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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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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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