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Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Nightshift before Christmas review at Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey – ‘lunacy and pathos’ by Jane Coyle

Spare a thought for those valiant souls who staff A&E departments on Christmas Eve. Writers/actors Caroline Curran and Julie Maxwell have done

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Peter Pan review at Grand Opera House, Belfast – ‘David Bedella’s Hook lights up a lacklustre story’ by Jane Coyle

The plot begins in familiar territory. Out of the moonlight, a bright-faced boy in green flies through a bedroom window to the

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Hansel and Gretel review at the MAC, Belfast – ‘mischievous Christmas show for the austerity era’ by Jane Coyle

The MAC’s Hansel and Gretel is a virtual compendium of fairytale and fantasy characters: Three Little Pigs, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, Little

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Friday, November 24, 2017

What the Reindeer Saw review at Lyric Theatre, Belfast – ‘unruly seasonal comedy’ by Jane Coyle

Christmas at Belfast’s Lyric Theatre sees comic acting duo Conor Grimes and Alan McKee back in residence with a quartet of dim

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Cosi Fan Tutte review at Grand Opera House, Belfast – ‘a handsome production’ by Jane Coyle

The opera buffa Cosi Fan Tutte contains some of Mozart’s most glorious arias and orchestrations. Da Ponte’s libretto, whose title translates as

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Belfast International Arts Festival review – ‘memorable new work’ by Jane Coyle

Time was when the Belfast Festival at Queen’s was the only show in town. Nowadays, Northern Ireland is awash with festivals, breathing

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Friday, October 6, 2017

The Doppler Effect review at Lyric Theatre, Belfast – ‘delivered with panache and theatrical daring’ by Jane Coyle

Audiences enter the Lyric’s stripped-back studio space with open minds and leave with their brains and senses jangling. The Doppler Effect is

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Review of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Aged 13 3/4) at the Mac, Belfast – ‘high-energy performance style’ by Jane Coyle

  This year, Adrian Mole is 50 and Bruiser Theatre Company is 20. In recognition of these landmark birthdays and in tribute

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Weir review at Lyric Theatre, Belfast – ‘strangely bloodless’ by Jane Coyle

It’s a dark, windswept night in Leitrim, Ireland’s most sparsely populated county – a night for gathering in the pub to sup

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Friday, June 16, 2017

The Ladykillers review at Lyric Theatre, Belfast – ‘an entertaining all-female production’ by Jane Coyle

In the six years since Graham Linehan fixed his deliciously subversive gaze upon classic Ealing comedy The Ladykillers, his fast and furious

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Sinners review at Lyric Theatre, Belfast – ‘mixed messages’ by Jane Coyle

Faith, family and land have long been the cornerstones of life across Ireland.  Marie Jones’ preferred dramatic setting is a working class

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Red review at Lyric Theatre, Belfast – ‘explosive, stimulating, spectacular’ by Jane Coyle

Mark Rothko famously painted very large pictures, and with good reason. As a Russian Jewish emigre to America in the early 1900s,

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Importance of Being Earnest review at the MAC, Belfast – ‘cleverly constructed’ by Jane Coyle

The serious intent behind this all-male version of The Importance of Being Earnest is a statement of the fact that Northern Ireland

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Nivelli’s War review at Lyric Theatre, Belfast – ‘full of wonder’ by Jane Coyle

Memories, real and imagined, provide the road map for this reflective, multi-faceted play about the way in which friendship and generosity can

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Powder Her Face review at Lyric Theatre, Belfast – ‘snappy and stylish’ by Jane Coyle

Little about Margaret, Duchess of Argyll was in moderation. Beautiful, wealthy, flamboyant, sexually voracious, she was the epitome of upper class 1930s

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Monday, January 23, 2017

I’ll Tell My Ma review at the Mac, Belfast – ‘coruscating one-woman show’ by Jane Coyle

I’ll Tell My Ma is a popular Belfast street song, an integral element in the folk history of a tight-knit community whose days

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Aladdin review at Waterfront Hall, Belfast – ‘bright colours and broad brushstrokes’ by Jane Coyle

The Christmas show at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall is a low-budget, value-for-money affair, and is all the more popular for those very reasons. 

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Cinderella review at Grand Opera House, Belfast – ‘a welcome dash of irony’ by Jane Coyle

It takes a while to get going, thanks to a laborious rhyming prologue delivered front of stage by evergreen dame May McFettridge, this

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Pinocchio review at the MAC, Belfast – ‘deliciously intelligent’ by Jane Coyle

With framing music by Tchaikovsky, a witty, original score and enchanting visual and narrative references to Carlo Collodi’s 19th-century invention of the

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Don Giovanni review at Grand Opera House, Belfast – ‘a stylish, swaggering production’ by Jane Coyle

Until the inauguration of Northern Ireland Opera in 2010, the region had experienced a sometimes fraught, inconsistent relationship with opera. Under artistic

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Andy Hinds: ‘I hated Shakespeare at school – I thought his plays were boring’ by Jane Coyle

In a professional career spanning almost four decades, Andy Hinds has spent most of it firmly entrenched behind the scenes. But in

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Death of a Comedian , Lyric Theatre, Belfast by Jane Coyle

Lyric Theatre, Belfast: "I've been Steve Johnston" - it's the classic stand-up pay-off line, but in Owen McCafferty's highly accomplished new play, it comes down to …

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sleeping Beauty , Lyric Theatre, Belfast by Jane Coyle

Lyric Theatre, Belfast: Over the years, Deborah Maguire has notched up many choreographer credits at the Lyric - for her directing debut, she has been gifted a script by Derek O'Connor,…

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Aladdin , Grand Opera House, Belfast by Jane Coyle

Grand Opera House, Belfast: A spirit of celebration pervades the press night of Aladdin, with a special presentation marking 25 years of unbroken appearances by Belfast's favourite dame…

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Mistletoe and Crime , Lyric Theatre, Belfast by Jane Coyle

Lyric Theatre, Belfast: It may be a truism, but when it comes to new writing, Belfast audiences know what they like and like what they know. They know Marie Jones very well and they like her…

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Pentecost , Lyric Theatre, Belfast by Jane Coyle

Lyric Theatre, Belfast: Stewart Parker's final play deals with a society which, like its writer, was in the throes of terminal illness. Through its plain-speaking focus on the five occu…

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Jonathan Harker and Dracula , Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey by Jane Coyle

Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey: His frame is slight and his shoulders slender, but Gerard McCarthy bears almost the entire weight of this dramatic revisiting of Bram Stoker's gothic …

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Cabaret , MAC, Belfast by Jane Coyle

MAC, Belfast: Sex, decadence and downright nastiness ooze from every pore of Lisa May's ambitious, high energy production of Kander and Ebb's sublime musical, which emanates from C…

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Punk Rock , Lyric Theatre, Belfast by Jane Coyle

Lyric Theatre, Belfast: A burst of spontaneous applause ten minutes into Act II speaks volumes for audience engagement, as fearful, humiliated genius Chadwick Meade (Rory Corcoran) rounds on…

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Tejas Verdes , The MAC, Belfast by Jane Coyle

The MAC, Belfast: In a bold, operatic presentation of Fermin Cabal's seven interlocking female monologues set in the darkness of Pinochet's Chile, director Sophie Motley shows ther…

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Villa and Discurso, The MAC, Belfast by Jane Coyle

The MAC, Belfast: The first segment of this Chilean trilogy consists of two plays, four female voices and a multitude of searing backward glances into the dark corners of a once-troubled cou…

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