In David Ireland’s charming two-hander Not Now at the Finborough Theatre his usual concern about the British-Irish question of identity remains, but without the explosions of violence characterised in works like Cyprus Avenue.
NEWS: David Ireland’s Yes So I Said Yes gets British premiere at Finborough Theatre
Yes So I Said Yes, written by Cyprus Avenue’s multi-award-winning author David Ireland, receives its British premiere this month at London’s Finborough Theatre, in a limited season running from 23 November to 19 December 2021. Time to get booking!
’An impressive piece of work with sharp writing’: SADIE – BBC Lights Up Festival (Online review)
Lights Up has performed a valuable service in rescuing David Ireland’s latest piece Sadie from oblivion.
20 of the things that inspired, moved, amused & delighted John Chapman in 2020
I’ve selected 20 of the things that inspired, moved, amused and delighted, which have pushed the boundaries of what it possible and continued to fly the flag for theatre in the UK.
‘Brutal & honest’: CYPRUS AVENUE – Royal Court Theatre (Online Review) ★★★★
There is no denying that Cyprus Avenue is a powerful drama about struggling with identity and prejudice that makes for chilling viewing from start to finish.
NEWS: Nominations are announced for the UK Theatre Awards 2019
The list of nominees has been revealed for this year’s UK Theatre Awards, the only nationwide awards to honour and celebrate outstanding achievements in theatre throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Best New Play nominees are Laura Wade’s The Watsons, Ulster American by David Ireland and Life Of Pi, adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti from Yann Martel’s novel, while Best Musical …
Text of the Day: Cyprus Avenue
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
‘People won’t be forgetting this in a hurry’: CYPRUS AVENUE – Royal Court Theatre
Cyprus Avenue uses shock tactics to show us the horror within, but it is a comedy with depth, perceptiveness and a touch of genius.
‘Wonderfully structured piece of theatre’: ULSTER AMERICAN – Edinburgh ★★★★
Trailing clouds of glory from the 2018 Fringe, David Ireland’s Ulster American has returned to the Traverse with a bang. If it is not quite as good as some have said, it is still impressive – and certainly is impressively nasty.
‘Sensitive issues are broached with fearlessness’: CYPRUS AVENUE – Royal Court Theatre ★★★★
Directed by Vicky Featherstone, David Ireland’s Cyprus Avenue returns to the Royal Court Theatre after a three-year hiatus.
NEWS: Royal Court’s new season includes premiere of Jack Thorne’s the end of history… & Kylie Jenner play
The Royal Court Theatre has announced its new season of work, running from February to August 2019, features the premiere of writer Jack Thorne’s new play the end of history… directed by John Tiffany.
NEWS: David Ireland’s play Cyprus Avenue returns to the Royal Court starring Stephen Rea
David Ireland’s critically-acclaimed black comedy Cyprus Avenue will return to the Royal Court for a limited four week run from 14 February to 16 March 2019 in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs.
‘An irresistible play, in a triumphant production’: ULSTER AMERICAN – Edinburgh Fringe
David Ireland’s play Ulster American, about a Hollywood actor arriving in Britain to play the lead in a play by an Ulster Protestant writer, is a riot.
THE END OF HOPE – Soho Theatre
What a relief to find a show that’s smart and funny – laugh out loud funny, by the way – yet relevant insightful, and with complex, nuanced characters. And only an hour long! So, take a bow The End of Hope. You are a slice of perfection; magnificent from start to finish.
EVERYTHING BETWEEN US – Finborough
After decades of conflict, both politically in terms of Ulster as a nation and personally for sisters Sandra and Teeni Richardson who haven’t spoken in a good few years, the notion of truth and reconciliation seems a noble if unlikely one.
EVERYTHING BETWEEN US – Finborough Theatre
When a playwright has seemingly overnight success with one of their more recent works it seems natural to go back to a previously acclaimed work but when that work feels underdeveloped and lacking in depth it is a risky decision.
CYPRUS AVENUE – Royal Court Theatre
New play about a deranged Ulster loyalist begins in hilarity and ends with some horrific violence.