• 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

  • Skylight

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

  • ReviewMusic

    Albatross

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

  • ReviewMusic

    Arborist

    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

    Anti-Flag

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

  • ReviewMusic

    Rhinos

    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

    Schubert

    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

    Belle

    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

    Kin

    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

    Rocky

    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

    Frank

    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

    VerseChorusVerse

    Singer-songwriter Tony Wright shows promise on debut solo album

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