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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Beauty and the Beast review at Grand Opera House, Belfast – ‘handsome visuals’ by Jane Coyle

Beauty and the Beast is a fairytale with substance and a message – that real beauty lies within a person. The opening

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The Frozen Princess review at Waterfront Hall, Belfast – ‘pacy show with a nod to Disney’s Frozen’ by Jane Coyle

The auditorium is drenched in purple light. The packed audience is a sea of blue satin dresses. Lights go up on a

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Monday, December 2, 2019

A Christmas Carol review at the MAC, Belfast – ‘fiendishly clever reworking’ by Jane Coyle

Tidings of comfort and joy replace Dickensian filth and misery in this handsome, rip-roaring new take on a Christmas staple. In the

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Peter Pan review at Lyric Theatre, Belfast – ‘musically haunting and visually gorgeous’ by Jane Coyle

Paul Boyd’s new musical adaptation of Peter Pan is a thing of beauty. It keeps faith with both the narrative of JM

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Driving Home for Christmas review at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast – ‘creepy and surreal Christmas romp’ by Jane Coyle

There are worst places to be snowed in on Christmas Eve than a cosy pub in the country. But it’s an entirely

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Abomination: A DUP Opera review at Lyric Theatre, Belfast – ‘fearless, beautifully executed new opera’ by Jane Coyle

Rarely is a political party both the subject of an opera and the author of its own libretto. With apposite timing, in

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Monday, September 30, 2019

The Playboy of the Western World review at Gaiety Theatre, Dublin – ‘a nightmarish reimagining’ by Jane Coyle

Textually, Oonagh Murphy’s nightmarish reimagining of J.M. Synge’s once contentious The Playboy of the Western World remains firmly rooted in the lonesome

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Shirley Valentine review at Lyric Theatre, Belfast – ‘emotionally charged’ by Jane Coyle

What on earth could be done with a new production of Shirley Valentine that has not already been done before? Cushioned by

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

A Streetcar Named Desire review at Lyric Theatre, Belfast – ‘a thoughtful and questioning production’ by Jane Coyle

A Streetcar Named Desire requires careful handling. At its best – when the casting is cohesive, the personal chemistry crackles and the

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Bouncers review at the MAC, Belfast – ‘a slick, atmospheric production’ by Jane Coyle

There’s more to John Godber’s Bouncers than immediately meets the eye. Over four decades, its raucous humour and on-the-nail observations of a dirty,

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Ubu the King review at the MAC, Belfast – ‘a no-holds barred reworking’ by Jane Coyle

The King is dead. Long live the king. Through the ages, the replacement of one corrupt despot with another represents the opposite

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Les Miserables review at Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin – ‘arrestingly powerful performances’ by Jane Coyle

Writer, poet and politician Victor Hugo is revered as one of the towering cultural figures of 19th-century Europe but less known was

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Elves and the Shoemaker review at the Mac, Belfast – ‘fresh and inventive’ by Jane Coyle

The moon is full, the sky is starry and the elves are out to play. Mischievous Dewdrop (Jolene O’Hara) is new to

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Friday, December 7, 2018

It’s a Wonderful Wee Christmas review at Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey – ‘Spirited take on a screen classic’ by Jane Coyle

Christmas would be a pretty dismal affair without copious quantities of turkey and tinsel but that’s the reality for many people. Since

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Jack and the Beanstalk review at Grand Opera House, Belfast – ‘Spectacular and surprising’ by Jane Coyle

It would be a particularly grudging panto-pooper who would deny the pleasure Belfast derives from the annual Christmas glitterfest at the Grand

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Double Cross review at Lyric Theatre, Belfast – ‘nuanced performances’ by Jane Coyle

Who did Brendan Bracken and William Joyce see when they looked into the mirror?  Two Irishmen, the first the Tipperary-born son of

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Monday, October 8, 2018

DruidShakespeare: Richard III review at Abbey Theatre, Dublin – ‘a remarkable portrayal’ by Jane Coyle

Ian McKellen’s fascist dictator, Antony Sher’s bottled spider, Jonjo O’Neill in biker leathers – they rank among the most memorable recent incarnations

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Arts Over Borders: presenting festivals that transcend Ireland’s geographical divide by Jane Coyle

Celebrating Samuel Beckett and Brian Friel, Arts Over Borders presents site-specific events in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Jane

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Paperboy review at Lyric Theatre, Belfast – ‘charming and imaginative by Jane Coyle

The Belfast Telegraph is a Northern Ireland institution. In its day it was widely looked upon by both communities as the news

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Friday, June 22, 2018

The Fall of the House of Usher review at Lyric Theatre, Belfast – ‘fearlessly theatrical’ by Jane Coyle

Conor Mitchell’s work is unpredictable and fearlessly theatrical. That’s what makes it so exhilarating. In The Fall of the House of Usher,

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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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