MANY among those in attendance at last night’s production of Oliver! at Belfast's Grand Opera House had a vested interest in being there as family and friends of the 235 children and teenagers – yes, 235 – on stage.
BELFAST’S Grand Opera House will be enveloped in scaffolding for the next three months while its exterior brickwork is cleaned and its masonry repainted – though the folks at the GOH are keen to point out that it'll be business as usual within.
THREE aspiring actors from Northern Ireland will perform in a musical take on Gulliver’s Travels at Belfast's Lyric theatre this weekend, having successfully auditioned from more than 1,000 young people.
US COMEDIAN Patton Oswalt will be one of the top draws at this year's Galway comedy festival – or the 'Vodafone Comedy Carnival', as its sponsors prefer it to be known – which takes place between Tuesday October 24 and Monday October 30.
AN EVOCATIVE image of an excited group of Belfast children stepping down from an Ulsterbus coach clutching plastic bags of belongings and bags of crisps is one that is forever etched in the mind of Derry-born poet and author Shaun Traynor.
'NO SUCH thing as innocent bystanding' – rarely have the words of Seamus Heaney in his lyrical poem Mycenae Lookout resonated so strongly as in the present environment of ideological conflict and international terrorism.