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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

  • Junebug


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

  • Chess

    Choreographed and directed by Craig Revel Horwood, this production of Chess is light on politics and big on love

  • Sleigh Bells

    It will be a while before the ringing stops, with the Brooklyn noise-pop duo pushing the limit at Winter Base  

  • Les McKeown's Legendary Bay City Rollers

    They didn't pay to hear his life story - 'a Tesco own-brand Greek tragedy'. He told it anyway

  • The King of Limbs

    Is it possible to review a Radiohead album two days after its unexpected release? Lee Henry thinks not

  • Thin Lizzy

    The rock legends pay tribute to guitarist Gary Moore by going back to basics

  • Shoot the Crow

    An early work by Owen McCafferty is given its Northern Irish debut, but has it stood the test of time?

  • David O’Doherty

    Despite a 'gaggle of noisy women', the Dublin comic ingratiates himself with the Empire faithful

  • The Rules of the Game

    Does everyone know the rules of sectarianism? This play turns the spotlight on the audience to find out

  • The Hold Steady

    The Brooklyn rockers aim to reconnect with their audience after a series of lukewarm album reviews

  • The Rubberbandits

    Sectarian chants from a section of the audience mar an otherwise enjoyable gig from the comedy hip-hop duo

  • Valentine's Exhibition

    Northern Irish artist/designer/makers give the Valentine's theme a big, warm hug

  • Adolf, Pip Utton


    Based on Hitler's writings and rants, this provocative piece of theatre is uncomfortable but essential viewing

  • True Grit

    The Dude becomes the Duke in the Cohen brothers' western remake that delivers on just about every front

  • Take Three Girls

    John Gray discovers new writing from Tara West, Lesley Richardson and Tanya Ravenswater at Finaghy Library

  • Wire

    The art-punk rockers keep it real in Belfast's Limelight, and they don't care who likes it or not

  • Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour

    Saucy comments, a passable pasodoble and Anne Widdecombe: there's only one word to describe the Strictly Live show - fab-u-lous!

  • Cinderella

    Scottish Ballet return to Belfast with 'a mischievous, tender, exciting' performance of Prokofiev's masterpiece

  • Erris

    A mother on hunger strike and a daughter sent to enforce the law, but where is the emotional punch in Hannah Burke's two-hander?

  • CW Stoneking

    The Aussie bluesman brings back the addictive rhythms of a bustling 1920s New Orleans saloon

  • Bronagh Gallagher

    Singing and storytelling in full swing as the Commitments star takes to the stage at the Out To Lunch Festival

  • Blue Valentine

    A refreshingly honest portrayal of an average relationship on the rocks - perhaps not one for Valentine's Day

  • Hurricane

    The life story of snooker's greatest genius graduates to the Grand Opera House

  • London Art Fair

    124 galleries exhibit, only one is Irish. Belfast's Golden Thread represent the old and the new

  • The Darker Side of Belfast

    A macabre history lesson delivered on the cobbled streets of the Cathedral Quarter

  • 15 Second Film Festival

    The majority are longer than 15 seconds, but this film festival is more than just a gimmick

  • Biutiful

    Javier Bardem plays a cancer-riddled gangster who talks to ghosts - a possibilty for best foreign language film at the Oscars

  • Super Vivere

    The secret to a long life is to dance a lot and drink some vodka, according to the nonagenarians in Susie Rea's exhibition

  • Capitalism A Love Story

    A master-class in how the 'one-percent' rob the rest of us blind by Michael Moore

  • Black Swan

    The personal cost of ambition and desire is viscerally explored in Darren Aronofsky's latest feature

  • Celtic Connections

    The Glasgow folk, roots and traditional music festival welcomes Dick Gaughan and Giant Sand

  • Fela!

    The latest production from NT Live is a dramatised biography of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti

  • NEDS

    A Scottish City of God chronicles the career path of a petty thug on a Glasgow Estate

  • What Would Helen Mirren Do?

    A supermarket attendant lives by the example of the Oscar-winning actress

  • David Soul

    No anecdotes, no filming, as the 1970s TV star recites classic works by Pablo Neruda

  • Lucy Porter

    The first-time mother on kissing men with beards, witnessing a 'slagalanche' and drinking at lunch time

  • JLS

    Andrew Johnston gives his 'expert opinion' on Simon Cowell's chart-topping foursome

  • John Hegley

    The performance poet proves to be a most charming man at the Out To Lunch Festival

  • Steve Bell

    The satirical cartoonist on caricaturing Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair and the cream of the Northern Irish political crop

  • Andi Osho

    Autobiographical comedy with a slightly smutty centre from the unlikely star of Mock the Week

  • The Last Romantic Out of Belfast

    Sam Keery's autobiographical novel delves into the constricting world of 1940s Belfast

  • The King's Speech

    Geoffrey Rush shines as an unorthodox speech therapist alongside Colin Firth's troubled King Edward

  • Rare Exports A Christmas Tale

    Block up the chimney, Santa's not happy in Finland's festive answer to Let the Right One In

  • Meat Loaf

    At 63 the Loaf's voice may have gone stale, but on the evidence of this typically theatrical show, crusty he is not

  • And So I Watch You From Afar

    Those lucky enough to get a ticket climb aboard the Dutch barge on the Lagan for a secret gig

  • Villagers

    2011 is set to be a year to remember for Conor O'Brien. Jill Black catches him before the arena tours begin

  • The Way Back

    A gruelling tale of survival in the Siberian wastelands leaves Ralph McLean pining for some Christmas frivolity

  • The Return Room

    WR Rodgers' radio play is reissued with illustrations and a recording of the original production

  • In View

    Joanne Savage finds narrow ideals of beauty under clever scrutiny at the Golden Thread Gallery

  • Of Gods and Men

    The true story of the abduction and murder of seven Cistercian monks in Algeria is Mike Catto's film of the year

  • Big Laughs Belfast

    Derry comic Adam Laughlin comperes a line-up of raw talent in the Black Box

  • Faustus

    Engaging new adaptation of Marlowe’s classic tale, with moments of great theatrical frisson

  • Frank, Dean and Sammy

    Deano should have stayed at home - Ol' Blue Eyes takes the ovation on his own

  • The Wee Wee Man

    An inventive mixture of poetry and song in the Ulster-Scots Irish tradition

  • The Stray Sod Country

    Patrick McCabe returns to 'a macabre world and a lost way of life'

  • Peter Andre

    Michael Jackson he is not, yet the Antipodean hunk remains a 'perfectly adequate entertainer'

  • Plan B

    Less grime, more wine - Belfast gives Ben Drew his due for braving the cold

  • Voices from Cave Hill

    Learn about the secret history of Cave Hill from the people who lived there

  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

    Lost lords and magical swords, the kids will find an escape in the third instalment of the Narnia franchise

  • Tourist History

    Chock full of singles, nevertheless Two Door Cinema Club's debut disappoints as a whole

  • War of the Worlds

    Jason Donovan stars in Jeff Wayne's musical, just don't expect it to make any sense