Actress Bronagh Gallagher discusses her acting and music career and the show takes a look at the extravaganza planned for Derry 2013 by choreographer Hofesh Shechter.
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This programme contains some strong language and contains some scenes
which some viewers may find Welcome along once again to The
Arts Show, our monthly look at the best of arts and culture in
Northern Ireland. We've a packed show for you tonight. Here's what's
coming up: Israeli-born Hofesh Shechter is one
of the most exciting choreographers on the contemporary dance scene.
His acclaimed show Political Mother is coming to Derry-Londonderry as
part of the UK City Of Culture. For the first time he will be working
with local dancers and musicians. The Arts Show has been following
the journey. Derry Artist Maurice Harron is one
of our most prolific public sculptors whose work features
throughout the country. He's just unveiled his latest sculpture,
Finvola Of The Roe, in Dungiven. We investigate how it came together.
And music comes from the hottest new star on the British music scene,
Jake Bugg. Just 18-years-old and with a number one album and a Brits
nomination already under his belt, we caught up with him before his
recent gig in Belfast where he gave The Arts Show not one, but two
exclusive performances. Derry-born actress Bronagh
Gallagher has enjoyed a stellar career since her big break in Alan
Parker's film The Commitments in 1987. She's gone on to appear in
seminal movies such as Star Wars and Pulp Fiction, sharing the
screen with A-listers like John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Dustin
Hoffman and Glenn Close. She's also appeared in numerous TV dramas
where her work has been characterised by harrowing roles in
gritty productions such as Holy Cross and Jimmy McGovern's The
Street. More recently she's appeared on the West End Stage in
the hugely successful War Horse at the National Theatre. She also has
a parallel music career and recently released her second album,
Bronagh Gallagher. She's been home performing as part of the UK City
Of Culture and I caught up with her between gigs for a chat about how
it all began. I asked her how it all began.
grew up and went to school in the Cregan and St Mary's. There was a
wonderful film crew working in the area who made a fantastic film, an
award -- an award-winning film, a share buy baby. -- hush and by a
baby. They were approached by Michael Winterburn - I Michael
Winterbottom who was doing the film. He offered me a part in his film. I
said I was going to London but thank God someone talk sense into
me and told me to do the film. big break is the Commitments. Is
that fair to say? Absolutely. How do actors get opportunities in
their life? Those are the lucky breaks that you get. You are in
front of Alan Parker, one of the world's biggest directors at the
time, how did you nail the accent? When I heard I had a second
audition I went up to Dublin and asked for directions somewhere. I
kept asking until I heard that particular accent. She is about to
drop another one. My dad is in the hospital and I am the anyone
bringing in any money. It is tough, I know but it is hard having three
back-up singers won only to show up. When I look back I just seem to
keep going. I worked a lot. It was relentless. I covered a lot of
ground. I did huge theatre tours with Theatre de Complicite. That
was some of my most favourite word that I have ever done. I worked
with a Japanese director and went all the way around the world with
him. They were huge theatre jobs. I was delighted to get home but I had
moved to Dublin by that stage. us move to LA. What has become a
cult classic, Pulp Fiction. The air I had arrived the night before from
Ireland and I just walk straight on to step. I was agrees kit, Saturday
Night Fever and staying alive. -- Greece. You are in one of the most
famous movie scenes. The adrenalin. Going straight into the Uma
Thurman.'s heart. The rehearsal for me was to go straight in there and
mess it up. He said getting there. What they were doing was so
brilliant and I thought that in some one is that offer head and
Matt Stone or whatever it is, you just sit there and look at the
person. I thought that would be funnier. I thought I would play it
straight rather than chaos as well. If you all right, then say
something. Something. Two roles are buried and challenging that you
have chosen. If we had one word, harrowing comes up a lot in your
later stuff. I am thinking of Sinners. You have taken my baby.
never meant... What do you tell them? You promised. I panic.
Marriage. I think it was the first time I heard it. People really
pointed the finger at the church. Did you know that these children
were being sold for a huge money to people who could not have children?
These people were left and shipped off to England or whatever. The
shame. It was shocking that it went on. Is that why, then, you would
choose a role like the mother, the Protestant mother in Holy Cross.
Because you believe it is your duty as an actress to tell these stories
to a wider audience? If you are given the opportunity and you know
that the piece of writing is coming from some once mutual research
point of view and you Rick -- you are representing people in the
community that actually exist and this is going on than I have no
problem with that. As long as I know that what I am doing as a
backbone. Just give it a few more nights and we will get the war that
we want. This is your home. Home is where you look forward to going to
of your work. Home is where you take little things for granted like
not being able -- not be afraid to put a Legon for fear of being able
to cut through a window. You are bowling along with a hugely
successful musical career, singer- songwriter, writing your own stuff.
Eight years ago were released my first album. It had a wonderful
reaction. Then I decided about two years ago I would do this again. I
wrote 10 more songs and got my dream band together and I made it
and just did it. Do I get the feeling now that you're taking
acting parts now but the passion is the music? Is that what is
happening? I am doing both and I love it. Again it is always issued
passion and I have worked a lot in the theatre and a lot of people
wouldn't know the work I have done. I had such a great time in War
Horse. It was such an incredible experience. We took the show from
the National as a massive hit and into the West End. Now has been in
the West End for four years. It was an amazing two years but it was
hard going. Eight shows a week is hard graft. We are very lucky to do
what we do and I constantly remind myself of that. What is really cool
to me and his resets his people to keep going, you don't sit in a bar
crying into your pint and thinking you could have done up. Just keep
going because you're the one they are waiting for. The great Buddhist
quo but it is true. I am happy and honoured to do what I do. Yes, keep
it going. And you can see the full interview
in an Arts Show special on 7th March. Our next artist has been
compared to a young Bob Dylan despite coming from Nottingham.
Still just 18, Jake Bugg boasts a number one album co-written and
produced by Ian Archer. He has toured the States with Noel
Gallagher and has been nominated as Best breakthrough artist at the
Brit Awards. He took time out from his recent gig in Belfast to
perform exclusively for the Arts # Gonna sing you an old country
song. # From the heart. # So I can cry at night and call
you. # When I'm sad.
# And when you have gone. # And run so far.
# From me. # You retreat.
# Walkin' down that old. # Country lane.
# Drops of rain. # Call upon.
# The one. # Who calls your name.
# Will I see you again? # And please just come.
# Run back home. # To me, so I'm not.
# Gonna sing you an old country song.
# From the heart. # From the strings of this old.
Fantastic stuff. Tens of thousands of us see his artwork every day in
towns, cities and roadsides right across Northern Ireland. Derry
sculptor Maurice Harron is our most prolific public artist, with firm
views about what such sculpture must say, if it's to be fully
accepted by people on the street. We caught up with him at his studio
in Donegal, making his latest bronze, that's just gone on display
It must be in my genes. I could draw before I could talk. Sculpture
is one of the ultimate things. It is today's work and tomorrow is
that I think about. My real public Korea begins in Londonderry with
the well known sculpture off Hands Across The Divide, known as
Reconciliation. Up went up in 1991. Since then I have of more than 50
public pieces in the UK, Northern Ireland and the USA. Fibre glass
casing off. This latest work is for Dungiven, right in the centre of
town. I began thinking about this by asking people what do you know
about them give up. People set Finvola. She was a princess that
lived years ago. She was a very beautiful lady and she married a
Scottish prints and United's Ireland and of -- Scotland and
Ulster. The sculpture Hands Across The Divide began as a public
competition. At the time I was unemployed and since I lived here I
thought I would go and look at the site. To the left you go to the
Bogside and to the left -- to the right to go to the fountain. I knew
it was the confluence of two cultures. I looked at it and had a
vision of two men looking at each other. The plinth of it is actually
an abstract sculpture all of itself. Is inspired by the idea that there
are two separate is to Izmir and wind around each other in an
ancient spiral shape. They make the gesture and the separation of them
right up to the end. Right up to not meeting, there is a history in
progress, a story in progress. It became a symbol of peace. Martin
McGuinness said to me that it predicted the peace process which I
thought it was a case of life imitating art in a way. That was
the beginning of a hope for peace and 10 years later the opportunity
came to make a large-scale work Instagram. The piece was called Let
The Dance Begin but the local You have a fiddler and a drummer.
We use a bronze. We could it into a Crucible and melt it about 2,200
degrees. The mould will be heated up. This is the face of Finvola. It
It is an enormous privilege to have a piece in a public place. With
contemporary works, large-scale works are controversial. They are
often designed by architect teams, but the danger with that is that
people are not intrigued by a fall. The people like ideas, so if a
piece is put up like that large ball in Belfast, it does not have a
central core meaning, idea that people relate to. So when they do
not relate to it, it -- it irritates them. People have to feel
it is our sculpture. I have a lot of works here, there and everywhere
and I disengage from a thing. Once it goes up it is as if I never did
it. I walk away from it and never think about it, and sometimes
accidentally, I think, my God, I did that. But in a way, if I kept
on doing it, I could not do any other work.
The very first cast of the Finvola sculpture. We only have another 35
to go. She is going to be way up above us like that.
A work of art should prompt feelings and thoughts as well as
being end landmark. An artist is privileged. I am allowed to come
out and play every day and so I love to try out new techniques. And
be intrigued by things. I am very Israeli-born Hofesh Shechter is one
of the most exciting choreographers on the international scene. His
large scale creations are often involved rock bands to accompany
his visceral choreography. His acclaimed show is coming to Derry-
Londonderry next month. It will feature at 20 people on stage
including locals. He also commissioned dancers to create five
satellite performances around the city. We have been following the
My name is Hofesh Shechter. We are in Derry. SERCO -- also called
Londonderry. There is an intensity in the air. It is not a simple
place, as you can understand from the name of the place. We are
looking for people who are fiercely have talent and skill. It is not
necessarily about taking the people who can absolutely nail the school.
It is also about seeing who can learn and progress from the process
they are going to have with us. Political Mother deals with the
power and following a certain urge for people to either rule will be
ruled. -- or the ruled. I felt a connection to the city because of
the similarities in the place I come from. The conflict, the
tension, out of that feeling came the feeling that bringing Political
Mother to here would be interesting. This is the first time we have
involved people from the community in pitiless tickle mother. -- in
Political Mother. Until now it was just the company and the Company of
musicians. We are working on one specific part of Political Mother
and he split it up into five or six different pieces. We have daily and
weekly workshops. The community dance performances will take place
in places throughout the town. There might be five or six
different performances happening at the same time around the city. I do
not think there has ever been an internationally renowned
choreographer in Derry. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
we are starting our journey today so hopefully we can create a good
fight in the rehearsal and on the stage, because it is going to be
fun. I am looking for a very specific sound from strings players,
a very gusty, sort of breathy sound, something that comes from the
desert. Good morning, everybody. The percussionists are struggling
with Auch what structures, because it is unique for dance. There are a
lot of structures that deal with memory issues and rhythms that I
think are unusual for them. I think everybody is challenged one way or
another. Normally I struggle to get out of my bed in the morning but
for this I am out of bed straight away and really excited. Before I
came here it was all about technicality and if you were not
playing something completely clean lake it was not that good, but our
teacher for the guitarist has taught me more to make a guitar not
sound like a guitar. Bring it out of the box. You have to get all the
scales down but at the end of it music is about having fun and I
think you have to enjoy it and feel it. Do you think it is big enough?
Maybe! Do you like it? Very much. It is great. A football pitch. We
have so many musicians. They will be like a mountain on stage. We are
building platforms as high as possible. It is going to be
rock'n'roll, like a say. It has given me a lot more motivation to
play and continued his music. It is a very inspiring experience.
sense of hope and possibility is that that out there, that is the
single most important thing a person needs in order to do stuff.
It is the fuel for action. That should be quite a spectacle.
Political mother runs at the Venue at Ebrington on the eighth and
ninth March. Tips on what not to miss in the music world next. We
are starting with the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival.
This celebration of the cult drug connections between the sister
cities of Belfast and National started yesterday and runs until
Sunday at a range of venues across Belfast. There are American acts
like Nanci Griffith and home-grown heroes like Brian Kennedy and
Gareth Dunlop. Do not let the words Nashville scare you, either. It is
a musical celebration for everybody. Superstar DJ Fatboy Slim, Norman
Cook, will be donning a fancy shirt and raising his hands in the air
like he just don't care at Lush in Port Rush on March 2nd. He used to
play based in the house martins, which is when I first came across
him. Support behind the decks comes from Tom Starr and Col Hamilton.
The first release from, O'Brien as the Villagers of won the unassuming
-- won en Mercury Prize in 2010. His latest album is even better. It
has to be one of the best albums this year so far. Villagers play
the Empire Music Hall in Belfast on 16th March. Gretchen Peters has
penned songs for the likes of Neil Diamond and Martina McBride but it
is her own work that gets me really excited. She is great live. She
plays the Market Place Theatre in Armagh on the 20th of this month
and then moves on to the real music club on the 1st March before
finishing in Rose Farley cultural centre in Limavady on the second.
Support from Ben Glover. The last few months have been fantastic for
local hero Foy Vance. He released a brilliant new EP towards the end of
last year and has just come from a tour. He has had to cancel a few
Northern Irish dates due to business but there have been
rescheduled. He will be in the Mandela Hall in Belfast on 5th
March and in the Play house in Portrush on the 6th. Clannad will
be joining forces with the Ulster Orchestra for a night celebrating
the group's musical legacy. Much more than a folk collective. It is
a free BBC event and tickets have already been allocated but you can
tune in live on the night on March 17th from 8pm on BBC Radio Ulster.
Thank you. That is almost it for tonight. Back next Thursday for the
first in a series of Art Show specials. We will be talking to
You can keep up-to-date each week night at 6:00pm on BB0 -- BBC Radio
Ulster. I will be on Twitter between 8:00pm and 12:00pm. --
between 12:00pm and 8pm. And next is Jake Bugg. This is Lightning
# Morning, it's another pure grey morning.
# Don't know what the day is holding.
# When I get uptight. # And I walk right into the path of
a lightning bolt. # Sirens of an ambulance comes
howling. # Right through the centre of town
and no one blinks an eye. # And I look up to the sky in the
path of a lighting bolt. # Met her as the angels parted for
her. # But she only brought me torture.
# But that's what happens when it's you who's standing in the path of a
lightning bolt. # Everyone I see just wants to walk
with gritted teeth. # But I just stand by and I wait my
time. # They say you gotta tow the line,
they want the water not the wine. # But when I see the signs I jump
# Chances, people tell you not to take chances.
# When they tell you there aren't any answers.
# And I was starting to agree. # But I awoke suddenly in the path
of a lightning bolt. # Fortune, people talking all about
fortune. # Do you make it or does it just
call you? # In the blinking of an eye.
# Just another passerby in the path of a lightning bolt.
# It was silent, I was lying back # Everyone I see just wants to walk
with gritted teeth. # But I just stand by and I wait my
time. # They say you gotta tow the line,
they want the water not the wine. # But when I see the signs I jump
on that lightning bolt. # It was silent, I was lying back
Actress Bronagh Gallagher discusses her acting and music career and the show takes a look at the extravaganza planned for Derry 2013 by choreographer Hofesh Shechter. Also featuring a profile of public artist Maurice Harron. Music comes from the UK's hottest new star, Jake Bugg.