20 October 2009
The Guests

Writer and lecturer Harry Browne, journalist Quentin Fottrell and theatre critic Sara Keating.

The Film: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Directed by Terry Gilliam, 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus' is unfortunately of particular interest because it turned out be the final movie of Heath Ledger, who died while it was in production. Obviously this posed a serious problem for Gilliam but in stepped Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell to take over from their old friend. They join Christopher Plummer as the Doctor and Tom Waits as the devil himself. 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus' is on general release.

The Operas: The Met Live Opera Season

Opera Ireland is back with another sell-out season of opera on the big screen, live from the New York Met. First in the series was Luc Bondy's new production of Puccini's 'Tosca', starring Karita Mattila in her debut performance in the title role outside her native Finland. This and other productions are to be seen and heard in 10 different locations around Ireland. The 'Met Live Opera' season runs right through winter and spring, with highlights including 'Aida', 'Der Rosenkavalier', 'Carmen' and 'Hamlet'. The venues include the IMC Dún Laoghaire, The Screen in Dublin, the Cork Opera House, Wexford Opera House and UCH Limerick.

The Play: Setanta Murphy

Written and directed by Garret Keogh, 'Setanta Murphy' also stars Garrett Keogh with Luke Griffin in a double hander now on at Dublin's New Theatre. It's the story of a 90-year-old Dubliner now in decaying health and the grand-nephew who has long looked after him. After a spell in hospital the older man ends up in a nursing home. And it's no great shakes. 'Setanta Murphy' runs at the New Theatre in Dublin until Saturday.

The Book: Life is a Dream; Forty Years of Reading

The poet Paul Durcan is celebrating four decades of writing and reading with the publication of selected poems. Entitled 'Life is a Dream; Forty Years of Reading', he has made the selection himself, choosing poems from some 22 books - from the first back in 1967 right up to 'The Laughter of Mothers' published in 2007. Paul Durcan will be reading from 'Life is a Dream' at the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire on Sunday, 8 November at 7.30pm.

The Reading: Paul Durcan

We leave you tonight with one more poem from Paul Durcan, 'Diarrhoea Attack at Party Headquarters in Leningrad'.

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