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    Book Review: The Skelper and Me

    Tony Doherty completes his trilogy of Troubles memoirs with more accessible and authentic storytelling, spanning his time as an IRA prisoner to his long journey for justice after his father's death on Bloody Sunday

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    'Absorbing' Troubles Art exhibition reflects decades of tension and turmoil

    Over 40 works from National Museums NI's collections create an account of the conflict that's heartbreaking and hard to forget

  • Pan forum

    Peter Pan given a dazzling Derry makeover at the Millennium Forum

    Big musical numbers, pyrotechnics and pixie dust-like sprinklings of the city's trademark sense of humour takes the age-old panto to a magical new place

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    Derry: The Irish Revolution, 1912-23

    Historian Adrian Grant delves a century into the city's past and, with new facts and parallels to today, manages to makes a gripping read from events we already know the outcomes of

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    Myra's Story

    A play so good they named it twice, Fionna Hewitt-Twamley not only fills Carmel McCafferty's shoes comfortably, but is bewitching as the rock bottom title character once known as Maire

  • Hear My Voice review

    Hear My Voice: film inspired by Colin Davidson exhibition 'offers a tribute to the human spirit'

    Brendan J Byrne manages to further enrich the moving source material of Silent Testimony while extending the experience for those unable to see its portraits in person

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    Her Name Was Rose

    Claire Allan leaves 'Chick Lit' behind in favour of a dark thriller which, for the Derry-based author, signals a bright new chapter

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    The Lost Soul of Eamonn Magee

    While his wasted sporting potential is a source of frustration, the ex-world champion boxer's remarkable, still unfinished story makes for an absorbing read with as much tragedy as it has triumph

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    Hansel and Gretel

    Featuring a role call of fictional favourites, the MAC's fairytale production places a feast of Northern Irish theatre talent firmly in the (sweet) shop window

  • Junebug


    The fifth Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement bows out with an entrancing multinational exploration of the female bond

  • The 25 Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

    Jazz hands at the ready, Bruiser Theatre Company is back

  • Sing Under the Bridges

    Anthony Toner crafts another fine collection of literate songs that tell of love, life and loss

  • Film Devour

    A host of amateur filmmakers from across Northern Ireland showcase new works at the Black Box

  • For Love

    Former champion boxer John Duddy stars in Laoisa Sexton's unflinchingly honest portrayal of life in secular Ireland

  • Made in Belfast

    Fionola Meredith is underwhelmed by writer/director Paul Kennedy's debut feature at the Belfast Film Festival

  • Tales of the Working Class

    They provided the soundtrack to the Backin' Belfast campaign, now indie act Pretty Cartel are going it alone

  • The Great Gatsby

    Northern Ballet's timely adaption of F Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel ultimately lacks emotional punch

  • The Hardy Bucks Movie

    What started out as an online series has become an Irish comedy phenomenon – now for the movie spin-off and a road trip to the Euros

  • A Late Quartet

    It's more Ludwig than Van Halen, but Yaron Zilberman's chamber music melodrama is still a band movie at heart

  • Brahms

    Pianist Barry Douglas unleashes his talents on the German composer's formidable back catalogue

  • The Man Jesus

    Simon Callow tears his way through an 'astonishing' cast of historical figures in Matthew Hurt's take on the Gospel of Mark

  • Laura Morrison / Maite Zabala

    Derry~Londonderry's Void gallery invites two artists to use their space, or not, as they wish

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    Easter Expo

    Enniskillen's Higher Bridges Gallery hosts work by 50 artists from across Ireland and beyond

  • Kaleidoscope

    Prime Cut Production's latest interactive, sit-specific work only lacks a little darkness

  • Shakespeare's Sisters

    Fickle Favours' inaugural production gives new voice to the Bard's heroines

  • Welcome to Mikrosector-50

    Belfast's Space Dimension Controller is 'light-years ahead of his contemporaries'

  • New Releases

    The Wood Burning Savages, Vanilla Gloom and Elspeth bare their souls. Steven Rainey passes judgement

  • Passio

    National Chamber Choir of Ireland perform Arvo Pärt's musical retelling of St John's Passion narrative

  • Arthur Kell Quartet

    The acclaimed jazz group wrap up the Brilliant Corners Festival on the Belfast Barge

  • The Bear

    NI Opera adapt William Walton's saucy one-act story under the baton of Nicholas Chambers

  • The Sweety Bottle

    A Falls Road confectionary doubles up as a drinking den in Joe and Gerard Brennan's tale of love, life and lager

  • Found Footage Festival

    Watch video of Arnold Schwarzenegger's first trip to Rio and discover the magic of VHS at the Black Box

  • The Lifeboat Readings

    Leontia Flynn and Sophie Collins continue a series of free readings on the Belfast Barge

  • Translations

    'To remember everything is a form of madness.' Ireland is transformed in Brian Friel's play about the infinite evolution of language

  • Important Irish Art

    Bangor's Ava Gallery hosts a series of classic works before they're auctioned in Dublin

  • Girls Aloud

    Detractors be damned, this talent show quintet have much to celebrate after ten years at the top

  • All Hail Bright Futures

    A new line-up and a 'blissed out, expansive' sound bode well for instrumentalists And So I Watch You From Afar

  • The Art of William Simpson

    The renowned comic book artist exhibits storyboards and conceptual art from the Game of Thrones series at W5

  • Belfast Children's Festival

    Dance Focus conference showcases eclectic artists from across Europe

  • Political Mother

    Hofesh Shechter's inclusive production gives Derry~Londonderry something to be truly proud of

  • Humdinger!

    Quercus Ensemble and Roddy Doyle perform at the inaugural children's book festival in Derry~Londonderry

  • The Seafarer

    The Devil arrives in a Dublin drinking hole in Conor McPherson's play about men, alcohol and the redemptive power of friendship

  • Robot & Frank

    A buddy movie, a crime caper, a sensitive portrayal of aging – Jake Schreier's debut feature has Ralph McLean smiling throughout

  • Decade of Centenaries

    Belfast City Council explore the role of women in the city's evolution to mark International Women's Day. View the full Spring Programme of events

  • Romeo and Juliet

    c21 Theatre Company condense Shakespeare's classic tragedy to create 'a serious, articulate' version for young audiences

  • The X Factor Live

    The good, the bad and Rylan perform at the Odyssey, but James Arthur shows why he was 2012's deserved winner

  • Get the Blessing

    Bristol's finest jazz rock fusion group leave fans of Portishead and deadpan banter 'flooded with endorphins' in the Limelight

  • Planet Belfast

    Rosemary Jenkinson takes a satirical swipe at big business and avaricious community leaders in 21st century Northern Ireland

  • The Trocks

    New York's finest all male comedy ballet company show their class with various treatments of the Russian classics

  • Otis Gibbs

    The bearded Nashvillian brings sad songs, honeyed vocals and a dash of authenticity to the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival

  • 'Allo 'Allo

    David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd's wartime farce 'verges on the anarchic', but provides Showcase Productions NI the opportunity to blood new talent

  • Karima Francis

    Is it difficult to be the next big thing that never was? Blackpool's finest silences the doubters at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival

  • On the Subject of Love

    Ken McCormack's 'limited profile' of Frederick Hervey revels in the former Bishop of Derry's lascivious nature

  • Icebreaker

    Progressive metallers Kasper Rosa have embraced vocals in this double A-side release in their quest to ascend to the big leagues

  • Free Derry Protest and Resistance

    Adrian Kerr's history of protest and resistance in the maiden city 'is a valuable addition to the Troubles canon'

  • Comedy of Errors

    A 1920s era musical version of Shakespeare's farce is expertly updated and directed by Michael Poynor

  • Mea Maxima Culpa

    Alex Gibney's documentary investigation into clerical abuse within the Catholic church reveals the extent of the outgoing pontiff's complicity

  • Andy Warhol at The MAC

    A 'beautifully put together' retrospective of the pop artist's work cements The MAC's place as Northern Ireland's finest

  • Performances

    Brian Friel's 2003 play about Czech composer Leos Janacek and his final work is 'a thoughtful study of art and the artist'

  • Plath – A 50 Year Retrospective

    Academics commemorate the life and work of prolific writer and poet Sylvia Plath

  • Brodsky Quartet

    Newry provides the perfect warm up ahead of a run of performances in Derry~Londonderry

  • The New Life

    Girls Names leave their posturing days behind them to get serious on their 'textural, atmospheric' second album

  • Petunia and the Vipers

    Moving on Music ship the eclectic outfit over the pond to perform an invigorating set of standards at The MAC

  • Not Nearly Dark

    Fans of Tom Waits and Bon Ivor will find much to love in Ciaran Lavery's 'mature and affecting' debut album

  • A Natural Order

    Lucas Foglia meets America's naturalists, who have embraced modern technology in their search for utopia

  • Starlight Express

    There's dancing in the aisles at the Millennium Forum as Andrew Lloyd Webber's monster musical rolls into town

  • The Loughsiders

    Shan Bullock's 1924 novel is republished by Turnpike Books, but is Bullock really 'the Thomas Hardy of Fermanagh'?

  • Old Crow Medicine Show

    A Mandela Hall gig from the American folk stalwarts is 'as fiery as a belly full of moonshine'

  • Mixed Marriage

    Contemporary adjustments detract from an otherwise superbly acted and directed revival at the Lyric Theatre

  • Film Devour

    15 short films produced in Northern Ireland showcase the depth of amateur talent across the country, and deliver plenty of shocks and surprises