Sunday 20 May 2018

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week

Ab Fab: Joanna Lumley
Ab Fab: Joanna Lumley
Alexis Taylor
Ed Power

Ed Power

Whether you are staying in or going out, we pick the events not to miss this week.

Going out


Bill Bailey

Perpetually befuddled comedy Viking Bailey closes his 18-month ‘Limboland’ tour with a six-night residency at the Olympia. Buckle up for surreal humour, confessional asides and free-wheeling zaniness from the popular stand-up.

Olympia, Dublin, from Monday

The gig

Alexis Taylor

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Alexis Taylor

Bespectacled pop nerd Taylor has a cult following as frontman of electro troupe Hot Chip. He returns to Ireland with his downtempo stand-alone album, ‘Piano’. As the title suggests,the Londoner will be performing heart-felt torch songs — an engaging contrast to Hot Chip’s dance-floor burblings.

Workman’s Club, Dublin Thursday

The play

Mandela Trilogy

Musical theatre with a sociopolitical twist, as Nelson Mandela’s story is brought to life for the stage. The Cape Town Opera production takes us from the anti-apartheid campaigner’s cell in Robben Island to his childhood home in South Africa’s rural south east to his 1990 release from prison.

Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin, from Wednesday

Staying in

The book

SS-GB by Len Deighton

This lost classic from the late 70s imagines what Britain might look like under Nazi rule. Out of print for decades, Deighton’s cult thriller has just been republished, ahead of a lavish BBC adaptation starring Sam Riley. A page-turner that deserves to be rediscovered.

The TV show

Joanna Lumley’s Japan

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Ab Fab: Joanna Lumley

The ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ star is our eyes and ears on this intriguing odyssey to one of the most fascinating countries in the world. In the first of three episodes she travels by bullet train to Tokyo and visits the exclusion zone around crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

UTV Ireland, Friday 9pm

The box set

The Fall, seasons one and two

Before ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, Jamie Dornan was turning heads as a charming serial killer playing mind games with Gillian Anderson in the noir-ish streets of contemporary Belfast. Both return for series three of ‘The Fall’ this autumn — in the meantime, fans can catch up with seasons one and two, now available as a box set bundle. 

Irish Independent

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