THURS­DAY 04.05.17

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS -

THE­ATRE Maz and Bricks Project Arts Cen­tre, Dublin. Apr 28-May 13, 7.45pm ¤18/¤16 pro­jec­tarts­cen­tre.ie Eva O’Con­nor, the writer and per­former be­hind the com­pany Sun­day’s Child, has tack­led sen­si­tive sub­jects be­fore, rang­ing from grief to abuse to men­tal dis­tress, yet al­ways with a light hand, pre­fer­ring the sub­tle study of char­ac­ters rather than the well-in­tended clank of is­sue drama. For her first play with Fisham­ble, in which she per­forms with Stephen Jones, two lives again in­ter­sect with po­lit­i­cal dis­play: her char­ac­ter Maz is at­tend­ing a demon­stra­tion to Re­peal the Eighth amend­ment (which real re­cent events will lend fur­ther mo­men­tum), while the young man she will en­counter, Bricks, is vis­it­ing the mother of his daugh­ter. Di­rected by Jim Cul­leton, the pro­duc­tion finds the two be­com­ing un­likely friends, prod­ding at each other’s pol­i­tics and pas­sions. Such a stage has al­ways served O’Con­nor well: to won­der how we reach our po­si­tions in life, and in what ways we re­fine them. PC ART Uisce Anam Janet Pierce. Out­side, In­side: Trudie Mooney. Hamil­ton Gallery, 4 Cas­tle St, Sligo May 4-27 hamil­ton­gallery.ie Janet Pierce’s Uisce Anam – Soul Wa­ter – lies in the lakes she is clos­est to, Lough Erne be­side her home and the An­nagh­mak­er­rig Lake in Co Mon­aghan. She got into the habit of swim­ming daily and also paint­ing a wa­ter­colour as a form of med­i­ta­tive ex­er­cise. “Be­ing alone, in the empti­ness of that trea­cle wa­ter

lake . . . some­times I felt like the at­mos­phere, cloudy, misty, un­clear as to the di­rec­tion I should take. Other days the sky was blue, bright and life seemed full of gen­tle pos­si­bil­ity.” Her evo­ca­tions of wa­tery at­mos­phere are coun­ter­pointed by the closely ob­served re­al­ism of Trudie Mooney’s still life stud­ies fol­low­ing a sea­sonal cy­cle. AD UNBUTTONED TRAD But­tons and Bows Church of Ire­land, Mountshan­non 8pm ¤10 061-927147 Fid­dle play­ing brothers Sea­mus and Manus McGuire, to­gether with Sli­abh Luachra’s inim­itable ac­cor­dion player Jackie Daly and multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist Garry Ó Bri­ain are en­joy­ing a glo­ri­ous se­cond wind with their band But­tons and Bows af­ter tak­ing a break dur­ing the noughties. Theirs is a pris­tine, pre­ci­sio­nengi­neered mu­sic-mak­ing, suf­fused with a joie de vivre that’s in­fec­tious. Tonight sees them kick off a brief tour and a warm up for their im­pend­ing visit to the delights of the Bal­ti­more Fid­dle Fair. Sligo, Done­gal and the in­tri­ca­cies of slides and polkas from Sli­abh Luachra are in­ter­wo­ven with some very beau­ti­ful orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions. Some mag­i­cal mo­ments in time are guar­an­teed. SL JAZZ Or­lando Molina Quin­tet Arthurs, Thomas St, Dublin, 8.30pm, ¤10/¤8, arthur­spub.com Chilean-Venezue­lan gui­tarist Or­lando Molina (left) is one of the more re­cent ar­rivals on the in­creas­ingly cos­mopoli­tan Dublin jazz scene, which has been hugely en­riched by this in­flux of ta­lent and creativ­ity, lured by the rep­u­ta­tion of New­park Mu­sic Cen­tre’s jazz pro­gramme, and Molina’s new quin­tet ex­em­pli­fies that di­ver­sity. Per­form­ing a set of the gui­tarist own com­po­si­tions, blend­ing post-bop and con­tem­po­rary jazz with Latin Amer­i­can influences, are two of Dublin jazz’s favourite adopted sons, Venezue­lan pi­anist Leopoldo Osio and Cape Town sax­o­phon­ist Chris En­gels, with two of the lo­cal scene’s most dy­namic forces, bassist Cor­mac O’Brien and drum­mer Matt Ja­cob­son. CL

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