Happy Monday! Here are some choice culture-related recommendations for the week ahead... and at least two of them are absolutely free! 

Trad

A welcome revival of Mark Doherty's classic play, the tale of a hundred-year-old Irishman and his father, with a cast led by the great Emmett Kirwan, touring nationwide through May - find a date near you here.

Clare Barrett, Seamus O'Rourke and Emmet Kirwan star in Trad

Pure Mule

One of the great Irish TV dramas of the 21st century is now available to watch on RTÉ Player; writer Eugene O'Brien's gripping portrait of small-town life is also a fitting tribute to the late, great Tom Murphy (Adam & Paul), who won the IFTA Award for Best Actor for his role as Shamie. Watch it here. 

Charlene McKenna and Garrett Lombard in Pure Mule

Essential Classics: Jonian Ilias Kadesha with the RTÉ CO 

‘To regard him simply as a huge talent is not enough: there is an element of pure genius in this young man.’ The words of German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung about Greek violinist Jonian Ilias Kadesha. He plays Tchaikovsky’s glorious Violin Concerto at the National Concert Hall on Tuesday, 9th April, in a powerful programme that will end with Beethoven’s 7th Symphony - more details here. 

Violinist Jonian Ilias Kadesha

Madama Butterfly

Director Ben Barnes’s new production of an opera favourite thrilled audiences during performances at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and the Cork Opera House, and now viewers worldwide can discover the "simply extraordinary" Celine Byrne as Madama Butterfly for themselves, exclusively on RTÉ Player - watch it here.

Madama Butterfly at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

The Man Who Wanted To Fly

Frank Shouldice's acclaimed documentary tells the irresistible story of 80-something bachelor farmer Bobby Coote. He left school at 13, fixes clocks and spends a lot of time in his back shed making violins from old furniture - but he’s never lost sight of a lifelong dream to fly. It's still screening nationwide - find a cinema near you here.