• 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


    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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    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

  • Brief Encounter

    Wireless Mystery Theatre's most ambitious production to date is the perfect Valentine's Day treat

  • Fiddler on the Roof

    The cast play the music in Craig Revel Horwood's inventive take on the famous musical

  • ReviewMusic


    Ed Zealous's long-awaited debut album features a cluster of great tracks but feels out of place in 2014, writes Andrew Lemon

  • ReviewMusic

    Other Voices

    Derry~Londonderry again plays host to the acclaimed music series featuring Foy Vance and more

  • The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe

    Writer Elton Townend Jones searches for new angles

  • ReviewFilm

    Dallas Buyers Club

    Matthew McConaughey and co expose the corruption inherent in the American healthcare system

  • Lost Illusions

    Bolshoi Ballet 'evoke the flourish and romanticism of the Belle Époque' at Queen's Film Theatre

  • ReviewLiterature

    Willy Vlautin

    Glenn Patterson talks with the American novelist and songwriter about Obama Care and The Free

  • ReviewMusic

    Independent Venue Week

    Oh Yeah Music Centre hosts The Couth, Go Wolf and Little Bear

  • Stand Up Man

    Playwright Derek Murphy explores the complicated life of the comedian at the Grand Opera House

  • ReviewFilm

    The Armstrong Lie

    Director Alex Gibney lifts the lid on one of history's most riveting doping scandals in this gripping documentary  

  • The Bible (Abridged)

    After a week of media chaos, the gathered masses took to the Theatre at the Mill to see the controversial play

  • The Colleen Bawn

    The Druid production is an object lesson in how to successfully revivify plays to a modern audience

  • ReviewLiterature

    Edna O'Brien

    The famous fiery red head novelist speaks of her memoir 'Country Girl' and the outcry caused by the epochal ‘The Country Girls’

  • ReviewMusic

    The Beatelles

    The impossibly youthful County Cavan band The Whereabouts introduce Beatles aficionados, The Beatelles at the Out To Lunch festival

  • Nathan Carter ReviewMusic

    Nathan Carter

    The Liverpool-Donegal singer's brand of country music has attracted attention outside of Irish country-rock, with a rapidly growing fan base

  • ReviewFilm

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    The Coen brothers' new film about a struggling folk singer is propelled by a rarely discussed dilemma – when do artists cut their losses and abandon their careers?

  • ReviewMusic

    To Anywhere...

    Review of Zak Whitefields third EP, the tellingly titled 'To Anywhere...'

  • ReviewMusic

    City And Colour

    Award-winning singer-songwriter Dallas Green, otherwise known as City and Colour performs at the iconic Limelight

  • ReviewMusic

    Deer Tick

    The Rhode Island alt-country rockers deliver a fine set at the Out to Lunch Festival

  • ReviewMusic

    Jack go Black in MAC

  • Burton's Last Call

    George Telfer is the boozey, hell-raising, womanising actor Richard Burton at Out To Lunch

  • ReviewLiterature


    An 'intensely visual, evocative' collection from TS Eliot Prize winner Sinéad Morrissey

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Nicholas Keogh

    Household objects become whimsical instruments at the Golden Thread Gallery

  • ReviewFilm

    12 Years a Slave

    Steve McQueen delves deep into America's original sin with an adaptation of Solomon Northup's memoir

  • ReviewMusic

    A Love Letter to Joni

    Brian Kennedy covers classics and obscure tracks by legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell

  • Terry Christian

    Former presenter of The Word draws on Catholic upbringing with mixed results at Out To Lunch

  • ReviewFilm

    Long Walk to Freedom

    Idris Elba portrays Nelson Mandela in Justin Chadwick's biopic

  • ReviewVisual Arts


    Dorothy Hunter and Neil Clements explore the hinterland between conflict and resolution at the Centre for Contemporary Art

  • ReviewMusic

    Bap Kennedy

    The veteran singer-songwriter performs tracks from his forthcoming album on the Belfast Barge

  • ReviewMusic

    Robyn G Shiels

    The prolific singer-songwriter peforms from his eagerly-awaited fourth album at the Black Box

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Lifelines and Deadlines

    Veteran satirical cartoonist Ian Knox takes Northern Ireland's politicians to task in the Crescent Arts Centre

  • ReviewMusic

    In My Garden

    Isobel Anderson's accomplished third album straddles the line between darkness and light

  • Bolshoi Ballet ReviewDance

    Sleeping Beauty

    Queen's Film Theatre live stream the Bolshoi Ballet's most extravagant production of 2013

  • Three Monologues

    The Playhouse finish the City of Culture year with Jennifer Johnston's trio of powerful plays

  • Forget Turkey

    Corruption and ignorance stalk the land in Murphy, Gordon and Mitchell's end of year review

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Colin Davidson

    President of the Royal Ulster Academy on painting portraits of Seamus Heaney and other cultural stars

  • ReviewMusic

    My One and Only Love

    Five of our finest jazz musicians perform John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman's classic album

  • ReviewMusic

    Black Sabbath

    The godfathers of metal make their Belfast bow after years of break ups, come downs and reality shows

  • ReviewFilm

    The Desolation of Smaug

    The stakes are high for James Nesbitt and co in Peter Jackson's thrilling visit to Middle Earth

  • ReviewMusic

    Bedroom Tapes

    Aaron Shanley releases a collection of demos ahead of a proposed 2014 album

  • ReviewFilm


    Sideways director Alexander Payne delivers another understated masterpiece set in the anonymous flyover states

  • ReviewMusic

    The Eighth Gate

    City of Culture musician-in-residence Neil Cowley bids a fond farewell to Derry~Londonderry

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Bones Don't Rest Easy

    A pop-up gallery in Derry~Londonderry hosts sculptural work by the Cut Cast Quartet

  • ReviewLiterature

    Alternative Ulsters

    Mark Carruthers asks Seamus Heaney, James Nesbitt and others what Ulster means to them

  • A Particle of Dread

    Field Day add Sam Shepard's Oedipus story to its impressive canon

  • Maire A Woman of Derry

    Carmel McCafferty bids farewell to a favourite role

  • ReviewMusic

    Danish String Quartet

    Moving on Music invite the Scandinavian foursome to Belfast and Armagh

  • ReviewMusic

    Draw It In Chalk

    Still on an indefinite hiatus, Captain Kennedy release an album's worth of archived material

  • ReviewMusic

    The Claudia Quintet

    Composer John Hollenbeck performs his 9/11-inspired album in full at The MAC

  • ReviewLiterature

    Celebrate the City

    Three of Belfast's finest writers pay tribute to the legacy of CS Lewis

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Collective Histories

    20 years of work produced under the Catalyst Arts banner is showcased at the Golden Thread Gallery

  • Danny Boyle Derry ReviewFilm

    Danny Boyle

    The Oscar-winning director chats with screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce in Derry~Londonderry

  • The Trouble with Harry

    TheatreofplucK tell the story of Eugenia Falleni, an Australian transgender man convicted of murder

  • Crows on the Wire

    Jonathan Burgess gives voice to those officers who felt betrayed by the reformation of the RUC

  • ReviewFilm

    Big Bad Wolves

    The 2013 Foyle Film Festival gets off to a thrilling start with the Quentin Tarantino-tipped Israeli revenge flick

  • ReviewMusic

    Alasdair Roberts

    The Scottish collector of otherworldly songs delivers a compelling performance on the Belfast Barge

  • ReviewFilm

    Don Jon

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt is writer, director and star of this mature meditation on one man's obsession with family, church and porn

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Precious Cargo

    London Street Gallery hosts works from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland's Acquisitions Collection

  • ReviewMusic

    Millar's Hill Accordion Orchestra

    Dungannon enjoys an eclectic programme and special guest appearance from Britain's Got Talent's Ashley Elliot