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#Pantisocracy – Panti Bliss hosts a cabaret of conversations with, and about, contemporary Ireland broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 'broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1.

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A cabaret for the times we live in. Pantisocracy is a society of equals. Pantisocracy is an Athena Media Ltd production. The producer is Helen Shaw, the audio editor is Pearse Ó Caoimh and the digital editor is John Howard.
24 Episodes
Pantisocracy Season 3 Episode 10 ‘Ties That Bind’Guests with Panti Bliss in this episode are the bands Ships, Tebi Rex, performer Felispeaks and singer Inni-K. Relationships, both family and friendship, are at the heart of the conversation in this episode of Pantisocracy and the ‘cabaret of conversations’.Panti Bliss talks of her own ties that bind and her guests include Sorca McGrath of the Choice Music Prize winning band Ships with her partner Simon Cullen, as well as Maynooth hip hop duo Max Zanga & Matt Ó Baoill, aka Tebi Rex. Joining them is the Nigerian-Irish spoken word artist Felispeaks, aka Felicia Olusanya, whose first play ‘The Boy Child’ is in this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival. Eclectic singer-songwriter Inni-K aka Eithne Ni Chatháin completes the guest list in a show focussed on contemporary Irish for more Send in a voice message:
Pantisocracy Season 3 Episode 9 ‘Taking a Stand’In the parlour with host Panti Bliss are Saoirse Long, Caitriona Bergin, Frank Berry and Lisa Hannigan. Sometimes, despite the personal cost, you have to take a stand. In this episode of Pantisocracy, our host Panti Bliss, who has herself been known to take a stand or two, shares her story of how what she thought was a small talk in the Abbey Theatre, the Noble Call, became a viral call of action and change.In this episode Panti’s guests are Saoirse Long, a young woman who told her own story to dramatic impact during the recent referendum campaign, Caitriona Bergin, whose brother’s death by suicide helped motivate her to radically change her life, filmmaker Frank Berry whose recent work ‘Michael Inside’ brought us into the harrowing world of prison and singer/writer Lisa Hannigan who performs two of her own songs in the show - ‘Little Bird’ and ‘Undertow’ for more Send in a voice message:
Pantisocracy season 3 2018 Episode 8 ‘Borders’In this ‘cabaret of conversations’ Panti Bliss explores borders, both physical and psychological - what divides us and what brings us together? And can art be more powerful than politics in mapping and crossing borders? Guests are the visual artist Rita Duffy and musician/writer Steafán Hanvey both from Northern Ireland although Hanvey is now settled in Finland. With them is Gemma Doherty, from Derry, and Morgan MacIntyre, from Belfast, the two halves of the musical duo Saint Sister who share their experience of life on both sides of the Irish border. In the conversation too is David Honeyford, son of a Presbyterian minister, who has crossed the green and orange lines of Co Antrim to fall in love with GAA and the cuplá focal. Saint Sister perform their songs ‘Causing Trouble’ and a new release, ‘The Mater’, from their first album out this for more Send in a voice message:
Pantisocracy Season 3 2018 Episode 7 ‘Room at the Table’In this episode of the ‘cabaret of conversations’ called ‘Room at the Table’ host Panti Bliss’s guests are architect Grainne Hassett, singers Susie Q and Síomha, actor/writer Stephen Jones, and visual artist Vukasin Nedeljković.In this show Panti hosts a conversation around what makes a more open society. Vukasin Nedeljković shares his journey, from war in the Balkans to making a life here by turning his experience as an asylum seeker, in Direct Provision, into art in his Asylum Archive. Meditation coach Susie Q performs her song ‘Home’ inspired by images of children escaping conflict and architect Grainne Hassett talks of how similar stories of refugees fleeing war, prompted her to go and work in the refugee camps in Calais.Síomha, who comes from County Clare, the heartland of traditional Irish music, performs her songs ‘Spéir Rua an Iúil’, and ‘Why Did We Fall in Love?’ Send in a voice message:
‘Legally Gay’ Pantisocracy Season 3 2018 Episode 625 years after Ireland decriminalised homosexuality Panti Bliss celebrates in a show called 'Legally Gay' and explores how Ireland stepped out of the closet. Guests include singer/songwriter Jack O’Rourke, gay rights archivist Tonie Walsh, HIV advocate Robbie Lawlor, grassroots activist Izzy Kamikaze and spoken word performer Vickey Curtis. Jack O’Rourke performs his songs ‘Shining For You’ and his new single ‘Myth, along with a powerful cover of John Grant’s song ‘Glacier’. Vickey Curtis performs a piece she did during the Marriage Equality Referendum ‘Two Fat Ducks’.Broadcast 7th August 2018 - 22.00 - 23.00 on RTÉ Radio for more Send in a voice message:
Panti Bliss’s guests in this episode of Pantisocracy are the next generation; young emerging voices shaping Ireland today and pushing for change. In the parlour with Panti are actor/singer Fionnuala Gygax, Raidió na Life DJ Ola Majekodunmi, poet and visual artist Kerrie O’Brien, rapper JYellowL and transgender activist Sam Blanckensee. JYellowL performs his songs Nuh fi hurt me and Cold in the Summer while Kerrie performs her poem Dublin, which is now on the Junior Certificate, and Fionnuala shares a spoken word piece she wrote for International Women’s Day ‘The Girl in the Tree’ Send in a voice message:
‘Finding Your Tribe’ Pantisocracy Season 3 2018 Episode 4Panti Bliss’s house guests for this episode of Pantisocracy, the cabaret of conversations, are singer Honor Heffernan and her partner, composer Trevor Knight, who perform songs from their show The Whistling Girl based on the writing of the American satirist Dorothy Parker. They are joined by comedian Katherine Lynch and Bohemian FC poet in residence Lewis Kenny. Lewis performs his darkly powerful poem Cabra. The Panti Monologue shares Panti’s own story on how she became Panti Bliss and how she found her tribe in the strangest of places - Send in a voice message:
Pantisocracy - Season 3 (2018) Episode 3‘Be the Change’In this episode of Pantisocracy host Panti Bliss shares her own experience of being HIV Positive and her work as a change advocate with Irish Aid in Asia and Africa. Her guests in the parlour are all change-makers making a positive difference in the world. On the story of HIV AIDS in Ireland there's Dr Fiona Mulcahy and young playwright Shaun Dunne. With them is asylum seeker Ellie Kisyombe of Our Table and Iseult Ward cofounder of the food charity Foodcloud. Then there's musical cousins Grainne and David Hope the force behind KidsClassics bringing music to sick children and finally Northern Irish actor/singer Conleth Kane who performs his song 'Proud'. Send in a voice message:
Pantisocracy - Season 3 (2018) Episode 2‘The Elephants in the Room’In this the second episode of a new 10 part Summer Season of Pantisocracy, the cabaret of conversations, host Panti Bliss meets writer Michael Harding, actor and singer Ruth McGill, aerial performer Ronan Brady, playwright Amy Conroy and poet Jessica Traynor in an episode called 'The Elephants in the Room'. Panti Bliss kicks off with a moving and dark memory of her time in boarding school while Ruth performs two of her own songs ‘The Good’ and ‘See You’ while Jessica Traynor performs her poem ‘The Artane Band’ and Amy Conroy share a slice of her recent play ‘Luck Just Kissed You Hello’ has all the episodes and lots of video too Send in a voice message:
AWESOME MNÁIn an emotional show recorded just after the historic vote in the abortion referendum on May 25th Singers Karan Casey and Ciara Sidine join host Panti Bliss in an episode entitled ‘Awesome Mná’ exploring the voice of women in Ireland; the stories they tell and the songs they sing. Casey, an outstanding traditional and folk singer, kicked off the gender equality in music initiative Fair Plé earlier this year while Ciara Sidine’s work includes a powerful song in tribute to the memory of the women and babies of the Magdalene laundries and mother and baby institutions. Samantha Long, a Magdalene adoptee, shares the story of her birth mother Margaret. Joining them is Maynooth sociologist Professor Linda Connolly author of The Irish Women’s Movement and playwright/actor Eva O’Connor whose work includes the play Maz & Bricks exploring themes affecting young Irish women today. In the provocative and timely show Ciara Sidine performs her songs ‘Finest Flower’ and ‘Trouble Come Find Send in a voice message:
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