• Troubles art review

    Visual Arts

    '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

    Performing Arts

    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

  • Derry: The Irish Revolution, 1912-23, Adrian Grant


    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

    Performing Arts

    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

  • Her Name Was Rose 2


    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

  • Hansel Gretel main

    Performing Arts

    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 Dead Beside Us


    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

  • ReviewMusic

    Drive-By Truckers

    The southern soul rockers crank things up a level, but the solitary Josh T Pearson steals the show

  • ReviewLiterature

    Mike Scott

    The Waterboys frontman reads from his forthcoming autobiography - but the audience want more

  • ReviewMusic

    Gang Of Four

    Stage gimmicks cheapen an otherwise solid performance from the act that put the funk into punk

  • Mark Steel

    Was the Féile an Phobail audience justified in booing the comedian off stage? Tara West thinks so  

  • ReviewMusic

    The Human League

    Laughable lyrics and a balding frontman can't put Fionola Meredith off getting lost in 'the joys of pop nostaliga'

  • Blackness After Midnight

    Did Captain Lord of the California snooze while the Titanic sank?

  • Sex, Lies and the KKK

    Abie Philbin Bowman is intentionally provocative, but isn't that what the best comedy is all about?

  • ReviewFilm


    An 'audacious and bizzare' departure for director Kenneth Branagh - but it's not as bad as it looks

  • ReviewMusic


    And So I Watch You From Afar delivering their best yet with an outstanding, slow-burning odyssey

  • ReviewLiterature

    The Dervish House

    Turkey provides the setting for Ian McDonald's near-future science-fiction epic. It is the 'one SF book to read this year', says Gerard Brennan

  • Othello

    Bruiser bring their physical adaptation to the Derry Playhouse

  • ReviewFilm

    Game of Thrones

    This gritty fantasy can do no wrong as far as Tammy Moore is concerned

  • Wizard of Oz

    Londonderry Music Society deliver an impressive reprisal of the children's classic

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Into the Black

    Neil Shawcross and Charles Walsh paint it black at the Ormeau Baths Gallery

  • ReviewFilm

    Behold the Lamb

    'Like a diet of bitter herbs - this film leaves you unsatisfied,' writes Fionola Meredith

  • ReviewLiterature

    A Hundred Doors

    Michael Longley expertly explores the passing of a generation in his latest collection, writes Ross Moore

  • ReviewLiterature

    Belfast Blitz

    A 'well organized and accessible' compendium of eyewitness accounts by Stephen Douds

  • Ed Byrne

    From baby jokes to drunken particle physicists, Ed Byrne's Crowd Pleaser 2011 tour is just that

  • ReviewFilm

    Mega Piranha

    A screening on the Lagan Boat has Andrew Johnston pining for dry land

  • ReviewFilm

    Your Highness

    Filmed in Northern Ireland, this garish comedy is 'gross, obnoxious and puerile'. Andrew Johnston loves it

  • Raiders of the Lost Story Arc

    Kabosh pull off 'a triumph of creative editing' in this play about the origins of Indiana Jones

  • ReviewFilm

    Biosuite - Unsound

    Peter McCaughan gets hooked up to the machine - literally - to experience Emotional Response Cinema

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Trojan Landscape

    Artist Jon Kelly builds an exhibition around a 10ft tall Trojan horse

  • ReviewMusic

    The Great Depression

    Robyn G Shiels finally releases some new material - James Meredith thinks it was well worth the wait

  • ReviewMusic

    Visiting Hours of a Traveling Circus

    The long-standing Lisburn quartet's debut album is a departure from their early sound

  • ReviewFilm

    Killing Bono

    Narcissistic wannabes, a plot to kill Bono and a last screen appearance by Pete Postlewaite make this a movie not to miss

  • ReviewFilm


    A 'deliciously diabolical' Northern Irish animation about spides and their wicked ways

  • ReviewFilm

    Route Irish

    Ken Loach has his say on the war in Iraq in this 'old-fashioned thriller of which John Le Carre would be proud'

  • Tosca

    A world-class debut for NI Opera and an exceptional showcase for Derry-Londonderry

  • Call Mr Robeson

    The American singer and civil rights campaigner is remembered at the Island Arts Centre

  • Grenades

    Explosive stuff from an emerging playwright in the North West

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Another Dimension

    The FE McWilliam Gallery encourages printmakers to shake off the constraints of 2D

  • ReviewMusic

    Spiers and Boden

    No matter what you call it, this English folk duo's sound is likely to get you moving

  • Not a Game for Boys

    The action is moved from London to Belfast - but does the humour translate in this tale of three taxi drivers?

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Bill Kirk - A Retrospective

    One of Belfast's most talented photographers celebrated in a new exhibition at the Red Barn Gallery

  • ReviewMusic

    Skip Little Axe McDonald

    A blistering set from an aging artist intent on bringing delta blues bang up to date

  • ReviewFilm

    Liberated Astronaut

    A Moving on Music Festival screening introduces the wierd and wonderful Tom Zé

  • The Talent

    BalletBoyz return to Northern Ireland with an energetic, diverse contemporary dance performance

  • ReviewLiterature

    New Irish Short Stories

    Ireland's financial ruin provides a new narrative, but the influence of the old masters still pervades

  • Suspense!

    Wireless Mystery Theatre perform classic CBS radio plays - including the ad breaks - in faultless period style

  • NT Live - Frankenstein

    Danny Boyle's seminal stage adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic beamed live into Queen's Film Theatre

  • ReviewMusic

    Barry Kerr/Alisdair Roberts

    Two folk musicians, poles apart, bring a taste of water and wine to the Black Box

  • ReviewFilm

    Genius Within The Inner Life of Glenn Gould

    A screening at the Moving on Music Festival has Steven Rainey waxing lyrical

  • Simon Munnery

    A bewildering fusion of styles from the star of cult sitcom Attention, Scum!

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Disconnected Everyday Tension

    The poses and Sartean emptiness appeal to Joanne Savage, but she still isn't sure what to make of the woodlice

  • Mark Thomas vs Russell Howard

    We like radical lefties, and we like a mainstream hipsters. But which is better? Only one way to find out...

  • ReviewFilm

    Brighton Rock

    A British remake of a British classic - but was it worth the effort?

  • ReviewFilm


    Gritty, cool and unsentimental, Richard Ayoade's dramedy is unlike anything British cinema has produced in eons

  • Citizen

    'Five minutes into the future', Joe Nawaz is impressed by the play's ambition but not its scattergun approach

  • Abandoman

    The improvised hip-hop comedy duo miss their chance to trade 'pithy putdowns' with a heckler, but are still 'devilishly funny'

  • King Lear

    Standing room only at the Grand Opera House, but it's worth it for Derek Jacobi's 'chilling whispers' as the dotard king

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    A Beginner's Guide to Art Bollocks

    Joe Nawaz undergoes 'the ultimate torsion of the old artsy cullions' at the Ormeau Baths Gallery

  • Lockerbie Unfinished Business

    David Benson cracks open a can of worms in a play Andrew Johnston describes as 'essential'

  • Puckoon

    Caught between confusion and delight, Fionola Meredith enjoys the blend of political incorrectness and slapstick

  • ReviewFilm

    Waste Land

    Can art be made of the world's largest rubbish dump, Rio's Jardim Gramacho?

  • ReviewFilm


    The illustrated sections are unnecessary, but Beat aficionado James Meredith is impressed nevertheless

  • Ed Aczel

    The unorthodox comic is a strange mix of the good, the bad - and it gets ugly at the Black Box

  • ReviewMusic

    Billy Bragg

    Would you like to swipe your 'loyalist card'? The leftie tunesmith brings the funny to the Empire Music Hall

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Winter BASE

    National and international street artists and bands descend on the Ulster Hall for a family-friendly weekend event

  • Chess

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