This was Our SceneThe 00’s London Indie Music Scene in Pictures

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How did someone with minimal photography experience find themselves photographing bands like Bloc Party, Razorlight and some of the biggest indie acts of the 00’s? Photographer Gregory Nolan joined Seán Rocks on Arena to tell him how he got his start in music photography. It’s all led to his exhibition, This was Our Scene: Images from the venue floors, stages …

The Clash at Trinity – 40 Years On‘Something else was needed…and this was it’

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It’s almost 40 years to the day since iconic British punk band The Clash played Trinity College, a gig that has become the stuff of legend. Former Trinity Ents Officer Paul Tipping, who organised the concert in 1977, joined Seán Rocks on Arena.  He spoke about the significance of the performance ahead of Year Zero, a symposium marking the anniversary, …

Kristen Scott Thomas and Cherry Jones in 'The Party'‘You leave the cinema in a very upbeat way even though what’s gone on is very dark and dramatic.’

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Glamorous appearances mask darker realities in Sally Potter’s new film The Party which goes on limited release this weekend.  Stars Kristin Scott Thomas and Cherry Jones joined Sean Rocks on Arena to discuss this black comedy with a twist.  In the film, Kristin’s character Janet has been announced shadow Minister for Health and the plot revolves around a celebratory dinner …

Black Dahlia Killer Revealed‘She suddenly realised, oh my God, I’m not sure that that is a mannequin. I think it may be a body.’

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It’s the case that has haunted Hollywood since 1947, but now, in a new book, true crime author Piu Eatwell reveals who she believes is the killer of the Black Dahlia.  The victim was twenty-two-year-old aspiring actress Elizabeth Short whose life paints a painfully familiar picture of the small-town girl with big dreams moving to LA to become a star.  …

Frank McGuinness ‘I don’t write every day… but once I start I’m pretty ferocious.’

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Studio One was filled with a wide-eyed and captive audience on Monday night for a very special live programme of Arena.  Sean Rocks was in conversation with Frank McGuinness, who he describes as “one of this country’s most respected and successful writers… probably best known for his writing for theatre from his 1982 debut, Factory Girls, through the multi-award winning …

Dublin Fringe Festival Shakespeare’s The Tempest gets a Modern-Day Makeover

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Shakespeare comes to the Abbey Theatre, but not as you know him.  In fact, with director Maeve Stone’s feminist agenda taking central stage within the production, this one is more about the ‘her’ than the ‘him’.  The Tempest gets a revamp and a provocative new title, with a focus on the feminine.  The Shitstorm draws on a West Kerry landscape …