Pedro Almodóvar was born near Tolédo in Spain in the Fifties and went to Madrid when he was 16 with one aim: to study and make films. He premiered his first feature, 'Pepi, Luci, Bom', in 1980 and over the past 20 years he has made movies such as 'Law of Desire', 'Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down' and the multi award winning 'All About My Mother'. In his new movie, 'Talk to Her', the director who made his name writing lead roles for women, gays and transsexuals has turned his attention to straight men.
Pat Coyle, Alice Maher and Noel Sheridan discuss 'Talk to Her'
The Book: The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch
Anne Enright was born in Dublin in 1962 and worked as an actor and theatre producer before moving to TV. She now writes full-time and her book 'What Are You Like?' was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award and won the Encore Award. Her third novel is 'The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch', an historical epic based on the true story of an Irish courtesan who was, in the 1860s and just for a little while, the richest woman in the world.
The panel discuss 'The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch'
The Exhibition: Karen Kilimnick
The preoccupations of the American artist Karen Kilimnick include Tsarist Russia, classical ballet and celebrity culture, the fantastic realm inhabited by figures such as Sharon Tate, Leonardo di Caprio and Elizabeth Taylor. She has exhibited internationally since the early 1990s and her first solo exhibition in Ireland, entitled 'Fairy Battle', opened at the Irish Museum of Modern Art last Friday.
The Panel discuss Karen Kilimnick's 'Fairy Battle'
On Stage: Talking Through His Hat
The writer Michael Harding is known for his plays including 'Una Pooka', 'Backsides to the Wind' and 'Bog Dances'. His works have been produced by The Abbey Theatre, The Tricycle and the Bush Theatres in London, and at the Irish Arts Centre in New York and the Famous Door Theatre Company of Chicago. He has also directed for the Abbey, the Project in Dublin and for Waterford's Red Kettle. Now he takes to the boards in 'Talking Through His Hat', a one-man show, scripted by himself, in which he plays Doctor Jonathan Swift, Dean of St Patrick's.
The panel discuss 'Talking Through His Hat'
The Performance: John Gabriel Borkman
'John Gabriel Borkman' was written by the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen and tells the story of the sacrifices which a visionary banker is prepared to make in order to achieve the power to realise his goals. The Focus production of the play, directed by Brian de Salvo, has its opening night on Thursday next, as part of the ESB Dublin Fringe Festival. Here is an extract from the play, with Vincent McCabe as Borkman and Johnny Murphy as the old clerk Fodal.