ART, Yasmina’s Reza’s multi award winning comedy has been entertaining audiences for 20 years. A new production translated by Christopher Hampton sees UK veterans Nigel Havers, Denis Lawson and Stephen Tompkinson as Serge, Marc and Ivan respectively take to the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin from March 19-24. Marc is horrified when his friend Serge buys a piece of art- an expensive white canvas. Their relationship soon becomes strained because of their differing opinions about what constitutes “art”. A third friend, Yvan is caught in the middle of the conflict as he tries to please and mollify them both. Much verbal dexterity and some sly knowingness is on display.
Closer to home but with a lot in common is a new production of Isobel Mahon’s comedy BOOM? Set at the height of Ireland’s now mythical economic boom, it is led by an all-female cast including Claudia Carroll (Fair City), Rose Henderson (Fair City, Father Ted) Isobel Mahon (Glenroe, The Clinic), Maria McDermottroe (Glenroe, Killinaskully) and Clelia Murphy (Fair City). From March 26 at the Gaiety Theatre.
Music Network continues to bring the new and exciting in music to Ireland with the arrival of thrilling new duo, Franco-Spanish guitarist Thibaut Garcia and German cellist Isang Enders, both young artists with rapidly-growing international reputations. Info from musicnetwork.ie
Director Frank Berry’s first film, I Used to Live Here, was noticed and admired. His second film, Michael Inside, heads into cinemas on April 5. After agreeing to hold a bag of drugs for his friend’s older brother, Michael Healy is sentenced to three months in prison. Berry again took an unconventional approach to developing his story, working with former prisoners on the Pathways education programme to give the film a strong sense of authenticity. It’s been winning prizes all over with a wonderful central performance from Dafhyd Flynn.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was a popular read and is now a film (renamed as the more pronounceable Guernsey) with British sweetheart Lily James as a young writer on the island in the aftermath of World War II looking for stories and making friends. From April 20 everywhere.
Cúirt, the long running international festival of poetry and literature, reveals itself in Galway from April 23-29. The full list of contributors has yet to be announced but already confirmed are: Bernard MacLaverty, whose book Midwinter Break recently won the Novel of the Year award at the 2017 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards; Belfast’s inaugural Poet Laureate, Sinead Morrissey, reading from her new collection On Balance; acclaimed American novelist and short story writer, Daniel Woodrell, whose earlier work including Winter’s Bone have all been adapted for the screen. Under new programme director, Emily Cullen, it’s looks like a very exciting and vibrant couple of days. More from cuirt.ie