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: 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: Million Dollar Quartet

Transported to Memphis, early evening in December 1956, we walked straight into a recoding studio just waiting for something to happen and it did, big time. This was Sun Records where the owner, Sam Philips (Jason Donovan) was proud of his stable of young male singers, Elvis Presley (Ross William Wild) was making it big […]

Review: The Wedding Singer at The Grand Opera House

Review: The Wedding Singer at The Grand Opera House Mr. T, Cindy Lauper, Billy Idol, Wonder Woman, President Reagan and his wife – what a cast list. You’ll find them all in the Grand Opera House this week making guest appearances during the musical The Wedding Singer.  Robbie Hart (Jon Robyns) sings at weddings with […]

Review: Burns in Belfast

Review: Burns in Belfast The celebration of Robert Burns 221st birthday was a brilliant mix of the Bard’s words and Scotland’s best music. The Ulster Orchestra and the Ulster-Scots Agency were hosts for the evening and the Waterfront Hall looked sensational with the tartan drapes as a back drop, the lighting, the orchestra gentlemen in […]

Book review:Young & Mackenzie architects of Ulster

For those who are interested in architecture, this is a must. For the rest of us, Young & Mackenzie, Architects of Ulster is a fascinating look at the buildings of Belfast and beyond. Sound dull? Absolutely not, it’s a volume of 400 pages of meticulous research which will hold the attention for an age. Dr. […]