Arena With Seán Rocks

Arena With Seán Rocks

Monday - Friday 7-8pm


Arena Thursday 6 February 2014

coming up on Tuesday's show....Dublin roots band I Draw Slow in session, finding meaning in the male existence in "All That Man Is" by David Szalay, the fantastical and still captivating art of Hieronymous Bosch who died 500 years ago and the surreal comedy of "Buridan's Ass" at Bewleys Café Theatre



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

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

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

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

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


Music Played on the Show


Title: Bath Is Black

Performer(s): Marika Hackman

Album: That Iron Taste

Duration: 3:18


Title: Take The 'A' Train -- Not Available

Performer(s): Duke Ellington

Duration: 3:11


Title: West End Blues

Performer(s): Louis Armstrong (Trumpet & Vocal)

Duration: 3:27


Title: Strange Fruit -- Not Available

Performer(s): Billie Holiday (Vocal)

Duration: 3:23



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