Arena With Seán Rocks

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    On tonight’s Arena Will Boast talks about his new memoir, Epilogue,  and we review the latest albums from Jape, The Charlatans and Bjork.

    Arena Friday 23 January 2015

    Over The Wire

    Over the Wire is the name of a play written by Seamus Keenan which was originally commissioned for the Derry City of Culture program in 2013. It is set in Long Kesh prison in Northern Ireland and tells the powerful and captivating story of five men’s survival in the aftermath of the burning of a Northern Irish prison.

    The director of the play is Kieran Griffiths and he joins Seán from Derry along with actor Pat Lynch, who stars in the play as the character Lucas.

    Over The Wire will run at The Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin from 26th-31st January and at The MAC, Belfast from 10th-14th February.

    Rick O'Shea

    Rick O'Shea is the presenter of the new weekly Poetry Programme on RTE Radio1 starting on 24 January at 7.30pm.

    Rick will meet established and acclaimed Irish poets, including Eavan Boland and Paul Muldoon, and international poets, such as Liz Lochhead, the National Poet for Scotland.

    He will also introduce a new generation of poets such as Miriam Gamble, Dylan Brennan and Stephen James Smith, who write engaging and challenging poems about Ireland and Irish life today.

    In addition, Rick will explore with guests new ways of approaching and thinking about our past greats, and experience the lively ‘live’ poetry scene around the country.

    Will Boast: Epilogue

    Having already lost his mother and only brother, twenty-four-year-old Will Boast finds himself absolutely alone when his father dies of alcoholism. Numbly settling the matters of his father's estate, Boast stumbles upon documents revealing a secret his father had intended to keep: He’d had another family before Will's—a wife and two sons in England.

    Will transforms the pain and confusion of his family history into an achingly poignant portrait of resilience, revising the stories he's inherited to refashion both his past and his present. Heartbreaking and luminous, Epilogue is the stunning account of a young man’s struggle to understand all that he has lost and found, and to forge a new life for himself along the way.

    Album Reviews

    Vulnicura, the eighth studio album from Bjork, is one of three new albums up for review this week. Edel Coffey and Laurence Mackin have also been listening to This Chemical Sea from Jape and Modern Nature from The Charlatans.

    Presenter: Seán Rocks

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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Flags Of The Old Regime
      Composer: Pete Doherty/Zane Lowe
      Performer(s): Pete Doherty
      Performer(s): Pete Doherty
      Album: unknown
      Duration: 2:00
    • Title: The Black Lake
      Composer: Bjork
      Performer(s): Bjork
      Performer(s): Bjork
      Album: Vulnicura, One Little Indian
      Duration: 2:00
    • Title: Atom Dance
      Composer: Bjork
      Performer(s): Bjork
      Performer(s): Bjork
      Album: Vulnicura, One Little Indian
      Duration: 2:00
    • Title: Jape
      Composer: Richie Egan
      Performer(s): This Heart's Desire
      Performer(s): This Heart's Desire
      Album: This Chemical Sea, Faction Records
      Duration: 1:00
    • Title: Metamorphosis -
      Composer: Richie Egan
      Performer(s): Jape
      Performer(s): Jape
      Album: This Chemical Sea, Faction Records
      Duration: 2:00
    • Title: Keep Enough
      Composer: Unknown
      Performer(s): The Charlatans
      Performer(s): The Charlatans
      Album: Modern Nature, Imports
      Duration: 2:00
    • Title: In The Tall Grass
      Composer: Unknown
      Performer(s): The Charlatans
      Performer(s): The Charlatans
      Album: Modern Nature, Imports
      Duration: 2:00

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