Making a Mark“I’m very, very proud to do this show.”

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On Monday’s Arena, Seán Rocks spoke to a man who’s competed in the World Games, a man who’s a lip-sync champion, a man who has studied Anthropology and a man who packs bags in Tesco. But Seán wasn’t talking to four men, he was talking to one – Mark Smith. Mark is a drama practitioner with Down Syndrome and he …

Poetry jukebox

The Poetry Jukebox“We are putting something gentle and beautiful into public space”

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A somewhat mysterious looking, periscope-shaped object has popped up in Dublin’s Docklands, just outside EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum. What does it do? Who is it for? Why is it there? The word on the street is that it’s a Poetry Jukebox. The people behind the project joined Seán Rocks on Arena to tell him more. The Poetry Jukebox, …

Writers’ Week“I just felt the book come to life.”

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Listowel Writers’ Week starts on Wednesday and on Monday’s Arena, Seán Rocks welcomed two writers who’ll feature at the festival, both of whom have new novels based on the lives of real people. In Shadowplay, Joseph O’Connor explores the life of Dracula author, Bram Stoker, while Christine Dwyer Hickey focuses on the life of painter Edward Hopper and his wife …

Remembering Doris Day“Rethink this whole idea of the virginal Doris Day and the girl-next-door image.”

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Marking the death of Hollywood icon Doris Day, Dr Ruth Barton, Associate Professor in Film Studies at Trinity College Dublin, joined Seán Rocks to assess her legacy. America’s sweetheart, Doris Day was synonymous with a clean-cut, chaste image. Seán and Ruth began by discussing how much of this was reflective of the woman, and how much was an industry construct. …

Sex Education‘An interesting concoction.’

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As if being a teenager isn’t awkward enough, Otis Milburn’s parents have only one thing on the brain. Sex. Well, it is their job… In the new Netflix series, Sex Education, Asa Butterfield plays Otis, the perennially-mortified son to Gillian Anderson’s Jean Milburn, a sex therapist. Mary McGill gave Arena listeners a first look at Netflix’s latest gambit. One thing that stands out to her is how fluid …

Live in StudioKíla perform ‘Buadán’

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Kíla joined Sean Rocks on Arena to perform ‘Buadán’ and ‘Pota Óir’ this week, ahead of Féile Kíla, a celebration of 30 years on the road. Listen to their other performance and interview here. Share this Post

Legendary designer Peter O’Brien on getting creative with costumes ‘I wanted to bury costumes in the garden and soak them in tea and burn them’

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The legendary lusciousness of Peter O’Brien’s designs has rendered him a major player on the international fashion scene.  From boyhood sketches based on old Hollywood glamour, he has risen through the ranks of Christian Dior, Givenchy, Chloé and beyond and has made a very natural transition to costume designer.  He told Sean Rocks on Arena about an early embellishment on …

A Head full of Dreams‘It’s clear that Coldplay don’t really care what the haters think, and that’s pretty rock n roll’

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Along the road to international stardom, Coldplay discovered that you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs, the remnants of which are strewn across a new documentary charting their not uncomplicated rise to the top.  Head Full of Dreams follows them from humble beginnings in a student flat in London’s Camden Town to some of the biggest and …