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Monday 19 February 2018

7 days & 7 nights: A critics guide to going out

Adaptation Festival, Dromhair, Co Leitrim

Sophie Gorman

There is much to be said for a festival that doesn't bother with all the bells and whistles, just discreetly goes about its business rather impressively. Such is the case of the Adaption Festival, which is now in its seventh year.

A weekend of films, talks and workshops examining the process of adapting the novel for film, this year celebrates John le Carré and the many screen versions of his novels.

The fun kicks off tonight with a presentation by John Irvin, director of the celebrated 1979 BBC Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy series.

And this will be followed by a screening of the 1984 version of The Little Drummer Girl. Other highlights include a screening of The Spy Who Came in From the Cold tomorrow night and on Sunday there will be a panel discussion with local expat Germans relating their experiences of growing up in both East and West Germany.



Revolution Now!, Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin 2

Prepare to be taken hostage. Gob Squad are demanding a revolution and they want one now. There has been no bloodshed, so far...

Their offensive is to charm you into submission, their weapons cups of tea, cake, electric guitars and all the technology they can get their hands on.

The end of the Dublin Theatre Festival is nigh and these rebels aren't going down without a fight.



Pandora's Box, IFI, Dublin 2

Now any opportunity to view GW Pabst's 1929 classic starring Louise Brooks and that haircut is worth celebrating in itself, but this is a particularly special occasion as the screening will be accompanied by live soundtrack provided by the glorious 3epkano.

The reason for such merriment is that 3epkano are releasing their new album, Hans The Reluctant Wolf Juggler, this very evening and the shebang will be rounded off with a late-night DJ set in the Workman's Club.

3epkano are nothing short of remarkable and a preview copy of this new album has already had many spins on our turntable.



Real Steel, On General Release

A boxing picture with a difference, Real Steel is set in a near future where human fighting has been banned and giant robots have been designed to do the sparring for us.

Hugh Jackman is Charlie Kenton, a former boxer who ekes a living touring fairs with his fighting robot. He owes money to everyone and is in a world of trouble until he teams up with his estranged son Max to train a no-hope robot for a shot at the title.

Real Steel's plot is hardly original, but director Shawn Levy and his writers have a bit of fun with the boxing clichés, the robots are given enough personality to make them interesting, and the fight scenes are surprisingly entertaining.


Eliza Carthy Band, Whelan's

Country music may be a little scary for those of us unfamiliar with its multitude of charms, but Eliza Carthy single-handedly bridges the divide.

This singer-fiddler-charmer is a rare treat, she actually makes you want to slap your thigh, stamp your feet and shout 'yee haw'.

Carthy first took to the stage when she was 15 years old and she hasn't been off it much in the intervening two decades.

She has revitalised folk music and her latest album Neptune was released earlier this year. We promise she will make your Tuesday night a veritable hoot.



Shipwrecked, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Co Meath

In 1588, Francisco de Cuellar, a captain in the Spanish Armada, was shipwrecked off the west coast of Ireland. He spent the following seven months on the run from the English and his ordeal forms the basis of this musical spectacular.

Presented by Irish early music ensemble eX, this features extraordinary performers in sensational period costumes as they bring the story to life through drama, dance and an evocative soundtrack featuring renaissance vocal and instrumental music from Spain, England and Ireland.

After tonight's performance, this remarkable show will be on a short tour with performances in Dun Laoghaire tomorrow, Newbridge on Friday and Belfast on Saturday. Unmissable.




Bon Iver, Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin 2

Bearded, backwoodsy and intense, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon rolled several fistfuls of cliches into one haunting package on his debut LP, For Emma Forever Ago.

Just when you thought you had him pinned down as a lovelorn folkie from central casting, though, he unleashed this year's Bon Iver, a weird, wintry record that presented the listener with a series of half-sketched ideas and which, at first, felt indistinct and underwhelming.

Only with repeated listens did the album's peculiar genius reveal itself and you realised you were listening to the Americana equivalent of Kid A -- a record that loomed larger the further back you stood.

It will be fascinating to see how he recreates the project's ghostly atmospherics in a live setting. However he goes about it, prepare for goose pimples.


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