• 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

    Film

    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

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    Literature

    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

    Literature

    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

    Dance

    WICCA

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

  • The Dead Beside Us

    Literature

    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

    Film

    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

  • Ulster Scots James and Philip

    Literature

    This is Hame: Two Modern Ulster-Scots Poets

    James Fenton and Philip Robinson have been recently re-published by Ullans Press. Their books offer a window into that world – its language, humour, culture, religion and politics

  • Eddie Rafferty Main

    Visual Arts

    Eddie Rafferty: The Pursuit of Happiness

    South Africa's people and places are captured with colour and invention in this career-spanning showcase bringing intrigued masses to Banbridge

  • Coppelia ReviewDance

    Coppélia

    Russian State Ballet of Siberia perform Léo Delibes's fantastical, folksy story during a tiring run at the Grand Opera House

  • Martina Devlin ReviewLiterature

    Martina Devlin

    Out To Lunch festival goers come out in force to hear the story of Ireland's final conviction for witchcraft

  • Paddy Nash and Paul Casey ReviewMusic

    Homegrown '15

    A wealth of Derry's finest acts perform in the Millennium Forum in tangible legacy from City of Culture 2013

  • Agloe ReviewVisual Arts

    Agloe

    Sara Morrison creates a visual history of a dead town at the new Framewerk gallery

  • Martina Devlin ReviewLiterature

    The House Where It Happened

    Martina Devlin spins an eerie tale around Ireland's last witchcraft trail

  • Inon Barnatan ReviewClassical

    Music From The Heart

    Domingo Hindoyan stands in to conduct pianist Inon Barnatan at the Ulster Hall

  • Taken 3 ReviewFilm

    Taken 3

    Liam Neeson runs out of steam in Olivier Megaton's excruciating pay off to a high-earning trilogy

  • Testament of Youth ReviewFilm

    Testament of Youth

    Vera Brittain's war memoir makes for an intense cinematic experience

  • Christine Bovill ReviewMusic

    Piaf

    Christine Bovill's emotional tribute to the famous French chanteuse leaves the Black Box in tears

  • ReviewMusic

    Niamh McGlinchey

    The country singer entertains at Out To Lunch

  • The Theory of Everything ReviewFilm

    The Theory of Everything

    Eddie Redmayne becomes scientist Stephen Hawking in revealing biopic

  • ReviewMusic

    By Any Means

    Two of Northern Ireland's most promising metal acts get the New Year under way at Voodoo in Belfast

  • ReviewFilm

    The Hobbit

    Peter Jackson's unrecognisable The Battle of the Five Armies is a triumph of style over substance

  • Thank F*ck It's Christmas

    Jude Quinn's one-man show sees Santa in mischievous mood

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Nomad Kyrgyz People

    Turkish academic Yavuz Ozer reveals a fascinating insight into the lives of Central Asia's nomads

  • ReviewLiterature

    Colin Bateman

    Crime writer, screenwriter, children's author – Bangor's finest delivers words of wisdom in Ballycastle

  • Slimmer for Christmas

    Leesa Harker updates Pride and Prejudice for the 80s generation

  • ReviewLiterature

    Lines of Vision

    Writers respond to paintings in the National Gallery and reveal true value of the arts

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Exploring Spaces

    Group show at the Roe Valley Arts Centre inspires new perspectives

  • Messiah ReviewClassical

    Messiah

    Ulster Orchestra and Belfast Philharmonic Choir perform together for what could be the last time

  • Cappella Caeciliana ReviewClassical

    Reflecting Light

    Cappella Caeciliana record contemporary pieces and festive classics

  • Jack and the Beanstalk

    Terry Blain discovers that for all our technological advances nothing much changes in Pantoland

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    A New Chapter

    Former female prisoners open their hearts with hand bound book exhibition at the Linen Hall Library

  • Murray Christmas ReviewFilm

    Xmas Movies

    Ralph McLean reviews his top ten festive favourites to make the season of goodwill go a little bit faster

  • ReviewFilm

    Black Sea

    Michael Smiley joins an ensemble crew searching for Nazi gold in Kevin MacDonald's tense thriller

  • ReviewLiterature

    Mickey Finn's Air

    Gerald Dawe's new collection takes the reader on flights of nostalgic fancy

  • ReviewFilm

    St. Vincent

    Bill Murray is an unlikely babysitter in Theodore Melfi's quirky comedy also starring Chris O'Dowd

  • Tinseltown

    Paul Boyd pits belief against world-weary cynicism in what is sure to be a smash hit musical

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Civil Rights

    Void's timely and pertinent exhibition shows that racial equality is yet but a dream in modern America

  • Lisaire String Quartet ReviewClassical

    Ode to Sting

    Lisaire String Quartet interpret classic Police and Sting tracks – watch a live performance

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    MAC International

    Joanne Savage appreciates flashes of brilliance at The MAC but hopes for greater thrills in future

  • ReviewFilm

    The Drop

    James Gandolfini's final film is a gripping ensemble adaptation of the gritty Dennis Lehane novel 

  • ReviewLiterature

    Poetry Ireland Review

    Latest issue sees a range of contemporary poets writing about their favourite Seamus Heaney poems

  • The Imitation Game ReviewFilm

    The Imitation Game

    Benedict Cumberbatch is extraordinary in Morten Tyldum's flawed biopic of Enigma breaker Alan Turing

  • An Evening with CS Lewis

    David Payne's play is heavy on anecdote but light on the good stuff – the books

  • ReviewMusic

    The Lost Brothers

    Mark McCausland and Oisin Leech channel the finest songwriters in Derry

  • Unhome

    Jim McAleavey's house of horrors bulges with invention and endless witty subversions at The MAC

  • ReviewMusic

    Lit Up Inside

    Van Morrison launches a book of his lyrics in London joined by Michael Longley, Edna O'Brien and Ian Rankin

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    World Press Photo

    Famine, war, family and more – Belfast hosts the international photojournalist exhibit for the first time

  • ReviewFilm

    I Am Ali

    Claire Lewins uses exclusive audio journals to tell at least part of the legendary boxer's life story

  • ReviewFilm

    The Fall

    With episode two of series two set to air tonight, we look back at the slow-burning opener

  • Jacques Brel is Alive...

    Blunt Fringe reanimate the husky Belgian songwriter and 'matador of emotion'

  • Damage

    A suppressed emotion will do anything to survive in Patrick J O'Reilly's gay conversion therapy drama

  • ReviewMusic

    NI Music Prize

    Robyn G Shiels scoops album of the year, while alt-metal icons Therapy? perform Troublegum

  • ReviewLiterature

    Belfast Days

    Excerpts from Eimear O'Callaghan's teenage diary written at the height of the Troubles in 1972 

  • ReviewFilm

    Third Person

    Liam Neeson is an author struggling with a failing narrative in Paul Haggis' similarly unsuccessful ensemble piece

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    From Bolshoi to Belfast

    The evolving aesthetics of Russian theatre revealed at Crumlin Road Gaol

  • ReviewLiterature

    The Stairwell

    Michael Longley considers mortality in his new collection shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize

  • ReviewMusic

    SOAK

    Derry's finest returns home after a year in the spotlight

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Royal Ulster Academy

    After 133 years, the annual exhibit of art by members and non-members continues to astonish

  • Rafael Payare ReviewClassical

    Ulster Orchestra

    Philip Hammond enjoys the youthful energy of principal conductor Rafael Payare 

  • Ludo Lusi Lusum ReviewDance

    Ludo Lusi Lusum

    Animals metamorphose and interact in Echo Echo's delightful new piece for children

  • ReviewMusic

    Lost Domain

    Ash frontman Tim Wheeler produces a cathartic solo album following his father's battle with dementia

  • ReviewMusic

    The Gloaming

    Trad supergroup play out the 2014 Belfast Festival at Queen's with support from Hannah McPhillimy

  • ReviewMusic

    Remembering Gerry

    A host of musicians indebted to the late Radio Ulster presenter Gerry Anderson perform in Belfast

  • Neither Either

    Two of Ireland's finest companies are inspired by the work of poet Seamus Heaney

  • ReviewHeritage

    Wise Women & Witches

    Bob Curran delves into the facts behind the folklore at the Roe Valley Arts Centre

  • Female Gothic

    Rebecca Vaughan's medley of classic ghoulish tales is a tricky treat at The MAC

  • ReviewMusic

    Black Stone Cherry

    American purveyors of backwoods rock chug their way through an impressive set at Mandela Hall

  • An Enemy of the People

    Schaubühne Berlin get Belfast fired up for change

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