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 […]

Movie review: Justice League

Movie review: Justice League Less angst, more bantz. A retcon, or ‘retroactive continuity’ is a term commonly associated with comics whereby new information supersedes what you thought you knew about an event in the past, normally to facilitate a change of direction. Or motivation. Or tone. In the case of Zack Snyder’s DC team up […]

6 1/2 reasons why we loved brunch at the Gallery

The Gallery Cafe Bar is a recent and welcome addition to the Dublin Road. The stylish café features an elegant open-plan restaurant, bar and art gallery, with décor influenced by New York’s meatpacking district. Having just returned from New York we craved a little reminder of the great city, so off to The Gallery we […]

Theatre review: Hairspray

REVIEW: Hairspray (Tour) Grand Opera House, Belfast Mon 30 Oct-Sat 4 Nov, 2017 Despite highlighting serious issues such as prejudice and intolerance, this show remains a popular, light-hearted and fun night of musical theatre and this latest touring production – courtesy of Mark Goucher, Matthew Gale and Laurence Myers – certainly kept it in this […]

Review: Alison Moyet, Ulster Hall

Alison Moyet, Ulster Hall 29 October 2017 It doesn’t happen often, but when artist, music, venue and set come together in perfect harmony leaving me an emotional mess, well something magical has happened. Finding my music groove in the early 80’s I inevitably heard some of the best pop music through my midnight listening marathons […]

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 ‘Lives.in.Translation’ 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 […]

REVIEW: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Tour)

REVIEW: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Tour) Grand Opera House, Belfast – Tue 24-Sat 28 Oct Reviewed by Damien Murray on Tue 24 October **** The major appeal of this extremely popular biographical musical is that its subject, Carole King, really is a cross-generational artist, performer, singer, songwriter … and her eventful – but […]

REVIEW: Celui Qui Tombe (He Who Falls)

REVIEW: Celui Qui Tombe (He Who Falls) CCN2-Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble Grand Opera House, Belfast Thur 19 Oct-Fri 20 Oct, 2017 Contemporary dance may not be everyone’s favourite performance art form, but the beauty of this breathtaking piece is that it is so different, so engaging, so well-performed and so unique that it is […]

Review: All Or Nothing – The Mod Musical (Tour)

REVIEW: All Or Nothing – The Mod Musical (Tour) Rock’n’Roll Productions Waterfront Hall, Belfast Wed 18-Thur 19 Oct, 2017 Having missed its planned opening night due to cast travel problems caused by Storm Ophelia, the touring production of All Or Nothing – The Mod Musical blew into town for its Belfast debut a night later […]

Movie review: Happy Death Day

Movie review: Happy Death Day Live. Die Repeat. Live. Die. Repeat. A lazy hybrid of several time loop and slasher movies before it, but sadly without the smarts or wit of its contemporaries, Christopher B. Landon’s horror-mystery Happy Death Day asks the question ‘what if Groundhog Day but with MURDER?’ Teresa, or Tree, (Jessica Rothe) […]

REVIEW: Monty Python’s Spamalot by Ulster Operatic Company

Making his directorial debut both with this company and at Belfast’s Grand Opera House this week, Neil Keery had a challenge every bit as difficult as King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail … because this irreverent parody of Arthur’s famous legend and unconventional send-up of musical theatre itself is like nothing else in […]

REVIEW: The Addams Family (Tour)

This Irish and UK premiere tour production of the musical comedy, The Addams Family was an entertaining and fast-paced production of Andrew Lippa’s funny musical about a less than conventional family and its ancestors. Right from the off, it was obvious that this was not going to be ‘One Normal Night’, as – during the […]

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 […]

Review: Starlight Express

Thirty three years after rocking the West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe’s famous ‘train’ musical has eventually rolled into Lisburn for its local amateur premiere and, by anyone’s standards, this was a stunning production for a youth group with Fusion Theatre’s high production values to the fore throughout. Boasting a bright and colourful […]