Pavilion Theatre, Dublin. Oct 12-14 8pm (Mat 2.30pm) ¤26 dublintheatrefestival.com
Following its success at last year’s Edinburgh International Festival, this stage performance by Scottish songwriter, theatremaker and spoken-word performer Karine Polwart blows westerly towards Dublin and Belfast, appearing at festivals in each city. A solo performance positioned as a paean to the countryside and all things of nature, Wind Resistance explores hidden stories of motherhood through song and personal memoir. Written by Polwart, whose songcraft combines folk influences with themes as diverse as Donald Trump’s corporate megalomania or Charles Darwin’s complicated family life, it has also been developed with assured Scottish theatre makers David Greig and Liam Hurley, and been rapturously received by critics. Theatre has been flirting with the structure and immediacy of music gigs for some time – Greig’s collaboration with musician Charlie Fink, Cover My
Tracks, was a gorgeous recent example at the Galway International Arts Festival – and here Polwart’s collaboration with Greig’s Royal Lyceum Theatre combines evocative visuals with her narration and live score.