03 December 2002
The Film: The Dancer Upstairs
John Malkovich is best known for roles like the malevolent seducer in 'Dangerous Liaisons', the assassin in 'In the Line of Fire' and as a foppish version of himself in Spike Jonze's 'Being John Malkovich'. Now he has turned his hand to directing his first movie, 'The Dancer Upstairs', a political thriller and love story, adapted from Nicholas Shakespeare's novel.

Mary Coll, Declan McGonagle and Peter McKenna discuss The Dancer Upstairs

The Design: Fingal County Hall
Fingal County Council is responsible for the administration of North County Dublin and was founded in 1994 when Dublin County Council was replaced by three new authorities. When it came to building a new County Hall, the Council decided to take a different approach to the question of public art. Rather than simply spend a percentage of the costs on art works, the Council decided the work would be integrated into the fabric of the building. Artists Mary Fitzgerald and Vivienne Roche were commissioned to make work, which is part of an award-winning building designed by Dublin architects Bucholz McEvoy.

The panel discusses Fingal County Hall and public art

The Show: Henry IV Part One
Jimmy Fay is the Artistic Director of Bedrock Theatre Company and an Associate Director at the Abbey. Writer Mark O'Rowe's plays include 'Howie the Rookie' and 'Made in China'. They have teamed-up to present, with O'Rowe as editor and Fay as director, a version of Shakespeare's 'Henry IV Part One', a tale of intrigue, power and honour.

The panel discusses the production of 'Henry IV Part One'

The Book: Dr Glas
Hjalmar Söderberg was born in Stockholm in 1869. He first joined the civil service, and then became a journalist before devoting himself to a full-time literary career. He wrote plays, short stories and novels, for the most part about middle and upper-class Stockholm society. In 1905 his novel 'Dr Glas' caused something of a scandal. It is the story of a demanding older husband, a clergyman, his sensitive young wife, and her unreliable lover, told from the point of view of a doctor who also loves the wife. It has just been republished by Harvill Press.

The panel discusses Hjalmar Söderberg's 'Dr Glas'

The Performance: Řyvind Torvund
Starting on Thursday night, Crash Ensemble are presenting 'Up North!', a festival of Nordic and Irish Contemporary music across four days and ten concerts in various Dublin venues. Nine composers, four Irish and five from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Iceland, have been commissioned to write new works and each of the works will be performed by ensembles from the other side of the Nordic / Irish partnership. Tonight we're joined in studio by one performer, Řyvind Torvund.

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