19 November 2002
The Play: Hurricane
Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins has spent much of his 53 years drinking, gambling and smoking the cigarettes which gave him throat cancer. But he also played snooker with a will-he-won't-he brilliance and panache which filled arenas and caused rabid adulation. Now, in a show simply entitled 'Hurricane', writer and actor Richard Dormer has created an account of the man who once said: "I haven't really had much to do with my life. All I've done is take part in it."

Catherine Dunne, Sarah Durcan and Éamonn Sweeney discuss 'Hurricane'

The Book: The Little Friend
Donna Tartt was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, wrote her first poem at age five and published her first sonnet in a Mississippi literary review at 13. She studied at the University of Mississippi and Bennington College in Vermont, where she began writing her bestselling first novel, 'The Secret History'. Now, ten years later, comes Donna Tartt's second book, 'The Little Friend', an account of the fallout from the murder of nine year-old Robin, found hanging from a black-tupelo tree at the end of his own garden.

The panel discusses Donna Tartt's 'The Little Friend'

The Exhibition: House to House
Born in Belfast, Rita Duffy has shown a good deal internationally, particularly in the US, and was commissioned earlier this year by the Hugh Lane Gallery to install a sequence entitled 'Blood Drawings' on the hoarding in O'Connell Street around the Spike construction site. Her new show, 'House to House', presents eight portraits of women whom Duffy met at the Quaker Cottage, a cross-community family support centre in Belfast, in the context of a video piece filmed in and around the old women's prison in Armagh.

The panel discusses Rita Duffy's exhibition 'House to House'

The Show: The Queen of Spades
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky based his opera 'The Queen of Spades' on a short story by the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. In archetypal Russian style, it is a tale of passion, suffering and obsession, interspersed with general drinking and carousing and undercut by lyricism bordering on sentimentality. Opera Ireland have produced it once before, in 1972, and bring it to us again as part of their Winter Season at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre.

The panel discusses 'The Queen of Spades'

The Performance: Christine Tobin
As a taster for its main event in July next year, the ESB Dublin Jazz Festival is hosting a weekend at Project in Temple Bar from Friday 29 November to Sunday 1 December. Amongst those involved is singer Christine Tobin with a band including guitarist Phil Robson and pianist Liam Noble. She will be visiting Sligo and Limerick as well as Dublin.

Watch the performance

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