ambient recordings, they profile nine women who, though they were custodians of the tradition of female circumcision, have made the courageous, life-changing decision to abandon the practice, usually in the face of community opposition of varying kinds. THEATRE Through a Glass Darkly It is unlikely that Karin, the focus of this stage adaptation of Ingmar Bergman 1962 film, missed her calling as a travel agent. Holidays, she decides, are “lumps of time without any distractions”, opportunities “to look straight ahead and stare into the abyss”. The reason for this cheery island getaway is to spend some time with the men in her life: an emotionally absent author father, an overprotective husband, and a wary adolescent brother. Already prone to mental illness, the marginalised Karin begins to slip between realities, almost the only agency afforded to her. Corn Exchange’s attractively severe new staging gives a grey stateliness to what could be Karin’s mental disintegration or her radical emancipation. As the biblical reference of the title hints, it all depends on how you see things. ART The Future Is Self-Organised – Artist-Run Spaces Artist-run spaces, often combining studio facilities with exhibition programmes, have become a staple throughout Ireland, from Pallas in Dublin to 126 in Galway, Catalyst Arts in Belfast to The Black Mariah in Cork, not to mention Occupy Space in Limerick. Pallas Projects kicks off its 20th birthday series of projects with a survey featuring work and documentation, placing such spaces in the overall cultural context. HOUSE Detroit Swindle One of the best BBC Essential Mixes of 2015 is the one Dutch duo Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets (above) produced a few months back. It was the perfect showcase for the exquisite, bespoke house style that has become Detroit Swindle’s brand over the past couple of years. Their work includes the swaggering Figure of Speech EP for Freerange, the wide range of tracks they’ve put out on their own Heist label, and banging appearances at clubs worldwide – from Berlin’s Panorama Bar to this fine establishment in the wild, wild west.