Arena With Seán Rocks

    Monday - Friday 7-8pm



    Mental health and the arts

    JP Swaine of First Fortnight (the mental health arts festival) and Tim V Smith and Carol Anne McGowan from the band Hidden Highways talk about the charity See Change and their green ribbon campaign to encourage a national conversation about mental health. They are releasing a fund-raising album called 'There Is A Light'

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    Opera & film

    Diego Fasciati, executive producer with Rough Magic Theatre Company talks about the collaboration between composer Kurt Weill and playwright Bertold Brecht which resulted in 'The Threepenny Opera'. Tomorrow night the Irish Film Institute and the Goethe-Institut Irland will show the film version of the play  

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    Led Zeppelin

    Tony Clayton Lea looks at the career of Led Zeppelin, as a new box-set of re-mastered and prevously unheard versions of their first 3 albums are released

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    Riot Grrrl

    Edel Coffey takes a look at the phenomenon known as riot grrrl - where did it originate and who were the main players in this musical genre?


    Album reviews

    Lauren Murphy and Johnnie Craig review new albums - "A Letter Home" from Neil Young, "In The Lonely Hour" by Sam Smith and "Are We There" by Sharon Van Etten



    Darragh Lynch and Radie Peat from the band Lynched talk about their sound being steeped in the folk tradition       

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    Dublin Bach Singers

    Blanaid Murphy, conductor with the Dublin Bach Singers who will be performing Bach’s Mass in B Minor this Saturday in St Mary’s Pro Cathedral, Dublin    

    Official website


    Opera critics and sexism

    mezzo soprano Alice Coote reacts to recent reviews by British critics (all male) commenting negatively on the appearance/size of Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught (who is playing the role of Octavian in the Strauss opera 'Der Rosenkavalier' at the Glyndebourne Festival)


    Opera in Waterford

    Evelyn O'Rourke meets the creative team behind the opera "The Invader" (composed by Eric Sweeney and Mark Roper and directed by Ben Barnes). A modern take on the Greek play 'The Bacchae' by Euripides, it runs at the Theatre Royal in Waterford next weekend

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