PICK OF THE WEEK
If ever there was an actor you wanted to see more of, it’s Mary Murray (below). On stage she has always had a magnetic focus, a presence somewhere between no-nonsense control and a shiver of vulnerability. It’s that quality that made her the calming centre of Love/Hate and why, in some ways, her character’s murder was the death of the show. This solo piece, written by her father Paddy Murray, is an invitation to let loose: Murray plays six characters, clearly defined and different characters gossiping in the smoking area of a pub, ruminating on the spoils of a post-office robbery and who among their peers is implicated.
INDOOR DELIGHTS Those in the big smoke on Saturday evening who want some live music but who would prefer a roof over their head have two must-see shows to select from.
Discerning hip-hop fans will already have marked
Irish debut at the
Twisted Pepper in Dublin with their highlighter pen.
One of the acts who grabbed a lot of attention at this year’s SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, in March, Your Old Droog (above) is a rapper out of Coney Island, New York who has been building a head of steam over the last year for his roughneck, hard-chaw, raspy rhymes and throwback rhythms.
There was some initial suspicions that this was Nas in disguise, but those were nixed when Droog turned out to be a lanky lad born in the Ukraine and bred in America.
Also hitting the boards tomorrow night will be
the Belfast band (with a Dublin drummer) who will release their new album in the autumn. Arms Around A Vision is the follow-up to the much admired and acclaimed
in 2013. The forthcoming third album, say the band, will take its cues from “European elegance, Italian futurism, Russian constructivism, Germany’s Zero Group and both Neubaten and Bowie’s Berlin”.
Get a first taste of what that sounds like when they play Hangar, Dublin tomorrow night.