Arts

Game of Thrones returns with enjoyable first episode

Acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones has returned, with episode one of season 6 airing on Sky Atlantic on Monday night. And while, by no means a landmark episode, ‘The Red Woman’ was certainly a welcome opener. Job one for producers Benioff and Weiss was certainly to address the cliffhanger …

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Stewart Lee Review

“Comedy is the new opera” Stewart Lee quipped at the outset of his new show, referring to his Grand Opera House surroundings. He might just be right too. Lee’s brand of comedy is dramatic, intense and, at times, beyond his audience.   Throughout the ninety minute set Lee effortlessly kept …

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NHS gets the ‘Stitched Up’ treatment

‘Stitched Up’ is a topical play tackling relevant subject matter at a time when the NHS is dominating the headlines. As I collect my ticket at the usually quiet Riverside theatre in Coleraine it is clear from the number of people in the foyer the satirical drama by Northern Irish …

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QUB SWOT Fashion Show 2015 a Massive Hit

On the 9th March the annual SWOT Fashion Show took place in the Whitla Hall, in Belfast. Students Working Overseas Trust is a charitable society run by fourth year medics at Queen’s University Belfast. The students raise funds and take them to the third world when they travel to work …

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“Musicians are taught to accept the dole”

“Musicians are not being taught to think like business people, they’re being taught to think like someone who’s been given the dole” remarks Daniel Jacobsen, founder of Diatribe Records and musician, known as ‘Zoid’.  Daniel used to be organising the release of niche records with his label, all in the …

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ANGEL OLSEN – BURN YOUR FIRE FOR NO WITNESS

“Burn Your Fire for No Witness” is the second full-length LP by Missouri-born singer-songwriter Angel Olsen. This LP, for this reviewer’s money, is of exceptional quality: lyrically and musically. “Burn Your Fire for No Witness” marks something of a departure from her 2012 full-length debut, Half Way Home, and an …

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Art Review: ‘I can say this with absolute certainty. I was there’

The collaboration of knives, forks and newspapers make for an interesting exhibition at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast, by artist Sue Morris and University of Ulster lecturers Greg McLaughlin and Steve Baker.  The exhibition centres around the idea of conflicting perceptions of historical events and the relationship between an …

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Silhouette see off songwriters’ festival

Portstewart Songwriters’ Festival concluded on Sunday night with an intimate gig from Silhouette. The Anchor Bar was the venue for the charismatic Shauna Tohill to showcase her talents with her band. The small bar quickly filled up as the band grabbed the crowd’s attention with slow rocker ‘Running Against The …

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50 Shades of Red, White and Blue theatre review

GBL Productions Belfast-based X-rated spoof of Fifty Shades of Grey  is a play not to be missed. “It’s PURE AMAZEBALLS so it is!” What started as a joke Facebook page quickly escalated into 29,000 followers and the consequent books, Fifty Shades of Red, White and Blue, Dirty Dancin’ in le …

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Bates Motel; Review

Imaginative interpretation inspired by ‘Psycho’ Bates Motel is an imaginative interpretation of the teenage life of Norman Bates and can therefore be regarded as a prequel to the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock classic, Psycho. At the end of Psycho we are only given a glimpse into the destructive relationship that Norman …