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Irish podcast exploring what's happening in the world of arts, culture and entertainment. Listen live every weeknight on RTÉ Radio 1 from 7-8pm. Listen to individual clips at Presented by Sean Rocks.

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May Twenty-Second - Array Collective - Keep Her Lit Festival
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
Aug 09, 2022
May Twenty-Second - Array Collective - Keep Her Lit Festival
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
Aug 09, 2022
Kilkenny Arts Festival - 2001 Space Odyssey - Album reviews
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
Aug 08, 2022
Film Review - For the Hungry Ghosts - Malcolm Proud
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
Aug 05, 2022
Elaine Hsieh Chou - Roxy Music at 50 - Out of the Ordinary at Kilkenny Arts Festival
Elaine Hsieh Chou - Roxy Music at 50 - Out of the Ordinary at Kilkenny Arts Festival
Aug 04, 2022
50 years of Deliverance - Kerlin Show - Album Review
50 years of Deliverance, John Boorman discusses the legacy of the film - Chinese artist Zhou Li is something of a regular on the international circuit. She now has her first solo exhibition in Ireland - John Meagher & Nadine O’Regan review new albums from Beyoncé, Jack White and Nina Nastasia.
Aug 02, 2022
Film Reviews - Surface - Letters of a Country Postman
John Maguire & Gemma Creagh look at the Joyride, Hit The Road; The Deer King - Chris Wasser reviews Surface, a new eight-part psychological thriller starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, begins on Apple TV+ this Friday - Directed by Sophie Motley, Letters of a Country Postman, has been adapted for the stage & opens at the Everyman in Cork in August
Jul 29, 2022
Horse of Selene - The Art Of Film Production - John O’Conor Celebrates 75th Birthday
Dr. Mary Burke - The Horse of Selene was the acclaimed debut novel from Juanita Casey - Steven Benedict - Eleven years ago today saw the passing of one of Hollywood’s most revered, yet paradoxically unrewarded figures, Polly Platt - As a 75th birthday gift, the RTE Concert Orchestra will accompany John O’Conor on August 19th in the NCH
Jul 28, 2022
Paul Muldoon - Rough Magic Theatre Company - Under The Banner Of Heaven - Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid
Poet Paul Muldoon is on the road again with Muldoon's Picnic; Rough Magic Theatre Company will perform 'The Tempest' at the Kilkenny Arts Festival; Declan Burke reviews Under The Banner of Heaven and Pat Carty previews an IFI screening of Sam Peckipah's classic Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid
Jul 26, 2022
Semele - Neighbours - Poem - All Together Now Festival
Semele’s Director Patrick Mason, its conductor Christian Curnyn and one of its stars Kelli-Ann Masterson who plays the titular role speak to Sean - Jenn Gannon on Neighbours, as it finishes after 37 years on screen - Poem – Colm Toibin - Gemma Dunleavy at the All Together Now festival.
Jul 26, 2022
Stephen Rennicks - Hot Press at 45 - Album Reviews
On Saturday, September 3, the RTE concert Orchestra will present the world premiere of ROOM performed as a live score - Stuart Clarke discusses how Hot Press has been at the forefront of a changing Ireland as it celebrates 45 years - Simon Maher & Andrea Cleary - Gavin James - The Sweetest Part, Lizzo - Special, Beabadoobee - Beatopia
Jul 25, 2022
Film reviews - Light & Magic on Disney +
Chris Wasser & Deirdre Mulomby discuss the latest films - Where the Crawdads Sing - The Gray Man - Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck In Time - Preview Light & Magic on Disney + with John Maguire.
Jul 22, 2022
Gabriel Byrne - John Francis Flynn - Sondheim festival
Gabriel Byrne on Death of a Ladies Man & Walking with Ghosts - John Francis Flynn debut album, I Would Not Live Always & All Together Now festival in Co Waterford - Cathal Synott, pianist, conductor, musical arranger and director, a host at the Sondheim festival.
Jul 21, 2022
Russo Bros - Seán Hewitt - Robert Wilson - Clara Simpson
Russo Bros on their new film, The Gray Man - Seán Hewitt discusses All Down Darkness Wide - Robert Wilson talks about returning to The Happy Days, Enniskillen Beckett Festival - Clara Simpson gives us a taste of what she has planned for The Happy Days, Enniskillen Beckett Festival
Jul 20, 2022
Loah - Women & the State: Writing Irish History - Annex
Loah, real name Sallay-Matu Garnett, is best known for her unique blend of Afro-folksoul music - Earagail Arts Festival - Women & the State: Writing Irish History, Sinéad Gleeson & Annemarie Ni Churreain - This is Entanglement – the work of Annex, a collaboration between artists, architects and researchers.
Jul 19, 2022
Galway International Arts Festival
Artist Anna Maria Pacheco - Philip O Doherty from Fíbín Theatre Company - Helen Meany and Judy Murphy review GIAF - Crash Ensemble
Jul 18, 2022
Live From Galway International Arts Festival
With guests - Enda Walsh, Donnacha Dennehy and Paul Fahy - Eímear Noone - Sonya Kelly - Glenn Davis and Brooke Flanagan of Steppenwolf Ensemble & music from Anna Malarkey, ‘Falling Apart’.
Jul 15, 2022
Film Reviews - Harrison Ford Turns 80 - Wilton Place Installation - The Control Room
Donald Clarke and Cara O'Doherty review Persuasion, Railway Children The Return and The Good Boss; Harrison Ford turns 80; A Wilton Place LED screen will show short films until September; and Mary McGill reviews The Control Room.
Jul 13, 2022
SíFiddlers - Michael Pedersen - Lorcan Walshe - Resident Evil Review
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Bríd Harper of the group SíFiddlers, who are performing at the Earagail Arts Festival; poet Michael Pedersen discusses his new book 'Boy Friends'; artist Lorcan Walshe on his exhibition at the Hunt Museum; and Chris Wasser reviews the new Netflix series Resident Evil.
Jul 12, 2022
Carrie Cracknell - HandelFest Launches - Black Bird Reviewed
Filmmaker Carrie Cracknell discusses 'Persuasion', her fresh take on a Jane Austen classic which stars Dakota Johnson, Peter Whelan, Artistic Director of the Irish Baroque Orchestra, previews HandelFest, and Declan Burke reviews Black Bird.
Jul 11, 2022
Galway Film Fleadh, Vicky Krieps - Film reviews - Earagail Arts Fest - Rioghnach Connolly
The Galway Film Fleadh kicked off on Tuesday, and continues until this Sunday, July 10 - Tara Brady & Justin McGregor - Thor: Love & Thunder - Brian & Charles - Futura - Earagail Arts Festival gets underway this Saturday in Donegal. Singer Ríoghnach Connolly is on the bill with her band Honeyfeet.
Jul 08, 2022
CMAT - Matthew Spangler - Aideen Barry - Alfred Hitchcock Frenzy at 50
CMAT is the stage name of Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson - Spangler’s latest play, Albatross, opens on 19th July at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin - Klostes, is the title of a black & white non-verbal film created by the people of Kaunas together with Irish artist & film-maker Aideen Barry - Paul Whitington on Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy at 50
Jul 07, 2022
Adrian McKinty - A Fool’s Errand - The Battle of Kildare Place - Peig Sayers exhibition at MOLI
Adrian McKinty, author The Island - A Fool’s Errand, Cairde Arts Fest, Sligo - The Battle for Kildare Place, is about to come to Bewley’s Café Theatre - Peig Sayers was a contemporary of James Joyce, a new exhibition at the Musuem of Literature Ireland tells us more about her captivating story.
Jul 06, 2022
The Mayfly Eco Showboat - Peter Brook - Brian and Charles - Shame // Less
Artists Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly are touring on the Shannon in their solar-powered Eco Showboat - The theatre world mourns the passing of Peter Brook - A socially awkward inventor comes up with a plan to amuse himself and combat isolation - Shame // Less is a documentary shot in the Boilerhouse sauna, which shows Dublin’s queer underbelly.
Jul 04, 2022
Girl from the North Country musical - Untold Ukraine film festival - New albums
Written by Conor McPherson and based on Bob Dylan’s back catalogue, the musical Girl from the North Country, is set in Duluth, Minnesota in 1934, at a boarding house - Untold Ukraine is a short film festival running for the month of July at the IFI in Dublin. All proceeds go to Nova Ukraine - We review new music by Jack Johnson, & SJ McArdle.
Jul 01, 2022
Film Reviews - My Life as a Rolling Stone - Iron Annie
Ruth Barton and Paul Whitington on Minions: The Rise of Gru, Nitram, Castro’s Spies - My Life As a Rolling Stone is the new four-part BBC series celebrating the 60th anniversary The Rolling Stones - Iron Annie is Luke Cassidy’s debut novel, a tale of crime and ill-fated romance set in his native Dundalk.
Jul 01, 2022
Poet and playwright Inua Ellams - Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler
Inua Ellams won the Fringe First award in Edinburgh for The 14th Tale, which is now on the Junior Cert syllabus. Jessie Buckley is one of the most versatile Irish actors of her generation. Bernard Butler's career has seen him move well beyond his role with Suede. Their new album is called For All Our Days That Tear the Heart.
Jun 29, 2022
The Steward of Christendom - Beyond 2022 - The Terminal List - Model Plot
The Steward of Christendom makes a return to the Gate Theatre with Owen Roe as Thomas Dunne - The Civil War saw the destruction of State records, which are now being recreated digitally - The Terminal List is a new series starring Chris Pratt - Model Plot by Deirdre O’Mahony is a sculptural planting of herb and forage crops framed by potato ridges
Jun 28, 2022
Mike Newell - The Last Days of Roger Federer - The O’Donoghue - Pucked
From Four Weddings and A Funeral to Into The West, Mike Newell's films have launched careers and won awards worldwide - Writer Geoff Dyer on his new book The Last Days of Roger Federer - The O’Donoghue: Bernard O’Donoghue's poetry - Cathal Ryan’s first play Pucked is the story of a young hurler and his arch nemesis.
Jun 27, 2022
Blade Runner at 40 - Some Integrity - New albums
40 years after being dismissed by critics and audiences, Blade Runner is now regarded as one of the most influential science-fiction films ever made - Poet Padraig Regan's debut collection, called Some Integrity, is already making its mark on the awards circuit - New albums for review by James Vincent McMorrow, Soccer Mommy and Regina Spektor.
Jun 24, 2022
New films - Man vs Bee - Schmerzbau: It’s not all just misery
Films up for review are: Elvis, The Black Phone , Cannon Arm & the Arcade Quest - Man vs Bee, a new series on Netflix starring Rowan Atkinson, who takes on a house-sitting job - Stephen Brandes' new exhibition in The Model in Sligo is called 'Schmerzbau: It’s not all just misery'
Jun 23, 2022
Remembering Dennis Cahill - Voyage: a performance by digital avatars of ABBA - Cannon Arm and the Arcade Quest - Loot
A tribute to musician Dennis Cahill, whose death was announced today - Voyage: ABBA’s virtual tour using digital avatars of the group - In Cannon Arm and the Arcade Quest, Kim sets his heart on becoming the greatest of them all in an arcade game - Loot, a ten-part comedy series starring Maya Rudolph, kicks off on Apple TV+ this Friday.
Jun 21, 2022
Bronagh Gallagher - Junk Ensemble - Deirdre Gribbin - Victoria Kennefick - Bernie McGill
Witch It Up is Bronagh Gallagher's new EP - Crossing Skin by Junk Ensemble, which explores our relationship to the sea - Composer Deirdre Gribbin at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival - Meat, a poem by Victoria Kennefick - This Train Is For, Bernie McGill's new short stories collection.
Jun 20, 2022
Paul McCartney turns 80 - New albums
Paul McCartney turns 80 on June 18th, and he’s still writing, recording and performing. In a writing career that began in 1956, he has written or co-written more than 400 songs. We look back on his prolific career with Dr Holly Tessler - Dave Hanratty and Nadine O'Regan review new albums by Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler, Foals and Melts.
Jun 17, 2022
Film Reviews - Bloomsday Special - Ulysses 100
Chris Wasser & Roe McDermott tell us about Lightyear, Good luck to you Leo Grande & Spiderhead - Colm Toibin & Catherine Flynn celebrate James Joyces great work, Ulysses, on it's 100th anniversary of the publication this year.
Jun 17, 2022
Ziggy Stardust at 50 - Francois Ozon - David Baskeyfield
Paul McLoone celebrates 50 years since THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS - The French filmmaker, Francois Ozon, is back with a new film, taking on the subject of euthanasia - Dublin’s Summer Organ Festival will fill the various churches with uplifting and fun performances.
Jun 16, 2022
Pistol on Disney+ - The Wanderer - Actors who’ve played Elvis
Steve Jones discusses Danny Boyle’s new 6 part series about the band, simply called PISTOL - Jessica Traynor Stories of migration with Irish Modern Dance Theatre will present THE WANDERER as part of Corks Midsummer Festival - Alan Corr on the array of actors who have played Elvis – from Kurt Russell to Val Kilmer to Jack White.
Jun 15, 2022
Emma Thompson & Daryl McCormack - Sinead Campbell Wallace - Tolu Makay @ Cork Midsummer - Poet Maureen Boyle
Emma Thompson & Daryl McCormack discuss their new film, Good Luck to you Leo Grande - Sinead Campbell Wallace INO production at the Bord Gais - Tolu Makay @ Cork Midsummer - The Last Spring of the World is the second collection by Belfast-based poet Maureen Boyle
Jun 14, 2022
ET at 40 - A Safe Passage - Albums
John Maguire - 40 years ago, this month saw the release of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - Irene Kelleher’s new play, A Safe Passage, opens next week at Firkin Crane, as part of Cork Midsummer Festival. - Andrea Cleary & Paul McLoone - George Ezra, Sinead O’Brien and Vance Joy
Jun 13, 2022
Film reviews - The United States vs Ulysses - Sherwood
Donald Clarke & Cara O Doherty give the low down on Jurassic Park: Dominion, Swan Song and Earwig - New work from playwright Colin Murphy & show Director Conall Morrisson, The United States v Ulysses - Declan Burke - Loosely inspired by events in real life, Sherwood is a new 6-part BBC crime drama, starring David Morrissey and Lesley Manville.
Jun 10, 2022
THISISPOPBABY – Party Scene - Paddy McAloon at 65 - Bob Fosse profile - Hugh Lane Gallery 
Writer/Director Philly McMahon discusses Party Scene, from theatre company THISISPOPBABY - Paddy McAloon turns 65, Colm O’Callaghan takes a look at his work - David Bolger CoisCéim, This month, the IFI celebrates the work of director Bob Fosse with a retrospective of his films - 19th century French artist, Eva Gonzales exhibition.
Jun 09, 2022
Todd Stevens, Swan Song - Author Maylis Besserie - We Own This City - Poet Nithy Kasa
Swan Song is the latest feature from American writer/director Todd Stevens - Yell, Sam, If You Still Can, follows Samuel Beckett through his last months in 1989 - We Own This City, a crime series from the mind of David Simon, who brought us The Wire - Debut poetry collection, entitled Palm Wine Tapper and The Boy at Jericho?
Jun 09, 2022
Carlow Arts Festival - Norm MacDonald: Nothing Special - Album Review
Carlow Arts Festival, 9th to 12th June, mix of Irish and international artists. - American comedian Norm Macdonald died last year, and his death came as a shock to almost everybody but him. This week Netflix released ‘Norm MacDonald: Nothing Special’ - Album Reviews: Angel Olsen Big Time, The Whileaways In All Honesty and Stars From Capelton Hill
Jun 07, 2022
Films: Men and Bergman Island - Bob Dylan Center - Everything I Know About Love
We review horror film Men, with Jessie Buckley and Rory Kinnear, and Bergman Island, the story of a couple who goes on a creative retreat - The Bob Dylan Center has just opened in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with over 100,000 documents: manuscripts, photographs, tapes - Everything I Know About Love, a BBC series created by Dolly Alderton, based on her memoir.
Jun 02, 2022
Guests of the Nation - Bach's Goldberg Variations - Raised Among Vultures
Set during the Irish War of Independence, Guests of the Nation is the story of two English soldiers held hostage by the Irish Republican Army - Irish pianist Peter Tuite will perform Bach's Goldberg Variations in Dublin Castle's Chapel Royal this Friday - Raised Among Vultures is Molly Twomey's debut poetry collection.
Jun 01, 2022
The poetry of Seamus Heaney in Irish - Dubliners - The Midwich Cuckoos
Actor Stephen Rea and musician Neil Martin come together again to perform the work of Seamus Heaney in Irish - Corn Exchange Theatre Company are producing Joyce's Dubliners as part of Bloomsday Festival 2022 - The Midwich Cuckoos is set in a sleepy commuter town where, following a blackout, every woman of child-bearing age falls pregnant.
May 31, 2022
Maria Stuarda - The Trial of Lotta Rae - Obi-Wan Kenobi
A clash of queens, one Catholic and Scottish, and one Protestant and English, is the subject of the INO's new production Maria Stuarda -The Trial of Lotta Rae, by Siobhan MacGowan, is a rape trial set in London at the beginning of the 20th century - Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+, starring Ewan McGregor.
May 30, 2022
Pistol - Latest from Cannes - New albums
Pistol is a six-part series based on Steve Jones's memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol - Tara Brady updates us from the Cannes film festival - We review new albums by Liam Gallagher, Just Mustard and Wilco.
May 27, 2022
Films + Ray Liotta RIP - Rufous Nightjar at Tradition Now - Author Sandra Newman The Men
Ray Liotta tribute and movie reviews, Top Gun: Maverick, Between Two Worlds and The animated TV series Bob’s Burgers. Rufous Nightjar at Tradition Now in the National Concert Hall. Sandra Newman’s latest novel,?The Men.
May 27, 2022
Jaime Martín and Anne Sofie von Otter - Celebrating Arthur Conan Doyle - Camille O'Sullivan sings Nick Cave
The National Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor Jaime Martín bring mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter to the National Concert Hall - Darryl Jones celebrates Arthur Conan Doyle in a public lecture - In her latest show, Camille O'Sullivan sings Nick Cave, and will perform at the Kaleidoscope Festival.
May 25, 2022
Wallis Bird - Elder's Corner - Following Ulysses - Dublin Dance Festival reviews
Wallis Bird, on her seventh studio album Hands - Elder’s Corner directed by singer-songwriter-producer Siji Awoyinka, as part of the inaugural Africa Day Film Festival in Dublin - Following Ulysses, by photographer Deirdre Brennan, inspired by James Joyce's novel - We review the Dublin Dance Festival.
May 24, 2022
Cathal Coughlan - The Tower - The Art of Losing - Dervla Murphy - The Soldier's Tale
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Cathal Coughlan has died - The Tower, by Dublin artist, Jesse Jones, as part of the Magdalene Series at Rua Red - The Art of Losing by Alice Zeniter, wins Dublin Literary Award - The much loved Irish travel writer Dervla Murphy has died - The Soldier's Tale by Igor Stravinsky.
May 23, 2022
Mick Herron's Slough House - Fashion in film - New albums by Harry Styles, Soak and Ye Vagabonds
Mick Herron is the award-winning author of the Slough House series of spy thriller, including his latest offering, Bad Actors. Costume has always been an integral part of film making, and we look at how fashion in film has evolved over the years. New albums by Harry Styles, Soak, and Ye Vagabonds.
May 20, 2022
Film reviews - Decadent Theatre Company's Blackbird - Dances Like a Bomb
Film reviews: The Innocents, about supernaturally gifted children; Benediction, a biopic of Siegfried Sassoon; Everything Everywhere All At Once, a mind-bending sci-fi - David Harrower’s controversial and award-winning play Blackbird - Dances Like a Bomb, celebrating the strength and beauty of mature bodies and challenging the cult of youth.
May 19, 2022
Soak - Travelling with Mozart - The end of the girl bands
Soak, singer-songwriter from Derry, on their new album If I Never Know You Like This Again - Travelling with Mozart, a theatrical and music experience by the Irish Chamber Orchestra - The end of the girl band era.
May 18, 2022
Future Limerick - Life & Beth - A Call To You
Future Limerick is Ireland's first climate arts festival taking place in Limerick - Life & Beth is the story of a woman whose life looks good on paper, until the death of her mother changes everything - Catherine Young's A Call To You is a contemporary performance as part of the Dublin Dance Festival.
May 17, 2022
Conversations with Friends - The Innocents - After Beethoven
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson, Conversations with Friends follows 21-year-old Frances, who becomes involved in the life of a married couple - The Innocents is a psychological horror film about children with mysterious powers - After Beethoven, a series of chamber music concerts at the NCH, with newly commissioned work by five contemporary composers.
May 16, 2022
Blackwater Valley Opera Festival - The Essex Serpent - Albums
The Blackwater Valley Opera Festival returns to the south-east from May 31 until June 6, headlining with Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice - The Essex Serpent follows London widow Cora Seaborne who moves to Essex to investigate reports of a mythical serpent. - New albums by Kendrick Lamar, Florence + The Machine, and Kevin Morby.
May 13, 2022
Film Reviews - The Rolling Stones: Exile On Main St. - Beyond The Pale Festival
Chris Wasser and Deirdre Molumby review An Cáilín Ciúin, Vortex and Father Stu - In May 1972 the Rolling Stones released their 10th studio album Exile on Main St. - Glendalough estate, in Wicklow, will host the Beyond the Pale Arts Festival which includes Soda Blonde, James Vincent McMorrow and Loah amongst the line-up.
May 12, 2022
Ruth & Pen by Emilie Pine - The Cavalcaders - Trailer Park at Electric Picnic
Ruth & Pen by Emilie Pine, is the crisscrossing story of two women: Ruth, a therapist struggling with infertility, and Pen, a teenager on the autism spectrum - The Calvalcaders, a play by Billy Roche, directed by Aaron Monaghan for Druid - Trailer Park, a vast collection of repurposed caravans, horseboxes and mobile homes.
May 11, 2022
The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes - Street Art by Joe Caslin - Cellissimo festival
The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes, a new documentary, made of interviews conducted by investigative reporter and author Anthony Summers - INSIDE/OUT Street Art in Clonmel - Music for Galway presents their Cellissimo Gala in Galway.
May 10, 2022
The Man in the Hat - An Cailín Ciúin - Nobel Prize winner Abdulrazak Gurnah
The Man in the Hat, with Ciarán Hinds and Stephen Warbeck - An Cailín Ciúin, based on Claire Keegan's novella Foster - Nobel Prize winner Abdulrazak Gurnah, as part of the International Literature Festival Dublin.
May 09, 2022
Film Reviews - Emily Dickinson RTÉ Concert Orchestra - MusicTown
Dr Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, Wild Men, Wake Up Punk. To celebrate how Emily Dickinson's writing has inspired others, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will host an evening of music and verse on Wednesday, May 25th, at the NCH. MusicTown 2022 celebrates the theme of ‘Together Again’. A 2-week musical celebration, running from 6th – 15th May.
May 06, 2022
Constructing a Nervous System - Ashley Campbell - New albums
Constructing a Nervous System by Pulitzer Prize winner Margo Jefferson - New music by Ashley Campbell - New albums from Arcade Fire, Sigrid and Sharon Van Etten
May 06, 2022
Tara Erraught & Joana Carneiro - Dementia in film - Síomha's Infinite Space - The Staircase
Mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught & conductor Joana Carneiro, ahead of their Malher performance at the National Concert Hall - How dementia is treated in film, with Dr Tony Tracy - County Clare musician Síomha's debut album Infinite Space - The Staircase with Colin Firth and Toni Collette, a Sky Atlantic eight-part mini-series.
May 04, 2022
Warren Ellis - The Cartographer's Pen - The Geometer Lobachevsky
Warren Ellis on his personal and creative relationship with Nick Cave. The Cartographer's Pen, a new play by Jimmy Murphy, based around The Treaty and the drawing of the border - The Geometer Lobachevsky by Adrian Duncan, the story of a Russian mathematician who comes to the Irish midlands in the 1950s to help Bord na Móna with a land survey.
May 03, 2022
Best of Arena
Featuring - Jarvis Cocker, Kelly McDonald, Anne Enright, Stephen James Smith and Cormac Begley
May 03, 2022
An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins - Girls at 10 - Album Reviews
Helen Meany Helen Meany has been to see An Octoroon. Dr Jorie Lagerway, Associate Professor in Television Studies in UCD takes a look at the legacy of Lena Dunham’s Girls and Paul McLoone and Zara Hedderman discuss new music releases by Bloc Party, Sive and Let’s Eat Grandma.
May 03, 2022
Downton Abbey: A New Era - Nederlands Dans Theater - Film reviews
Sean catches up with Allen Leech, who plays Tom Branson in Downton Abbey: A New Era. The renowned Nederlands Dans Theater is set to return to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre this May Bank Holiday. Tara Brady and Justin MacGregor discuss the latest movie reviews, Downton Abbey: A New Era - Casablanca Beats - The Velvet Queen
Apr 29, 2022
All Along the Echo - Shining Girls - The Sound of Being Human - NCH Creative Lab
Danny Denton's new novel All Along the Echo, about talk show host Tony Cooney and his producer Lou. Shining Girls with Elisabeth Moss, who is forced to come to terms with a violent assault. The Sound of Being Human by Jude Rogers, a memoir about why music matters. The NCH Creative Lab, a programme that aims to give opportunities to young creatives.
Apr 27, 2022
May The Fourth Be With You - Ten Percent - Pit Lullabies - House
May The Fourth Be With You, a celebration of John Williams' Star Wars music, conducted by Stephen Bell - Ten Percent is the English language adaptation of Dix pour cent, the acclaimed French comedy drama - Pit Lullabies is Jessica Traynor's third poetry collection - House by Fidget Feet, is the sequel to Bingo Wings, a bingo inspired show.
Apr 26, 2022
Martha Wainwright - Caitríona McLaughlin
In her memoir, Stories I Might Regret Telling You, Martha Wainwright describes her journey from awkward, earnest, and rebellious daughter, through her intense competition with her brother. - Caitriona McLaughlin is directing a new production of Brian Friel’s play Translations, a co-production between the Abbey Theatre and the Lyric Theatre.
Apr 25, 2022
Steve Coogan's Chivalry - Pianist John O'Conor - New albums by Fontaines DC, Spiritualized, Síomha
Steve Coogan returned to our TV screens last night on Channel 4 with a new six-part series Chivalry. Pianist John O’Conor presents a programme of Beethoven piano sonatas at the University concert Hall in Limerick, on Sunday, May 8th. Aoife Barry and Simon Maher give us their verdict on new albums by Fontaines DC, Spiritualized and Síomha.
Apr 22, 2022
Film reviews - RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival - Frankenstein: How To Make A Monster
We preview new films: Happening, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent and Playground. In theatre, we report from the launch of the RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival at the Abbey Theatre, and we look at Frankenstein: How To Make A Monster at the Gate Theatre.
Apr 21, 2022
Ava Cherry - Young Mungo - Miasma
American singer, musician and model Ava Cherry on her collaboration with David Bowie - Booker Prize winning author Douglas Stuart brings us back to working class sectarian Glasgow for a love story called Young Mungo - Miasma, by Colin Murphy, a new pandemic play at Richmond Barracks.
Apr 20, 2022
Louise Kennedy novel Trespasses - Russian Doll Season 2 - Shane O’Toole architect
John Self has been reading Trespasses for us, the much-anticipated debut novel by Louise Kennedy. Jenn Gannon has been watching the second season of Russian Doll. Shane O’Toole (architect) joined us to discuss his new book.
Apr 20, 2022
Ulysses at 100
Join Arena for this special programme celebrating 100 years of James Joyce's Ulysses
Apr 19, 2022
ROAR Review - Composer Elaine Agnew - Album Reviews
Jenn Gannon has been reviewing Apple TVplus newest offering ROAR. Composer Elaine Agnew tells us about Paper Boat - a new opera from Music for Galway and we have Album Reviews with Andrea Cleary and Brian Boyd.
Apr 19, 2022
Films - Outer Range Review and Author Amy Bloom
We look at The Northman, Operation Mincemeat and Benedetta - Dave Hanratty reviews Amazon Primes latest show Outer Range - And we speak to Author Amy Bloom
Apr 15, 2022
Kelly Mac Donald on Operation Mincemeat, Julian Barnes on his new novel Elizabeth Finch and Anatomy of a Scandal review
She’s remebered by many as Diane the schoolgirl in Trainspotting but tonight Kelly Mac Donald tells us about her latest movie Operation Mincemeat. And Booker prizewinning Julian Barnes talks to us about his new novel Elizabeth Finch. Chris Waser reviews Anatomy of a Scandal, the new Netflix series.
Apr 14, 2022
Bajazet wins Olivier Award - Our Place in Space - Big Snake, Little Snake - Giacometti: From Life
The Outstanding Achievement in Opera award goes to Bajazet. Our Place in Space, a three-dimensional sculpture of our solar system. DBC Pierre, with his new work Big Snake, Little Snake, a cascade of true stories. Giacometti: From Life, a exhibition of more than 50 pieces at the National Gallery of Ireland.
Apr 11, 2022
Solidarity, fundraising event - Levy on streaming services - Albums
Solidarity a fundraising event in aid of Ukraine, at the Abbey Theatre. Should there be a levy on streaming services? New albums by Wet Leg, Kae Tempest and Pillow Queens.
Apr 08, 2022
Films - Brian Bourke exhibition - Colin Barrett reads from Homesickness - Bliss
We review Fantastic Beasts: The Secret of Dumbledore, The Outfit and Murina - Brian Bourke exhibition - Colin Barrett reads The Alps, from Homesickness - Bliss, an audio storytelling experience set on Bray seafront.
Apr 07, 2022
Niamh O'Malley at the Venice Biennale - Katharine Hepburn season - Wendy Erskine - Lenny by Laura McVeigh
Artist Niamh O'Malley is representing Ireland at this year's Venice Biennale. Katharine Hepburn: Woman of the Year is a new season of the screen icon's films at the IFI. Wendy Erskine reads from a short story called Nostalgie. Lenny, Laura McVeigh's new novel of two connected tales, one in the Louisiana bayou, one in the Libyan desert.
Apr 06, 2022
Wexford Festival Opera - All I Can Say - The Ten - Guy Barker
Magic & Music is the theme of this year's Wexford Festival Opera. All I Can Say, a film based on video recordings made by Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon. The Ten, a short story by Colin Barrett - Jazz musician Guy Barker.
Apr 05, 2022
Seven Steeples - Rebel Artists - Nosferatu
Seven Steeples by Sara Baume, is a story set in rural Ireland in the shadow of a mountain. Rebel Artists is a series of talks at the National Concert Hall on the subject of art and rebellion. Nosferatu is a German horror film from the silent era, now regarded as one of the most influential movies ever made.
Apr 04, 2022
Jarvis Cocker - Hughie O'Donoghue - Music biopics
Jarvis Cocker's band JARV IS has composed the original soundtrack of the BBC series 'This is Going To Hurt'. 'Original Sins' is a series of new works by Hughie O'Donoghue now on display at the National Gallery. With the announcement of a U2 biopic on the way, we look back at the music biopic genre.
Apr 01, 2022
Film Reviews - Cormac Begley - Daniel O'Neill Revisited
Our reviewers Paul Whitington and Cara O'Doherty give their verdict on Morbius, True Things and The Bubble; concertina player Cormac Begley has a new album 'B'; and curator Karen Reihill tells us about the Daniel O'Neill retrospective at Farmleigh House.
Mar 31, 2022
Stephen James Smith - Brendan Muldowney - Moon Knight Reviewed
Stephen James Smith tells us about his new album 'See No Evil, Brendan Muldowney reveals his new horror film 'The Cellar', and Dave Hanratty reviews the new Marvel series Moon Knight.
Mar 30, 2022
Who We Love - Ciara Phillips - Slow Horses
Filmmaker Graham Cantwell spoke to Sean about his new film Who We Love, Irish-Canadian artist Ciara Phillips discussed her new exhibition Love and Odd Posters & Chris Wasser reviewed the new AppleTV+ series Slow Horses.
Mar 30, 2022
Stephen James Smith - Brendan Muldowney - Moon Knight
Performance poet and wordsmith Stephen James Smith tells us about his debut album 'See No Evil', Brendan Muldowney's speaks about his new horror film The Cellar & Dave Hanratty gives his verdict on the new Marvel series Moon Knight
Mar 29, 2022