Theatre Review: ‘Dickens at the Ulster Hall’ at the Lyric Theatre

BY TARA McEVOY  Upon Charles Dickens’ 1869 performance at Belfast’s Ulster Hall, Frank Finlay (then editor of the city’s Northern Whig), wrote that in addition to being a remarkable author, Dickens was also a truly ‘great actor’. Fortunately, the same couldn’t be truer of the man tasked with playing the writer – Belfast-born playwright, scholarContinue reading “Theatre Review: ‘Dickens at the Ulster Hall’ at the Lyric Theatre”

Arts Feature : Pussy Riot and the Rejuvenation of Protest Music

By Tara McEvoy @tara_mcevoy   Is protest music dead? For many years, it certainly seemed to have slipped out of favour. Maybe this was just a view pedalled by the same grumbling naysayers who periodically gripe about the decline of pop music, the downfall of the charts. But undeniably, it appeared that many musical mindsContinue reading “Arts Feature : Pussy Riot and the Rejuvenation of Protest Music”