Episode 7 The Arts Show

Episode 7

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.

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