American Utopia‘David Byrne is probably the most interesting man in pop, still.’

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David Byrne has spent 4 decades being “the opposite to his peers”, as Arena’s Sean Rocks put it. Whether with Talking Heads or his more recent theatrical endeavours, he’s managed to carve out a place for himself at the table of pop. Journalist Jim Carroll has seen Bryne’s latest tour, ‘American Utopia’. He sat down with Sean Rocks to tell him how Byrne has created …

You can’t keep a good festival downNew Music Dublin 2018: Defrosted

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New Music Dublin 2018 was set to fill the National Concert Hall with the sound of cutting-edge, contemporary music from around the world and pack out the venue with eager audiences in March of this year.  However, Mother Nature had other ideas, keeping us all tucked up indoors in the worst snowstorm in 36 years. Not to be discouraged, festival …

Writer Sally Rooney on a whirlwind 18 months and her Man Booker longlisting

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To say the last 18 months has been a whirlwind for novelist Sally Rooney is an understatement.  The 27-year-old has had two books publishing in the past year and a half and has earned herself a place on the Man Booker long list for novel number two, Normal People.  “It’s been a massive blur,” Sally told Sean Rocks on Arena.  …

Wordplay with award-winning podcaster Helen Zaltzman of ‘The Allusionist’

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Helen Zaltzman was named the 2018 Podcast Champion at the British Podcast Awards and her podcast ‘The Allusionist’ was crowned the smartest podcast at the festival.  Helen chatted with Sean Rocks on Arena ahead of her upcoming appearance at the Dublin Podcast Festival at the end of September and explained a little bit about what her podcast aims to do. …

Ruth Wilson‘My grandfather was a spy…He wrote 27 spy novels and he married 4 women.’ 

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Ruth Wilson has lived many lives on screen. From Luther to The Affair to her most recent project, the Lenny Abrahamson helmed The Little Stranger, fascinating stories have weaved their way through her life. But in conversation with Kay Sheehy for Arena, Ruth revealed that the most exceptional story may just be one that her own family created. Ruth is appearing in The Little Stranger as Caroline Ayres, a frustrated daughter …

Breaking Pointe: Cork City Ballet ‘How many professions (are there) where you stand in front of a mirror for 8 hours a day, wearing very little clothes, criticizing yourself.’

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A disco dancing competition while on summer holidays sparked an unexpected love of movement in 8-year-old Alan Foley.  After that, one look at the movie ‘Flashdance’ was all it took to get him hooked for life.  Now he’s the subject of a movie himself, ‘Breaking Pointe’, charting the story of the Cork City Ballet, in which he has played many …

Stephen Rea on Black 47‘We know the English liked the scenery but they hadn’t a crust for the Irish.’

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Black 47 is a film about a difficult topic: The Irish Famine of 1845 to 1852. Stephen Rea, who stars in the film as Conneely, an Irishman working as a translator for the British, told Sean Rocks that this wasn’t the first time a film about the famine came his way. But it was the first one to get made. Stephen was …