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Friday, May 18, 2018

Lovers: Winners and Losers review at Lyric Theatre, Belfast – ‘meticulous direction’ by Jane Coyle

Fifty years ago, at the start of his writing career, Brian Friel was already breaking the mould in dramatic experimentation and structural

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Sword and the Sand review at Lyric Theatre, Belfast – ‘a promising idea’ by Jane Coyle

Peace ostensibly broke out in Northern Ireland in 1998 with the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. Since then, the place has

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Abigail’s Party review at the MAC, Belfast – ‘pin-sharp’ by Jane Coyle

Abigail’s Party: the very title is synonymous with social climbing, terrible fashion and big hair. The epitome of car crash drama, its

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Jane Coyle: Arts are again the fall guy in Northern Ireland’s political vacuum by Jane Coyle

After weeks of waiting, the word is out – and it is deeply discouraging. Arts organisations across Northern Ireland have suffered stringent

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Colleen Bawn review at Lyric Theatre, Belfast – ‘hilarious and celebratory’ by Jane Coyle

Dion Boucicault’s rowdy melodrama The Colleen Bawn is a disaster waiting to happen. It is a rambunctious whirlwind of a thing, in

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Grief is the Thing With Feathers review at O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin – ‘Cillian Murphy’s riveting performance’ by Jane Coyle

It’s all too much for one man to bear: the devastating loss of his wife in a domestic accident, the wordless sadness

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Young at Art: how the Belfast Children’s Festival is putting the city on the global map by Jane Coyle

Young at Art has been inspiring children in Northern Ireland and around the world for 20 years. Director Eibhlin de Barra tells

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Man Who Fell to Pieces review at the MAC, Belfast – ‘honest and heartbreaking’ by Jane Coyle

John is not just cracking up. He’s falling apart. But why? He has a steady if humdrum job, a caring mother and a

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Friday, February 2, 2018

The Threepenny Opera review at Lyric Theatre, Belfast – ‘visually arresting’ by Jane Coyle

For his debut production as artistic director of Northern Ireland Opera, Walter Sutcliffe has signalled his intention to broaden the company’s scope

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Spectacular Aladdin review at SSE Arena Theatre, Belfast – ‘glittering arena panto’ by Jane Coyle

The Spectacular Aladdin is well named. Ireland has not seen its like before – an arena pantomime in a vast, wide open

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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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