21 November 2006
The Guests

'Morning Ireland' presenter Aine Lawlor; columnist and comedian Abie Philbin Bowman; and arts reviewer Sinéad Gleeson.

The Film: The Prestige

Directed by Christopher Nolan, 'The Prestige' is the story of two magicians, both out to perform the ultimate trick. The prestige refers to the third act of every illusion - the part which leaves the audience amazed. So when one of them performs a trick with a prestige, the other is desperate to get to the bottom of it, whatever the cost. And so it goes back and forth until one of them performs what must surely be the ultimate trick. It stars Michael Caine and Christian Bale - stars of another Nolan Movie, 'Batman Begins' - and they are joined by, among others Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johanssen and David Bowie. 'The Prestige' is showing at cinemas nationwide.

Read the RTÉ.ie Entertainment review of 'The Prestige' here.

The Book: According To Luke by Gerard Stembridge

Gerard Stembridge is best known for his plays, his films - 'Guilttrip' and 'About Adam' - and, of course, for his part in RTÉ radio's finest hour, 'Scrap Saturday'. 'According To Luke' is his first novel. Luke Reid is a well-off thirty-one-year-old living a comfortable life. Things change however when his father, a well-known barrister, is implicated in years of corruption. The rest of the family either ignores or refuses to accept the news, but Luke is overcome by anger and shame and sets out in search of justice, determined to make good the damage his father has done. 'According to Luke' is published by Penguin Ireland at €12.99.

The Opera: A Streetcar Named Desire

The new Opera Ireland production at the Gaiety Theatre is André Previn's version of 'A Streetcar Named Desire'. Directed by Lynne Parker, this is the opera's Irish premiere, playing on alternate nights with 'La Bohème'. Based on the play by Tennessee Williams, it is set in New Orleans and sung in English by a high-powered cast, including Orla Boylan as Blanche and Sam Mc Elroy as Stanley. 'A Streetcar Named Desire' is at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin this Thursday and Saturday night.

The Exhibition: Dark Portraits

Now at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, 'Dark Portraits' is a new exhibition from Dublin artist John Gerrard. There are photographs as we know them, and also what are described as 'virtual sculptures' which use digital technology. There's a portrait which smiles once a year, the massive Smoke Tree and One Thousand Year Dawn, a man looking out to sea where nothing much seems to be happening - but you do have to stare at it until 3005 to get the full effect. 'Dark Portraits' are on exhibition daily at the RHA Gallery until 7 January 2007.

The Performance: Fionn Regan

Originally from Bray, Fionn Regan is in the middle of a tour of Scotland, England and the Netherlands. Briefly back home, he plays Dolan's in Limerick on Thursday, Cork's Savoy on Friday and the Roísín Dubh on Sunday. Here with a song from his recently released album, 'The End of History', Fionn Regan performing 'Be Good Or Be Gone'.

Read the RTÉ.ie Entertainment review of 'The End of History' here.

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