25 October 2011
The Guests

My guests tonight are actress Carrie Crowley, lecturer in ceramics, NCAD, Henry Pim and theatre critic Sara Keating.

The Film: The Ides of March

Directed and co-written by George Clooney, The Ides of March is a tale of political intrigue and, given the title, all sorts of betrayal. Based on a play by Beau Willimon, the movie stars Clooney as Governor Mike Morris, a contender for the Democratic nomination now in the throes of the presidential primaries. Ryan Gosling plays a hotshot staffer, so good at his job that the other side wants him to leave his post and work for them. Not that Governor Morris knows anything about it.

The Film: Anonymous

Directed by Roland Emmerich - he of Independence Day - Anonymous is a sort of political thriller meets Blackadder set in the time of Elizabeth 1st, a Queen in fear not of only of France and Spain but also of rebellion within England itself. Among those posing a threat is her former lover the Earl of Oxford, someone who really was a dab hand at propaganda. His method was to write plays with a message - you may have heard of some of them, Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, all those ones, as well as a few sonnets. And as for the man who got the credit - well it seems that Shakespeare was no more than a front and fraud, a failed actor who liked the attention, the fame and the money. In fact, Oxford's first choice was Ben Jonson.

The Exhibition: A Life's Work

Now on at the Visual Centre for Contemporary Arts in Carlow, A Life's Work is an exhibition of the work of Sonja Landweer, a Dutch artist who has been living in Ireland since the 1960's. She arrived here in the first place when she was invited to set up a ceramic studio at the Kilkenny Design Workshops. She is now widely recognised as of one our most eminent ceramic artists. The exhibition also includes drawings, prints and jewellery.

The Book: Memories of Milligan

Memories of Milligan is a new book from Norma Farnes, a long time confidante of one Terence Alan Patrick Seán "Spike" Milligan KBE. Farnes, who worked as Milligan's agent for over 35 years, interviews a high powered list of people who knew him, Farnes herself being the judge of that because apparently a lot of people thought they knew Spike but didn't. And so, among those who get to advance their theories on why Spike was Spike and why he behaved as he did, not all of it funny, are Eric Sykes, George Martin, Jonathan Miller, Barry Humphries, Michael Palin and Stephen Fry.

The Performance: Niwel Tsumbu

Irish-based, Congolese guitarist Niwel Tsumbu has just released his third album, S'All Vibration, and he's playing the Spirit Store Dundalk this Thursday . Here he is with 'Wake Up'.

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