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Can the shrew be tamed at the Lyric?

THERE was no need to ‘Brush up your Shakespeare’ at the Lyric Theatre’s dazzling and sharp adaptation of Kiss Me, Kate. Set both on and off stage during the production of a musical version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, this production revolves around the tempestuous love lives of actor-manager Fred Graham/Petruchio and his […]

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Renewed calls to open historic cemetery

THERE have been renewed calls this week for Belfast City Council to re-open the historic Clifton Street Cemetery to the public. The gates at the Henry Place site are locked to the public and can only be accessed by prior arrangement with Council officials. Local Sinn Féin councillor JJ Magee seconded a motion brought by […]

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Everyday sacrifices behind the music

THURSDAY afternoon at a kitchen table and West Belfast actress Antoinette Morelli is poring over old photographs of her showband legend father Tony. She’s also got stacks of postcards he sent home from wherever he was performing in the world. It’s that legendary Showband era that forms the basis of Keep Telling Me Lies, a […]

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Council apologise after grave mistake

BELFAST City Council has had to apologise to a recently bereaved family after falsely informing them that a stranger was buried in their loved one’s grave. Last week, Council officials told the West Belfast family they could not bury their relative alongside her mother as there was an additional person interred in the burial plot. […]

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The craic’s ninety but where’s the snow?

“WHEN you travel to a new place, you try to make the best of it and that is what I have done,” says Penina Kaumbuthu with a bookish strong smile. 25-year-old Penina was a bit emotional when she boarded that eight-hour long flight last year. “I did my research about where to study. I wanted […]

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Get ready for changes

THE stunning victory scored by Sinn Féin in the weekend election has sent a shockwave through the southern political establishment – so much so that a sense of disbelief has descended on the mainstream Dublin media and the former two big parties to the extent that little of any note has been said or done […]

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