• 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

  • Skylight

    National Theatre's star-studded current production to be streamed live into Queen's Film Theatre on August 3

  • ReviewMusic


    Andrew Farmer and Sons of Caliber ride the alt-folk wave with a debut album of highs and lows

  • ReviewMusic


    Mark McCambridge continues to impress with rich tunes and a hard-earned earthy croon

  • ReviewMusic

    Walled City Music Festival

    Founders Cathal Breslin and Sabrina Hu lead the opening concert in Derry~Londonderry

  • ReviewLiterature

    Creggan Writers' Showcase

    Guildhall Press invite a diverse range of writers to read in Derry~Londonderry

  • ReviewFilm

    The Hundred-Year Old Man...

    ... Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared lives up to its protracted title

  • ReviewLiterature

    Home Words

    The Public Record Office celebrate the life and work of poet, activist and mentor John Hewitt

  • ReviewMusic

    The Rock Machine Turns You On

    Art rock trio Petomane craft a fine collection of pop tunes full of wit and graphic poetry

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Where There Are People

    Eamon O'Kane uses a derelict greenhouse in Denmark as a metaphor for man's desire to tame nature

  • ReviewMusic

    The Stars of Ballymenone

    Charismatic anthropologist Henry Glassie returns to the County Fermanagh village where he made his name

  • ReviewLiterature

    Malcolm Orange Disappears

    Jan Carson's debut novel is a magical realist adventure that fizzes with life

  • ReviewMusic

    June '14

    Andrew Lemon reviews the latest releases from Michael Mormecha, Go Swim and Freak's

  • ReviewFilm

    Cold in July

    1980s Texas is the backdrop to Jim Mickle's impressively pulpy adaptation of the Joe R Lansdale novel

  • ReviewMusic


    Political punk veterans mark two decades together with an energetic showing at the Mandela Hall

  • ReviewMusic


    Hard-rocking duo Paul Currie and Laura Totten keep smiling despite a disappointing turnout at the Oh Yeah Music Centre

  • ReviewLiterature

    Romancing Ireland

    Paul Clements' biography of Richard Hayward reveals a forgotten renaissance man

  • Little Jokes

    Chatterbox Productions enter the weird world of Victorian renaissance man Edward Lear at The MAC

  • BD ReviewMusic


    Barry Douglas's thunderously authoritative interpretation of the Austrian composer's final piano sonata

  • ReviewMusic

    Alana Henderson

    Cellist and singer-songwriter exudes musicality at the Black Box

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Hung by the Hawthorn

    Miriam de Búrca exposes societal divisions using folklore, draftsmanship and installation in Enniskillen

  • ReviewLiterature

    Breaking the Silence

    Former Israeli soldier turned peace campaigner Yehuda Shaul speaks from the heart at the Black Box

  • ReviewLiterature

    Jonathan Meades

    The inimitable architecture and food critic revels in language and sardonic wit at the Crescent Arts Centre

  • ReviewFilm


    Amma Asante tells the incredible true story of Miss Dido Belle Lindsay in this grandly realised sophomore feature

  • ReviewMusic

    Hillbilly Hell

    16th Open House Festival continues with a celebration of blues and roots at the Empire Music Hall in Belfast

  • ReviewVisual Arts


    Richard Gorman's meaningless abstract paintings with a Japanese bent leave Joanne Savage flabbergasted

  • The Tailor of Inverness

    The extraordinary story of one intrepid Polish father, soldier, tailor arrives at the Lyric Theatre

  • ReviewFilm

    Fruitvale Station

    Ryan Coogler's searing directorial debut screens in Belfast as part of Community Relations Week

  • ReviewLiterature

    The Pigeon Men

    Felicity McCall bravely tackles the subject of child abuse in this compelling but disturbing novella

  • ReviewLiterature

    The Incubator

    New literary journal launches at the Black Box in Belfast with readings from featured writers

  • ReviewMusic


    Party-poppers The Wonder Villains' long-awaited debut fizzes with youthful energy and delivers on live reputation

  • ReviewFilm

    Game of Thrones

    Having sold out in record time, this touring show is an interesting diversion from the ongoing series

  • Septic Tiger

    Pearse Elliott's latest work is an entertaining if unwieldy beast set in the border area of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland

  • ReviewHeritage

    Art of the Troubles

    The current exhibition at the Ulster Museum inspires a day of discourse from a variety of speakers

  • ReviewFilm

    Venus in Fur

    The boundaries between fact and fiction are blurred in Roman Polanski's amusing adaptation of the David Ives play

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    NI Night

    Former fabric designer Kevin Collins paints a 'delicate and luminous' version of Northern Ireland under the stars

  • ReviewMusic

    The Delines

    A literate and uplifting performance at the Real Music Club from Willy Vlautin and Co

  • Suggs

    Madness frontman turned touring raconteur recalls an extraordinary life well lived at the Ulster Hall

  • ReviewFilm

    Fading Gigolo

    John Turturro writes and directs this refined and stylish comedy starring Woody Allen and Sofia Vergara

  • ReviewFilm

    Jimmy's Hall

    What was supposed to be Ken Loach's final film – an overly theatrical adaptation of the play by Donal O'Kelly – is no great legacy

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Idir Dhá Aigne

    Michael Doherty and John Stewart present two very different visions of Belfast at An Culturlann

  • Villa & Discurso ReviewDance

    Villa & Discurso

    Guillermo Calderón's rumination on a damaged Chile feels familiar in post-conflict Belfast

  • ReviewMusic

    May '14

    Andrew Lemon appraises the latest releases from Empty Lungs, Tied to Machines and UNKNWN

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Curious Beasts

    John Higgins visits the Ulster Museum as an unusual collection from the British Museum packs up for Hull

  • ReviewLiterature

    PJ O'Rourke

    American conservative satirist holds court on the baby boom generation at Ulster Museum for the Hay Festival of Literature

  • ReviewFilm

    The Two Faces of January

    Patricia Highsmith's tale of intrigue on the Med is stylishly adapted by Hossein Amini

  • Fulcrum

    Dylan Quinn reimagines Samuel Beckett's protest play Catastrophe

  • ReviewMusic

    The Blood of the Innocents

    Robyn G Sheils' second album affirms his status as songwriter par excellence

  • ReviewLiterature

    From Out of the City

    John Kelly imagines a future Dublin lorded over by porn stars, dead presidents and not-so-starry skies

  • Flesh and Blood Women

    Three plays 'beautifully refract' off each other to show the changing experiences of women

  • ReviewLiterature

    Writers on Writers

    Poet Martin Mooney and playwright Martin Lynch discuss their influences at the Linen Hall Library

  • Demented

    Gary Mitchell serves up a new crime comedy at the Lyric Theatre

  • Thirteen Steps

    Patsy Durnin's sympathetic portrayal of the Derry Workhouse takes the audience back in time at The Playhouse

  • ReviewLiterature

    Poets in the City

    Poetry, music and the movies meet as One City One Book Belfast visits Movie House Cinemas

  • Singin' In The Rain ReviewDance

    Singin' in the Rain

    Can the iconic musical movie transfer to the stage? Umbrellas at the ready at the Grand Opera House

  • Pony Dance ReviewDance

    Ponies Don't Play Football

    Pony Dance twerk The MAC audience into hysterics with their latest comedy production

  • ReviewMusic

    Rachel Ries

    Sweet-voiced American songstress is ably supported by gravel-voiced Ciaran Lavery at No Alibis Bookstore

  • ReviewFilm


    Michael Fassbender plays the eponymous musical maverick in Lenny Abrahamson's touching tragicomedy

  • ReviewMusic

    The Handsome Family

    Brett and Rennie Spark arrive in Belfast with the theme tune to HBO's True Detective

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Art of the Troubles

    Jane Hardy considers the role of art in our understanding of man's inhumanity to man

  • ReviewMusic


    Singer-songwriter Tony Wright shows promise on debut solo album