Arena Monday 24 February 2014

coming up on Thursday's show....the tensions between the confines of a prison cell and the unlimited scope of the imagination, themes explored by Burhan Sonmez in his novel "Istanbul Istanbul", Caoimhín O’Rahilly and Cormac Begley in session and films for review include a slavery uprising in America's antelbellum South in "The Birth Of A Nation", troubled teens and supernatural killers in "I Am Not A Serial Killer" and "Office Christmas Party" mayhem for the season that's in it

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Would you like to be in the audience for our special Christmas programme on Tuesday the 20th of December at 6.30pm? The Army No. 1 Band will be joined by soprano Mairead Buicke and members of the New Dublin Voices Choir for some lovely seasonal music.  To apply for tickets to this recording just email by Monday 19th December with your full name, address and number of tickets required to arena@rte.ie 

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Arena

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Irish Times Theatre Awards

Irish Times Theatre Awards

The 17th Annual Irish Times Theatre Awards took place in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin.

With three judges seeing upwards of 150 productions between them, the competition was fierce this year…and Sophie Gorman was there in the audience.  Joining the conversation by phone is Tom Vaughan Lawlor who won the Best Actor award.

The awards will be featured on RTE 1 at 8.30pm on Friday, February 28, as part of The Works. More information can be found at www.irishtimes.com

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David Gilbert

David Gilbert

“& Sons” is the latest novel from New York writer David Gilbert. Himself a child of the elite upper East Side of Manhattan, Gilbert tells the story of AN Dyer, a famous author and his adult children,  The book is reviewed by Edel Coffey.

David Gilbert’s novel “& sons” is published in hardback by Fourth Estate

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Reeve Carney

Reeve Carney

Live Session with Reeve Carney

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Classic Movie: Gorgo

Classic Movie: Gorgo

Gorgo is a 1961 monster movie set off the coast of Ireland.  

It features buried treasure, Volcanic eruptions, angry Mammy monsters, and suspicious locals who insist on speaking in this strange tongue they call Gaelic...

Gorgo opens with divers diving for treasure from a salvage vessel off the coast of Ireland. A vessel captained by a character called 'Joe Ryan' – played by the English actor Bill Travers, later famous as one of the leads in Born Free, and his first mate 'Sam' (American actor William Sylvester, probably best known for playing Dr. Heywood Floyd in 2001: A Space Odyssey).

They're diving near the fictional 'Nara' Island ('Nara' being Aran spelled backwards) when they witness these deep-sea, volcanic eruptions, which damage their vessel and forces them to dock on Nara Island (where they encounter suspicious, Irish-speaking, locals and an even more suspicious harbour master, called McCartin – who's afraid they might be after the viking ship full of loot he's discovered offshore).

So, that night, while a group of locals are out in currachs on a shark hunt, this Godzilla-like creature, Gorgo (brought to the surface from its deep-sea world by the volcanic eruptions) emerges from the waters and starts stomping off towards Nara island. Joe and Sam later manage to capture it and 2 palaeontologists arrive from Dublin and tell them to bring the creature back to Dublin for detailed study. But they ignore this order and set sail for London, where Gorgo is to go on public display in a circus in Battersea Park (with Joe and Sam handsomely rewarded for their troubles).

Gorgo is the classic movie choice of John Byrne....

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New York Morning

New York Morning

Elbow

3:32

Testify

Testify

Reeve Carney

3:24

I Will Wait For You

I Will Wait For You

Legrand, Michel

4:15

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

Reeve Carney

2:22

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