30 October 2007
The Guests

Archivist Catriona Crowe, journalist Nadine O'Regan and historian Diarmaid Ferriter.

Film: Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Directed by Shekhar Kapur 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age' is the sequel to Elizabeth - the award winning historical epic from 1988. Again starring Cate Blanchett as the virgin queen, this one deals with the threat to Protestant England from the Catholic Philip of Spain, the execution of Mary Stuart and - and finally the defeat of Spanish Armada. Elizabeth's love life is again at the heart of things - and the love interest this time is Clive Owen who plays Walter Raleigh - an adventurer/pirate who courts Elizabeth.

Book: Silver River

Silver River is a memoir by the writer and television producer Daisy Goodwin. Goodwin was just 5 years old when her mother left her at home and took off for an altogether more exciting life in a place called Swanage. When Goodwin had a daughter of her own, she went into a deep depression, investigated her mother's family history and discovered a bunch of eccentric Irish ancestors who had taken their eccentricities over the seas to Argentina.

Theatre: Unravelling the Ribbon

Now on at the Project Theatre, 'Unravelling the Ribbon' is the new production from Guna Nua and Plan B. Written by Mary Kelly and Maureen White who also directs, it tells the stories of three female characters - all affected by breast cancer. Lola has survived twice but is haunted by the ghost of the husband she pushed away. Rose is going through it all for the first time while her daughter Lyndsey is 11 - is put out mostly by the fact that her best friend is sitting beside somebody else in art class. It stars Mary Kelly, Eleanor Methven and Georgina Miller. Unravelling the Ribbon is at the Project Cube until the 10th of November and is presented in association with Action Breast Cancer.

Exhibition: Martin Creed

Martin Creed is best known for his 'No 227' - an empty room where the lights go on and off, which won the Turner Prize in 2001. A show now on at the Douglas Hyde gallery includes paintings, drawings, sculpture and screenings of Sick Film - a movie of people vomiting - which you can buy on DVD. Martin Creed is at the Douglas Hyde Gallery until the 28th of November.

Performance: Cara O'Sullivan and Tara Erraught

Cara O'Sullivan and Tara Erraught are two of Ireland's leading sopranos and will be performing in Friends' Favourites Duets at The National Concert Hall on November the 7th. Accompanied by Dearbhla Brosnan they perform Delibes, The Flower Duet from Lakme.

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