Arena With Seán Rocks

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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 Friday 7 February 2014


    Jacques Tati Collection

    France's answer to Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Mr Bean was a bumbling everyman, constantly tripping over modern technology and social convention. M Hulot was the creation of comic actor Jacques Tati, and a new compendium: The Jacques Tati Collection has just been released by Studio Canal.

    Brief Encounter

    Brief Encounter is the 1945 classic film centring on married housewife, Laura Jesson who unexpectedly falls violently in love with a stranger whom she meets at a railway station. This much loved story is being brought to life on by the Wireless Mystery Theatre company in the Grand Opera House in Belfast next week


    Springtime is awards-time in the movie industry but we are going to cast our thoughts back to the film that won the Best Picture Award seventy years ago. In 1944, the award went to Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart; Ingrid Bergman and Paul Heinreid.

    Album Reviews

    This week we have quite the mix of albums. First up we have 'Little Red', the second offering from Katy B. Then we have Tinariwen, the Taureg musicians from Mali and their sixth album 'Emmaar' and finally we have Nina Persson, formerly of The Cardigans with a solo offering, 'Animal Heart'.

    Presenter: Seán Rocks

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