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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

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    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

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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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    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

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    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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    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

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

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    The Two Faces of January

    Patricia Highsmith's tale of intrigue on the Med is stylishly adapted by Hossein Amini

  • Fulcrum

    Dylan Quinn reimagines Samuel Beckett's protest play Catastrophe

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    The Blood of the Innocents

    Robyn G Sheils' second album affirms his status as songwriter par excellence

  • ReviewLiterature

    From Out of the City

    John Kelly imagines a future Dublin lorded over by porn stars, dead presidents and not-so-starry skies

  • Flesh and Blood Women

    Three plays 'beautifully refract' off each other to show the changing experiences of women

  • ReviewLiterature

    Writers on Writers

    Poet Martin Mooney and playwright Martin Lynch discuss their influences at the Linen Hall Library

  • Demented

    Gary Mitchell serves up a new crime comedy at the Lyric Theatre

  • Thirteen Steps

    Patsy Durnin's sympathetic portrayal of the Derry Workhouse takes the audience back in time at The Playhouse

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    Poets in the City

    Poetry, music and the movies meet as One City One Book Belfast visits Movie House Cinemas

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    Singin' in the Rain

    Can the iconic musical movie transfer to the stage? Umbrellas at the ready at the Grand Opera House

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    Ponies Don't Play Football

    Pony Dance twerk The MAC audience into hysterics with their latest comedy production

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    Rachel Ries

    Sweet-voiced American songstress is ably supported by gravel-voiced Ciaran Lavery at No Alibis Bookstore

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    Michael Fassbender plays the eponymous musical maverick in Lenny Abrahamson's touching tragicomedy

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    The Handsome Family

    Brett and Rennie Spark arrive in Belfast with the theme tune to HBO's True Detective

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Art of the Troubles

    Jane Hardy considers the role of art in our understanding of man's inhumanity to man

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    Singer-songwriter Tony Wright shows promise on debut solo album

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    Talented Derry chanteuse tops the bill at the Black Box with entertaining support from Lisa O'Neill

  • ReviewLiterature


    Community Arts Partnership publish 52 poems informed by the word and its various connotations

  • How Many Miles to Babylon?

    Adapted from the novel by Jennifer Johnston, this story of class, war and lost love is a marvel

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    The Lost & Found Office

    Jenny Cathcart visit Seamus Dunbar's immersive exhibition at the Higher Bridges Gallery

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    April '14

    Andrew Lemon reviews the latest tracks from PØRTS, Ryan Vail and Go Wolf

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    King Arthur

    Choral group Sestina adapt Henry Purcell's semi-opera with staggering results in Derry~Londonderry

  • Sleeping Beauty

    English Youth Ballet give 100 Northern Irish dancers the experience of a lifetime

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    Defending Two Castles

    Rabid Bitch of the North hark back to a heavier time with three-track gold cassette tape release

  • ReviewFilm

    The Sea

    John Banville's Booker Prize-winning novel is beautifully shot in Stephen Brown's stunted adaptation

  • Luke McGibbon

    The Antrim comic completes an impressive debut solo stand up set at the Black Box

  • Fabulous Beast

    Choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan interprets Stravinksy in Belfast

  • Dirty Dancin' in Le Shebeen

    Leesa Harker's latest saucy stage adaptation is flaccid, but Maggie Muff dances on

  • Shot Glass

    Newly established company dedicated to 'pub theatre by new writers' launches with two short plays in the Sunflower Bar

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    A Commemorative Reading

    Poet laureates from across Britain gather at the Ulster Hall in appreciation of the late Nobel Prize winner, Seamus Heaney

  • ReviewMusic

    Chamber Choir Ireland

    Paul Hillier conducts a new work by American composer David Lang at St Thomas's Church in Belfast

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Abstract Armature

    Simon McWilliams focuses on Belfast's architectural rebirth in his first show in the city for two decades

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    Stapleton & Rose

    Oriental influences and unusual equipment enable a journey into the sonic unknown at the Sunflower

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    John Michael McDonagh trains his sights on the Catholic Church in an avaricious Ireland

  • Quietly

    Owen McCafferty expertly confronts themes of truth and reconciliation at the Lyric Theatre

  • Cure

    Choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir imitates illness and the process of recovery at The MAC

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    Multifarious objects and marvellous minutiae fill the Higher Bridges Gallery in Enniskillen in memory of the Chernobyl disaster

  • ReviewLiterature

    Behind the Headlines

    Veteran journalist Alf McCreary recalls a 'multi-faceted, constantly stimulating' career in print

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    Words and Music

    Belfast City Choir put poetry to song with an inventive Literary Lunchtime show at the Ulster Hall

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    Belfast Film Festival screen Eric Marquis' rarely-seen and decidedly quaint film shot in Belfast and beyond in 1958

  • Aida

    Ellen Kent's traditionalist production of Verdi's masterpiece fails to set the pulses racing

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    Brilliant Corners

    Moving on Music's four-day jazzfest is an eclectic musical marathon

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    March '14

    Andrew Lemon reviews the latest from Sullivan & Gold, The Wood Burning Savages and Malibu Shark Attack

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    Game of Thrones Season Opener

    Matthew Coyle reviews the opening episode of Game of Thrones season 4 at Belfast Film Festival – spoiler alert!

  • The Nose

    Patrick J O'Reilly adapts Nikolai Gogol's satirical short story with hilarious results at The MAC

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    Kara Walker

    Californian multi-disciplinary artist confronts American slave history with this endlessly inventive exhibition at The MAC

  • One Sandwich Short of a Genius

    Big Telly channel Dario Fo in this time-shifting play about familial woes

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    Starred Up

    Crumlin Road Gaol and the Maze provide the backdrop for David Mackenzie's brutally frank prison drama

  • A Portrait of the Artist...

    Dublin's New Theatre tour a stage adaptation of James Joyce's classic novel with mixed results

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    Under the Skin

    Scarlett Johansson becomes human under a Scottish sky in Jonathan Glazer's compelling adaptation

  • Alan Irwin

    Winner of the 2014 Chortle Student Comedy Award at Queen's brings his Party Hard show to the Black Box

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    Eat Static

    Merv Pepler keeps the psychedelic beats pumping at Voodoo after 25 years of dance floor destruction

  • Nivelli's War

    Hope and magic collide in Cahoots NI's latest inspirational production for audiences of all ages

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    An 'astonishingly assured and ambitious' debut concept album by experimental duo Allez Bartoli

  • The Wheelchair Monologues

    Gearóid Ó Cairealláin's extraordinary story is told in Gaelic at Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich in Belfast

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    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Wes Anderson's latest all-star caper is a fantastically enjoyable yarn

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    Night Music

    An innovative presentation of classical music at The MAC proves popular

  • About a Goth

    Staged Assault bring Tom Well's pithy play to the Black Box, chipped black nail varnish and all

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    The Glass Album

    Contemporary artists respond to the 19th century documentary and forensic work of James Glass

  • Shrieking Sisters

    Maggie Cronin and Carol Moore tell the story of Ireland's militant suffragettes