• 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

  • Hopdance Review

    Literature

    Hopdance

    Against a pre-Troubles Belfast, Stewart Parker's posthumous novel shows one of the city's favourite sons discovering what would become a seminal writing voice

  • Waves Review

    Performing Arts

    Waves

    Gentle movement and vivid storytelling make more than a few ripples in this poignant and understated play about one woman's remarkable resilience

  • 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

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    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

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    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

  • ReviewMusic

    SOAK

    Talented Derry chanteuse tops the bill at the Black Box with entertaining support from Lisa O'Neill

  • ReviewLiterature

    Still

    Community Arts Partnership publish 52 poems informed by the word and its various connotations

  • How Many Miles to Babylon?

    Adapted from the novel by Jennifer Johnston, this story of class, war and lost love is a marvel

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    The Lost & Found Office

    Jenny Cathcart visit Seamus Dunbar's immersive exhibition at the Higher Bridges Gallery

  • ReviewMusic

    April '14

    Andrew Lemon reviews the latest tracks from PØRTS, Ryan Vail and Go Wolf

  • ReviewMusic

    King Arthur

    Choral group Sestina adapt Henry Purcell's semi-opera with staggering results in Derry~Londonderry

  • Sleeping Beauty

    English Youth Ballet give 100 Northern Irish dancers the experience of a lifetime

  • ReviewMusic

    Defending Two Castles

    Rabid Bitch of the North hark back to a heavier time with three-track gold cassette tape release

  • ReviewFilm

    The Sea

    John Banville's Booker Prize-winning novel is beautifully shot in Stephen Brown's stunted adaptation

  • Luke McGibbon

    The Antrim comic completes an impressive debut solo stand up set at the Black Box

  • Fabulous Beast

    Choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan interprets Stravinksy in Belfast

  • Dirty Dancin' in Le Shebeen

    Leesa Harker's latest saucy stage adaptation is flaccid, but Maggie Muff dances on

  • Shot Glass

    Newly established company dedicated to 'pub theatre by new writers' launches with two short plays in the Sunflower Bar

  • ReviewLiterature

    A Commemorative Reading

    Poet laureates from across Britain gather at the Ulster Hall in appreciation of the late Nobel Prize winner, Seamus Heaney

  • ReviewMusic

    Chamber Choir Ireland

    Paul Hillier conducts a new work by American composer David Lang at St Thomas's Church in Belfast

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Abstract Armature

    Simon McWilliams focuses on Belfast's architectural rebirth in his first show in the city for two decades

  • ReviewMusic

    Stapleton & Rose

    Oriental influences and unusual equipment enable a journey into the sonic unknown at the Sunflower

  • ReviewFilm

    Calvary

    John Michael McDonagh trains his sights on the Catholic Church in an avaricious Ireland

  • Quietly

    Owen McCafferty expertly confronts themes of truth and reconciliation at the Lyric Theatre

  • Cure

    Choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir imitates illness and the process of recovery at The MAC

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Babochka

    Multifarious objects and marvellous minutiae fill the Higher Bridges Gallery in Enniskillen in memory of the Chernobyl disaster

  • ReviewLiterature

    Behind the Headlines

    Veteran journalist Alf McCreary recalls a 'multi-faceted, constantly stimulating' career in print

  • ReviewMusic

    Words and Music

    Belfast City Choir put poetry to song with an inventive Literary Lunchtime show at the Ulster Hall

  • ReviewFilm

    Shamus

    Belfast Film Festival screen Eric Marquis' rarely-seen and decidedly quaint film shot in Belfast and beyond in 1958

  • Aida

    Ellen Kent's traditionalist production of Verdi's masterpiece fails to set the pulses racing

  • ReviewMusic

    Brilliant Corners

    Moving on Music's four-day jazzfest is an eclectic musical marathon

  • ReviewMusic

    March '14

    Andrew Lemon reviews the latest from Sullivan & Gold, The Wood Burning Savages and Malibu Shark Attack

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    Game of Thrones Season Opener

    Matthew Coyle reviews the opening episode of Game of Thrones season 4 at Belfast Film Festival – spoiler alert!

  • The Nose

    Patrick J O'Reilly adapts Nikolai Gogol's satirical short story with hilarious results at The MAC

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Kara Walker

    Californian multi-disciplinary artist confronts American slave history with this endlessly inventive exhibition at The MAC

  • One Sandwich Short of a Genius

    Big Telly channel Dario Fo in this time-shifting play about familial woes

  • ReviewFilm

    Starred Up

    Crumlin Road Gaol and the Maze provide the backdrop for David Mackenzie's brutally frank prison drama

  • A Portrait of the Artist...

    Dublin's New Theatre tour a stage adaptation of James Joyce's classic novel with mixed results

  • ReviewFilm

    Under the Skin

    Scarlett Johansson becomes human under a Scottish sky in Jonathan Glazer's compelling adaptation

  • Alan Irwin

    Winner of the 2014 Chortle Student Comedy Award at Queen's brings his Party Hard show to the Black Box

  • ReviewMusic

    Eat Static

    Merv Pepler keeps the psychedelic beats pumping at Voodoo after 25 years of dance floor destruction

  • Nivelli's War

    Hope and magic collide in Cahoots NI's latest inspirational production for audiences of all ages

  • ReviewMusic

    Dola

    An 'astonishingly assured and ambitious' debut concept album by experimental duo Allez Bartoli

  • The Wheelchair Monologues

    Gearóid Ó Cairealláin's extraordinary story is told in Gaelic at Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich in Belfast

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    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Wes Anderson's latest all-star caper is a fantastically enjoyable yarn

  • ReviewMusic

    Night Music

    An innovative presentation of classical music at The MAC proves popular

  • About a Goth

    Staged Assault bring Tom Well's pithy play to the Black Box, chipped black nail varnish and all

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    The Glass Album

    Contemporary artists respond to the 19th century documentary and forensic work of James Glass

  • Shrieking Sisters

    Maggie Cronin and Carol Moore tell the story of Ireland's militant suffragettes

  • Handwritten

    Old skool all-round entertainer Ryan Hand headlines a bizarre evening at the Black Box

  • Family Fever

    McCracken Memorial Drama Society resurrect one of Sam Cree's 'downright silly' plays

  • ReviewMusic

    Master & Dog

    The folk-rock act channel early Snow Patrol in an inspired set at Voodoo, writes Andrew Lemon

  • All There Is

    Fahy Productions and playwright Jonathan Bailie imagine a good deed gone horribly wrong

  • ReviewMusic

    Donovan

    The folk legend gives a songwriting masterclass in Belfast

  • ReviewFilm

    Non-Stop

    Liam Neeson scowls his way through another generic action flick this time set on a plane

  • ReviewLiterature

    The Poets' Wives

    Behind every great man there is a great woman in David Park's 'stunning' new novel

  • ReviewFilm

    The Invisible Woman

    Ralph Fiennes' sophomore directorial effort is a beautifully-shot exploration of Charles Dickens' love affair with Nelly Turnen

  • Macbeth

    The golden age of Northern Irish opera continues with NI Opera's contemporary take on Verdi's dark masterpiece

  • ReviewMusic

    Percy French Quartet

    The renaissance man's songs and poems hark back to a simpler time at the Linen Hall Library

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