1. When did you think about a career in comedy and what were your first steps into it? I played drums in bands for years and got bored working with other musicians so not being able to play the guitar this was my only way to go solo and keep being the attention-seeking middle child I never knew I was.
ROLL up! Roll up! It's Christmas show time again and the creative team at Belfast's Lyric theatre are transporting audiences to 1905 and the world of the Victoria circus sideshows in a brand new version of the Pinocchio.
OK, so who sees any kind of upside to the climate armageddon facing us on the planet we call home? A new strand of climate change art maybe? If it features the peerless Jarvis Cocker, who released a topical dance number Let's Stick Around (which he's dubbed the first "sustainable banger") with DJ Riton during Cop26, I'm happy.
MARIE Jones's football-themed A Night In November caused controversy when it first opened in 1994 thanks to its unflinching examination of the Protestant/unionist identity and stark depiction of rampant sectarianism in the stands of Windsor Park, Northern Ireland's home ground.
SANDY Cuthbert is at home at Ballyhackamore in east Belfast, excitedly explaining in her cadenced "slightly posh" Geordie accent, that all voices, wherever they're from and however tuneful, are remarkably redundant in a visionary new 'choir' which has classes starting up across the city this week.
Notes and musings from the arts scene as it emerges from lockdown, by Jane Hardy **** I sometimes ponder where the arts will go from here - having embraced modernism, sometimes they revert to conventional forms or just mix it up.
WHO will ever forget the television images of a wild-eyed, fist-pumping Gerry Conlon, storming up to a bank of microphones outside The Old Bailey in London and proclaiming to the world, "I am a totally innocent man.