Review: Abigail’s Party

Review: Abigail’s Party Hat’s off to Richard Croxford the director of Abigail’s Party. He has drawn the very best out of his actors as they gather for drinks and nibbles, captured the embarrassment of guests who just don’t have anything in common and allowed the long silences between them to speak volumes. Abigail doesn’t appear […]

Did you know Olivers now serve an amazing brunch?

Did you know Olivers now serve an amazing brunch? Just up the road from the buzzing restaurant filled Ballyhackamore, is a little gem of a restaurant, Olivers. Tucked in beside the big car dealer and with one of the fancy new Glider stops right outside, Olivers is one of the cool new kids in the […]

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 […]

The Spectacular Aladdin at SSE Arena

The Spectacular Aladdin at the SSE Arena Belfast. Northern Ireland’s newest Christmas pantomime, brought to the SSE Arena by SSE Airtricity, Q Radio, M & J Pantos and sponsors Fruit Shoot, is currently taking families and schools on a colourful ride through Aladdin’s world. The cast includes country singing sensation Jake Carter as Aladdin, Nadia […]

Review: Hansel & Gretel at The Mac

Hansel & Gretel, the classic fairytale about a brother and sister comes to The Mac. This isn’t your typical Hansel & Gretel story though. In fact the only connection is the examination of family life, the hint of greed from the parents and the witch who eats little children. This local musical production and original […]

Review: My Fair Lady ‪at Theatre at the Mill ‬

In recent years, new ‘modern’ musicals appear to come (and go!) at the drop of a hat and most of them would sit comfortably in the category of ‘musicals for the moment’. Indeed, how some of them ever reach the stage of even being produced is a mystery as only a small percentage of them […]

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: 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) […]

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 […]

Beauty bitch: Howe good are these organic and vegan products?

As I age, I have become much more aware and better educated about what goes into (and onto) my body and skin. And despite technological advances in skincare, sometimes it is the most simple and natural products which have me most excited. I really love local companies and brands emerging too, so I was delighted […]

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 […]