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    on Monday's show.....the Brian Wilson album 'Smile', author Jessie Burton talks about her novel 'The Miniaturist', the Dublin Theatre Fesival is launched and on the 20th anniversary of the film 'Natural Born Killers' the programme examines what made this film so incredibly controversial

    Arena Wednesday 26 February 2014

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    Arena Wednesday 26 February 2014

    On tonight's Arena we review Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, Simon Parkes tells us about running the bands at the Brixton Academy and we mark the twenty year anniversary of death of Bill Hicks.

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    Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

    The much vaunted Matthew Bourne version of Swan Lake is currently playing at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. It’s ballet but not as you might typically think. This was a much anticipated, even much hyped production – with a radical approach to Swan Lake in that the swans are male.

    Sophie Gorman reviews

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    Attaca Quartet

    The Attacca Quartet from New York have just arrived in Ireland for a Music Network tour. They come into studio to give us a taste of what they will be playing in venues around the country.

    They are Amy Schroeder, violin; Keiko Tokunaga, violin; Luke Fleming, viola and Andrew Yee, cello. Tomorrow night, Thursday 27th February, they perform in St Fintan’s Church on Adelaide Road in Dublin; Friday 28th February in Christchurch Cathedral, Waterford; on Saturday, 1st of March they perform at Triskel, Christchurch in Cork before moving on to Wexford; Dun Laoghaire and Clifden.

    Full details of the tour can be found on www.musicnetwork.ie

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    Book: The Brixton Academy

    Simon Parkes & JS Rafaeli: ‘The Brixton Academy: A Riotous Life In The Music Business

    Simon Parkes is the founder of the Brixton Adacemy which he owned and operated for 15 years after buying it for £1. He sold it in 1995 for £2.5 million. He now lives in Brixton with his wife and three sons.

    JS Rafaeli who co-wrote the book with Simon is a writer and musician based in London.

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    The Rising

    Imagine the story of the 1916 Rising told in a way you’ve never heard before, through music, song and dance by two characters with two radically different points of view. The play ‘The Rising: And By Way Of Interludes World War 1’ does just that. Rachel Breslin went along to rehearsals at a busy city centre venue, The Powerscourt Theatre.

    ‘The Rising: And By Way Of Interludes World War 1’ is currently on tour. It plays this evening at The Theatre Royal in Waterford, in An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny on February 27th, The Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge on March 22nd and Powerscourt Theatre in Dublin from Match 11th – 21st. For more details go to http://www.powerscourttheatre.com/.

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    Bill Hicks 20th Anniversary

    20 years ago, today, the American comedian Bill Hicks died. However, since then, he has remained a cult figure to comedy fans around the globe – the subject of several books and documentaries. He’s still cited as a key influence by satirists and comedians, so we asked our resident stand-up Abie Philbin Bowman, to reflect on Hicks life and the enduring appeal of his work.

    Presenter: Seán Rocks

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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Haydn String Quartet No 3 In E Flat Major - Movement Iv - Alegro Di Molto
      Composer: Haydn, Franz Josef
      Performer(s): Attaca Quartet
      Performer(s): Attaca Quartet
      Duration: 2:39
    • Title: Toot Nipple
      Composer: John Adams
      Performer(s): Attaca Quartet
      Performer(s): Attaca Quartet
      Duration: 1:30
    • Title: With Or Without You
      Performer(s): U2
      Performer(s): U2
      Album: U218 Singles (Deluxe Version)
      Duration: 5:59

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