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BordGaisEn­er­gyTheatre,Dublin.Ends Apr287.30pm(Mats2.30pm) ¤25-¤73bor­dgaisen­er­gythe­ When the Royal Shake­speare Com­pany first staged a mu­si­cal adap­ta­tion of Roald Dahl’s cap­ti­vat­ing and scabrous book for young readers, Matilda, in 2011, it did so with a wickedly good meet­ing of minds. Pair­ing play­wright Den­nis Kelly with com­poser and lyri­cist Tim Minchin, brought to­gether two dis­tinctly edgy artists with just the right amounts of glee and sub­ver­sive good hu­mour. Still, for a fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment, which has long thrived by fol­low­ing much safer for­mu­las, it was a leap in the dark as to whether such a col­lab­o­ra­tion would cap­ture the imag­i­na­tions of a new gen­er­a­tion. In the end, no­body needed to lose any sleep about it. Matilda, a brainiac with tele­ki­netic pow­ers in a fam­ily of re­sent­ful dimwits, makes a good com­par­i­son for the soar­away suc­cess of the show, unashamedly clever among a throng of West End mu­si­cals of lesser am­bi­tion. Cel­e­brat­ing the power of the imag­i­na­tion over dull con­for­mity, and wag­ing a mu­si­cal re­bel­lion against the fear­some school prin­ci­pal of Crunchem Hall, Miss Trunch­bull, the show has proven a model pupil it­self, know­ing just how much you can move, when you put your mind to it.


AbbeyTheatre,Dublin.End­sApr14 7.30pm(Sat­mat2.30pm)¤13-¤45 “Mu­sic al­ways wins,” Sa­muel Beck­ett once said of his ra­dio work

Words and Mu­sic. Now Gare St Lazare, who have eked out a world­wide rep­u­ta­tion as Beck­ett’s most at­ten­tive and least adorned in­ter­preters, re­vive the com­pe­ti­tion with Here All Night, a fu­sion of Beck­ett text and an orig­i­nal score by com­poser Paul Clark, with im­pro­vi­sa­tions from The Gloam­ing’s Caoimhín Ó Raghal­laigh. First staged in Brighton in 2013, and sub­se­quently toured to New York, Bos­ton and Lon­don, this marks the Ir­ish de­but of the pro­ject, which un­der­takes a national tour to Gal­way, Tralee, Lim­er­ick, Cork, Wex­ford and Dun Laoghaire. Co-cre­ated with direc­tor Judy He­garty Lovett and per­former Conor Lovett, the evening looks at the mu­si­cal­ity of Beck­ett’s novel

Watt, and other prose pieces, bring­ing them to­gether with visual art, by Brian O’Do­herty and move­ment from chore­og­ra­pher John Scott. It is, fit­tingly for Beck­ett, an in­ter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tion, with a mu­si­cal trio led by Ó Raghal­laigh, so­prano Me­lanie Pap­pen­heim and a choir of six fe­male singers.

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