21 January 2003
The Film: The Pianist
Born in Paris, film director Roman Polanski and his Polish parents moved back to their homeland just two years before the Second World War broke out. He survived the war and went on to an international career as a film director, including 'Rosemary's Baby', 'Chinatown', 'Tess' and 'Death and the Maiden'. But he never drew, at least not obviously, on his childhood experiences in the Warsaw ghetto. Now, at the age of 69, he has found a way of dealing with his past, thorough the experiences of someone else.

Amanda Coogan, Gerry Godley and Susan McKay discuss 'The Pianist'

The Book: The Raggy Boy Trilogy
Poet and playwright Patrick Galvin was born in Cork, left school when he was 12 and worked as a messenger boy, newspaper seller and cinema projectionist before joining RAF Bomber Command in 1942. He served in the Middle East and in Africa, after the war he made records as a folk-singer and at the age of 30 published his first long poem, 'Heart of Grace', the autobiographical account of young boy in borstal. That experience is also the centrepiece of 'The Raggy Boy Trilogy', all three volumes of his memoirs.

The Panel discusses Patrick Galvin's 'The Raggy Boy Trilogy'

The Show: The Butterfly Pinned
Sebastian Horsley is a London-based artist, writer and something of - in his own words - a social butterfly. His exhibition, 'The Butterfly Pinned', is currently on show at the Lead White Gallery in Dublin. The centre of the show is a video, shot by the artist Sarah Lucas, of Horsley's crucifixion in the Philippines, where he paid villagers to allow him participate in a ritual which has existed since 1961. What Horsley, a proclaimed atheist, has produced is an exhibition of photographs and paintings to accompany the video of his very personal encounter with the central image of Christianity.

The Panel discusses Sebastian Horsley's 'The Butterfly Pinned'

The Film: Chicago
In 1926, Chicago Tribune court reporter Maurine Watkins wrote a play entitled 'The Brave Little Woman', a cynical account of sensational murder trials, manipulative lawyers and unscrupulous journalists. Two film adaptations followed, the 1927 silent 'Chicago' and in 1942, 'Roxie Hart', starring Ginger Rogers. Years after the original play, the creators of 'Cabaret', composer John Kander, lyricist Fred Ebb and director/choreographer Bob Fosse adapted 'Chicago' as a Broadway musical, revived in London and New York in 1996. Now we have the movie, re-choreographed and starring Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta- Jones and Richard Gere.

The Panel discusses 'Chicago'

The Performance: The RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet
The RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet will set off on tour tomorrow week, Wednesday 29 January, starting in Listowel and continuing on to Cork City, Baile Mhúirne, Castlepollard, Dublin and ending in Tullamore. They will be playing Haydn's Quartet No 67 and Brahms' No 3, alongside 'Little Sails', a piece by Deirdre McKay, born in 1972 in County Down and currently studying for a doctorate at Queen's. On tonight's programme they are going to play an excerpt from 'Little Sails'.

Watch the performance

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