• Pan forum

    Performing Arts

    Peter Pan given a dazzling Derry makeover at the Millennium Forum

    Big musical numbers, pyrotechnics and pixie dust-like sprinklings of the city's trademark sense of humour takes the age-old panto to a magical new place

  • Derry: The Irish Revolution, 1912-23, Adrian Grant


    Derry: The Irish Revolution, 1912-23

    Historian Adrian Grant delves a century into the city's past and, with new facts and parallels to today, manages to makes a gripping read from events we already know the outcomes of

  • Myra review

    Performing Arts

    Myra's Story

    A play so good they named it twice, Fionna Hewitt-Twamley not only fills Carmel McCafferty's shoes comfortably, but is bewitching as the rock bottom title character once known as Maire

  • Hear My Voice review


    Hear My Voice: film inspired by Colin Davidson exhibition 'offers a tribute to the human spirit'

    Brendan J Byrne manages to further enrich the moving source material of Silent Testimony while extending the experience for those unable to see its portraits in person

  • Her Name Was Rose 2


    Her Name Was Rose

    Claire Allan leaves 'Chick Lit' behind in favour of a dark thriller which, for the Derry-based author, signals a bright new chapter

  • Eamonn Magee


    The Lost Soul of Eamonn Magee

    While his wasted sporting potential is a source of frustration, the ex-world champion boxer's remarkable, still unfinished story makes for an absorbing read with as much tragedy as it has triumph

  • Hansel Gretel main

    Performing Arts

    Hansel and Gretel

    Featuring a role call of fictional favourites, the MAC's fairytale production places a feast of Northern Irish theatre talent firmly in the (sweet) shop window

  • Junebug



    The fifth Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement bows out with an entrancing multinational exploration of the female bond

  • The Dead Beside Us


    The Dead Beside Us

    Tony Doherty wastes no time in following up his 'important' debut with a 'profound' adolescent account of conflict continuing to tear through 1970s Derry

  • Murder orient express branagh


    Murder on the Orient Express

    Kenneth Branagh keeps Agatha Christie's detective tale on the right track as both director and lead amidst a cast bristling with star power

  • Jon Richardson

    How does the 'reliably sophisticated font of witticisms' as featured on 8 Out of 10 Cats transfer to the stage?

  • Ulysses

    Dermot Bolger's adaptation of James Joyce's famous novel is 'a tribute to Joyce's own curious imagination'

  • The Scarlet WWWeb

    Admirable acting and direction cannot save a weak script, as Big Telly fall victim to cliché and hungry hens

  • ReviewLiterature

    Kicking the Black Mamba

    Robert Welch's moving account of his alcoholic son's death 'should be on every school curriculum'

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    RUA Exhibition

    The Royal Ulster Academy's 131st annual showcase is a joyous compendium of Northern Irish talent

  • ReviewMusic

    Stephen Hough

    The 'seemingly inexhaustible' pianist has Philip Hammond on the edge of his pew at Rosemary Street First Presbyterian Church

  • Macbeth

    The Northern Irish accent lends itself well to Shakespeare's most visceral tragedy, and Stuart Graham excels as the murderous king

  • Death (On a Shoestring)

    The heavenly hordes are 'anti-abortion, anti-evolution homophobes' in Accidental Theatre Company's latest outing

  • Huzzies

    Stacey Gregg's story of the rise and fall of a Belfast band is saved by Kerrie Quinn's bullish central performance

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    This Moment

    John McSorley remains preoccupied with ethereal landscapes, but includes a rare self portrait in this exhibition for the Belfast Festival

  • The Odd Couple

    Neil Simon's rib-tickling examination of male friendship finds added relevance in the era of the ‘bromance’

  • David O'Doherty

    The Belfast Festival's new marquee plays host to the shaggy-haired comic who is unusually grouchy and all the better for it

  • ReviewMusic

    Planetary Motions

    Pianist Michael McHale and the Ulster Orchestra play Holst's masterpiece to launch the Belfast Festival at Queen's

  • Michael McIntyre

    A 'flawlessly constructed, expertly executed' set from the King of UK Comedy

  • Alan Davies

    The Essex actor and QI stooge returns to stand-up after a 12 year wait. Perhaps he should have stayed sitting down

  • The Cove

    Experiencing Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company's new production is 'like observing a seaside trip on a time-lapse camera'

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    The Light of Other Days

    Jim Maginn's compendium of traditional and folk musicians 'captures the dignity of those who still make music'

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    The Winding Banks of the Erne

    Writers Marion Maxwell and Brian Gallagher use multi-media to tell the story of watery Fermanagh

  • ReviewMusic

    Clare Hammond

    Pianist and artist-in-residence at Queen's University handles the masters with an 'unusually judicious approach'

  • ReviewMusic

    A Hocht

    A 'shambling behemoth of an album' from Belfast-based progressive metal masters Slomatics

  • The Mousetrap

    Can Agatha Christie's most famous play enthral modern audiences outside of the West End?

  • ReviewMusic

    Fermanagh Live

    Jenny Cathcart takes in a varied selection of classical performances, DJ sets, plays, exhibitions and author talks

  • Paul Currie

    His comedy peers adore him, but what does John Higgins make of Belfast's most eclectic performer? 'Everyone prefers Cash to Czech!'

  • An Unseasonable Fall of Snow

    Galvinised Productions first foray into theatre has 'audience members audibly gasping'

  • Lord Carson Signs Off

    Paddy Scully's engaging one-man show puts flesh on the bones of 'this most misunderstood of Irishmen'

  • Owen O'Neill

    'To describe O’Neill’s act simply as ‘stand-up’ would do him a great injustice'

  • Jimmy Cricket

    'The set is so slick and well-honed you almost forget the incredible craftsmanship.'

  • ReviewHeritage

    The Story Arc of the Covenant

    What do the friezes on Edward Carson's statue remind you of?

  • ReviewLiterature

    From Farquhar to Field Day

    Nuala McCallister Hart recalls three centuries of music and theatre in Derry~Londonderry

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Memory, Imagination and Myth

    A diverse range of work by artists including Gerard Dillon and Comhgall Casey showcases a century of Irish art

  • ReviewFilm

    Holy Motors

    Kylie Minogue cameos in Leos Carax's 'free-form oddball odyssey', in Queen's Film Theatre from October 1

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Important Irish Art

    Adam's Auctioneers showcase masterworks in Bangor before raising the gavel in Dublin, where a le Brocquy sold for €320,000

  • ReviewMusic

    Soul Ambition Sofa Sessions

    Singer-songwriter Tracy Dempsey leads an array of performers in the Ulster Hall foyer

  • I Am My Own Wife

    Prime Cut's retelling of the Charlotte von Mahlsdorf story is The MAC's 'finest achievement since launching'

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Jamie Harper

    Can music affect how the visual artist works? Jamie Harper gets down with the beat at the Black Box in Belfast

  • ReviewFilm


    Lawrence Street Workshops continue their Film Night series with a little Gallic S&M. John Higgins is thrilled

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Enemy Blue

    Allan Hughes raises questions about 'the reliability of the media' with video works at Belfast Exposed

  • ReviewMusic

    Bronagh Gallagher

    The Derry chanteuse brings 'a screenwriter's panache' to a new set of soulful songs, writes Ralph McLean

  • The Playboy of the Western World

    Conall Morrison's 'constantly stimulating' take on JM Synge's play retains an anarchic edge

  • Walking With Dinosaurs

    Adapted from the BBC series, this arena spectacular features life-sized T-Rexes and much more

  • ReviewLiterature

    Belfast Taxi

    A cast of colourful characters feature in Lee Henry's 'brilliantly researched root and branch history of taxiing in Belfast'

  • ReviewFilm

    Pitching for Writers

    The Crescent Arts Centre hosts 'script midwife' Mary Kate O Flanagan. John Higgins learns a thing or two

  • ReviewMusic

    Frank Fairfield

    Moving on Music invite the Californian folk stalwart to perform on the Belfast Barge, fiddle and all

  • East Belfast Arts Festival

    An audience of 'middle-aged bohemians' make life hard for Matthew Collins, Lauren Kerr and Shane Todd at Belmont Tower

  • ReviewMusic

    Songs that Scare Children

    Duke Special curates a week of events at the MAC, including this beguiling show by Dublin's Cathy Davey and friends

  • Basra Boy

    Flute bands and fisty-cuffs – Rosemary Jenkinson's 'hard man' character seeks to break the vicious cycle

  • ReviewMusic

    Mary Peters – 40 Golden Years

    Patrick Kielty, Jackie Fullerton, Van Morrison and a host of Olympians share the stage at the Grand Opera House

  • ReviewFilm


    A great cast and Nick Cave script save what is otherwise an 'uncomplicated and predictable' prohibition era gangster flick

  • Bright Club Derry

    The 'academics versus comics' performance scenario doesn't necessarily travel that well

  • ReviewMusic


    Their sound may be derivative, but Seven Summits' 'irresistible' sophomore release is a confident album nonetheless

  • ReviewFilm

    Shadow Dancer

    Andrew Johnston goes back for a second viewing, and cares even less for James Marsh's troubled characters

  • ReviewMusic

    Happy Days

    Samuel Beckett would have approved of the programme of concerts at the Enniskillen festival in his honour

  • ReviewLiterature

    Happy Days

    Enniskillen is 'enriched, educated and entertained by the spirit and the words' of Samuel Beckett

  • ReviewMusic

    larla Ó Lionáird

    Master of the sean-nós singing style opens Féile An Droichead Irish language festival at the MAC

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    (work in progress)

    Six artist/designer/makers contextualise their respective creative processes at Craft NI

  • ReviewMusic

    Tennant's Vital

    Comebacks, comedowns and complaints: there was something for everyone at Boucher Playing Fields

  • ReviewLiterature

    The Decline of the Irish Murder

    Author and performer Reggie Chamberlain-King on crime and punishment in fiction and song

  • ReviewLiterature


    Rosie Johnston's story of Orion the hunter is 'an epic poem in the classical tradition', writes Louise Richardson

  • ReviewVisual Arts


    Freud's and Baudrillard's theories of the 'death drive' and its consequences influence a wide range of artists

  • ReviewMusic

    Clandeboye Festival

    Barry Douglas, virtuoso pianist and the 'force of nature' behind the festival, dazzles and beguiles the County Down crowd