17 November 2009
The Guests

Producer Bill Hughes, journalist Pat Coyle, the director of NACD Declan McGonagle.

The Film: The Informant

Directed by Steven Soderbergh, 'The Informant' is the true story of the highest-ranking corporate whistleblower in US history. Matt Damon plays Mark Whitacre, a high-flying biochemist and company executive who agrees to work with the FBI to provide taped evidence about his company's involvement in a global price-fixing scheme. The thing is, Whitacre is, to say the least, a rather complicated man - and a somewhat unreliable witness. 'The Informant' opens at cinemas nationwide this Friday.

The Film: Cold Souls

Written and directed by Sophie Barthes, 'Cold Souls' stars Paul Giamatti as a version of himself - Paul Giamatti struggling with the demands of Chekov's 'Uncle Vanya'. So anguished is Giamatti that he decides to overcome his angst by having his soul temporarily removed for the duration of the play. Sure enough a weight is lifted, but it's not long before he wants his soul back - and this is where the fun really starts. His soul - which looks like a chickpea, incidentally - has gone missing somewhere in Russia. 'Cold Souls' is showing at the IFI.

The Play: Knives in Hens

The award-winning playwright David Harrower is perhaps best known in Ireland for 'Blackbird' - a somewhat controversial work which premiered in Ireland back in 2007. That was a Landmark production and now Landmark are back with a production of what was Harrower's first play 'Knives in Hens'. Now running at the Smock Alley Theatre, it's directed by Alan Gilsenan and stars Catherine Walker, Lorcan Cranitch and Vincent Regan. 'Knives in Hens' is running at Smock Alley theatre until 28 November, including matinees on Saturdays at 3pm and Sundays at 4pm.

The Exhibition: The Music of Things

Now on at the Green on Red Gallery in Dublin, 'The Music of Things' is the title of the latest exhibition by the Irish artist Alice Maher. Here, in collaboration with the composer Trevor Knight, the show features etchings and, in what is a departure for Maher, four new sets of animated drawings. 'The Music of Things' is at the Green on Red Gallery until 23 December.

The Performance: La Luce Langue

Verdi's 'Macbeth' runs as part of Opera Ireland's 2009 Winter Season at the Gaiety Theatre Dublin until 22 November. Michele Capalbo sings the manipulative Lady Macbeth. Here she is joined by Maestro Marco Zambelli performing 'La Luce Langue' from Act II.

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