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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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    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

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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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    Alternative Ulsters

    Mark Carruthers asks Seamus Heaney, James Nesbitt and others what Ulster means to them

  • A Particle of Dread

    Field Day add Sam Shepard's Oedipus story to its impressive canon

  • Maire A Woman of Derry

    Carmel McCafferty bids farewell to a favourite role

  • ReviewMusic

    Danish String Quartet

    Moving on Music invite the Scandinavian foursome to Belfast and Armagh

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    Draw It In Chalk

    Still on an indefinite hiatus, Captain Kennedy release an album's worth of archived material

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    The Claudia Quintet

    Composer John Hollenbeck performs his 9/11-inspired album in full at The MAC

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    Celebrate the City

    Three of Belfast's finest writers pay tribute to the legacy of CS Lewis

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    Collective Histories

    20 years of work produced under the Catalyst Arts banner is showcased at the Golden Thread Gallery

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    Danny Boyle

    The Oscar-winning director chats with screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce in Derry~Londonderry

  • The Trouble with Harry

    TheatreofplucK tell the story of Eugenia Falleni, an Australian transgender man convicted of murder

  • Crows on the Wire

    Jonathan Burgess gives voice to those officers who felt betrayed by the reformation of the RUC

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    Big Bad Wolves

    The 2013 Foyle Film Festival gets off to a thrilling start with the Quentin Tarantino-tipped Israeli revenge flick

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    Alasdair Roberts

    The Scottish collector of otherworldly songs delivers a compelling performance on the Belfast Barge

  • ReviewFilm

    Don Jon

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt is writer, director and star of this mature meditation on one man's obsession with family, church and porn

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Precious Cargo

    London Street Gallery hosts works from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland's Acquisitions Collection

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    Millar's Hill Accordion Orchestra

    Dungannon enjoys an eclectic programme and special guest appearance from Britain's Got Talent's Ashley Elliot

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    Belfast Music Week

    Chris Jones takes in a wealth of musical talents over three nights

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    The Selfish Giant

    Clio Barnard's kitchen sink adaptation of Oscar Wilde's children's story is not for the faint of heart

  • Cats

    Andrew Lloyd Webber's feline fantasy based on a TS Eliot poem travels outside of London after 21 years at the top

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    A Sailortown Hero

    Author Barry Flynn recounts the incredible career of Belfast boxer Rinty Monaghan at Titanic Belfast

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    The Polaris Whisper

    Kenneth Gregory's debut fantasy novel leaves John Higgins desperate for the next two volumes

  • Summertime

    A victim of sexual abuse searches for answers in David Ireland's 'consistently watchable' new play

  • Made at Sadler's Wells

    The iconic London dance studio bring 'a programme of short masterpieces' to the Grand Opera House

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    The Ghost of the Mountain

    Gary Lightbody's supergroup release a worthy follow up to The Place We Ran From

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    A mother is wronged by the Catholic Church in this surprisingly uplifting feature shot in County Down

  • Brendan at the Chelsea

    Adrian Dunbar is 'the monster at the centre of the maze' as Brendan Behan at the Lyric Theatre

  • From Macklin to Friel

    Derry~Londonderry's Waterside Theatre celebrate actor and playwright Charles Macklin

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    Don't Try

    Jetplane Landing's enduring DIY ethos shows that after six years they can still connect with hardcore fans

  • Shane Todd

    The Holywood comic brings his delusional alter ego Mike McGoldrick to the Black Box

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    City Songs

    Eriks Ešenvalds' new composition is premiered at the City of Derry International Choral Festival

  • Duck, Death and the Tulip

    Cahoots NI adapt Wolf Erlbruch's book aimed at changing young peoples' perception of death

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    Ailish Tynan

    Newry Chamber Music survive a funding scare to host the prize-winning Welsh singer

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    The acclaimed Portuguese fado singer brings the atmosphere of the tabernas to Belfast's Elmwood Hall

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    Le Week-end

    Love and marriage endure the fading of the Parisian light in Hanif Kureishi's latest silver screen collaboration

  • Lorcan McGrane

    King of the Geeks brings his Feral Man show to the Black Box, with support from Marcus Keeley

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    Momentous Times

    Derry~Londonderry's Centre for Contemporary Art elicits some purposeful enquiry on art and labour

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    Grayson Perry

    The Turner Prize winner delivers the annual Reith Lecture for BBC Radio 4 in Derry~Londonderry's Guildhall

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    The Answer

    With a new album to promote, the good-time hair rockers give the Limelight a show to remember, writes Laura Shields

  • Departure Lounge

    Pintsized Productions tackle Dougal Irvine's raunchy musical

  • Sea Lavender

    A gay love triangle unravels against the backdrop of the Siege of Derry in Andy Hinds' deft play

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    John Higgins joins the 'reactors' at an open discussion on the 2013 Turner Prize nominees

  • Pits and Perverts

    Striking Welsh miners and the emergent gay community join forces under Thatcher

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    John Cooper Clarke Live

    The foul-mouthed poet of the people is streamed live into Queen's Film Theatre

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    Ben McAteer

    Winner of NI Opera's Festival of Voice competition tackles the classics at Queen's

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    Jo Baker imagines what life was like for the servants in Pride and Prejudice

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    Queen's University Students' Union welcomes Arborist, Alana Henderson and Sons of Caliber, writes Chris Jones

  • Man in the Moon

    Pearse Elliott's play set in west Belfast features a bravura performance from Ciaran Nolan as a man plagued by suicide

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    Cut the Transmission

    Fighting With Wire go out with a bang at The Venue in Derry~Londonderry

  • Pun Run

    Bec Hill's comedy concept evening arrives in the Black Box as the Belly Laughs Comedy Festival continues

  • Pride and Prejudice

    The Lyric Theatre's musical version of Jane Austen's novel is lengthy but beautifully delivered

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    Everything I've Learnt

    More Than Conquerors' debut album reflects their Christian faith but lacks some much-needed punch, writes Chris Jones

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    Upon Reflection

    With Fermanagh Live festival on the horizon, Richard Pierce looks back on a career in the arts

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    A Belfast Story

    Despite the flaws in Nathan Todd's debut feature, Malachi O'Doherty leaves a relatively happy customer

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    Willie Doherty's flagship City of Culture exhibition captures his native Derry~Londonderry in all its stark glory

  • I'm With the Band

    This play about a band featuring an Englishman, Scotsman, Welshman and Northern Irishman is predictably dysfunctional

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    David Lyttle Trio

    The acclaimed jazz drummer kicks off a 15-date Irish tour in Belfast's Leaf & Berry café

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    Psychic Driving

    Nine artists explore the notion of obsession with various video art installations at Golden Thread Gallery

  • The Conquest of Happiness

    The human spirit triumphs in Prime Cut's 'spine-tingling' co-production in Derry~Londonderry

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    Sam Baker

    Still physically affected by a terrorist attack in Peru, the American songwriter nevertheless infuses his songs with humour

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    Multimedia artist Anushiya Sundaralingam uses the Sri Lankan banyan tree as a metaphor for the human experience