Arena With Seán Rocks

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    Friday 12th February

    Album reviews

    Alan Corr and Aoife Barry review “My Wild West” from Lissie, “Is” from Bleeding Heart Pigeons and “Hidden City” from The Cult

    Director and star of Irish film 'The Survivalist'

    Stephen Fingleton, director and Martin McCann, lead actor in new Irish film “The Survivalist”, the story of four characters trying to survive in a world without oil

    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

    Arts News

    with Anthony Thuillier - Barry Manilow rushed to hospital with 'complications due to oral surgery', Rolf Harris faces further charges of indecent assault, Steven Spielberg points the finger at studio bosses for lack of diversity in Hollywood

    Thursday 11th February

    Review: “The Narrow Bed” by Sophie Hannah

    Arlene Hunt reviews “The Narrow Bed” by Sophie Hannah, about a comedienne who discovers her grandmother may have been murdered by the serial killer Billy No-Mates (published by Hodder & Staughton)

    Róisín Murphy returns to the Irish stage

    Alan Corr interviewed singer Róisín Murphy about her latest album “Hairless Toys” ahead of her headline concert at the Olympia Theatre tonight

    Film reviews

    Brogen Hayes and Joe Griffin review Zoolander 2, Concussion, Deadpool and A Bigger Splash

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - Saoirse Ronan starts in Hozier video which shows the persepctive of a male victim of domestic violence, tickets for Bruce Springsteen concerts in Croke Park a sell-out, Boyzone/Westlife supergroup could be on the cards

    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

    Point Break, 1991 vs 2016

    Stephen Boyd compares the original 1991 film “Point Break” (with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze) with the 2016 version starring Luke Bracey and Ray Winstone

    'Rebel Sisters' by Marita Conlon-McKenna

    Marita Conlon-McKenna chats about her latest novel “Rebel Sisters”, based on the true story of the three privileged Gifford sisters living in Ranelagh who were caught up in the Irish fight for freedom in 1916 (published by Transworld)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - a new Harry Potter book to be released in July, Dublin International Film Festival reunion event for extras who appeared in Neil Jordan's 'Michael Collins' 20 years ago, Aaron Sorkin to adapt 'To Kill A Mockingbird' for the stage

    Tuesday 9th February

    A new national anthem for Ireland

    The artists Deirdre Power and Sean Taylor explain their project to find a new national anthem for Ireland - ‘Nice Screams – a Citizens’ Project’ is part of EVA International 2016 and they’re looking for people to send them a proposal for a new national anthem: just a verse and a chorus

    Cathal Black, film-maker

    Film-maker Cathal Black talks about his latest film “Butterfly”, his back catalogue, the Irish film industry and being the subject of a career retrospective at the Irish Film Institute

    '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

    Arts News

    with Anthony Thuillier - folk singer Donovan celebrates his 70th birthday with a special concert at the London Palladium, line-up for Forbidden Fruit Festival announced, 'Room' tops the box office in Ireland while 'Dad's Army' also does well at British box office, Berlin orchestras to stage concerts in aid of refugees

    Monday 8th February

    Regina Nathan celebrates 'Sopranos'

    Regina Nathan continues her short series profiling some of her favourite sopranos; tonight she talks about Leontyne Price

    Essay: a Donald Trump presidency?

    Joe Griffin with an essay wondering what a Donald Trump presidency would look like

    'Hares On The March' charity fund-raiser for Jack & Jill Foundation

    Artist Martin Gale and Jonathan Irwin of the Jack & Jill Foundation explain the idea behind the artistic fundraiser “Hares On The March”, where hares painted by Irish artists will be on display at various locations around Dublin city before being sold for charity

    '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

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - Beyoncé to play Croke Park in the summer and her video for 'Formation' makes pointed political references, Druid Theatre buys the building which currently houses their offices, wins for 'Brooklyn' and Emma Donoghue at British Film Awards last night

    Friday 5th February

    Album reviews

    Jim Carroll and Róisín Dwyer review “Wonderful Crazy Night” from Elton John, “Anti” from Rihanna and “Commontime” from Field Music

    “Under The Udala Trees' by Chinelo Okparanta

    Chinelo Okparanta talks about her debut novel “Under The Udala Trees”, the story of a young girl who loses her parents in war-torn Biafra, a close friendship with another lost girl and dealing with her sexuality in adulthood (published by Granta)

    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

    Arts News

    with Anthony Thuillier - Italian actor dies today having suffered serious injuries after a theatre incident went wrong, number of literary first editions to be auctioned in London, Elton John performs an impromptu performance in St Pancras train station to promote his new album

    Thursday 4th February

    “This Living and Immortal Thing” by Austin Duffy

    Austin Duffy talks about his debut novel “This Living and Immortal Thing”, a story about an Irish oncologist living in New York and working in the area of cancer research (published by Granta)

    Film reviews

    Arlene Hunt and Gavin Burke review “Dad’s Army”, “Trumbo” and “Strangerland”

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - the film Brooklyn being developed into a television series, Van Morrison gets a knighthood, Joe Alaskay who was the voice of many cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck dies

    Wednesday 3rd February

    Michael Kinirons, writer of the film 'Strangerland'

    Irish writer Michael Kinirons talks about his screenplay for the film “Strangerland” starring Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes

    'Eugene Onegin' by Alexander Pushkin

    Anthony Thuillier with a guide to the classic novel-in-verse “Eugene/Yevgeny Onegin” by Russian poet Alexander Pushkin for which a new translation by Anthony Briggs has just been published (published by Pushkin Press)

    “Metamorphosis: Art As Research. Research As Art”, where science meets art

    Jennifer Halton, curator and composer/ cellist Ernst Reijseger explain the collaborative project by the NUI Maynooth Humanities & Science dept and artists -“Metamorphosis: Art As Research. Research As Art” which aims to improve collaboration between the worlds of science/academia and art

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - two Irish stars to host new series of BBC2 television show Robot Wars, UK's National Theatre promises audiences more 'gender fluid' productions, tributes paid to Fergus O'Farrell singer with Cork band Interference whose death has just been announced

    Tuesday 2nd February

    2016 at the Viking Theatre Clontarf

    Rex Ryan and Edwin Mullane of The Corps Ensemble on their plans for this year as artists-in-residence at the Viking Theatre Clontarf

    “Collecting Chestnuts With My Sons, September 1995”, read by Dermot Bolger

    Dermot Bolger reads his poem “Collecting Chestnuts With My Sons, September 1995”; his latest collection is “That Which Is Suddenly Precious” (published by New Island)

    Review: 'Big Maggie' at the Gaiety Theatre

    Sophie Gorman reviews the Druid production of “Big Maggie” at the Gaiety Theatre

    Calais Field Music, helping refugees through music

    Documentary maker/humanitarian Isolda Heavey explains what prompted her to create the Calais Field Music project, which aims to give the refugees living in the camp in Calais known as ‘the jungle’ dignity and help by recording and selling their music

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - RTÉ's 3-part documentary '1916: The Irish Rebellion' to be screened on a large number of US television stations, Pope Francis to make his acting debut in family adventure movie, Lady Gaga to perform an homage to David Bowie at the Grammy's

    Monday 1st February

    Regina Nathan celebrates 'Sopranos'

    Regina Nathan continues her short series profiling some of her favourite sopranos; tonight she talks about Montserrat Caballé

    “After Easter: Photographs of Dublin” by Thomas Johnson Westropp at the Irish Architectural Archive

    Colum O’Riordan, general manager of the Irish Architectural Archive describes a forthcoming exhibition “After Easter: Photographs of Dublin” by Thomas Johnson Westropp showing the ruins of Dublin after the 1916 rising

    Review: 'The Outrun' by Amy Liptrot

    Sinead Gleeson reviews “The Outrun” by Amy Liptrot, a memoir about a young woman's rural life on the Orkney islands, her father’s mental illness, her move to London, alcoholism and eventual move back to the islands (published by Canongate)

    '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

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Druid Theatre unveil their programme for 2016, rumours that Bruce Springsteen will play concerts at Croke Park this year

    Friday 29th January

    Album reviews

    Sorcha Kenny and John Meagher review “This Is Acting” from Sia, “Hymns” from Bloc Party and “Night Fiction” from Cian Nugent

    '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

    Robert Ballagh, speaker at “The arts and the 1916 Easter Rising” conference

    Robert Ballagh talks about the variety of visual artists who were involved in or supporters of the Easter Rising; he is giving a talk at the UCC School of History entitled “The Rising of poets and playwrights? The arts and the 1916 Easter Rising”

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Egyptian soprano wins this year's Veronica Dunne Singing Competition, Storm Gertrude destroys iconic tree-lined avenue in Co Antrim which is a Game of Thrones location, mural which appeared overnight on Moore Street definitely NOT by Banksy

    Wednesday 27th January

    Sean Lynch, artist

    Sean Lynch explains his art installation “Adventure Capital” which represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale last year and is now on show at Limerick City Gallery of Art before moving to other venues

    Film reviews

    Sarah Griffin and Chris Wasser review “Spotlight”, “The 33” and “Youth”

    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

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - Xtravision chain of film rental shops to close, shortlist for Choice Music Prize's Best Irish Song announced, Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei closes exhibition in Denmark over new rules on asylum seekers

    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

    Wilhelmina Geddes: Life and Work” by Nicola Gordon Bowe

    Nicola Gordon Bowe, author of “Wilhelmina Geddes: Life and Work”, a biography chronicling the life and work of the Irish stained glass artist (published by Four Courts Press)

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