Jane Coyle

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David Pearse and Abigail McGibbon in Sadie, filmed live at Belfast’s Lyric Theatre for BBC Northern Ireland

“It’s been such an odd time. We’ve produced a new play by a major writer on the main stage, we’ve had a dress rehearsal and previews but no audience. (...)

Bloodlands: Tom Brannick (James Nesbitt) with his no-nonsense sidekick DS Niamh McGovern, played by Charlene McKenna. Photograph: Steffan Hill

The virtually landlocked sea lough of Strangford in Co Down is one of the most bewitching areas of natural beauty in Ireland. Its meandering shoreline(...)

Amy  Molloy: “We’re all on the same page with the world we’re creating and the story we’re wanting to tell”

In countless women’s wardrobes across Ireland hangs a sweatshirt emblazoned with a single word: “Repeal”. Far from being a fashionable brand name, the(...)

Reveal helped support  Oona Doherty Doherty’s multi-faceted Hard to be Soft. Photograph: Luca Truffarelli

In 2014 the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Breakthrough Award was presented to Emma Jordan, artistic director of Belfast’s Prime Cut Productions. The £295,0(...)

Dear Arabella: Katy Tumelty as Jean, who has an engagingly authentic voice and a sardonic sense of humour. Photograph: Steffan Hill

DEAR ARABELLA Lyric Theatre ★ ★ ★ You don’t have to be alone to be lonely. Jean lives in a noisy, densely populated street in working-class Belfast, (...)

Dancers in DU Dance’s ‘Merge’ performance.

It grew out of a project with street children in Addis Ababa; it maintains strong links across Europe; it connects with community dance initiatives in(...)

The whole thing feels flat

It is a daunting task, particularly in the case of theatre for young audiences, to take a cherished classic such Beauty and the Beast and give it a n(...)

Grand Opera House, Belfast

Grand Opera House, Belfast *** Roald Dahl hit the nail on the head when he began his own acerbic version of the Cinderella story with the observati(...)

The Suppliant Women: a spine-tingling atmosphere of sadness, despair and longing

Please note: this is a review of an earlier production of The Suppliant Women. The version that appears in the Dublin Theatre Festival at the Gaiety T(...)

Sleeping Beauty: a nicely judged production

Lyric Theatre, Belfast ***   The delicacy and freshness of this prettily packaged show compensate for its diminutive scale. Derek(...)

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