30 September 2003
The Film: Bright Young Things
The writer and actor Stephen Fry has done a huge range of acting work on TV, including 'Jeeves and Wooster', the 'Blackadder' series and 'A Bit of Fry and Laurie'. His feature films include 'A Handful of Dust', 'Wilde', 'Gosford Park' and James Ivory's 'Le Divorce'. His first novel, 'The Liar', was a best-seller in Britain and he wrote the book for the hit West End musical, 'Me and My Girl'. 'Bright Young Things' is his debut as a movie director. Based on Evelyn Waugh's comic satire 'Vile Bodies' and adapted by Fry himself, it follows the antics of the party-going set in pre-war Britain and the gossip-hungry press closing in on them.

Sarah Durcan, Maureen Gaffney and Donal O'Kelly discuss 'Bright Young Things'

The Play: Proof
'Proof' by the American playwright David Auburn originally began off-Broadway. It became the longest-running play on Broadway in two decades and ended up winning the Drama Desk Award, the Joseph Kesselring Prize, the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize in 2001. It's in Ireland as part of the 2003 Dublin Fringe Festival in a production at the Focus Theatre, directed by Joe Devlin. It's about the daughters of a recently-deceased maths genius, one of whom may have inherited both her father's genius and his madness.

The Panel discusses 'Proof'

The Exhibition: Sited
The Dublin Fringe Festival isn't just about theatre - you can see dance, music, art installations and more. Those visiting Dublin during the Festival may have noticed the odd pink shipping container plonked by the roadside around the city centre. These are part of an art exhibition, 'Sited', a collection of works by emerging artists from Ireland, Germany and the USA. Curator Mark Garry commissioned the works specifically for the unconventional surroundings of the containers, the idea being to encourage the artists to move beyond their usual practices.

The Panel discusses 'Sited'

The Book: Story of a Girl
Cavan-born writer Tom McIntyre has been publishing short stories, novels, poems and plays since the mid 1960s. He's perhaps best-known for his plays, including 'The Great Hunger' which opened at The Abbey in 1983. Other plays include 1985's 'Rise Up, Lovely Sweeney' and 'The Gallant John Joe', voted Best New Play in the 2002 Irish Times/ESB Irish Theatre Awards. There are several collections of his stories and poems but 'Story of a Girl' is only McIntyre's second novel. It begins with the character of a girl who, from her earliest days, had 'that absence in the eyes' and was different from all the other children.

The Panel discusses Tom McIntyre's 'Story of a Girl'

The Performance: The Tiger Lillies
In Dublin for three performances as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival, The Tiger Lillies are a three-piece band with a difference. They've been described as a 'cabaret act of the underworld', and have a big international following, partly due to their role in the junk opera, 'Shockheaded Peter'. They've also collaborated with the Kronos Quartet. They consist of frontman, accordionist and falsetto Martyn Jacques; drummer Adrian Huge - the man David Byrne described as 'James Joyce on drums' - and bass player Adrian Stout.

Watch the performance

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