In a career spanning four decades, the venerable Ingrid Craigie has played many of the world's great stages, working with who's who of theatrical talent en route, from Brian Friel and Harold Pinter to Sarah Kane and Martin McDonagh - she was a most worthy recipient of the Special Tribute Award at The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards in 2007.

On film, she's been in everything from John Huston's The Dead to Kate Dolan's You Are Not My Mother. And she continues to tackle bold new theatrical challenges; later this month, she stars in the world premiere of Frank McGuinness's eagerly anticipated new play Dinner With Groucho, presented by b*spoke theatre company for this year's Dublin Theatre Festival.

Ingrid and Ian Bartholomew in Dinner With Groucho

We asked Ingrid for her choice cultural picks...

FILM

Crimes of the Future, directed by David Cronenberg, now in cinemas. Not surprisingly, it's Drama Horror, so I certainly won’t go alone but I want to see it. Great cast, including Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart and Viggo Mortensen.

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MUSIC

I’m in awe of musicians, dancers and singers. The original London cast recording of Conor McPherson’s Girl from the North Country transports me back to that heart breaking, thrilling performance and work. Brilliant arrangements. Shirley Henderson singing Like A Rolling Stone is just one of so many great tracks.

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BOOK

When I am preparing for a part and in rehearsal, apart from reading, re-reading and learning the play, I read around it, as part of the research that helps build the character. My character in Dinner With Groucho has a very soft spot for, and seems to know a great deal about T.S. Eliot, so I’m reading Peter Ackroyd’s very readable and fascinating biography. Top of the pile of books I am about to move on to are Claire Keegan’s Small Things Like These and Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X by Deborah Davis.

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THEATRE

If you’re lucky enough to be in London and can get a ticket, go to Patriots at the Almeida Theatre, written by Peter Morgan. Power, Putin, politics. Great on every level. It is also transferring to the West End, so that will bring more opportunities for a wider audience to see it.

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The only downside of being part of the Dublin Theatre Festival and then touring, is that I will miss a lot of the other productions. But I will catch Tom Murphy’s A Whistle in the Dark at the Peacock. I’m so looking forward to Seán McGinley as Dada in a powerful ensemble cast.

NT Live has allowed us to see so many acclaimed productions from the UK. The next one I have tickets for is Prima Facie, starring the wonderful Jodie Comer.

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TV

Back to research, I’m lining up to watch old TV interviews of Groucho Marx with William Buckley and Dick Cavett.

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I’m looking forward to the autumn / winter schedule and new drama, especially the new season of Kin and sometime in the new year, I believe, the brilliant Succession.

GIG

At the NCH on Wednesday, September 7th, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Fiachra Garvey and Colm Byrne will play Shostakovich's Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings. This will be followed by a new work, Trip, by Paul Frost and Symphony No 3 by Philip Glass (also in Mayo and Limerick, find out more here).

Fiachra Garvey

ART

I’ve just visited the restored Honan Chapel in UCC, built and furnished between 1915 and 1917, a jewel of Celtic Revival style and arts and crafts. Sarah Purser and Harry Clarke windows, the mosaic aisle depicting the river of life and so much more.

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I’m looking forward to Studio and State at Collins Barracks, which looks at the role John and Hazel Lavery played during the Treaty negotiations and shows the portraits he painted of the Treaty signatories, who all sat for him during the negotiations, in his studio.

RADIO

I listen to radio all the time. The History Show, Bowman Sunday 8.30, both on RTE R1 are a must-listen. I also love Anna Murray’s weekly Naturefile on Lyric at 9.20 on Saturday mornings and the wonderful Ellen Cranitch’s Vespertine.

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APP

PlantNet is terrific, even as it slows down walks considerably. Herb Robert, goat’s beard, purple loosestrife, mouse ear, speedwell. The list goes on and on!

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Dinner With Groucho is at the Civic Theatre, Tallaght from 22nd September - 1st October, as part of this year's Dublin Theatre Festival - find out more here.