• The Train Review

    Performing Arts

    The Train

    While some elements lack steam, Rough Magic's musical has audiences on board for its retelling of a momentous, reproductive rights-fuelled journey

  • Faerie Thorn Review

    Performing Arts

    The Faerie Thorn

    After a promising preview, Big Telly bring Jane Talbot's North Coast fables to the stage in a fully realised adaptation fit for the company's 30th year

  • The Importance of Being Earnest Review

    Performing Arts

    The Importance of Being Earnest

    Not everything works in this risky all-male revision, but ultimately the source material proves it to be still Wilde at heart

  • Famla review main

    Performing Arts

    Famla

    John McCann's brooding drama borders on the bleak, but a sense of hope mirrored by the youth of today points to a better tomorrow

  • Rule of the Land Garrett Carr

    Literature

    The Rule of the Land

    With eloquence and tact, Garrett Carr charts a timely expedition along the line that divides and defines Ireland, its history and its people

  • The Cove

    Dance

    The Cove

    Echo Echo's dizzying collaboration with climber Dan Shipsides reaches its peak in this hypnotic performance inspired by the cliffs of Donegal

  • Maiden Voyage Dance Triple Bill

    Dance

    Maiden Voyage Dance Triple Bill

    Brave and breathtaking interpretations of love, loss and living prove the power of three in this new package of works

  • Pound Music Club

    Music

    Pound Music Club

    The spirit of the Belfast institution lives on in the lungs of Kenny McDowell, whose voice still enraptures a faithful following after 50 years

  • Best Review

    Film

    Best (George Best: All By Himself)

    Though arguably too linear in scope, the latest chronicle of our greatest footballing talent's tragic journey is nonetheless elegantly and fearlessly told

  • Dirty Dancing Review

    Performing Arts

    Dirty Dancing

    Staying true to the original, this steamy stage adaptation is guaranteed to satisfy fans of the classic, feel-good film

  • 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

  • Neil Cowley Trio ReviewClassical

    Neil Cowley Trio

    Jazz meets classical at the City of Derry Choral Festival with suitable support from Codetta choir

  • ReviewFilm

    Serena

    Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper make it three for three in Susanne Bier's long-in-the-making English language debut

  • ReviewFilm

    '71

    Jack O'Connell excels in this taut Troubles-era thriller by director Yann Demange and writer Gregory Burke

  • Guide Gods ReviewDance

    Guide Gods

    A profound and thought-provoking piece from disabled artist, singer, choreographer and thinker Claire Cunningham

  • ReviewMusic

    Trio Rafale

    Swiss three-piece conjure the spirit of their classical forebears in a buoyant performance at Queen's

  • ReviewLiterature

    Stewart Parker Memorial Lecture

    Award-winning actor Adrian Dunbar commemorates the late playwright at the Belfast Festival

  • ReviewLiterature

    The Goose Tree

    Moyra Donaldson takes stock of a life in letters and finds solace in nature

  • ReviewLiterature

    Where They Lie

    Mary O'Donnell's fourth novel is a darkly passionate tribute to the Disappeared

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Make Every Show...

    Endlessly inventive conceptual artist Ryan Gander exhibits in Derry~Londonderry

  • ReviewMusic

    Beoga

    Virtuoso trad group are supported by emerging act Cúig in Belfast

  • Sive

    JB Keane's 1956 play set in rural Ireland abounds with dark themes familiar to 21st century audiences

  • ReviewMusic

    Dillon & Tyminski

    One of Ireland's finest vocalists is supported by American bluegrass legend at the Waterfront Hall

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