24 May 2011
The Guests

My guests tonight are actress Carrie Crowley, producer Bill Hughes and writer and film-maker Manchán Magan.

The Book: Smut

Smut is the playful title of the new book from playwright, author, screenwriter and British institution Alan Bennett. Subtitled Two Unseemly Stories, what we have here is a rather short book with a keyhole on the cover - a brace of tales about two very unseemly subjects indeed - sex and class in the lives of two women in middle life. The first concerns Mrs Green whom sex takes very much by surprise and the second features Mrs Forbes, not at all surprised and just as well.

Bob Dylan at 70

And speaking of institutions of a certain age, we cannot forget that today is Bob Dylan's 70th birthday. He was so much older then; he's younger than that now. Here's a clip from Subterranean Homesick Blues.

The Film: Le Quattro Volte

Directed by Michelangelo Frammartino - and he better be good with a name like that - Le Quattro Volte is the story of an old goatherd living out his last days in a quiet medieval village high in the hills of Calabria. In an almost abandoned landscape, he herds his goats and hopes to find a cure for his illness in the dust he collects on the floor the church. Here's one of the more action-packed scenes.

Dublin Dance Festival: Adapting for Distortion/Haptic

This year's Dublin Dance Festival features cutting edge work from France, Poland, Britain, the US and, of course, Ireland, and it also puts Asian choreography very much in the spotlight. Haptic and Adapting for Distortion is a double bill by young Japanese dancer called Hiroaki Umeda and it was one of the undoubted highlights of what is the last programme from festival director Laurie Uprichard.

The Exhibition: Augmenting Reality

Augmenting Reality is the title of a new exhibition by John Cronin at the Green on Red Gallery. The exhibition features large paintings on aluminium. But not just that. For the first time in over a decade, there's also one on canvas as the artist revisits his old practice.

The Performance: Lismore Music Festival

On 4th and 5th June, Lismore Castle will play host to two performances of one of the world's favourite operas, Mozart's Don Giovanni. The opera will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra using a specially commissioned arrangement by Nick Roth of Yurodny. Here, Andrew Ashwin as Don Giovanni and Mary O'Sullivan as Zerlina perform the duet, La Ci Darem La Mano.

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