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

In this series the Queen of Ireland Panti Bliss invites a diverse gathering of intriguing, high profile and articulate guests into her parlour to chat about their life’s journey and share stories. From singers to scientists, athletes to actors, writers to rebels – all are citizens of the Pantisocracy where Panti herself holds court in a wry and incisive programme combining talk, song and performance. A cabaret for the times we live in. Pantisocracy is a society of equals.
Pantisocracy S3E7 'Room At The Table' (Podcast Mix)
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?’
August 14, 2018
Pantisocracy S3 E6 "Legally Gay" (Podcast Mix)
‘Legally Gay’ Pantisocracy Season 3 2018 Episode 6 25 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 1 for more
August 7, 2018
Pantisocracy S3 E5 ‘The Young are at the Gates’ (Podcast Mix)
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’.
July 31, 2018
Pantisocracy S3 E4 (2018) 'Finding Your Tribe' (Podcast Mix)
‘Finding Your Tribe’ Pantisocracy Season 3 2018 Episode 4 Panti 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 - Japan.
July 24, 2018
Pantisocracy - S3 E3 'Be the Change' (Podcast Mix)
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'.
July 17, 2018
Pantisocracy - S3 E2 'The Elephants in the Room' (Podcast Mix)
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
July 11, 2018
Pantisocracy S3 E1 'Awesome Mná' Podcast Mix
AWESOME MNÁ In 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
July 3, 2018
Pantisocracy - S2E6 'Begin Again' (New Year's Day 2018)
In a special New Year’s Day edition of Pantisocracy, the ‘cabaret of conversations’ hosted by Panti Bliss looks towards a new year with guests; singers Luka Bloom, Aoife Scott and Steve Wall, paralympian athlete Niamh McCarthy and Syrian human rights advocate Razan Ibraheem. In this episode, Luka Bloom performs ‘Wayfaring Stranger’ and Aoife Scott performs the Bruce Coburn classic ‘Wondering where the lions are’. Steve Wall, actor and frontman of The Stunning, sings his song “Mama’s Going Back to Bed” and shares stories of his new movie about jazz trumpeter Chet Baker while Razan Ibraheem talks of her experience helping Syrian war refugees find a home in Ireland. for more
June 12, 2018
Pantisocracy - S2E5 'The Santy List' (Christmas 2017)
In a special Christmas Day edition of Pantisocracy the ‘cabaret of conversations’ host Panti Bliss, the Unofficial ‘Queen’ of Ireland, hosts a gathering exploring how we draw upon the traditions of being Irish, in language, music, song, poetry and dance to re-imagine anew ourselves and our place in the world. Her guests in this festive edition are singer and actor Lisa Lambe, Hot House Flowers frontman Liam Ó Maonlaí, former Riverdance star Colin Dunne, musician Seán Mac Erlaine and the poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa. The programme features performances by Lisa Lambe, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Seán Mac Erlaine and Doireann Ní Ghríofa. for more
June 12, 2018
Pantisocracy - S2E4 'Life's Little Nudges' (2017)
In the fourth episode of Season 2, host Panti Bliss is joined by musician and singer Julie Feeney, author and writer Shane Hegarty, former rock radio DJ Jenny Huston and writer Dermot Bolger. for more
June 12, 2018
Pantisocracy - S2E3 'Alter Egos' (2017)
In Episode 3 of Season 2, host Panti Bliss (aka Rory O'Neill) is joined by performance artist Emmet Kirwan, singer and songwriter Duke Special aka Peter Wilson, musician Eoin French aka the band Talos and incoming producer of new work a the Abbey Theatre, Ireland's national theatre, Jen Coppinger. In this show Panti Bliss talks about alter egos and how Panti allows Rory to be Rory. In this show Emmet Kirwan, describes the reaction of elderly Edinburgh ladies to his performance of Dublin OldSchool. Join the Pantisocracy conversation on social media using #pantisocracy
June 12, 2018
Pantisocracy - S2E2 'Women in the Making' (2017)
Panti Bliss hosts a cabaret of conversations with, and about, contemporary Ireland. In the second episode of Season 2, host Panti Bliss is joined by singers Eleanor McEvoy, Hazel O Connor and historian Sonja Tiernan. for more
June 12, 2018
Pantisocracy - S2E1 'HOME' (2017)
In Episode 1 of Season 2 Panti talks HOME and identity with guests wordsmith Stephen James Smith and musicians Farah Elle, Cáit Ó Riordan and Fiachna Ó Braonáin. Stephen, a performance poet from Tallaght, shares his word ‘Dublin You Are’ – a hymn to his home town warts and all, while Farah Elle, a young Libyan Irish singer and songwriter performs her song ‘Silk’ with its unique sounds of both countries. Ex Pogues bassist Cáit Ó Riordan talks of moving between New York and Dublin and her new work playing bass with award winning poet Paul Muldoon while Hothouse Flowers Fiachna Ó Braonáin explains why Paris is his second home. Both Cáit and Fiachna perform together reuniting their former band life in PreNup named because everyone in the band was at that stage going through a divorce! for more
June 12, 2018
Pantisocracy S1E7 'The Heart of Memory - The Song of Home' (2016)
For a special Christmas Day edition of Pantisocracy – host Panti Bliss is joined by film maker Lenny Abrahamson, performer Gavin Friday, Grace Toland, Director of ITMA, Sean-Nós singer Róisín Elsafty and artist Amanda Coogan for a ‘cabaret of conversations’ about home, memory and belonging. On a day that, for many of us, brings us back to our sense of ourselves and childhood, Pantisocracy explores ‘the heart of memory, the song of home’. What story does Christmas tell of us? In May 2018 this episode won Pantisocracy the Celtic Media Festival TORC - its highest award - for best radio magazine show. for more Pantisocracy broadcasts on RTE Radio 1 - this is a podcast cut longer than the broadcast edition and all episodes of the series are on Season 3 starts July 3 2018
June 12, 2018
Pantisocracy - S1E6 ‘The Past is a Foreign Country’ (2016)
Panti's guests in her chamber in this show are novelist John Boyne, (author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas), Amanullah De Sondy, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Islam University College Cork, Sligo based Illustrator Annie West, singer Hozier and the actor and singer Bronagh Gallagher. Bronagh offers a song to the cabaret with Bronagh performing ‘Hand on My Heart’ and Hozier sings his song ‘To Be Alone’. for more
June 12, 2018
Pantisocracy - S1E5 ‘That’s How the Light Gets In’ (2016)
Host Miss Panti Bliss invites her guests into the Pantisocracy parlour for the ‘cabaret of conversations’ exploring how we learn and grow. Panti opens with a Panti Monologue sharing her own experience. In this episode, psychologist and youth mental health advocate Tony Bates shares the floor with children’s author Siobhan Parkinson, who says not being able to read books is the worst part for her in losing her sight. Nanoscientist Jessamyn Fairfield talks about her unusual childhood growing up in Los Alamos New Mexico – Home of the Atomic Bomb and why scientists need to embrace comedy to communicate. The guest performers in the episode are Jack O’Rourke and Camille O’Sullivan. Jack sings his song ‘Silence’. for more
June 12, 2018
Pantisocracy - S1E4 ‘Influences’ (2016)
Host Miss Panti Bliss brings us into a ‘cabaret of conversations’ with guests including filmmaker Vivienne de Courcy, whose new movie ‘Dare to be Wild’ was filmed both in Ireland and Ethiopia while singer Shaz Oye shares stories of growing up black and gay in inner city Dublin with the Sierra Leone Irish singer Loah. Sinead Kane, the blind marathon runner talks about challenging stereotypes and combatting bullying. Joining them in the studio is artist Jim Fitzpatrick creator of the iconic Ché Guevara poster. Both Shaz and Loah entertain with songs. In this episode Panti Bliss explores the people who influence and inspire us and share her own journey and tale of Aunty Qy in another of the ‘Panti Monologues’.
June 12, 2018
Pantisocracy - S1E3 ‘Turning Points’(2016)
Host Miss Panti Bliss opens the show in her parlour, welcoming guests and offers a ‘Panti Monologue’ a personal observation on life as she sees it. In this episode, her guests talking of turning points in life are Mark Pollock, the blind now paralysed adventurer who is exploring ways to walk again. Lawyer Simone George, Mark’s partner, is in the mix talking about her journey to make Ireland safer for women and scientist Dr. Niamh Shaw talks of her dream of going into space. Comedian Jarlath Regan shares what he has discovered in making his hit podcast “An Irishman Abroad’ while composer Michael Gallen, the lead singer with the band Ana Gog, talks about his new opera project, A Month in the Lock, and sings from the James Connolly songbook ‘We Only Want the Earth’. for more
June 9, 2018
Pantisocracy - S1E2 ‘What Are We Like?’(2016)
Host Panti Bliss opens with the Panti Monologue, a personal observation on life as she sees it. In her parlour are guests Eleanor Fitzsimons, a writer whose latest work is a biography of Oscar Wilde told through the women in his life – ‘Wilde’s Women’ – and award winning actor Olwen Fouéré who has brought both Joyce and Beckett to the stage this year. With them in the Pantisocracy chambers is Pauric Dempsey who explains why the Royal Irish Academy wants to put ‘women on the walls’ for 2016 while broadcaster Dil Wickremasinghe says as a new Irish citizen the 1916 rebels inspire her. Performer Jack Lukeman, shares stories of travelling in the United States during the Orlando massacre and entertains Panti, guests and the Pantisocracy audience with his song ‘Open Your Borders’. for more
June 9, 2018
Pantisocracy - S1E1 ‘A Window on Change’(2016)
Host Panti Bliss opens Pantisocracy with the Panti Monologue, a personal observation on life as she sees it. In her parlour are guests Donegal pro-surfer Easkey Britton, who shares stories teaching surfing to women in Iran with writer/actor Mark O’Halloran whose new film Halal Daddy is about a Muslim family in small town Ireland. Scientist Shane Bergin critiques the myth of the left-right brain theory while singer/actor Maria Doyle Kennedy shares stories of her life in Canada. Maria and Kieran Kennedy entertain Panti Bliss, guests and the Pantisocracy audience with an intimate performance of her song ‘The Most Beautiful People are Broken’. for more on the series
June 9, 2018
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