Actor Donna Anita Nicolaisen on diversity in casting‘When you’re an actor, when you’re an artist, you’re always changing… That’s perfectly understandable. But it’s also great to be able to stand up on stage and be seen as an Irish woman.’

As heard on arena

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Last month, Quentin Letts, a theatre critic with The Daily Mail, was the subject of headlines rather than the author. He was accused of having a “blatantly racist attitude” by The Royal Shakespeare Company following a review in which he questioned their decision to cast a black actor in a lead role. It opens up a conversation about diversity in casting for stage and screen. Casting Director Maureen Hughes, …

Catherine Reck's daughter on her late mother‘It’ll be swept under the carpet…It won’t be by me, anyway.’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Last Friday, Grace Rattigan made a Facebook post acting as a statement from her and her family regarding the death of her mother, Catherine Reck. In it, Grace confirmed that her mother was one of 17 women who died following inaccurate smear test results. Catherine Reck died in 2012 at the age of 48. Grace joined Ray D’Arcy. To some this will just be Another …

The Manhattan Project‘There’s an awful lot of my life experiences in here as well.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Could we face death by marketing? Business writer and motivational speaker, Paul McNeive’s novel, The Manhattan Project describes a future where terrorism takes unexpected forms. Paul joined Sean O’Rourke to tell him more about the work of fiction he believes has real-life significance. Paul explained that the book’s protagonist, Sam, lost his entire family in the bombing of Hiroshima and is out for revenge. His plan? To use his enemy’s greatest strength against itself. …

Listener letter‘I will do very well to survive this period of my life…I desperately need someone to help me.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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This morning on The Ryan Tubridy Show, Ryan read out a letter that had been sent to him by a listener who is considering suicide. The listener wrote that he realised how badly things had deteriorated when he was filling out an application for the annual Darkness Into Light walk, which he had agreed to do with friends. When asked “Who do you walk for?”, he wrote that he walked for himself …