Sunday 22 April 2018

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week

The Show: Body and Soul Festival

Apres Match
Apres Match
Orange is the New Black S4
Ed Power

Ed Power

The Electric Picnic offshoot returns to the splendidly eccentric grounds of Ballinlough Castle, County Westmeath. Amid 19th-century follies, walled gardens and rambling woodlands, headliners will include French soul-jazzers St Germain, terrifying indie crew Wolf Parade (plucky survivors of the 2008 deluge of bands with "Wolf" in their name) and trad "supergroup" The Gloaming.

Come for the tunes, stay for the shamanic healing. Friday-Sunday.


Aprés Match

Chuckles were at a premium as Ireland found a way to draw against an essentially rubbish Sweden in their opening Euro 2016 match. Fans craving light relief will descend on Vicar Street as the Aprés Match troupe lampoon Irish sporting culture. Friday, see

The Event

Lord of the Dance

Michael Flatley hoofs his way into the record books with this rebooting of his post-Riverdance franchise. He of the Holy Mullet takes a backseat in the new production, ceding the spotlight to Cathal Keaney. Still, this tale of warring Celtic gods expressing their displeasure through the medium of synchronised choreography is every bit as ridiculous as Flatley fans will have come to expect. Friday and Saturday, Live at the Marquee Cork

The TV Programme

Game of Thrones

Beheadings, resurrections and recreational baby-sacrifice have featured prominently on Game of Thrones this season. Penultimate episode 'Battle of the Bastards', meanwhile, sees Jon Snow tangle with noted Westeros sociopath Ramsay Bolton. Monday, Sky Atlantic, 9pm/2am

The Radio Show

Drama On One: The Fund

Conor Malone's taut drama chronicles the true story of IMF fund manager Davison Budhoo's controversial resignation from the organisation in 1988. Sunday, RTE Radio One 8pm

The Box Set

Orange Is The New Black

Season four of the Netflix juggernaut goes deeper and darker as the inmates at Litchfield Penitentiary are forced to accommodate an influx of new prisoners. In light of recent tragedies, Jenji Kohan's pro-diversity dramedy's message of love and tolerance feels more important than ever. For your bingeing pleasure from today.

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