16 November 2010
The Guests

My guests tonight are actress Kate O'Toole, producer Bill Hughes and Irish Independent arts editor Sophie Gorman.

The Film: Chico and Rita

Directed by the Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba, Chico and Rita is the animated story of an old man looking back on his life and remembering his ture love Rita, a singer he met in Havana in 1948. He was a piano player then and together they had a hit song but soon she headed for the bright lights of New York. He followed and their on-off relationship played out to the soundtrack of the legendary Bebo Valdés.

The Book: Life

When the question is asked - with which member of the Rolling Stones would you like to have a drink - the answer is usually Keith. Now here's an opportunity to find out just what kind of company he might actually be, thanks to a large tome, written with James Fox, simply called Life. And what a life it's been, because when people say that Keith Richards really should have been dead a long time ago, they ain't kidding. Yes, Keith, the human riff, has been through it all, and against all the odds he seems to have remembered most of it.

The Play: Happy Days

After the triumph of last year's award-winning Freefall, Corn Exchange is back at the Project with Samuel Beckett's Happy Days. It stars Clara Simpson as Winnie and Andrew Bennett as Willie in a co-production with the Théâtre Nationale Populaire, Lyon. Annie Ryan, as ever, directs.

The Opera: Tosca

Now on at the Gaiety Theatre, Ireland's longest-running opera company, Opera Ireland, draws to a close with one of Puccini's most loved works, Tosca - a tale of love, desire, jealousy, trickery - and being an opera - death. In association with Germany's Theater Lübeck, it stars Orla Boylan on alternate nights as Tosca here with Dimitri Platanias as Scarpia.

The Performance: The Dublin Guitar Quartet

The recently released Path is the second CD from Louth Contemporary Music Society. The album features the works of several living composers including Arvo Part and John Tavener, performed by Irish and international musicians. Here to perform a track from Path is the Dublin Guitar Quartet with a world premier guitar version of Arvo Part's SUMMA.

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