Review: ART at The Grand Opera House

This is an Old Vic Production which is a hint that it will be well produced and well acted. And it certainly was. What a joy to watch and listen to three exceptional actors, Nigel Havers (Serge), Denis Lawson (Marc) and Stephen Tompkinson (Yvan). We’re used to seeing these three on television and film, Havers […]

Review : The Importance Of Being Ernest at The Grand Opera House Belfast

If you are a devotee of Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde you’ll know all about Ernest and Algernon, Jack and Bunburry, a story of would-be romance with a interfering mother coming between the young lovers. Jack wants to marry Gwendolen, her mother, terrifying Lady B, doesn’t approve, after all he was found in a handbag […]

Review: West Side Story at The Grand Opera House

The Jets plan the Rumble A massive cast of 45, many of them teenagers and they played a blinder. As Louis Walsh would say, they owned the stage. Our seats were in the Grand Opera House but we were transported to a rough neighbourhood in New York. Two street gangs, the local Jets and the […]

Preview: A little Bit Of History Comes Home

A little Bit Of History Comes Home An invited audience had a most interesting morning last week. Members of the production of Titanic The Musical were guests at an event at the Titanic building in Belfast. The Grand Opera House were our hosts and certainly, in a most specular venue, the message was loud and […]

Review: Michelle & Arlene

Arlene Foster has been busy recently and probably could do with a few days away but would she choose Michelle O’Neill as a travelling companion? According to playwright Rosemary Jenkinson they could well be the ideal couple. Consider the scene. It’s 22nd December, a time of goodwill to all men says Arlene, except orangemen, everyone […]

Review: An Evening With BETTE MIDLER

Review: An Evening With BETTE MIDLER starring Orla Mullan On tour – Playhouse Derry 17th and 18th November, Ballybofey Sunday 19th, Strabane 24th and Down Arts Centre on Saturday 25th November. Orla Mullan and Bette Midler are one and the same, hard to know where one begins and the other ends. At the Island Arts […]

Review: Lives.In.Translation

Kabosh Theatre Lives.In.Translation by Rosemary Jenkinson Tours from 31st October, Downpatrick, Newtownards, Dungannon, Derry I saw the end of the Belfast run of ‘’ before the company go on tour next week. Friday’s venue added to the bleakness of this play, the old B&Q warehouse on Boucher Road, concrete floor, can’t see the roof it’s […]

Theatre review: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ ‬

I love children, their banter, their irreverence and their enthusiasm and there was plenty of enthusiasm as they waited for the opening of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾. Total age range in Tuesday night’s audience at the MAC with plenty of young teenagers who appeared to be engrossed. I queried who was […]