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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

  • Troubles art review

    '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

  • Myra review

    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

  • Eamonn Magee

    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

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    WICCA

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

  • Be My Enemy

    The second instalment in Ian McDonald's Infundibulum series for young adults is a riveting ride through time and space

  • Minsk 2011

    Belarus Free Theatre shed light on the suppression of human rights in Europe's last dictatorship

  • Jon Richardson

    How does the 'reliably sophisticated font of witticisms' as featured on 8 Out of 10 Cats transfer to the stage?

  • Ulysses

    Ulysses

    Dermot Bolger's adaptation of James Joyce's famous novel is 'a tribute to Joyce's own curious imagination'

  • The Scarlet WWWeb

    Admirable acting and direction cannot save a weak script, as Big Telly fall victim to cliché and hungry hens

  • Kicking the Black Mamba

    Robert Welch's moving account of his alcoholic son's death 'should be on every school curriculum'

  • RUA Exhibition

    The Royal Ulster Academy's 131st annual showcase is a joyous compendium of Northern Irish talent

  • Stephen Hough

    The 'seemingly inexhaustible' pianist has Philip Hammond on the edge of his pew at Rosemary Street First Presbyterian Church

  • Macbeth

    The Northern Irish accent lends itself well to Shakespeare's most visceral tragedy, and Stuart Graham excels as the murderous king

  • Death (On a Shoestring)

    The heavenly hordes are 'anti-abortion, anti-evolution homophobes' in Accidental Theatre Company's latest outing

  • Huzzies

    Stacey Gregg's story of the rise and fall of a Belfast band is saved by Kerrie Quinn's bullish central performance

  • This Moment

    John McSorley remains preoccupied with ethereal landscapes, but includes a rare self portrait in this exhibition for the Belfast Festival

  • The Odd Couple

    Neil Simon's rib-tickling examination of male friendship finds added relevance in the era of the ‘bromance’

  • David O'Doherty

    The Belfast Festival's new marquee plays host to the shaggy-haired comic who is unusually grouchy and all the better for it

  • Planetary Motions

    Pianist Michael McHale and the Ulster Orchestra play Holst's masterpiece to launch the Belfast Festival at Queen's

  • Michael McIntyre

    A 'flawlessly constructed, expertly executed' set from the King of UK Comedy

  • Alan Davies

    The Essex actor and QI stooge returns to stand-up after a 12 year wait. Perhaps he should have stayed sitting down

  • The Cove

    Experiencing Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company's new production is 'like observing a seaside trip on a time-lapse camera'

  • The Light of Other Days

    Jim Maginn's compendium of traditional and folk musicians 'captures the dignity of those who still make music'

  • The Winding Banks of the Erne

    Writers Marion Maxwell and Brian Gallagher use multi-media to tell the story of watery Fermanagh

  • Clare Hammond

    Pianist and artist-in-residence at Queen's University handles the masters with an 'unusually judicious approach'

  • A Hocht

    A 'shambling behemoth of an album' from Belfast-based progressive metal masters Slomatics

  • The Mousetrap

    Can Agatha Christie's most famous play enthral modern audiences outside of the West End?

  • Fermanagh Live

    Jenny Cathcart takes in a varied selection of classical performances, DJ sets, plays, exhibitions and author talks

  • Paul Currie

    His comedy peers adore him, but what does John Higgins make of Belfast's most eclectic performer? 'Everyone prefers Cash to Czech!'

  • An Unseasonable Fall of Snow

    Galvinised Productions first foray into theatre has 'audience members audibly gasping'

  • Lord Carson Signs Off

    Paddy Scully's engaging one-man show puts flesh on the bones of 'this most misunderstood of Irishmen'

  • Owen O'Neill

    'To describe O’Neill’s act simply as ‘stand-up’ would do him a great injustice'

  • Jimmy Cricket

    'The set is so slick and well-honed you almost forget the incredible craftsmanship.'

  • The Story Arc of the Covenant

    What do the friezes on Edward Carson's statue remind you of?

  • From Farquhar to Field Day

    Nuala McCallister Hart recalls three centuries of music and theatre in Derry~Londonderry

  • Memory, Imagination and Myth

    A diverse range of work by artists including Gerard Dillon and Comhgall Casey showcases a century of Irish art

  • Holy Motors

    Kylie Minogue cameos in Leos Carax's 'free-form oddball odyssey', in Queen's Film Theatre from October 1

  • Important Irish Art

    Adam's Auctioneers showcase masterworks in Bangor before raising the gavel in Dublin, where a le Brocquy sold for €320,000

  • Soul Ambition Sofa Sessions

    Singer-songwriter Tracy Dempsey leads an array of performers in the Ulster Hall foyer

  • I Am My Own Wife

    Prime Cut's retelling of the Charlotte von Mahlsdorf story is The MAC's 'finest achievement since launching'

  • Jamie Harper

    Can music affect how the visual artist works? Jamie Harper gets down with the beat at the Black Box in Belfast

  • Maîtresse

    Lawrence Street Workshops continue their Film Night series with a little Gallic S&M. John Higgins is thrilled

  • Enemy Blue

    Allan Hughes raises questions about 'the reliability of the media' with video works at Belfast Exposed

  • Bronagh Gallagher

    The Derry chanteuse brings 'a screenwriter's panache' to a new set of soulful songs, writes Ralph McLean

  • The Playboy of the Western World

    Conall Morrison's 'constantly stimulating' take on JM Synge's play retains an anarchic edge

  • Walking With Dinosaurs

    Adapted from the BBC series, this arena spectacular features life-sized T-Rexes and much more

  • Belfast Taxi

    A cast of colourful characters feature in Lee Henry's 'brilliantly researched root and branch history of taxiing in Belfast'

  • Pitching for Writers

    The Crescent Arts Centre hosts 'script midwife' Mary Kate O Flanagan. John Higgins learns a thing or two

  • Frank Fairfield

    Moving on Music invite the Californian folk stalwart to perform on the Belfast Barge, fiddle and all

  • East Belfast Arts Festival

    An audience of 'middle-aged bohemians' make life hard for Matthew Collins, Lauren Kerr and Shane Todd at Belmont Tower

  • Songs that Scare Children

    Duke Special curates a week of events at the MAC, including this beguiling show by Dublin's Cathy Davey and friends

  • Basra Boy

    Flute bands and fisty-cuffs – Rosemary Jenkinson's 'hard man' character seeks to break the vicious cycle

  • Mary Peters – 40 Golden Years

    Patrick Kielty, Jackie Fullerton, Van Morrison and a host of Olympians share the stage at the Grand Opera House

  • Lawless

    A great cast and Nick Cave script save what is otherwise an 'uncomplicated and predictable' prohibition era gangster flick

  • Bright Club Derry

    The 'academics versus comics' performance scenario doesn't necessarily travel that well

  • Fossils

    Their sound may be derivative, but Seven Summits' 'irresistible' sophomore release is a confident album nonetheless

  • Shadow Dancer

    Andrew Johnston goes back for a second viewing, and cares even less for James Marsh's troubled characters

  • Happy Days

    Samuel Beckett would have approved of the programme of concerts at the Enniskillen festival in his honour

  • Happy Days

    Enniskillen is 'enriched, educated and entertained by the spirit and the words' of Samuel Beckett

  • larla Ó Lionáird

    Master of the sean-nós singing style opens Féile An Droichead Irish language festival at the MAC

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    Six artist/designer/makers contextualise their respective creative processes at Craft NI

  • Tennant's Vital

    Comebacks, comedowns and complaints: there was something for everyone at Boucher Playing Fields

  • The Decline of the Irish Murder

    Author and performer Reggie Chamberlain-King on crime and punishment in fiction and song

  • Orion

    Rosie Johnston's story of Orion the hunter is 'an epic poem in the classical tradition', writes Louise Richardson

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