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.
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.
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 …
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
Cyprus Avenue uses shock tactics to show us the horror within, but it is a comedy with depth, perceptiveness and a touch of genius.
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.
Directed by Vicky Featherstone, David Ireland’s Cyprus Avenue returns to the Royal Court Theatre after a three-year hiatus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New play about a deranged Ulster loyalist begins in hilarity and ends with some horrific violence.