Arena With Seán Rocks

Arena With Seán Rocks

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Friday 4th December

What's on in theatres over Christmas

Sophie Gorman with a round-up of what’s-on in theatres around the country over Christmas

Wednesday 2nd December

"Asa, A Christmas Story" by Brian Byrne and Kasey Jones

Brian Byrne chats about his musical play “Asa, A Christmas Story” co-written with writer Kasey Jones and featuring a lonely seven year old boy who gets only a pencil for Christmas which he uses to draw himself into fantastical situations

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New opera "The Dead"

Composer Ellen Cranitch with director Jo Mangan chat about their operatic interpretation of the James Joyce short story “The Dead”

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Tuesday 1st December

"Snake Eaters" by Stewart Roche

Stewart Roche talks about his latest play “Snake Eaters”, about a US Marine returning to Nebraska from a disastrous tour of Afghanistan and struggling to adjust to civilian life; it's running at the New Theatre in Dublin

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Monday 30th November

Research project on women playwrights in the Abbey Theatre

Dr Una Kealy, lecturer in English and Theatre studies at Waterford Institute of Technology explains their research project “Performing the Region: Performing Women” which looks at Irish women playwrights at The Abbey Theatre in the 20th century

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Wednesday 25th November

Rough Magic Theatre's 'Seeds' programme

Artistic director of Rough Magic Theatre Lynne Parker and students Zoe Ní Riordáin (director) and Danny Forde (sound designer) explain the Rough Magic ‘Seeds’ initiative which every two years selects 5 emerging theatre-makers for its artistic and professional mentoring programme

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Tuesday 24th November

"The Importance of Being Earnest" at the Gate Theatre

Abie Philbin Bowman spoke to some of the actors and director Patrick Mason at rehearsals for the Gate Theatre production of “The Importance of Being Earnest”

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Tuesday 17th November

"Lord Of The Flies" at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Sinead Mooney spoke to the cast and crew of the Regents Park Theatre stage adaptation of William Golding’s “Lord Of The Flies”, coming to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre 

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Wednesday 11th November

Recommendations for current dance shows

Deirdre Mulrooney with a round-up of some current dance productions worth catching - Ballet Ireland’s new take on “Coppélia” at the Gaiety, Crying Out Loud’s circus dance “The Forgotten/l’Oubliée” at the Abbey Theatre and Junk Ensemble’s “Dusk Ahead” set in the magical half-light of twilight which is on tour

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Remembering Éamon Kelly at the Yarn Storytelling Festival, Bray

Story-tellers Nuala Hayes and Jack Lynch explain their involvement with the “Éamon Kelly – Remembering The Legacy” event at the Yarn Storytelling Festival this weekend at the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray

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