Inside Culture #9 (The People v. O.J. Simpson, David Turner, Simon Callow, Composers Collective)

Broadcast on 6th June 2016

ojOn tonight’s episode of Inside Culture we speak to one of the writers of The People v. O.J. Simpson, and go to Manchester to check out a new show by ANU Productions marking the 20th anniversary of the IRA bomb that devastated the city centre. We hear from Simon Callow on volume three of his Orson Welles biography, and explore new ways to listen to contemporary music. We also find out how LEGO can be used to explore conflict and its aftermath.


The People v. O.J. Simpson starts this week on RTE One, a 10-part TV series about the 1994 O.J. Simpson trial. Presenter Fionn Davenport caught up with Larry Karaszewski, one of the screenwriters of the new series starring Cuba Gooding as O.J., David Schwimmer as his friend Robert Kardashian, and John Travolta as the defence lawyer Robert Shapiro. The People v. O.J. Simpson starts on RTE One at 10.15pm this Thursday 9th June.

David Turner is a Belfast-based artist whose work explores conflict and its aftermath. Zoe Comyns met with him in his studio to discuss his work and his novel approach to materials. Check out for David Turner’s work.

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the Manchester bomb, when the IRA left a 3,300lb bomb in a white van in the middle of Manchester. Although it was the largest bomb detonated in Britain since WWII, nobody was killed, but 212 people were badly injured. ANU Productions have made the bombing and its aftermath the subject of its new show and Fionn went to Manchester to find out more about it. On Corporation Street runs at ‘Home in Manchester’ from June 15th-25th. Visit for more information.


The Irish Composers Collective (ICC) are currently producing a series of concerts with the vocal group Tonnta called InSight. The series pairs music with animation, projection, dance and presence. Sorcha Coller’s piece Soham means presence and throughout the performers maintain eye contact creating a tense bond with each other and with the audience. We also visited Arthur’s pub to talk to composer Peter Moran, who heads up a number of gamelan ensembles in Dublin. Finally, Anna Clifford’s piece Orbital Sunsets requires the audience to wear blindfolds as the performers from Tonnta circle them slowly. Visit for more details.

Simon Callow’s multi-part biography of the polymath Orson Welles, has reached its third volume. One-Man Band covers the years 1947 to 1966, starting with Welles fleeing to Europe to escape the tax man and finishing with his third Shakespeare film, Chimes at Midnight. Simon will be reading extracts from Heaney’s Aeneid at the Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas on June 10th as well as talking about his three volume-biography of Welles. Visit to find out more.