15 November 2011
The Guests

My guests tonight are Irish Independent arts editor Sophie Gorman, writer and director Peter Sheridan and writer and film-maker Manchán Magan.

The Film: Wuthering Heights

Fans of Emily Bronte are sure to be wary of any new big screen interpretation of Wuthering Heights. But this is not the remake you might think. Not some shiny star vehicle for the latest teen idols this one but rather a seriously bleak piece of work directed by Andrea Arnold - best known for Fish Tank - not exactly high gloss bubblegum that movie. In this version of Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff is played as a man by James Howson and as a boy by Solomon Glave and this Heathcliff is literally the dark stranger, the foreigner, and here, the heathen, who needs to be put right.

The Dance: Touch Me

Now on at the Project in Dublin, Touch me is the latest production from CoisCéim. Back in 1995, when things were rather different and we all thought we had plenty to dance about, CoisCéim staged a piece called Reel Luck, showcasing Ireland at the onset of the boom times. Well now that bust, not for the first time, has followed boom, Coiscéim's artistic director David Bolger takes a new look at the state of the nation. Coisceim's Touch Me is at Project Arts Centre until Saturday.

The Play: Bogboy

Written by Deirdre Kinahan and directed by Jo Mangan, Bog Boy is a Tall Tales production. Brigit is a young heroin addict in recovery, glad to be putting the past behind her when she moves from Dublin to County Meath. She meets a local man called Hughie Dolan, older than her, and extremely awkward, but even so a relationship forms between them. Before long it turns out that Brigit isn't the only one with a dark past. It stars Sorcha Fox and Steve Blount.

The Exhibition: Settlement

Now on at The Copper House Gallery, Settlement is a new exhibition from Anthony Haughey. Ghost estates, abandoned quarries and a landscape which all too clearly showing the signs of things not being what they used to be or even what they were supposed to be. Settlement also features an installation comprising 32 architects' proposals for alternative uses for some of many the redundant spaces left behind.

The Performance: Netnakisum
Netnakisum are an Austrian string trio who
specialise in classical, folk and contemporary music .They're on tour here with gigs in Tralee, Newbridge, Drogheda and Bray over the next four
nights. Here with Oci Jedne Zene, Netnakisum.

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