Setting up a shot from Benedict Schlepper-Connolly’s Dust. Photograph:  Kip Carroll

“If I wanted to do this I wouldn’t have started from here.” It’s such an obvious point that nobody has actually yet bothered to make it to me about an(...)

Macnas, whose parades are a core part of their work, receive this year’s special tribute award. Photograph: Brian Arthur

There should have been applause. There should have been cheers. There should have been hugs and kisses and jokes and a few convivial jars after. Inste(...)

Removed: as Adam, Conor O’Donnell shows the importance of programming challenging work in community spaces

REMOVED Axis, Ballymun ★★★★☆ Adam is in the Northern Ireland care system. His life is a series of apprehensive greetings and inadequate goodbyes to t(...)

Co Armagh man Conor Mitchell set up the Belfast Ensemble in 2017.

Even by his own exacting standards, the last two years of Conor Mitchell’s career as a composer and theatre maker have been nothing less than remarkab(...)

Marie Ferguson, whose 9 year old daughter Raychel died of hyponatraemia in June 2001, speaks to the media following the publishing of findings of an inquiry by chairman Sir John O’Hara. Photograph:   Brian Lawless/PA

Doctors covered up failures in patient care, a public inquiry into the hospital deaths of five children in Northern Ireland has found. Sir John O’Har(...)

The Ladykillers:  sharply focused characterisations. Photograph: Steffan Hill

Lyric Theatre, Belfast **** In a series of madcap, jagged-edged scenarios, Jimmy Fay’s industrious production of Graham Linehan’s stage version of (...)

Marc Almond: ‘Journalists would ask about my sexuality, so I’d give some Bowie-esque answer about ambiguity’

There was a time when Thursday night Top of the Pops was a shared ritual. Living in a TV land that consisted of a handful of channels was a factor,(...)

A heart-warming tale: The Family Hoffmann’s Christmas Mystery Palace

The Mac, Belfast ****   Back in Victorian times, one of the most celebrated brands of popular entertainment revolved around the a(...)

Monica Huggett drives into music ‘with a sense of edginess, of danger’

It was in the early 18th century that people seem to have first become concerned about early music. An Academy of Vocal Music was set up in Lon(...)