Arena With Seán Rocks

Arena With Seán Rocks

Monday - Friday 7-8pm



Tuesday 7th July

Bi-lingual play"Maum" at the Galway International Arts Festival

Evelyn O’Rourke went to rehearsals for “Maum”, a bi-lingual play at the Taibhdhearc theatre in Galway and found out how the murder of a family in the Maum Trasna Valley in 1882 inspired the story

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"Lovers" by Brian Friel at the Everyman Theatre

Director Julie Kelleher and musician John O’Brien explain their unusual musical adaptation of Brian Friel’s 1967 play “Lovers” at the Everyman Theatre Cork

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Wednesday 1st July

"The Whistling Girl", celebrating Dorothy Parker

Honor Heffernan and composer Trevor Knight talk about their show “The Whistling Girl”, a music show celebrating the poetry and wit of Dorothy Parker

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Tuesday 30th June

"A Month In The Country" at the Gate Theatre

Evelyn O’Rourke went to rehearsals for Brian Friel’s adaptation of Turgenev's “A Month In The Country” at the Gate Theatre

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Monday 29th June

"The Producers" at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Abie Philbin Bowman chats to actor Jason Manford and some of the cast of the musical “The Producers” ahead of their production at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in July

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Earagail Arts Festival celebrates knitting tradition in Donegal

Roise Goan, producer and dramaturg of “She Knit The Roof”, a theatrical celebration of the knitting tradition of Crolly, Co Donegal for this year’s Earagail Arts Festival

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Friday 26th June

Matthew Spangler, theatre director/playwright

American theatre director/playwright Matthew Spangler talks about the challenges of bringing literary adaptations to the stage 

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Thursday 25th June

"The Puccini Scandal" at Loughcrew House

Composer/dramatist Niall Morris explains the scandal in the life of Puccini that is the basis of a new opera drama that will be staged at Loughcrew House next week

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Thursday 18th June

"Glorious Madness" by ANU Productions

Owen Boss of Anu Productions and actress Laura Murray explain the latest production from ANU – “Glorious Madness”, a dramatic exploration of the 1916 Rising on the streets where some of the key events of Easter Week took place

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Wednesday 10th June

Review: "Monsters, Dinosaurs and Ghosts" at the Peacock

Sophie Gorman reviews the play “Monsters, Dinosaurs and Ghosts” by Jimmy McAleavey at the Peacock Theatre

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