Friday 24 January 2020

Culture vulture - What not to miss this week


Travis Scott
Travis Scott

Ed Power

The musical - Wicked

Green in all the right places, this chronicling of the early life and career of the Wicked Witch of the West - the cackling villainess in the Wizard of Oz - is one of the blockbuster musicals of the past decade. It scooped Tony Awards by the fistful and made a star of original lead Idina Menzel, aka Elsa from Frozen.

 From Tuesday, BGE Theatre, Dublin

The festival - Longitude

It's a case of hip hop, don't stop as the Marlay Park three day-er goes more or less exclusively rap and R&B with headline turns from J. Cole (today), Travis Scott (Saturday) and SZA and Solange (Sunday). With rock music very much on its uppers, this is a thrilling snapshot of where music is at in 2018. Over-25s will feel ancient beyond reckoning.

Until Sunday, Marlay Park, Dublin

The play - Flight

Part of Galway Arts Festival, this experimental production from Scotland seats the audience in individual booths, where they are relayed the tale of two orphaned brothers fleeing war via a carousel of rotating 3D models.

From Thursday, O'Donoghue Theatre, NUI Galway

The podcast - The Home Babies

The shameful story of the mother-and-baby home in Tuam and its deep buried secrets, recounted by BBC Radio 4 reporter Becky Milligan.

The TV show - Sharp Objects

The Amy Adams-starring adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestseller continues, with unstable reporter Camille (Adams) sinking further into paranoia as she covers a grisly double murder.

9pm, Monday, Sky Atlantic

Amy Adams as Camille in Sharp Objects
Amy Adams as Camille in Sharp Objects

The box set - Sacred Games

Netflix's first original content from India is a bruising thriller set in the Mumbai underworld. Can it do for Indian crime drama what the blockbusting Narcos did for the cocaine trafficking caper?

Available now on Netflix

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