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 […]

Theatre review: Rock Of Ages

With tongue placed firmly in its proverbial cheek, the rocking cast of the Belfast Music & Drama Society’s production of Rock Of Ages sent-up the 80s international glam metal rock scene with drum thundering accuracy in this musical comedy based on some of the genre’s biggest hits. Some jukebox ‘story’ musicals work well and others […]

REVIEW: Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

It is often said that ‘pies can be wholesome’ and that ‘revenge can be sweet’, but there is nothing wholesome nor sweet about these two important ingredients in the story of Sweeney Todd. Stephen Sondheim’s classic chiller about the vengeful ‘Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ and his pie-filling side-kick, Mrs Lovett, throws up many difficulties […]

Review: The Odyssey by Homer

“You coming? They’re doing Brian Friel on the beach”. It’s too good an invitation to refuse. A fine afternoon, the tide is out, even from afar you can hear Jim McGrath on guitar and Annette Durien on violin. The audience, many from Northern Ireland, are gathering in an open sided tent, the sand is dry […]

Review: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Returning for another Summer Youth Group production with the well-known story about Joseph (the young man gifted with dreams of future events), this highly talented youth company is gifted with attracting young performers of the calibre of Conor Cox, who’s angelic vocals and confident playing of Joseph here proved that his own stage future could […]

Theatre review: Oliver!

Like the leading character in Lionel Bart's family musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel, Oliver Twist, we were all left wanting ‘more’ after watching this heavily populated, fast-paced, well-dressed and busy production, featuring over 230 young local talents (aged 9-18) in the seventh year of this acclaimed summer scheme. This slick and seamless production […]

6 awesome reasons to love afternoon tea at Berts 

Berts, the 1930’s Art Deco inspired jazz club at the Merchant Hotel have recently introduced Berts Savoury Afternoon Tea. In a unique twist to the traditional afternoon tea in the Great Room next door, this Savoury creation will satisfy the needs of those of you who don’t have a sweet tooth. Although if you have […]

6 awesome reasons to dine at La Taverna

6 1/2 things we love about La Taverna La Taverna at Fratelli on Great Victoria street will forever be the place where the plans for me to be the new Northern Man columnist in Northern Woman were hatched! That all happened at the launch event, but I’ve been back to try out this reincarnation of […]

Theatre Review: Giselle

Giselle is a pretty and delicate ballet but there are very sinister undertones which become obvious in the second act. Act One is set in a village populated by very attractive villagers in tones of ocher. They celebrate the ripening of the grapes, carrying big baskets overflowing with the fruit and there is a happy […]