• 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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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

  • ReviewMusic

    Southpaw Niños

    Mick McCullagh's trad debut features songwriting worthy of The Waterboys

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Ulster Society of Women Artists

    Lisburn's Island Arts Centre hosts annual mixed media exhibition

  • ReviewFilm

    Dracula Untold

    Northern Ireland provides a dramatic backdrop to Gary Shore's largely superficial blockbuster 

  • ReviewMusic

    Ó Raghallaigh & Trueman

    Composers conjure hypnotic soundscapes in north Belfast

  • ReviewVisual Arts


    Peter Liversidge's Symbolist exhibition at The MAC is a psychosexual Where's Wally?

  • ReviewMusic

    Barry Douglas

    Jenny Cathcart takes a trip down memory lane at Fermanagh Live thanks to the virtuoso pianist

  • Foil, Arms & Hog

    Dublin-based trio perform a short but sweet set at the Belly Laughs Comedy Festival in Belfast

  • ReviewLiterature

    Martin Bell

    Acclaimed war correspondent on learning his craft in Troubles-era Northern Ireland

  • ReviewLiterature

    Bangor Literary Tour

    Kenneth Irvine traverses the 'Cradle of Modern Irish Literature' with poetry, song and not a few tenuous links

  • ReviewFilm

    A Most Wanted Man

    Philip Seymour Hoffman is every inch the jaded spook in his final film directed by Anton Corbijn

  • Pentecost

    Lyric Theatre's latest production is beautifully written, directed with brio and perfectly performed

  • Jonathan Harker and Dracula

    Gerard McCarthy plays a plethora of characters in Ulster Theatre Company's game adaptation

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Crossing the Water

    Jeffrey Morgan exhibits 40 years' worth of canvases capturing his wife, author Patricia Craig, in thought

  • Cabaret ReviewDance


    Bruiser's confident, sassy and perfectly judged musical is a must see show at The MAC

  • ReviewFilm

    A Walk Among the Tombstones

    Liam Neeson stars in this stylish, lean adaptation of the Lawrence Block novel

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    The Starry Messenger

    Derry's Void gallery exhibits a cross-section of video works shot on 16mm film

  • ReviewMusic

    First Aid Kit

    Swedish sister act show themselves to be shining lights of the nu-folk scene at Mandela Hall

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Beyond Measure

    Concepts of time and space inspire a range of artists including Patrick Pye at the Strule Arts Centre

  • ReviewFilm

    In Order of Disappearance

    Hans Petter Moland channels the Coens in this comic revenge thriller shot on the Norwegian tundra

  • ReviewLiterature

    My Heaney

    'When terrible things happen, we go to the poets.' Broadcaster Seamus McKee reads at On Home Ground

  • ReviewLiterature

    On Home Ground

    Claire Savage takes in poetry, music and the debut public reading by children's author DD Everest  

  • Tom Hartley ReviewLiterature

    Milltown Cemetery

    Tom Hartley writes a richly complex history of the Belfast graveyard

  • ReviewMusic


    New Trad quintet Moxie release an uplifting debut album on jazz drummer David Lyttle's Lyte Records

  • ReviewFilm

    The Hundred-Foot Journey

    Lasse Hallström's adaptation is aesthetically pleasing but stuffed full of unpalatable clichés

  • ReviewFilm

    Second Chance Cinema

    Cinephile cooperative screen three Northern Irish films for free at the South Bank Playhouse

  • ReviewMusic


    The innovative vocal ensemble welcome theorbo player Paula Chateauneuf to the Ulster Museum

  • PORTS ReviewMusic

    Race With The Tide

    PØRTS release three offcuts from their forthcoming debut album which suggest greater things to come

  • ReviewLiterature

    The Blame

    Michael Nolan's novella in and about modern Belfast is satisfyingly ambiguous and hints at greater things

  • Beckett Trilogy

    Lisa Dwan is ghostly and ghastly in this extraordinary production at The MAC

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Magic Touch

    Five artists explore how technology impacts on creativity at the Centre for Contemporary Art

  • Two Days, One Night ReviewFilm

    Two Days, One Night

    Marion Cotillard gives an unmissable performance in the Dardennes brothers' portrait of life on the edge

  • ReviewMusic

    A Sense of Wonder

    Biographer David Burke attempts to define Van Morrison

  • Punk Rock

    A series of brilliant stage debuts transport Lyric Theatre audiences into the teenage heart of darkness

  • Walled City Tattoo ReviewDance

    Walled City Tattoo

    Derry's got talent as drummers, dancers, singers and stuntmen transport Ebrington back in time

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Where Are They Now?

    Bill Kirk traces the trajectory of Belfast residents originally photographed in the 1970s and 80s

  • ReviewFilm

    Jeremy Thomas

    The heavyweight British film producer discusses a career behind the camera at Queen's Film Theatre

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Laoch Na Laochra

    Dara Vallely and Réamonn Ó Ciaráin tell the story of the warrior king Cú Chulainn at Ulster Museum

  • ReviewFilm

    The Congress

    Actress Robin Wright sells a version of herself in Ari Folman's dystopian allegory on paternalist Hollywood

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Arts Council Crafts

    Enniskillen's Higher Bridges Gallery displays works from the ACNI Acquisitions Collection of Applied Art

  • ReviewFilm


    Ben Whishaw stars in Hong Khaou's touching English language debut about sexuality and acceptance

  • Reverend Billy

    American comedy preacher brings his anti-consumerist campaign to Belfast's Corn Market with choir in tow

  • ReviewMusic

    Little Matador

    Snow Patrol guitarist Nathan Connolly performs a cathartic hard rock support set at Belsonic

  • Bangor's Ghost

    Rachel Coulter curates an evening of spooky song and storytelling at the Bangor Open House Festival

  • ReviewLiterature

    War Words

    Genevieve Swift and Andrew Eaton read original compositions and archived material at PRONI

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Hidden Agenda

    Subversion and irony abound in works from the Crafts Council collection by Grayson Perry and others

  • ReviewMusic

    Love's As Warm As Tears

    Ulster Youth Choir commemorate the outbreak of the First World War

  • ReviewFilm


    Nicholas Cage finds critical salvation in David Gordon Green's latest feature set in the rusted, dilapidated South

  • Brendel & Beckett

    The Austrian pianist and poet is a witty if laconic conversationalist at the Happy Days festival

  • Panti Bliss

    Ireland's leading drag queen delivers the Amnesty International Pride Lecture at The MAC in Belfast

  • ReviewFilm

    Mood Indigo

    Michel Gondry's whimsical adaptation of the Boris Vian novel is a cocked-eyebrow of a film that never lets up

  • ReviewMusic

    Romeo & Juliet

    Ulster Youth Orchestra perform music from Provofiev's great ballet and more at the Ulster Hall

  • ReviewLiterature

    Bathed In Lightning

    The life and legacy of guitarist John McLaughlin explored in Colin Harper's monumental new biography

  • ReviewMusic

    July '14

    Andrew Lemon rounds up the latest releases from Boxcutter, Sister Ghost and TOSKA

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Year Zero

    University of Ulster undergraduates exhibit glimpses of their artistic vision at SpaceCraft

  • Wuthering Heights

    Emily Brontë's classical novel is adapted at Banbridge's Solitude Park

  • ReviewLiterature

    John Hewitt

    Maureen Boyle attends a range of events at the International Summer School in Armagh

  • Comedy Day Festival

    Colin Geddis is ringmaster as the Crescent Arts Centre hosts a smorgasbord of Northern Irish comics

  • ReviewVisual Arts


    An inventive contemporary musing on the fraught nexus between past and present at the Golden Thread Gallery

  • ReviewFilm

    Grand Central

    France is smitten with nuclear energy, but not the workers, in this adaptation of Elisabeth Filhol's satirical novel

  • ReviewMusic

    Rhythm Nation

    Ulster Youth Training Choir gain valuable live performance experience at Craigavon Civic Centre