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Alan Meban (Alan in Belfast)
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Bobby Sands: 66 Days (review)
Bobby Sands: 66 Days is a 105 minute documentary film that weaves together the story of 1970s and 1980s republicanism with day by day updates on Sands’ condition and diary entries throughout his hunger strike. The documentary film is bookended by quotes fro...
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Chevalier - an object lesson on how to be “The Best in General” (QFT until 28 July)
Six men gather on a doctor’s large luxury motor boat. For some it seems to be a regular getaway; for others it’s the first time they’ve come along to the macho retreat. It’s quickly apparent – if anything in the ponderous 105 minute film Chevalier is truly ...
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Belfast Somme 100
As a non-historian, I come to understand the past fairly late in any cycle of commemoration. My school English teacher wrote a well-regarded book about the Somme and we had a signed copy at home, but I've never read it. Philip Orr is a member of the History...
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A tale of the unexpected as the cast of IGNITION faced their fear (Tinderbox Theatre)
Four actors, a director and a dramaturg walk into an empty theatre. It’s like the start of a joke … or in the case of the cast, Patrick J O’Reilly and Hanna Slättne, a self-imposed nightmare. The external instruction they received on Monday would shape the ...
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Smiley - a comedy five a side football heist to repay a debt (Lyric Theatre until 2 July)
Smiley has a plan to pay back his debts which involves entering a team of less-than-amateur ringers in a local football tournament with a big prize fund. But when an ex-paramilitary god-mother intervenes, his odds of success change. Throw in a very credible...
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John Hewitt International Summer School (25-30 July) #JHISS
The annual John Hewitt International Summer School runs next week in Armagh. While it’s possible to book a place and take in the full programme , individual events are also ticketed. Everything takes place in The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre , Marke...
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"We're here because we're here" #Somme100 #wearehere
Yesterday morning in Belfast a group of men dressed in WW1 uniforms quietly marched down the Stranmillis Road and stopped outside Queen’s University, leaning against bollards, lying back on the wrought iron gate. After a while one soldier struck up the song...
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Notes on Blindness - John Hull's new view on life (Queen’s Film Theatre until Thu 7 July)
“Every time I wake up, I lose my sight.” It’s a sobering explanation from John Hull who had sight problems throughout his childhood and finally totally lost his vision as an adult in his 40s. A writer and university lecturer, he at first distracted himself ...
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Sixteen South open new studio - exporting kids TV from a building that once sold fancy hankies round the world
This morning, Sixteen South officially opened their new offices in One Clarence Street, the company’s third premises. Chief Executive Colin Williams explained to visitors and press that back in 1884 the building was home to the Clarence Finishing Company, a...
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Fire at Sea - facing up to tragedy at Lampedusa (QFT until 22 June)
Fire at Sea is a powerful if unusually crafted documentary based around the island of Lampedusa, about 200km away from Sicily. The local fishing boats that set sail from the harbours are no longer the only vessels in the sea. Refugees pay to make the perilo...
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IGNITION - 5 days, 4 actors, 1 new piece of theatre (Tinderbox 17-18 June at the MAC)
IGNITION is a new project by the rejuvenated team at Tinderbox Theatre Company . Starting on Monday morning, four performers will be locked in a rehearsal space with artistic director Patrick J O’Reilly and dramaturg Hanna Slättne to devise a new work that ...
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An irregular set of postings, weaving an intricate pattern around a diverse set of subjects. Comment on cinema, books, technology, politics and the occasional rant about life. Alan ... in Belfast (and Lisburn), Northern Ireland
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