18 October 2011
The Guests

My guests tonight are novelist Christine Dwyer Hickey, sculptor Ann Mulrooney and arts journalist Mick Heaney.

The Film: Contagion

Directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Matt Damon, Contagion is the story of a global epidemic and the urgent hunt for a vaccine as millions die around the planet. Matt Damon's character is fortunately immune so he's there for the duration - but how long will the rest of the stellar cast survive, a line-up which includes Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard and Gwyneth Paltrow who in this clip is already dead. 

The Novel: The Marriage Plot

Now adding to the long-running debate about whether or not the novel is dead, Pulitzer prize winner Jeffrey Eugenides has turned up with The Marriage Plot - a book which seems to line out along with Jane Austen and George Eliot in what seems to be a modern take on the classic novel. To add to the effect, Madeleine Hannathe heroine, having to confront the fact that love and marriage doesn't really means very much, now that marriage isn't what it used to be.

The Play: 16 Possible Glimpses

Now on at the Peacock, Marina Carr's new play 16 Possible Glimpses gives us Anton Chekhov as writer, doctor, brother, son and lover. Patrick O'Kane takes the lead role in this multimedia production directed by Wayne Jordan.

The Exhibition: Model

Now on at the Green on Red Gallery, Model is a new exhibition from Niamh O'Malley - pencil, glass and a video installation which gives the exhibition its name all explore the slippage that occurs between the moment and the image.

The Performance: Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg is on nationwide tour this month, in Kilkenny, Waterford, Drogheda, Galway, Limerick, Cork, Belfast and Dublin, and he's with us tonight with a song about a banker on the run - what they used to call in the old days a topical song. Last Flight to Abu Dhabi.

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