Arena With Seán Rocks

    Monday - Friday 7-8pm


    Wednesday 1st October

    Book review: 'Matisse Cut-outs'

    Declan Long reviews new coffee-table book “Matisse Cut-outs” (published by Taschen)

    Essay: the life of a model

    Kevin Gildea with an essay about the challenges of a career/life as a celebrity model

    Re-imagining Dracula

    Abie Philbin Bowman spoke to Irish director Gary Shore and actors Sarah Gaden and Luke Evans about the re-imagined character of Dracula in the new film “Dracula Untold”

    Booker shortlist: 'How To Be Both' by Ali Smith

    Sinead Gleeson with review number 3 of novels on the Man Booker shortlist – “How To Be Both” by Ali Smith (published by Hamish Hamilton)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr – Twilight to return as a series of short films, music venue The Stables in Mullingar closes for good, online artist Cassetteboy cuts together a variety of David Cameron speeches so that he delivers a rap at party conference

    Tuesday 30th September

    Book review: 'The Greatest Albums You'll Never Hear'

    Tony Clayton Lea reviews “The Greatest Albums You’ll Never Hear” edited by Bruno MacDonald (published by Aurum Press)

    Theatre: 'Ganesh Versus the Third Reich'

    Bruce Gladwin, artistic director of Australia's Back to Back Theatre explains their production of “Ganesh versus the Third Reich” for the Dublin Theatre Festival

    Theatre review: 'The Seagull and Other Birds'

    Sophie Gorman reviews Pan Pan Theatre production of “The Seagull and Other Birds” in the Dublin Theatre Festival

    Book review: “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage' by Haruki Murakami

    Rick O’Shea reviews “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage”, the latest novel from Haruki Murakami (published by Harvill Secker)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - death of legendary Irish stage school founder Billie Barry, line-up revealed for Shape Shifters ball at IMMA, Aretha Franklin releases new album of covers of Diva classics

    Monday 29th September

    Turner Prize 2014

    Kelly Grovier previews the current Tate Britain exhibition of the work of the four artists shortlisted for this year’s Turner Prize

    Megan Abbott, author of 'The Fever'

    Megan Abbott, author of “The Fever” explains the true story of a spate of illnesses that swept through an American high-school which inspired her novel (published by Picador)

    Booker shortlist: 'To Rise Again At A Decent Hour' by Joshua Ferris

    Sinead Gleeson with review number 2 of novels on the Man Booker Prize shortlist – “To Rise Again At A Decent Hour” by Joshua Ferris (published by Penguin/Viking)

    Theatre review: 'A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing'

    Harvey O’Brien reviews the Corn Exchange Theatre production of “A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing” in this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - U2 plan a more intimate tour next year, John Cleese said he felt no excitement going back on stage for Monty Python live shows, Belfast thriller '71' wins at Athens International Film Festival

    Friday 26th September

    Album reviews

    Alan Corr and Rachel Breslin review “Art Official Age” by Prince, “Plectrumelectrum” by Prince and 3rdEyeGirl and “Lily-O” by Sam Amidon

    Profile of Werner Herzog

    John Byrne profiles the avant-garde film director Werner Herzog

    André Singer, film-maker

    André Singer talks about “Night Will Fall”, his documentary about a film made by British and American military film crews as they liberated Nazi concentration camps

    Theatre review: 'Hamlet'

    Sophie Gorman reviews Berlin’s Schaubuhne Theatre production of “Hamlet” in German at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

    Thursday 25th September

    The Voice Squad

    Chat with Fran, Phil and Gerry of The Voice Squad about their latest album “Concerning Of Three Young Men”

    Anniversary of 'Philadelphia Here I Come'

    Richard and Emily Pine talk about their participation in the Dublin Theatre Festival anniversary event marking the 50th anniversary of the first Dublin production of “Philadelphia, Here I Come” by Brian Friel

    Film reviews

    Diane Negra and Paul Whitington review The Equalizer, What We Did On Our Holidays and Maps To The Stars

    Mark O'Rowe, playwright

    Mark O’Rowe talks about his new play “Our Few & Evil Days” starring Ciarán Hinds and Sinead Cusack and running in this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - MTV Crashes Cork comes to Cork at the end of the year, line-up for IMRAM music festival next month, Jason Orange leaves Take That

    Wednesday 24th September

    Jessica Traynor, poet

    Jessica Traynor talks about her debut poetry collection “Liffey Swim” (published by Dedalus Press)

    Film-maker Andreas Johnsen and Ai Weiwei

    Andreas Johnsen talks about the documentary he made about Chinese artist/political prisoner Ai Wei Wei - “Ai Weiwei – The Fake Case”

    Lisa O'Neill, singer/songwriter

    Chat with singer/songwriter Lisa O’Neill

    Adapting novel for stage

    Annie Ryan of Corn Exchange Theatre talks about adapting the novel “A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing” by Eimear McBride for the stage at this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - AC/DC announce a new album and world tour in 2015, Brendan Gleeson and both his sons to perform in 'The Walworth Farce' by Enda Walsh next year, a Texas school bans 7 titles in 'Ban Books Week'

    Tuesday 23rd September

    'Ways Of Looking' by Ossian Ward

    Ossian Ward, author of “Ways Of Looking: How To Experience Contemporary Art” (published by Laurence King Publishing)

    Marketa Irglova, singer/songwriter

    Marketa Irglova talks about the inspiration for her second solo album “Muna”

    Booker shortlist: 'J' by Howard Jacobson

    Sinead Gleeson with review number 1 of books on the Man Booker shortlist – “J” by Howard Jacobson (published by Jonathan Cape)

    'The Mariner' by Hugo Hamilton

    Hugo Hamilton talks about his play “The Mariner”, about the impact of World War I on an Irish family and which is premiering at this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Bord Gáis Energy Theatre has been sold for €28 million, deadline for second round of Filmbase Short Film Awards 2014, new Bryan Ferry album to feature Johnny Marr, Nile Rodgers and Flea

    Monday 22nd September

    Martin Amis

    A public interview with author Martin Amis, recorded at the recent 'Mountains to Sea' book festival in Dun Laoghaire.

    Thursday 18th September

    Album reviews

    John Meagher and Edel Coffey review “Hozier” by Hozier, “Popular Problems” by Leonard Cohen and “Syro” by Aphex Twin

    James Yorkston

    Scottish folk musician James Yorkston talks about his latest album ‘The Cellardyke Recording & Wassailing Society’

    Film reviews

    Chris Wasser and Ruth Barton review latest films – “Magic In The Moonlight”, “A Walk Among The Tombstones” and “The Riot Club”

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - some of the events happening around the country on Culture Night tomorrow night, Scottish independence referendum has led to a surge in sales of the film 'Braveheart', American country music star George Hamilton IV dies

    Wednesday 17th September

    Theatre reviews from Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival

    Dave Lordan reviews “Eating Seals & Seagulls Eggs” and “My Name Is Saoirse”, both running as part of the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival

    Chatham Sax Quartet

    chat and music from the Chatham Sax Quartet who are performing at Kinsale Arts Festival

    Enda Walsh, playwright

    Enda Walsh talks about the Kinsale Arts Festival premiere of his play “How These Desperate Men Talk”, a collaboration between Corcadorca Theatre and composers Eat My Noise

    'Friends' at 20

    Alan Corr takes a look at the enduring appeal of “Friends”, 20 years after it hit television screens

    Theatre review

    Sophie Gorman reviews current production of “Borstal Boy” starring Peter Coonan and Gary Lydon at the Gaiety Theatre

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Liam Neeson and Bono writing a movie set in Ireland in the 1970's, Eva Longoria will be one of headline speakers at this year's Dublin Web Summit, the chopper motorbike used in 'Easy Rider' expected to fetch $1m when it goes up for auction next month

    Tuesday 16th September

    'Fight Club'

    Gavin Burke takes a look at what makes the film “Fight Club” so memorable, on it's 15th anniversary

    Culture Night preview

    Singer and Culture Night Ambassador Miss Kate and Evelyn O’Rourke with a preview of events happening around the country on Culture Night, Friday 19th September 2014

    'Vardo' by ANU Productions

    Louise Lowe of ANU Productions explains 'Vardo', the final part of their Monto Cycle of plays exploring one hundred years of life in Dublin's inner city

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Apple helps iTune users delete the free U2 album, Matt Damon to return to the role of Jason Bourne in 2016, terminally-ill Clive James poem 'Japanese Maple' published

    Monday 15th September

    Art book reviews

    Brian Fay reviews 'This Is Bacon' and 'This Is Gaugin', introductory books to the work of each artist (published by Laurence King Press)

    How to Get this Podcast

    1. Download and Install Podcast Software You will have to download and install software to be able to subscribe to podcasts, and download the latest shows. There are a number of freely downloadable programmes that allow you to access podcasts. Some of the most popular applications are iTunes, Juice and Doppler, for a list of more options go to RTÉ is not resposible for the content of external websites or applications.
    2. Subscribe to this Podcast Copy the URL from below or from the address bar of this page and then insert it into your podcast software, look for an ADD or SUBSCRIBE option and follow the instructions. URL: Your software will automatically inform you of any new editions to the podcast without the need to subscribe again. If you have iTunes installed you can use this One Click Subscription.
    3. Listen to your podcast

      The podcast will be downloaded in mp3 format or mp4 if it's video, once the download is fully complete you can simply listen to or watch the programme on your computer, or transfer the file to a portable device (mp3 player, iPod etc) and listen to it at your convenience.

    Arena With Seán Rocks

    Latest Show

    Arena With Seán Rocks on Twitter

    Presenter: Seán Rocks

    Schedule Open Schedule