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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: Singin’ In The Rain

When the original stage version of Singin’ In The Rain first hit the West End, the production was successful … but only relatively so in comparison with the original film version. This was because the iconic film had so much time and money spent on it with take after take of each scene and dance […]

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: Angela’s Ashes – The Musical

From raw emotion to religious devotion and from high comedy to the woeful lows of the McCourt family’s daily existence, this unlikely musical version of the acclaimed novel has it all. Many doubters, and true fans of either the acclaimed book or film, would argue that such a transformation of the piece should not work, […]

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 […]