PICK OF THE WEEK
The oldest surviving epic poem written in Old English, Beowulf is a tale stacked so high with heroic developments – from rampaging monsters and battles, to beastly revenge and human counter-revenge, and finally a showdown with a dragon – that scholars can’t say for sure whether or not the original included room for a lightsaber duel as well. Bryan Burroughs’ world-beating solo performance, which began on the Dublin Fringe and charmed Edinburgh and New York, uses the story as a bridge between generations. In Burroughs’ captivating physical display, a man dying from cancer enhances a telling for his Star Wars- obsessed son injecting special effects and real-world subtexts. The show doesn’t avoid the saccharine, but it understands the impulse behind storytelling, whether ancient or rebooted, where imaginations have always flared as bright as a campfire or a blanket of CGI.
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Tonight, Future Love sees Dr Mark McCormack and Dr Emer Maguire discuss the future of love in the age of Tinder and other technologies against the backdrop of Spike Jonze’s Her. Tomorrow, at the Lexicon library in Dún Laoghaire, director Daniel Dencik will introduce his movie, Expedition to the End of the World, about a group of artists and scientists who sailed to Greenland on a three-mast schooner (no need for Tinder there).
And Monday will see the Irish premiere of Experimenter in Dublin’s IFI. The film, starring Winona Ryder (above) and Peter Sarsgaard, is a biopic about Stanley Milgram, the scientist who devised a series of experiments to test how people react when asked to obey authority figures. The screening will be followed by a discussion, led by BBC Radio 4’s Quentin Cooper, on whether the Milgram experiment would yield the same results today.
As part of a wider confer- ence, Prof Mark Harrison will deliver a lecture entitled ’Pandemics: the genealogy of the concept’ at Maynooth University. Participants are encouraged to arrive in biohazard suits to try and create some atmos.
At GMIT in Castlebar, the Exploration Dome mobile planetarium will be parking up and bringing the wonders of the universe outside Connaught that little bit closer on Sunday. It’s free but booking is necessary. And Cork’s Blackrock Castle Observatory has a whole selection of events on throughout the week.
To get more info on the huge selection of events on all around the country, see science.ie.