29 September 2009
The Guests

Writer-director Peter Sheridan, arts journalist Nadine O'Regan and producer Bill Hughes.

The Film: The Invention of Lying

Written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson, 'The Invention of Lying' is set in a world where people can only tell the truth - if you can imagine such a place. It's all going well, though - that is until a writer, played by Gervais, not only invents the untruth but learns very quickly how lying through his teeth can be used to his own advantage. The impressive cast includes Jason Bateman, Christopher Guest ('Spinal Tap', 'Best in Show'), Rob Lowe and Sarah Palin impersonator, Tina Fey. 'The Invention of Lying' is at cinemas nationwide.

The Play: Buck Jones and the Bodysnatchers

Written by Ken Bourke, 'Buck Jones and the Bodysnatchers' now running as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival is set in Dublin in 1798. The producer/director Joan Sheehy has decided to stage it in an actual Dublin house - as it happens the home of Pádraic Pearse on Pearse Street. As the audience moves from room to room there unfolds a crazy and comic tail of highwaymen, bodysnatchers, dead actors and some very dodgy moustaches. 'Buck Jones and the Bodysnatchers' is at Pearse House, Ionad an Phiarsaigh, until 11 October.

The Book: The Infinities

'The Infinities' is the latest novel from John Banville and the first novel written under his own name since the Booker Prize-winning 'The Sea'. As a family gathers at the home of Adam Godley to await the old man's death, we discover that the Gods are very much at work. Not only is the story being narrated by no less a figure than Hermes, his father Zeus is still up to no good in the bedrooms of mere mortals. 'The Infinities' is published by Picador.

The Exhibition: Traces

In what has turned out to be a very wise move, ever since 2003, exhibiting artists at IMMA have been invited to donate a new or existing print to the gallery - something to coincide with their show but which can remain on after the show is packed up and gone. An exhibition entitled 'Traces' is now on at IMMA featuring 31 pieces from artists as diverse as Louis le Brocquy, Dorothy Cross, Michael Craig-Martin and Alex Katz. The 'Traces' exhibition is open at IMMA, and runs until January 2010.

The Performance: Lumiere

We leave you with a song from two singers from Dingle in Co Kerry. Together Éilís Kennedy and Pauline Scanlon are known as Lumiere, and they have just released an album of the same name. They perform for us 'Spencer the Rover'.

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