Gerard Mannix Flynn is a writer and actor who began his career in the 70s in Dublin's Project Arts Centre. He has also worked with many British theatre companies and his plays include 'The Liberty Suit', in collaboration with Peter Sheridan, and 'He Who Laughs Wins'. His novel, 'Nothing To Say', first published in 1983, will be re-issued later this year. This week he returned to the Project with his one-man show 'James X', written by himself and directed by Pam Brighton. It is an account, based to some extent on Flynn's own experience, of the attempt by a survivor of industrial schools, psychiatric institutions and prisons to come to terms with his treatment by the State.
Amanda Coogan, Belinda McKeon and Karim Rehmani-White discuss 'James X'
Visual Art: Focail.com
The visual artist Seán Hillen, documentary maker Ruán Magan and poet Gabriel Rosenstock have come together to create what they call a cultural campaign, 'Focail.com'. It is intended to make us think about our culture, language and place in the world. Using five images on 40 billboards around the country, together with a website, they would like us to think about questions like: who are we and do we care?
The Panel discusses 'Focail.com'
The Book: You Shall Know Our Velocity
American writer and editor Dave Eggers called his first novel 'A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius'. Literary reviewers and ordinary readers agreed, and Eggers' book was an enormous success. Now here is his second novel, 'You Shall Know Our Velocity'. When their friend Jack is killed in a bizarre accident, twentysomethings Will and Hand set off on a trip that takes them to Senegal, Morocco, and the Baltic states, trying as they go to give away an $80,000 windfall.
The Panel discusses Dave Eggers' 'You Shall Know Our Velocity'
The Show: The Close Season
In the mid-1980s, the English photographer Ken Grant began to photograph the craftspeople and labourers he grew up with in his native Liverpool, and he has rarely strayed more than a few miles from the River Mersey in his work. 'The Close Season', Grant's exhibition at Dublin's Gallery of Photography, opened last week.
The Panel discusses Ken Grant's 'The Close Season'
The Performance: Jennifer Walshe
Jennifer Walshe was born in Dublin in 1974 and studied composition with John Maxwell Geddes, Kevin Volans and most recently in Chicago, where she is still based, with Amnon Wolman. Her work has been performed in Ireland, throughout Europe, the US and Canada. Her latest commission, 'Now Wash Your Hands', will be performed next Saturday night, 22 March, at the Project alongside four other pieces by Amnon Wolman, Michael Maierhoff, Peter Edwards and James Saunders. On this week's programme she is going to give us her version of the Beatles' 'Happiness Is A Warm Gun'.