Martha and Kurt are two expecting parents who work hard to provide for their new family, intent to provide comfort and security for their child. But when Kurt’s boss offers him a chance to make some easy money in an unethical and compromising way, his decision threatens their future. Here, Conor McPherson provides a new version of Franz Xaver Kroetz’s 1975 play, Das Nest, conceived as a contemporary morality tale in which Caoilfhionn Dunne and Laurence Kinlan play the couple at its conflicted centre. In a further coup for the Lyric and Young Vic co-production, directed by Ian Rickson, new music for its dark fable comes from the deliciously brooding PJ Harvey. Birds of a feather… Anoushka Shankar Daughter of the very great Ravi, and half-sister of the very famous Norah Jones, Anoushka Shankar was never going to be anything but a musician. Indian classical music is a family business and BAROQUE AND ROLL East Cork Early Music Festival Starting today and continuing ‘till Sunday, the 14th East Cork Early Music Festival (ECEMF) has firmly established on Ireland’s classical music calendar. This year, new artistic director Aoife Nic Athlaoich’s programme features some of Ireland’s leading specialists in Baroque, including Peter Whelan and Ensemble Marsyas, soprano Rachel Kelly, Camerata Kilkenny and the Cork-based Giordani quartet. SOUL/POP Michael Kiwanuka This British soul songwriter (above) released his second album, Love & Hate, earlier this year to immense acclaim, and so to catch one of his shows at such a small venue will surely be a treat to those that are lucky enough to have a ticket. References? Fans of Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Van Morrison and Otis Redding may want to pay attention. LAUNCH Strictly Deep
Strictly Deep move beyond the Pale with their first venture Shannonside kicking off tonight with Josh Butler in pole position. A DJ who made his bones with stints under the she learned to play her sitar from the great master himself. Like her father, she likes to reach beyond the Indian tradition, and her latest project, Land of Gold – a cry for solidarity with refugees and victims of war - fuses east and west, with a quartet that includes Bjork percussionist, Manu Delagu. Sankeys and Tribal Sessions’ banners, Butler has also proven to be a prolific producer with well-received tracks for Kerri Chandler’s MadTech, Hector Couto’s Roush, Green Velvet’s Cajual Records and Noir Music. Support from Strictly Deep’s Kaily and Liam Duffy. ART Torture No stranger to controversy, artist Andreas Serrano found a disarmingly matter-of-fact way to address the monstrous subject of torture. With the guidance of a French Special Forces veteran, he engaged models and workers in the experimental art space The Foundry at Maubourquet in France to enact the mental and physical realities of torture techniques, from Nazi Germany to Stasi interrogation centres to Abu Ghraib and the “deep interrogation” methods employed in Northern Ireland.
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