13 September 2011
The Guests

My guests tonight are Irish Independent arts editor Sophie Gorman, playwright and novelist Declan Hughes and writer and lecturer Harry Browne.

The Film: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Based on the novel by John le Carré, Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy is the Cold War tale of George Smiley - a senior figure in the British Secret Service forced into retirement but then recalled to undertake one of the trickiest missions of all. It looks like there's a mole at the very top of MI6 and now Smiley must his investigate former colleagues, one as suspicious looking as the next. The cast includes, among others, John Hurt, Ciaran Hinds, Toby Jones and Colin Firth, and the part of Smiley - made so famous by on television by Alec Guinness - goes to Gary Oldman.

The Play: Man of Valour

One of the most anticipated events of this year's Absolut Fringe Festival is the Corn Exchange production of Man of Valour. Written by Michael West and directed by Annie Ryan, this is a one-man show starring Paul Reid as Farrell Blinks - not the first office worker whose fantasy life is rather more gainful than his actual employment - but what happens when his imagination wanders just a little too far?

The Book: The Cold Eye of Heaven

Published by Atlantic Books, The Cold Eye of Heaven is the new novel from Christine Dwyer Hickey. It's a very wintry night in Dublin 2010 and Farley Grainger, a 75-year-old man, takes a tumble in his bathroom and, unable to move, begins to think back over his life. As we travel back with him over details of his family life, we discover as the decades roll past that love, loss and betrayal are all in the mix.

The Play: Twenty Ten

Now back to Absolut Fringe. On six consecutive evenings at the Project Arts Centre, THEATREClub re-creates the year Twenty Ten, two months at a time, from 4,000 emails from the general public. And once that's done, they act out the entire show in a six-hour marathon on the final Saturday. We visited rehearsals last week.

The Performance: Daniel Martin Moore

Tonight some music from someone I play on the radio show a lot - Daniel Martin Moore - all the way from Cold Spring, Kentucky. On the back of his recent CD, The Cool of the Day, he's touring Ireland this week and next , taking in Lahinch, Ratoath, Galway, Limerick, Wexford and Clonakilty. Here with the title track of the album - a song written by another fine Kentuckian Jean Ritchie - this is Daniel Martin Moore.

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