Tuesday 24 April 2018

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week

The gig: Beyoncé

Japanese animation: Ponyo
Japanese animation: Ponyo

Lady Bey brings her Formation tour to Croker. Part pop spectacle, part rumination on a marriage on its uppers, the show promises to be equal parts stunning and provocative.

True, the north Dublin monolith is a challenge for even the best artists (cough, U2) but we suspect Beyoncé will be up to it. Come for the hits, stay for the gender politics.

Croke Park Saturday.

The event

Studio Ghibli Forever

A retrospective season honouring the iconic Japanese animation studio begins with 'Ponyo', a searing retelling of Han Christian Anderson's 'Little Mermaid'. Other Ghibli classics such as 'Spirited Away' and 'Howl's Moving Castle' are to follow, with both dubbed and subtitled screenings. An eye-opener if you think quality animation begins and ends with Pixar.

Light House Cinema, Dublin, Sunday and Monday.

The play

The Weir

Staged in playwright Conor McPherson's native Dun Laoghaire, this is a stunning and provocative journey into Irish society's heart of darkness. Flashes of humour leaven the bleakness but only just. Pavilion, Dun Laoghaire, from Tuesday.

The TV show

Ray Donovan

Liev Schreiber returns as a Los Angeles fixer desperate to turn his pathetic life around. The cliches come thick and fast but Schreiber is never less than mesmerising as season four stretches its legs. A cult hit going steadily mainstream. Monday, 9pm Sky Atlantic.

The app

Twilight Struggle

New on the iPad, this adaptation of the cult board game draws the player into an intriguing case of Cold War cat and mouse (and nukes). You play as either the Russians or Americans, trying to win hearts and minds without blowing anyone to oblivion. It's a challenge that will have you knotted with tension.

The box-set

Wallander: The Final Chapter

Kenneth Branagh's phlegmatic Swedish detective takes his final bow with three farewell episodes, by turns thrilling and poignant. With the sleuth suffering premature memory loss, this is a long walk into the sunset sure to leave a lingering chill. Seldom has Nordic noir felt so gloomy. Out now on DVD.

Irish Independent

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