Arts

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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North West 200 Launch

24/3/2015: Stars of the 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200 pictured with Event Director Mervyn Whyte at the race launch in Titanic, Belfast. (L-R) Jeremy McWilliams, Ryan Farquhar, John McGuinness, Lee Johnston, Maria Costello, Dean Harrison, Michael Rutter, Peter Hickman, Alastair Seeley and William Dunlop. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON PACEMAKER, …

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Restaurant Review – Fx Buckley Steakhouse

Crow Street, TempleBar, Dublin Two mains and two drinks – 70 Euro When walking round the bustling streets of the Templebar FX Buckley’s Steakhouse can be easily missed. This treasure of an eatery is tucked down a cobbled street that lies just off Dame Street. The only way to know …

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The Beauty of Bakewell

The Derbyshire market town of Bakewell is the perfect retreat for those wishing to escape their busy everyday lives. Nestled in the heart of the Peak District, the characterful town features cobbled streets, old fashioned tea rooms and great pubs. The River Wye runs through the town and the relaxing …

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The Addams Family, Annesly Hall, Newcastle, review

This production is big on laughs but lacking in depth, and that’s just fine, says Richard O’Connor. The Newcastle Glees production of The Addams Family opened last night to a sold-out Annesley Hall. This Broadway comedy-hit is a deviation from the Glees usual fair of “golden-age” musicals. Casting was outstanding …

Movies

HOFFMAN’S PERFORMANCE A SALVATION FOR ANTON CORBIJN’S A MOST WANTED MAN AS HE LEAVES HIS ENDURING ON-SCREEN LEGACY.

Hoffman’s performance a salvation for Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man as he leaves his enduring on-screen legacy. Muslim refugees seeking asylum is nothing out of the ordinary. It’s becoming an everyday occurrence, thanks to the increasing national security threat. But when a part-Russian, part-Chechen, Muslim refugee arrives in Hamburg …

Music

Confessional ‘Carrie and Lowell’ Sufjan Stevens’ most affecting album yet

Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell Sufjan Stevens’ career seemed to reach its apex with the critically acclaimed Illinois (2005), a 74-minute concept album based on the American state from which it gets its name. Featuring orchestral arrangements, an array of instrumentation, and lengthy, comical song titles, the overblown but …

Movies

Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1

  Mockingjay is the third instalment of the smash hit franchise Hunger Games. Mockingjay begins in the immediate aftermath of the dramatic end of Catching Fire. After Katniss strikes the surface of the dome covering the games, rebels from District 13 rescue Katniss and another contestant Finnick Odair. We quickly …

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Chris Henry makes his return to a roaring crowd

Chris Henry was the star of the show on Friday night as he made his return to the field. After suffering a mini stroke back in November, it was debatable as to whether he would ever make his return in an Ulster jersey. So in the 58th minute as cheers …

Music

‘Dancing on the Ceiling’, ‘All Night Long’

Last night Lionel Richie took the Odyssey by storm. After three years, he made his return to Northern Irish soil. Opening with All Around the World, Lionel took the audience on a journey, transcending the generations making up the buzzing audience. At one point in the show he described how …