Radio and theatre: Seasonal thrills with spooky RTÉ podcasts
RTÉ Radio enters the Halloween spirit with scary stories for children, as well as some vintage Dracula coverage and a short story that’s definitely not for the faint-hearted
You have probably lit a Jack o’ Lantern at the door already for Halloween, that culturally hybrid holiday we celebrate today, where the spooky and the spectral are championed for all their Gothic glory.
Traditionally, rural Irish communities celebrated October 31 as the festival of Samhain, marking the end of the harvest and the beginning of winter. It was the day when families left the fields for the fireside, and storytelling rituals were employed...
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Theatre: Resilience is the watchword for an innovative festival
The annually-staged First Fortnight, which dwells on mental health issues through the prism of the arts, has Peter Gowen’s impressive one-man show The Chronicles of Oggle as its centrepiece
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The fortunes of companies and performers fluctuated hugely during this year of extreme challenges
Theatre: Intimate Friel conjures the magic and absurdity of performance
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Interview: Karl Broderick, pantomime writer and producer
Karl Broderick got into the pantomime game in 1997, and hasn’t looked back since. The trick, he says, is to have something for everybody in the audience, young and old