13 September 2005
The Book: Shalimar the Clown
Salman Rushdie's latest novel 'Shalimar the Clown' is a story of betrayed love, political extremism, assassination and the changes that happen in lives we planned as perfect. 'Shalimar the Clown' is published by Jonathan Cape.

The Film: Asylum
'Asylum' is a new psychological drama starring Natasha Richardson and Ian McKellen. It tells the story of Stella, whose husband is appointed as deputy director of a psychiatric hospital in the 1950s. She, however, falls in love with one of the patients. He's a man whose very name - Edgar Stark - really ought to have set alarm bells ringing.

The Series: Pure Mule
'Pure Mule' is the latest offering from RTÉ Drama. Written by Eugene O'Brien, it's set in the Midlands and tells the story - or stories rather - of people looking for love in a damp climate. It's produced by David Collins and Ed Guiney - best known for 'Bachelors Walk'. 'Pure Mule' continues for the next four weeks on RTÉ Two at 9.30pm.

The Show: Rumble
Based on 'Romeo and Juliet', 'Rumble' is a hip-hop dance show from the German company Renegade Theatre. It has been a huge success in Europe. It won a Fringe First in Edinburgh this year and it's billed as the directors' choice at this year's Dublin Fringe Festival. 'Rumble' runs at the O'Reilly Theatre until 24 September.

The Performance: Toasted Heretic
Back in the 1980s, when the choice of crisps was salt or vinegar, a bunch of lads recorded two 'cassette albums' in their parents' living room in Galway. Now, 20 years on, they've repacked and remastered those albums in 'a new nostalgia flavour' and are touring nationwide. Tonight, all grown up, and fronted by Julian Gough, Toasted Heretic perform a song called 'LSD Isn't What It Used to Be'.

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