WED­NES­DAY 24.06.15

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - THE TICKET SEVEN DAYS - SL JC PC

TRAD Frank Yamma Yamma is bring­ing his glo­ri­ous mu­sic from the red cen­tre of Aus­tralia. His sear­ing song­writ­ing and dis­tinc­tive guitar sound have paved a path from the Cen­tral Desert to Europe since the re­lease of Coun­try­man (2010). This tour co­in­cides with the re­lease of his much an­tic­i­pated fol­low-up, Un­cle. FES­TI­VAL Cel­tronic One of the best elec­tronic mu­sic fes­ti­vals on the cal­en­dar, Cel­tronic has brought top- notch in­ter­na­tional and Ir­ish names to­gether in Derry for 15 years. This year’s event gets un­der­way with a Maeve Records show­case fea­tur­ing la­bel founders Mano Le Tough and The Drifter, both straight out of Gey­stones but now re­sid­ing in Ber­lin. THEATRE The Im­por­tance of Be­ing Hon­est Os­car Wilde. Bil­lie Traynor just about gets away with it by imag­in­ing a meet­ing 20 years af­ter the events of The Im­por­tance of Be­ing Earnest be­tween Ce­cily and Gwen­dolen. Two ri­vals in love who end up be­com­ing sis­ters in Earnest, Traynor here uses them to ex­plore a split­ting fe­male iden­tity at a time of deep so­cial change. A thor­oughly mod­ern Ce­cily pur­sues bo­hemi­an­ism and suf­frage while Gwen­dolen’s deeply con­ser­va­tive views slide into ob­so­les­cence. “Per­haps all women be­come like their moth­ers,” Ce­cily wor­ries. “What a tragedy.” It’s an art­ful in­ver­sion of Wilde’s wit­ti­cism, which, like Liam Halligan’s mod­est pro­duc­tion, finds a poignant pic­ture of lives in sta­sis.

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