14 November 2006
The Guests

Actor and writer Joe Taylor; performance artist Amanda Coogan; and Writing Fellow at Trinity College, Archie Markham.

The Film: Casino Royale

In 'Casino Royale' we go back to James Bond's first ever mission - the one in which he gets his code name 007. It stars Daniel Craig making his debut Bond and Judi Dench back as M - but this time the filmmakers are promising something just a little bit different, something darker in tone and more in keeping with the original book. But fans of the James Bond Bond franchise won't want to see too many changes and so we are also guaranteed plenty of trademark Bond. 'Casino Royale' opens this Friday.

The Play: Cyrano

'Cyrano' is the latest production from Barabbas, now on at the Project in Dublin. In this new version of the Cyrano de Bergerac story by Veronica Coburn - who also directs - much of the love action takes place in a television studio. The aging Cyrano is a TV chef of the old school while Christian is a brash celebrity chef of the new. In the middle of it all is Roxanne, a food critic for the New York Times. But while the time and place has shifted, the themes are the same - love, opportunity, beauty and body image. 'Cyrano' is at the Project until Saturday.

The Book: The Speed of Light by Javier Cercas

'The Speed of Light' is the new novel from Spanish author Javier Cercas, well known for the bestselling 'Soldiers of Salamis'. In this, an aspiring young Spanish writer takes up a teaching post in the American mid-west where he befriends Rodney - a Vietnam vet with much on his mind. And if the young Spaniard was a writer in search of a story, he certainly got one in his friend's dark wartime past. 'The Speed of Light' is published by Bloomsbury at €20

The Exhibition: The Breathing Factory by Mark Curran

Not many people get to see the inside of the Hewlett-Packard Technology Campus in Leixlip. You certainly wouldn't get far with a camera unless you do as Mark Curran did; negotiate for nine months to gain access - and limited access at that - a point Curran incorporates in the work. The result is a show entitled 'The Breathing Factory', now on at the Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar until Wednesday week..

The Performance: Flautist Eimear McGeown

This years Camerata Ireland Young Musician is flautist Eimear McGeown from Craigavon. McGeown will make her début with Barry Douglas and Camerata Ireland at the National Concert Hall on 29 November and tonight she is here to play an excerpt from the 'Fantaisie' by Gabriel Fauré, accompanied by Michael McHale

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