Saturday 25 May 2019

Culture vulture - What not to miss this week


War on Drugs. Photo: Getty Images
War on Drugs. Photo: Getty Images

Ed Power

The musical - The Last Ship

Taking time out from proselytising for tantric yoga and making bonkers records with Shaggy, Sting brings his Last Ship musical to Dublin. He won't be there in person, but the spirit of the tall-haired pop deity infuses this autobiographical tale of working class struggle in the shadow of Northumbria's dystopian shipyards.

From Monday, BGE Theatre, Dublin

The festival - Forbidden Fruit

The genre-splicing festival returns to Kilmainham. Monday is all about rock 'n roll with War on Drugs channelling Tom Petty and Springsteen, while Saturday welcomes Gallic beat-botherers Justice with rapper Vince Staples, Four Tet and Floating Points along on Sunday.

Saturday to Monday, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin

The movie - The Camino Voyage

Exclusive screening of a documentary tracking a historic 2,500km pilgrimage by sea, from Ireland to Northern Spain, in a traditional Naomhóg row boat (the crew including ginger strummer Glen Hansard). Director Dónal O Ceilleachair attends.

Thursday, Cork Opera House

The podcast - Buried Truths

A crime podcast with a difference, in so far as we know who did what from the outset. The setting is the American South in 1948, where three black farmers in a rural area try to exercise their right to vote. One is killed for his troubles - and now his story is told by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hank Klibanoff.

The TV Show - Imagine... Margaret Atwood

PAlan Yentob meets science fiction writer Margaret Atwood, who is having a moment with the TV adaptation of her Handmaid's Tale becoming a lightning rod in the #MeToo era.

Sunday, 10.30pm, BBC One

Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood

The box set - November 13: Attack On Paris

Documentaries have given Netflix many of its blockbuster hits - and this three-part recounting of the November 2015 Paris shootings is another searing slice of factual TV, from directors Jules and Gédéon Naudet.

Available now on Netflix

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