Nia Vardalos grew up in Canada, became an actor and wrote a one-woman show, 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding', about growing up in a large Greek family. She took it to Los Angeles and then luck, in the shape of actor Rita Wilson and her husband Tom Hanks, came calling. Produced by Wilson and Hanks, the screen adaptation of the show, starring Vardalos herself, has become a huge sleeper hit in the US, outstaying many of the summer blockbusters.
Emer Coleman, Sarah Durcan and Jimmy Fay discuss 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding'
The Exhibitions: Marie Hanlon and Paul Winstanley
Marie Hanlon was born in 1948 and graduated from UCD with a degree in English Literature and the History of European Painting. She began her working life as a schoolteacher but for the past 22 years she has been a full-time painter. The current exhibition at the Rubicon Gallery in Dublin is her ninth solo show. For his first exhibition in Ireland, at Dublin's Kerlin Gallery, the English painter Paul Winstanley has produced a series of landscapes, for the most part framed by the windows of austere and ordered modernist buildings.
The panel discusses Marie Hanlon's exhibition at the Rubicon Gallery
The Book: Alan Ayckbourn
Alan Ayckbourn has written more than 60 plays and mostly directed their premieres himself, almost all of them at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the English seaside resort of Scarborough, of which he is also Artistic Director. He reveals the tricks of the trade in 'The Crafty Art of Playmaking'.
The panel discusses 'The Crafty Art of Playmaking'
The Performance: 'Stolen Child'.
The Calypso Theatre Company's production of 'Stolen Child' is playing until the end of the week in Dublin's Andrews Lane Theatre before moving on to the Pavilion in Dún Laoghaire where it opens next Tuesday. The play tells the story of a woman who was adopted at birth and grew up in an industrial school in Cavan. Years later, she enlists the help of a private detective to search for her mother and uncover the secrets of her family history. Joining us in an extract from 'Stolen Child' is Rosaleen Linehan.