Monday 8th February

"Cyprus Avenue" by David Ireland at the Abbey Theatre

David Ireland explains the idea behind his play “Cyprus Avenue” about a Belfast Loyalist who is convinced his new baby grand-daughter is a Republic plant; it is a co-production between the Abbey Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre London

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Friday 5th February

Eugene McCabe play "Pull Down A Horseman", by Dublin Lyric Players

Conor O’Malley who is directing the Dublin Lyric Players in a revival of the 1966 Eugene McCabe play “Pull Down A Horseman”, a fictionalised version of how Padraig Pearse and James Connolly decided on the date for the 1916 Rising

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Monday 1st February

"Kings of the Kilburn High Road" by Livin' Dred Theatre

Playwright Jimmy Murphy and director Padraic McIntyre chat about the latest production/nationwide tour of  “The Kings of the Kilburn High Road” by Livin’ Dred Theatre Company

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Friday 29th January

"Pete Best of The Beatles", a play by Stephen Kennedy

Playwright Stephen Kennedy chats about “Pete Best of The Beatles” at the New Theatre, his play about the original drummer with The Beatles who was replaced by Ringo Starr shortly before the band went on to global success

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Wednesday 27th January

Mark O'Rowe directs "Juno and the Paycock"

Mark O’Rowe talks about the challenges of directing “Juno and the Paycock” at the Gate Theatre next month

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Tuesday 26th January

Comedy Showhouse, a new comedy festival

Abie Philbin Bowman previews the launch of the new Comedy Showhouse, a new comedy festival running all next week with a strong RTÉ Radio component

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Monday 25th January

The 24-Hour Plays at the Abbey

Producer Eva Scanlan and writer/actress Tara Flynn explain what audiences can expect from the works to be produced for this year’s 24-Hour Plays at the Abbey

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Wednesday 20th January

Waking The Feminists campaign continues

Set designer Lian Bell and actress Eleanor Methven explain the next step in the ‘Waking The Feminists’ campaign for changing attitudes to women in Irish theatre

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Tuesday 19th January

"The Theatre Of Change" symposium at the Abbey Theatre

Richard Kearney and Sheila Gallagher explain their illustrated lecture Twinsome Minds about 1916 for “The Theatre of Change”, the final in the trilogy of symposiums at the Abbey Theatre, cultural conversations about national and international issues and how artists engage with them

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Monday 18th January

"Linger" by choreographer Breandán de Gallaí

Choreographer/traditional Irish dancer Breandán de Gallaí explains the various dance traditions that inform his show “Linger”, a contemporary dance meditation on male identity

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