: Keynote speaker, King’s College, University of London and the Dickens Museum.
“You’ve Been a Lovely Audience” (BBC4) December 2015. Caroline Radcliffe discusses the music hall performer Dan Leno with the comedian Frank Skinner for a three-part series on music hall and variety entertainment. Research consultant for episodes 1 & 2.
“Thread” July 2016, Leeds, South Asian Arts dance/music/theatre production, consultant.
“Algomech Festival 2016: Crafting Sound “The Machinery”, November 2016, Sheffield Museums, Caroline Radcliffe and Sarah Angliss perform their award-winning theatre piece.
“Who Do You Think You Are” (BBC1) 28 January 2017 (4.29 million viewers) Caroline Radcliffe introduces Sir Ian McKellen to his Victorian theatrical ancestor in Liverpool Central Library. Research consultant for the episode.
“Francis Baines Remembered” 11 April 2017, Cadogan Hall, London. Concert and written contribution to centenary publication.