Wednesday 2nd March

"The Plough and the Stars" at the Abbey Theatre

English theatre director Sean Holmes talks about directing a new version of “The Plough and the Stars” at the Abbey Theatre, 90 years after it was first staged and caused riots because of its depiction of the Easter Rising

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Monday 29th February

"Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye" by Jim Nolan

Waterford playwright Jim Nolan explains his latest play “Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye”, set in the offices of a fictional provincial newspaper in the Irish midlands in the run-up to the centenary celebrations for Easter 2016; it was a centenary commission by the Arts Office of Waterford City & County Council 

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Tuesday 23rd February

"The Dead School" by Decadent Theatre Company

Pat McCabe and director Andrew Flynn chat about the Decadent Theatre Company production of Pat's novel “The Dead School” which is going on tour nationwide

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Monday 22nd February

“Uhta! The Last Part of the Night”, a play by Justin MacGregor

Justin MacGregor talks about his play “Uhta! The Last Part of the Night” about the life and legacy of Ken Saro-Wiwa, the environmental activist from Ogoniland in dispute with oil companies and who was executed by the Nigerian military dictatorship in 1995

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Friday 19th February

Review: "This Lime Tree Bower" by Conor McPherson at the Project

Sophie Gorman reviews the current production of “This Lime Tree Bower” by Conor McPherson at the Project Arts Centre

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Wednesday 17th February

"Whack", a dance show by Philip Connaughton and Ashley Chen

Philip Connaughton talks about his current dance show “Whack”, a high-energy duet with French dancer Ashley Chen

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Tuesday 16th February

Review: "The Perfect Murder" at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Sophie Gorman reviews “The Perfect Murder”, a crime drama starring Shane Ritchie and Jessie Wallace at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

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Friday 12th February

Review: "All That Fall" at the Abbey Theatre

Sophie Gorman reviews the Pan Pan Theatre production of Samuel Beckett’s radio play “All That Fall” at Abbey

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Wednesday 10th February

Black comedy "Taboo" by John Morton

Actor/writer John Morton of Devious Theatre and director Sarah Baxter chat about their play “Taboo”, a dark comedy about two thirty-somethings on their first date, which opens at the New Theatre next week

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Tuesday 9th February

"Wild Sky", a new play by Deirdre Kinahan

Deirdre Kinahan chats about her new play “Wild Sky”, the story of two young people from Slane who get caught up in the 1916 Rising (it was a commission from Meath County Council as part of their 1916 commemorations); she also addresses the issue of Waking The Feminists movement

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