Episode 1 ‘A Window on Change’ Tuesday 23rd August 10pm
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’.
Episode 2 ‘What Are We Like?’ Tuesday 30th August 10pm
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 whose 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’.
Episode 3 ‘Turning Points’ Tuesday 6th September 10pm
Host 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’.
Episode 4 ‘Influences’ Tuesday 13th September 10pm
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 Vy in another of the ‘Panti Monologues’.