Caitríona Daly's new play Duck, Duck, Goose follows the story of Chris Quinn, a young man who, in an attempt to help his friend, becomes deeply embroiled in a rape allegation.

Produced by Fishamble for this year's Dublin Theatre Festival, It's a provocative and timely work from one of Ireland's most interesting young playwrights, whose previous works include include Panned, Test Dummy and Norma.

We asked Catriona for her choice cultural picks...

FILM

I found Florian Zeller's The Father incredibly affecting earlier this year. It was great to see that kind of a play adapted to screen which such confidence in its form. I think it had some of the longest duologue scenes I’d ever seen on screen but totally carried it off. I also saw the The Sparks Brothers documentary last month and it was very inspiring. A really good exploration of art, failure and resilience.

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MUSIC

I’ve almost reached the stage in my life were I’m completely out of touch with new music and just listen to the same 9 or 10 albums in a different rotation over and over again. However, Kojaque’s Town is Dead is the song of the year for me. An absolute banger. Have also been listening to Sampa The Great a lot and she is in fact, great.

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BOOK

My favourite books in recent history have been Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, starting with My Brilliant Friend. They serve as an almost socio-political history of Italy in the 20th century while also telling the most incredibly universal and timeless story. I devoured them. Caelainn Hogan’s Republic of Shame was a vital read and has stayed with me since its release in 2019. It doesn’t hold back and yet deals with its subject matter of the mother and baby homes with incredible sensitivity.

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PLAY

I’m salivating at everything that’s programmed for the Dublin Theatre Festival over the coming weeks. Going to try and see as much as time and money will allow. I’m also really looking forward to the return of the Scene and Heard festival in Smock Alley early next year. It’s a great opportunity to see what young theatre makers are up to and to watch new ideas and concepts worked out before your very eyes.

TV

Like the rest of the world I’m waiting impatiently for Succession season three, and strongly recommend anyone who hasn’t seen the first two seasons to catch up immediately. I really loved Shrill, which ended this year after three series. It’s a comedy based on a memoir by journalist Lindy West. I also re-watch I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson on Netflix on an almost weekly basis.

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GIG

Since restrictions have begun to ease, I’ve gone a bit trigger happy with buying gig tickets as I’m dying for any and all live performance at this point. I’ve had tickets for the Pillow Queens since pre-pandemic times and that’s finally going ahead in December which I cannot wait for. I’ve seen GoGo Penguin live a few times and they’re consistently electric so really looking forward to them coming to Vicar Street in Dublin next February too.

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ART

I like to visit the Francis Bacon studio in the Hugh Lane gallery whenever I can. I find it’s chaos very reassuring and entertaining. I also just think it’s incredibly cool that we have that, there, in our capital city.

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PODCAST

I’ve really been enjoying Fad Camp on the Headstuff Podcast Network. It goes through crazy fad diets that have been popular over the last 20 or 30 years, and as a former diet junkie I find it very funny, reflective and comforting. I’ve also found the Trans Lobby podcast with Pea Dineen and Jen Ives a really good listen recently. They discuss trans representation in film and TV and they're both highly entertaining and informative in their observations.

TECH

Don’t know if this counts but I really love the Love of Huns account on Instagram. The more Pat Butcher and Gemma Collins content in my life, the better.

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THE NEXT BIG THING...

The return of Irish nightlife. It’s been a while.

Duck Duck Goose by Caitríona Daly premieres in Dublin Theatre Festival as part of its nationwide tour on 29th September - 3rd October at Pavilion Theatre and 7th – 9th October at Draíocht, followed by performances at the Everyman Theatre Cork; Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny; Lyric Theatre, Belfast; and Belltable, Limerick - find out more here.