Sunday 21 January 2018

Court sketches of Roger Casement's trial highlight a new arts exhibition

Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan yesterday launched an exhibition about the capture at Banna Strand in April 1916 of Roger Casement. The exhibition -- entitled 'The Stations of Roger Casement' -- was launched in St John's Theatre & Arts Centre in Listowel, Co Kerry.

The work is a selection of images detailing Casement's final days, from capture at Banna Strand, through the court case and appeal (above), and on to his exhumation. They were completed by court artist and Kerryman Mike O'Donnell. Included in the collection are two 12ft scrolls of canvas and a host of press photographs, newspaper articles and diplomatic papers from the period.

"The exhibition is an attempt to pay homage to Casement," said O'Donnell. The work will be exhibited in Dublin later in the spring and thereafter in London.

Titanic's story comes alive at NCH

The story of the search, discovery and dive to the Titanic, the world's most famous shipwreck, with Rory Golden can be heard in the John Field Room of the National Concert Hall on March 12 and 28.

As the centenary of the sinking of the famous Belfast-built liner nears, Golden -- the first Irish diver to see the Titanic from a Russian MIR submersible in 2000 -- recounts the epic saga of the ship that remains at the bottom of the Atlantic in an audio-visual presentation.

Tickets are on sale now from, or Tel: 417 0000.

Grand Canal Theatre hosts 'Avenue Q'

After nearly five years of bad behaviour and political incorrectness, the controversial hit Avenue Q is coming to the capital's Grand Canal Theatre from April 3-7.

With songs sung by the puppets ranging from Everyone's a Little Bit Racist, The Internet is for Porn and I'm Not Wearing Underwear Today, this Tony Award-winning production based on New York street life is sure to be controversial and a musical like no other.

Eden's popular run continues in Offaly

Following the success of Eden by Eugene O'Brien in Larkin's of Edenderry, Co Offaly, the Dublin Theatre Company is continuing with its attempt to bring professional theatre directly to the community.

This is the 70th anniversary of the publishing of The Tailor and Ansty by Eric Cross, which was subsequently banned -- leading to a split in the community of Gougane Barra,West Cork. The book was adapted as a play by PJ O'Connor. It will be performed in Larkin's from Monday, February 27 to Saturday, March 10.

RTE launches online drama contest

Some of the biggest stars of the Love/Hate TV series are back in the spotlight tomorrow as an online RTE drama competition kicks off.

Storyland is a series of eight dramas which will be shown live online before viewers are asked to vote for their favourite.

The first in the series is produced by Fail Safe Films and will see Mark Doherty -- from A Film with Me in It -- star as an unlucky psychotherapist crumbling under the weight of his own problems, alongside Peter Coonan and Aoibhinn McGinnity of Love/Hate fame.


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