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Presenter Sean Rocks takes a look at what's on in the world of arts and entertainment.


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    The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno - Best of Friends by Kamila Shamsie - New albums

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 47:44

    In The Realistic Joneses, Will Eno looks at how two suburban couples deal with mortality - Beginning in Karachi, Best of Friends tells the story of two fourteen-year-old girls, as they navigate the teenage years against a background of social surveillance and political upheaval - We review new releases by Björk, Pixies and Sorcha Richardson.

    Maxim Vengerov - Film Reviews

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 48:37

    Maxim Vengerov will be performing with the National Symphony Orchestra under conductor David Brophy at the National concert Hall. The program will consist of Prokofiev violin Concerto number one and Ravel's Tzigane; Cara Doherty and Donald Clarke have been watching - Mrs Harris Goes to Paris, Hocus Pocus 2 and Flux Gourmet.

    Kate Mosse - This England - Dalkey's Echoes Festival - Cinderella

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 49:48

    Kate Mosse on her latest book Warrior Queens & Quiet Revolutionaries; This England, starring Kenneth Branagh as Boris Johnson as his government grapple with Brexit and the pandemic; Writers gather to share how they were inspired by Maeve Binchy; and Alma Deutscher's opera, Cinderella, will be performed for the first time in Ireland.

    Suzanne Ciani - Mrs Harris Goes to Paris - Make Me Famous - The Old Man

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 52:39

    Suzanne Ciani has been a pioneer of electronic music since the early 1970s - Mrs Harris Goes to Paris stars Lesley Manville as a cleaning lady who dreams of owning a Dior dress - Documentary Make Me Famous explores the 80s NYC art scene - Starring Jeff Bridges, The Old Man tells the story of a former CIA operative, whose past catches up with him.

    Charlotte Rampling - No Magic Pill - Cosán na Naomh - Haunted Dancehall

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 50:02

    Charlotte Rampling has often chosen complex roles, women who are often in unenviable or impossible situations - No Magic Pill, by playwright Christian O'Reilly, inspired by disability activist Martin Naughton - Cosán na Naomh, new music commissioned by Máire Breatnach - Haunted Dancehall, a two day electronic music event in NCH.

    Culture Night Special - Hilary Mantel

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 53:58

    A panel of book and travel enthusiasts, sharing the best plots that involve travel, including Lisa McInerney, Peter Murphy, Darryl Jones and Bebe Ashley - Very sad news emerged this morning with the announcement that British author, Hilary Mantel, has died at the age of 70.

    Walter Murch - Film reviews

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 50:46

    Academy Award-winner Walter Murch's career as a film editor, sound designer, writer and director, has included work on era-defining films such as Apocalypse Now, The Godfather parts 1, 2 and 3, and The English Patient - We review Blonde, After Yang and more.

    Nights of Plague by Orhan Pamuk - Dublin in poetry - Andor

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 50:09

    Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk's new novel, Nights of Plague, is set on an imaginary Mediterranean island beset by a plague - Commemorating our capital in poetry, Dublin in Poetry is a special event hosted by Stephen James Smith - Andor, the new Rogue One prequel, sees Diego Luna return as Cassian Andor.

    A Whistle in the Dark - Good Sex and All Hardest of Woman - How to be a Dancer in Seventy-Two Thousand Easy Lessons - Animals

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 50:42

    Sean McGinley and Jason Byrne on Tom Murphy's A Whistle in the Dark - Dancer and theatre director Michael Keegan-Dolan on How to be a Dancer in Seventy-Two Thousand Easy Lessons - Emilie Pine brings us Good Sex, and she also collaborated with Louise Lowe in All Hardest of Woman - Louise White, director of Animals, an interpretation of Animal Farm

    It Is In Us All - Memory of My Father - Stevie Appleby - Much Ado About Dying

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 46:21

    Antonia Campbell-Hughes, director of It Is in Us All, the story of a Londoner who returns to his ancestral homeland of Donegal - Patrick Kavanagh's ‘Memory of My Father' read by Liam Neeson - Stevie Appleby, previously of Little Green Cars, ahead of his performance at the Pavilion Theatre - Much Ado About Dying, a documentary by Simon Chambers

    John Grant - North Sea Connection - Album Reviews

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2022 50:50

    John Grant will be performing at the inaugural Night and Day Festival in Co. Roscommon next week - Kerr Logan who plays Aidan Kenny in the New RTE drama, North Sea Connection - Aoife Barry and Alan Corr on Suede: Autofiction, Death Cab for Cutie: Asphalt Meadows & Turin Breaks: Wide-Eyed Nowhere

    Film Reviews - Charlie's Good Tonight: Biography of Charlie Watts - Eye of the Dream by David O'Reilly

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 50:03

    Film Reviews, Ticket to Paradise, Róise & Frank & I used to be famous - Charlie's Good Tonight: Biography of Charlie Watts - Eye of the Dream by David O'Reilly

    Show Your Work: Dublin Review Anthology

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 50:10

    The Dublin Review is a quarterly magazine that publishes fiction, essays, memoirs, journalism and travel writing. Launched in 2000 by Brendan Barrington, the Dublin Review has published pieces by John Banville, Anne Enright, Sally Rooney, Seamus Heaney, etc. Show Your Work is its second anthology.

    New music by Kynsy - Celebrating Jean-Luc Godard - Moonage Daydream - Disappearing Islands

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 49:35

    Kynsy releases her second EP ‘Something to Do with Love' today - World cinema is in mourning as Jean-Luc Godard has died - New film, Moonage Daydream features many of Bowie's greatest tracks and previously unseen concert footage - Disappearing Islands is the latest work from theatre group Performance Corporation, set around Belmullet's tidal pool.

    Lessons by Ian McEwan - Róise & Frank - The Curiosity Series Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 49:08

    Novelist Ian McEwan's new novel Lessons is the life story of Roland, and the global events that shaped his life - In Róise & Frank, we meet a woman in the throes of grief - The Arts Council has launched The Curiosity Series, a podcast hosted by writer, comedian and podcaster Maeve Higgins.

    Hallé Orchestra - Bodies Bodies Bodies - Album reviews

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 48:49

    Conductor Delyana Lazarova talks about the Hallé Orchestra ahead of the performance at the NCH - The new movie Bodies Bodies Bodies takes a parlour game but introduces danger and gore that play on our pre-occupations with technology and cancel culture - John Meagher and Lia Murphy review new albums by John Legend, Daithí, Sampa The Great.

    Film Reviews

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 26:21

    Ruth Barton and Paul Whitington have been watching - See How They Run, Crimes of the Future, The Score.

    Margaret Atwood - Music in Monkstown with Barry Douglas - Lie Low at Dublin Fringe Festival

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 49:29

    Double Booker Prize winner and creator of The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood speaks to Arena ahead of her appearance at the Clifden Arts Festival - Pianist Barry Douglas on the Music at Monkstown festival - Lie Low, a new play about sex, violence and PTSD as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival.

    NSO new season - Eithne Jordan - Mike on Disney+

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 46:12

    We speak with Jaime Martín, chief conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra about the season opening - We review Mise en scène, a new exhibition of works by acclaimed Irish artist Eithne Jordan - Mike on Disney+ dramatizes the life and career of controversial boxer Mike Tyson.

    Venice Film Festival - Katie Kim - Estella Solomons - James Conor Patterson

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 50:33

    Tara Brady gives us the latest from the Venice Film Festival - Dublin based singer songwriter Katie Kim on her latest album, Hour of the Ox - Estella Solomons paintings exhibited at the National Gallery of Ireland - Bandit Country, poet James Conor Patterson's debut collection.

    The Unfolding by A.M. Homes - Devil in Ohio on Netflix - New albums

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 49:28

    The Unfolding follows a Republican donor plotting a coup in the wake of Obama's election as President of the United States - Devil in Ohio is the story of Mae, a young girl fleeing a satanic cult - We review new albums by Yungblud, Two Door Cinema Club and Nina Nesbitt.

    New films - La Traviata - The Rings of Power

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 53:40

    We review Blackbird, It Snows in Benidorm, and Three Thousand Years of Longing - Verdi's La Traviata was chosen by Northern Ireland Opera to celebrate their return to the stage of the Grand Opera House in Belfast - The long awaited Lord of the Rings TV series The Rings of Power centers on the Second Age of JRR Tolkien's Middle Earth.

    Drawing from the Well - The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O'Farrell - Street photography by Lorcan Finnegan - The return of Jaws

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 49:14

    Drawing from the Well on 11th September takes its inspiration from the Irish Traditional Music Archive - The Marriage Portrait, Maggie O'Farrell's new novel is the story of Lucrezia, daughter of Cosimo de'Medici - Dublin street photography by Lorcan Finnegan - Spielberg's Jaws returns to the big screens this September.

    Timothy Spall - Wake - The Slain Birds

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 51:09

    Timothy Spall speaks about his new film It Snows in Benidorm - Wake, where club culture meets Irish tradition, at the Dublin Fringe Festival - The Slain Birds, new poetry by award winning Belfast poet Michael Longley.

    The music of Mícheál O Súilleabháin - Mespil in the Dark Live - JazzTempo

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 46:52

    We hear from conductor David Brophy on Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin's significance as a composer and his musical legacy - Mespil in the Dark charts the bohemian life of the actor and writer residents of the Mespil flats in Dublin - With JazzTempo, audiences experience the fusion of jazz and classical music.

    Mr Malcolm's List - The Last Movie Stars - New Albums

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 49:48

    Mr Malcolm's List is a romantic comedy set in English high society in 1818 - The Last Movie Stars, directed by actor Ethan Hawke, charts the careers and incredible fifty-year marriage of legendary Hollywood couple Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward - New albums by Muse, The Lounge Society, Julia Jacklin.

    Film Reviews - While She Sleeps - Hotel Happiness

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 49:52

    Official Competition, Her Way and Beast - Arlene Hunt is a unique voice in Irish crime fiction, her latest While She Sleeps - Luke Casserly, There are hotels in Japan that provide special ‘crying rooms' for people, to escape life's stresses. These hotels were the inspiration for a new show ‘Hotel Happiness'.

    Patrick Dexter - Welcome to Wrexham - The Gap Year - Oasis Be Here Now at 25

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 49:37

    Patrick Dexter - Welcome to Wrexham - The Gap Year - Oasis Be Here Now at 25

    Jennifer Egan - Bad Sisters - Absent the Wrong

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 49:59

    Author Jennifer Egan on her new novel The Candy House - Aoife Barry has been watching Sharon Horgans new series Bad Sisters - Veronica Coburn and Dylan Coburn Gray are in to discuss their new production at The Abbey Theatre, Absent the Wrong

    The Laughing Boy/An Buachaill Geal Gáireach - Disorientation - Haven - The Chief

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 51:20

    An Buachaill Geal Gáireach/The Laughing Boy is an Irish song written by Brendan Behan in memory of, Michael Collins - Elaine Shay Chow reads the opening scene from Disorientation - Author of Room and the Wonder, Emma Donoghue has a new novel, Haven - On the 100th anniversary of Michael Collins death, The Chief, is a new play by Jimmy Murphy.

    House of the Dragon - Listowel International Storytelling Festival - Albums

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 51:41

    Chris Wasser looks at the prequel to Game of Thrones - Listowel International Storytelling Festival - Maria Gillem - Where there are people, there are stories & that is especially true of Irish culture - Albums with Zara Hedderman & Simon Maher, they have been listening to Hot Chip, Anna Mullarkey & The Mountain Goats

    Film Reviews - Masters of Tradition Festival - Poet, Don Paterson

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 46:33

    Donald Clarke & Cara O'Doherty have been to see - My Old School, Anais In Love & The Feast - New trio, a combination of musicians, uilleann piper David Power with violinist Marja Gaynor and Flamenco guitarist John Walsh - Don Paterson is an Award-winning Scottish poet & has named his ninth collection, The Arctic

    Philip Larkin at 100 - Jeanne Moreau Retrospective - Wolfgang Petersen Tribute - Bones in the Attic

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 46:58

    Thomas McCarthy & Richard Aldous on Poet Philip Larkin - Steven Benedict - Jeanne Moreau was heralded as a star from her stage debut in 1947 - Arena's tribute to Wolfgang Petersen after his death at 81 - Jessica Fahy - Bones in the Attic is an exhibition at the Hugh Lane Gallery.

    Lyric Opera - Salman Rushdie - Nick Drnaso - Brad Pitt

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 45:55

    Lyric Opera, Massenet's Werther at NCH - Salman Rushdie - Author Nick Drnaso - Brad Pitt Profile from Paul Whitington

    John Connolly - Emmet Kirwan & Eoin French on Accents! - As they must have been - Men of the South 1922-2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 50:24

    We hear from John Connolly on his new book The Furies; Emmet Kirwan and Eoin French on their new play Accents! at the Project Arts Centre; and Cristín Leach reviews the new exhibition at the Crawford Art Gallery.

    Edna O'Brien - Albums

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 53:01

    Edna O'Brien - Joyce's Women at The Abbey Theatre - Albums with Paul McLoone and Louise Bruton

    Films Reviews - Mohsin Hamid - Anna Mullarkey

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 53:09

    Tara Brady and Justin MacGregor review 'Nope', 'Blind Ambition' and 'Where is Anne Frank'; Mohsin Hamid discusses his latest novel 'The Last White Man' and composer, Anna Mullarkey discusses her debut album 'Falling'.

    Dún Laoghaire Folk Festival - Raymond Briggs Tribute - Marriage - Kevin Atherton - Butler Gallery in Kilkenny

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 52:06

    Liam O'Connor discusses the 2022 Dún Laoghaire Folk Festival gets underway in 12 days time; tribute to Raymond Briggs, who has passed away aged 88; Mary McGill tells us about the new Sunday and Monday night drama on the BBC, Marriage and a new exhibition from Kevin Atherton at the Butler Gallery in Kilkenny.

    Remnant Ecologies - Bone Rosary - Sandman Review - Kilkenny Arts Festival 

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 53:36

    Remnant Ecologies from Jony Easterby - Bone Rosary - Thomas Lynch - Sandman Review with Peter Murphy - Choreographer, Luke Murphy discusses upcoming Kilkenny Arts Festival

    May Twenty-Second - Array Collective - Keep Her Lit Festival

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 44:01

    May Twenty-Second is a new poetry collection from Frank McGuinness - Laura O'Connor and Stephen Millar of Array Collective, the Belfast-based group of artists won the 2021 Turner Prize for their work - Niamh Regan will be performing at Keep Her Lit, a new folk and traditional music festival taking place in the village of Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny

    Kilkenny Arts Festival - 2001 Space Odyssey - Album reviews

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 53:05

    Mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter & Nicholas Cords of string quartet Brooklyn Rider bring their Songs of Love and Death to Kilkenny Arts Festival - In the latest of his book-to-screen adaptations, Declan Burke looks at 2001: A Space Odyssey - Brian Boyd & Andrea Cleary on the latest albums from, Calvin Harris - Maggie Rogers - Jamie T

    Film Review - For the Hungry Ghosts - Malcolm Proud

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 55:22

    Paul Wittington and Ruth Barton review Bullet Train, Thirteen Lives and Maisie. Poet Paula Meehan tells us about For The Hungry Ghosts at the Kilkenny Arts Festival. World-renowned organist and harpsichordist, Malcolm Proud, will perform Bach's Well Tempered Clavier as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival

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