9 November 2010
The Guests

My guests tonight are journalist and activist Eamonn McCann, sculptor Ann Mulrooney and theatre critic Peter Crawley.

The Film: Another Year

Directed by Mike Leigh, Another Year is four seasons in the London life of a happily married couple Tom and Gerri. They've been married a long time - nice house, good jobs, love still in the air - and yet they find themselves surrounded by people who can't quite manage this love and happiness thing. The impressive cast of Mike Leigh regulars includes Imelda Staunton, Jim Broadbent and here Ruth Sheen as Gerri and Lesley Manville as Mary.

The Book: Orchid Blue

Orchid Blue is the latest novel from Eoin McNamee. The book re-imagines the real-life case of Robert McGladdery, the last man to be hanged in Northern Ireland almost 50 years ago. When a 19-year-old girl called Pearl Gamble is found murdered after a dance in an Orange Hall, everybody seems to want the same result - McGladdery is guilty and he must be hanged.

The Play: Big Ole Piece of Cake

Now on at the Project in Dublin, Big Ole Piece of Cake, written by Sean McLoughlin, is the latest production from the Fishamble Theatre Company. Three years ago McLoughlin's first play, Noah and the Flower Tower, also produced by Fishamble, won both the Stewart Parker Trust Award and The Irish Times Best New Play. This one, also directed by Jim Culleton, is a three-hander, featuring Ian-Lloyd Anderson, Joe Hanley and Mark Lambert, and it follows the course of an evening when Clarence asks Colin and Ray, back to his cottage in Wicklow.

The Exhibition: Tree House 360°

Now on at the Rubicon, Tree House 360° is the new exhibition from Nick Miller. Last seen on this programme painting the Irish landscape from the back of a truck, these new paintings are the result of a residency last year at the Albers Foundation in Connecticut. The centrepiece is a large work painted from an elevated platform high in the woods, an open air studio of sorts which gave him a whole new perspective on landscape and put him on the level of the trees.

The Play: I once knew a girl...

Theatre of Witness is a form of performance developed by founder and artistic director Teya Sepinuck. The idea is that it gives voice to those who have been marginalised, forgotten or are somehow invisible in society in the form of true life stories, performed by the people themselves. 'I once knew a girl...' is the second production created by the Playhouse Theatre of Witness Programme and follows last year's successful tour of We Carried Your Secrets.

The Performance: The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra

Hailing from the west of Ireland, The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra includes eight official members, comprising multiple vocals, various shaped guitars, strings of all lengths, piano, double (and single bass)... and some Fisher-Price toys. Singing siblings James, Ann and David Blake are joined by fellow Limerickites Nick Carswell, Brian O'Grady & Stephen Childs. They are touring Ireland this month and next: Fri 12th November - Limerick, Wed 8th December - Cork, Thurs 9th December - Galway, Tues 14th December - Kilkenny, Thurs 23rd December - Dublin, Sun 26th December - Limerick . Here with Last of Me, the Brad Pitt Light Orchestra.

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