Category: Reviews

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New Arrivals make for great drama

Have you ever spent any time in a house that was lived in by a diverse group of immigrants? Have you ever wondered what life is like for the Roma, the Africans, the eastern...

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Dunne scores

Billboard posters were torn from their moorings, flags strained on poles, branches waved like a furious Italian, hats rolled down the street – yes, the force of nature that is Niamh Dunne was in...

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Petunia and Mórga

Belfast city of music  sound like a NITB soundbite but there is a lot of truth in it. Moving on Music has been breaking musical glass ceilings for ages now with bands that might...

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Mixed Marriage

  The Lyric Theatre has unearthed a forgotten gem to begin its Tales of the City series. The St John Ervine play Mixed Marriage, running at the Lyric Theatre until 23 February, deals with...

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Zoe Conway and John McIntyre

While the blades of a police helicopter whirled noisily in the grey skies above the Black Box, inside was a thing of beauty and light. Belfast has long been a bipolar city and Saturday showed...

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The Playboy of Armagh

  The Playboy of the Western World – what’s the point? This was probably an impudent first question to ask someone who had been expending blood, sweat and tears preparing for a run of...

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The Plough and the Stars

  If Sean O’Casey is up in Socialist heaven, he is probably looking down at Ireland and saying “I told you so. Have ye not seen The Plough and the Stars?” Well, the Abbey...

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Songs that scare children …

Who’d have thought that death was so life-enhancing. Other people’s deaths of course, fictional people at that and creatures whose often grizzly ends have been wrapped up in a shroud of melody and sung...

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Gaels at the Gaol

I’ll leave the symbolism for others to divine but it must be said the atmosphere outside the building in which  the McCracken Summer School’s historic Gaels at the Gaol gig was about to take...