source, a 90-minute acceleration through Civil Rights-era Atlanta, in which the ageing Miss Daisy (Gwen Taylor) learns to tolerate her chauffeur Hoke (Ernest Perry Jr), whose principal role is to introduce her – with sunny good humour – to basic ideas of racism, prejudice and deprivations. Handsomely cast, spryly designed and entirely undemanding, it has the same sense of relentless uplift as a social-media meme – which may also be its fiercest competition. STRINGS ATTACHED? The Last Shadow Puppets
Olympia Theatre Dublin 8pm ¤45.05 ticketmaster.ie Also Thursday and Friday
Calling The Last Shadow Puppets a supergroup might be pushing it bit too far, but there’s no denying that separately, constituent members Alex Turner and Miles Kane have their ALBUM LAUNCH Ports “Ones to Watch”, “Flavour of the Month” and “Faces of 2016” are just some of the critical thumbs-up this Northern Irish band has received over the past six months. Next week Ports release their debut album ( The Devil Is a Songbird). This show is part of a brief nationwide tour to promote it. Highly recommended. ART The caged bird sings… It’s the beginning of the art and design graduation show season, and the Wexford Campus graduates of Carlow IT have a nice venue in the Arts Centre and a lot of interesting- looking work to show. The line-up includes Ann Breen, Deirdre Buttimer, Lisa Dunne, Fran Greene, Gina Murphy, Danny O’Brien, Martin Reading, Sandra Ryan, Breda Stacey and Zane Sutra. SOUNDTRACKER Hans Zimmer There are few enough oldschool soundtrack composers left standing, but Germany’s Hans Zimmer (above) is one. Zimmer has composed music for more than150 movies, most recently Batman v Superman: respective fanbases. These shows see The Last Shadow Puppets make its Irish debut, which should be of interest enough, let alone seeing if their sophisticated pop/rock material (from their two albums, 2008’s The Age of Understatement and this year’s Everything You’ve Come to Expect) can cut it in a live setting.
Dawn of Justice. That’s the bad news. The good news is that in this rare Irish show, Zimmer will perform the scores of many of his classier credits, including Rain Man, Thelma & Louise, The Lion King, Gladiator and The Dark Knight. TRADITIONAL Zoe Conway, John McIntyre and Enda Reilly With her fiddle playing on Riverdance, her collaborations with everyone from Máirtín O’Connor to Lou Reed, and her superb solo albums (with accompaniment from husband and guitarist John McIntyre), Zoe Conway has raised the bar and the profile for Oriel fiddle music with considerable panache. This performance is the final instalment of these monthly teatime sessions before the summer break: a real treat.