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    on Friday's programme we took a look at the issue of ageing and facing our mortality in the arts. What types of artistic expression do people take comfort in as they age? And are their particular works we can turn to to help us face our own mortality? Panelists were  the poet Nuala Ní Chonchúir, playwright Shaun Dunne, author Michele Forbes and music broadcaster Bernard Clarke.

    on Easter Monday Arena celebrates this year's One City One Book with an evening of poetry and song. 'If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song" is a collection of poems, ballads and songs about Dublin. Panellists including RTÉ 2fm DJ Rick O'Shea, actor Phelim Drew, musicians Lisa Hannigan and Colin Reid, poets Pat Boran, Melissa Kavanagh and Enda Wyley explain what Dublin means to them.

    Arena Thursday 6 February 2014



    Tonight on Arena Simon Maher and Yvonne Nolan review Dallas Buyers’ Club, The Invisible Woman and the remake of Robocop

    And five one- act plays from different times and places all with the same theme in “The Art of Wedlock”, plus the Birth of Jazz with Ollie Cole


    Film Reviews

    Simon Maher and Yvonne Nolan review The Dallas Buyers Club; The Invisible Woman and the new Robocop movie

    Dallas Buyers’ Club, stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto as two men fighting to get treatment for AIDS and is based on the true life of Ron Woodroof.

    Our second film up for review tonight is The Invisible Woman. Starring Ralph Fiennes as Charles Dickens and Felicity Jones as a young actress called Nelly Ternan.

    The Robocop movie is a remake of the original movie



    Marriage Plays

    The “Art of Wedlock” is a night at the theatre with a difference.

    Each night, the audience will enjoy five different one act plays, written at different times in different parts of the world. But all the plays are connected by the fact that they consider an aspect of marriage.

    Matthew Ralli is the director of the project and he is in studio with actors Deirdre Monaghan and David Heap

    The Art of Wedlock – a night of five one act plays – opens next Tuesday at the Chancery Lane Theatre, that’s February 11th and runs until 18th of February.

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    The Birth of Jazz

    Tonight we continue our journey through popular music and the social and political events that shaped the sounds we listen to.

    We started with the blues and Robert Johnson, and last week we heard about the protest songs of the Almanac singers. Tonight we’re looking at jazz...or more specifically the birth of jazz….

    And Ollie Cole joins Seán in studio


    Chris Lilley's Ja'mie

    The Australian TV mockumentary Summer Heights High became a cult comedy hit when it first aired in 2007. Its creator Chris Lilley has brought one of the characters, Ja'mie (Ja-May) back for her own show, which starts tonight on BBC3.

    Emer McLysaght previews the show

    Presenter: Seán Rocks

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    Music Played on the Show

    • 07:24 p.m.
      Title: Bath Is Black
      Performer(s): Marika Hackman
      Performer(s): Marika Hackman
      Album: That Iron Taste
      Duration: 0:03:18
    • 07:39 p.m.
      Title: Take The 'A' Train -- Not Available
      Performer(s): Duke Ellington
      Performer(s): Duke Ellington
      Duration: 0:03:11
    • 07:44 p.m.
      Title: West End Blues
      Performer(s): Louis Armstrong (Trumpet & Vocal)
      Performer(s): Louis Armstrong (Trumpet & Vocal)
      Duration: 0:03:27
    • 07:49 p.m.
      Title: Strange Fruit -- Not Available
      Performer(s): Billie Holiday (Vocal)
      Performer(s): Billie Holiday (Vocal)
      Duration: 0:03:23

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