16 November 2004
The Film: The Manchurian Candidate
'The Manchurian Candidate' sees Denzel Washington as a career soldier determined to discover the truth about his experiences in Kuwait during the Gulf War. The film also stars Meryl Streep as a powerful US senator who has ambitious plans for her son, a war hero and congressman. It is directed by Jonathan Demme.

Robert Ballagh, Belinda McKeon and Hilary Orpen discuss 'The Manchurian Candidate'

The Play: Pilgrims in the Park
'Pilgrims in the Park' is Jim O'Hanlon's new play for Fishamble Theatre, set during the Pope's visit to Ireland in 1979. As the Pope travels around Ireland in his Popemobile, the Wood Quay debate about building work on the site of a Viking settlement rages, and U2 release their first single 'Out of Control'. Ireland is caught at a crossroads between tradition and progress and the Foley family is at a similar place. Nothing will be the same after this weekend. The play is directed by Jim Culleton, and the cast includes Barry Barnes, Steve Blount, Catherine Byrne, Neili Conroy, Enda Oates and Paul Reid. It runs at the Pavilion Theatre from 15 to 20 November, and then goes to the Helix, the Civic and Draíocht.

The Panel discusses 'Pilgrims in the Park'

The Book: Sean O'Casey: Writer at Work
'Sean O'Casey: Writer at Work' is a new biography of O'Casey, which draws on a unique access to the O'Casey archive. It provides a social and political context for his great Dublin Trilogy, 'The Shadow of a Gunman', 'Juno and the Paycock' and 'The Plough and the Stars'. It is written by Christopher Murray of UCD's English Department.

The Panel discusses Christopher Murray's 'Sean O'Casey: Writer at Work'

The Exhibitions: Mary Burke and Joyce Duffy
Mary Burke continues her work, which focuses on the theme of suburbia, in 'Semidetached Reflections'. The images consist of reflections in the bodywork of a car. Also at Draíocht, Joyce Duffy's 'Clean and Decent' takes a look at our contemporary social obsession with cleanliness - some people even want to clean up the whole planet. Both exhibitions run throughout November at Draíocht in Blanchardstown.

The Panel discusses the Mary Burke and Joyce Duffy exhibitions at Draíocht

The Performance: Sean Millar
Sean Millar, formerly known as Dr Millar, is a singer-songwriter whose latest CD, 'Best of Sean Millar', was released in September. He will be playing in the parlour above the Stag's Head in Dublin over the next four Thursdays. Tonight he performs for us 'Happy Can Be'.

Watch the performance

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