Thursday 22 February 2018

Top five shows -- powerful, funky and unmissable

Druid Murphy Town Hall Theatre July 23-28 David Mach Absolut Festival Gallery July 16-29 Chic Festival Big Top July 19 Propeller Black Box Theatre July 24-28 The Outgoing Tide Town Hall Theatre July 17-21

Under the directing hand of Garry Hynes, this Druid production of three Tom Murphy plays is unmissable. Opening with 'Conversations on a Homecoming', followed by 'A Whistle in the Dark' and rounded off with the rarely produced 'Famine', the one common thread is the playwright's brutal understanding of the Irish male. Do whatever you can to catch one of the trilogy days.

The acclaimed Scottish artist tackles his biggest subject to date -- the Bible. 'Precious Light', the resulting exhibition, took over three years to create and is the Turner-nominated artist's largest solo show. Quite simply, it is overwhelming.

Led by Nile Rodgers, one of the greatest funk bands in the world will be getting the City of the Tribes dancing. Support on the night will be from Nouvelle Vague. Expect to be up on your feet for 'Le Freak', 'We Are Family', and 'Lost in Music'.

Edward Hall's all-male Shakespeare troupe are back with another powerful double bill. First up is the thrilling 'Henry V' and then the same cast will transform to perform 'The Winter's Tale'. You will be amazed how these powerful performances can quickly cause you to forget that the lady is not all that she seems.

Directed by BJ Jones, this Northlight Theatre production of Bruce Graham's drama marks a welcome return for GAF stalwart John Mahoney. Best known as Martin Crane in television's 'Frasier', Mr Mahoney is a Tony Award-winning stage actor and has bewitched festival audiences on all previous visits.

Irish Independent

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