PICK OF THE WEEK

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - THE TICKET - Craw­ley Peter Lau­rence Mackin

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.

SCIENCE WEEK Science Week isn’t just for chil­dren, as re­search shows adults are just as stupid when it comes to science – just look at Ben Car­son.

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.

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