CYPRUS AVENUE by David Ireland at the Royal Court, London, April 5-May 7, 2016

Royal Court Theatre and the Abbey Theatre

Cyprus Avenue

by David Ireland

Royal Court, Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, 5 Apr - 7 May, 2016

“Gerry Adams has disguised himself as a new-born baby and successfully infiltrated my family home.”

Eric Miller is a Belfast Loyalist. He believes his five-week old granddaughter is Gerry Adams.

His family keep telling him to stop living in the past and fighting old battles that nobody cares about anymore but his cultural heritage is under siege. He must act.

The story of one man struggling with the past and terrified of the future.

“Without prejudice we’re nothing! If we don’t discriminate, we don’t survive!”

Cyprus Avenue is an Abbey Theatre commission and will open at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin prior to its run in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs.

David Ireland’s work includes Summertime (Tinderbox); Trouble And Shame, Most Favoured, The End Of Desire (Òran Mór); Can’t Forget About You (Lyric, Belfast) and Half A Glass Of Water (Abbey Theatre). David is the former Playwright-in-Residence at the Lyric Theatre Belfast, and is a recent winner of the Stewart Parker BBC Radio Drama Award and the Meyer Whitworth Award.

Vicky Featherstone is Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre. Her work for the Royal Court includes How To Hold Your Breath; God Bless The Child; Maidan: Voices From The Uprising; The Mistress Contract; The Ritual Slaughter Of Gorge Mastromas; Untitled Matriarch Play and The President Has Come To See You. Her other work includes Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour; Enquirer; An Appointment With The Wicker Man; 27; The Wheel; Somersaults (National Theatre of Scotland); The Small Things; Pyrenees; On Blindness; Tiny Dynamite; Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco; Splendour; Crave (Paines Plough). Vicky was Artistic Director of Paines Plough 1997-2005 and Artistic Director of The National Theatre of Scotland 2005-2012. In 2016 Vicky will also direct X by Alistair McDowall.

Cyprus Avenue is an Abbey Theatre Commission. The Abbey Theatre was founded as Ireland’s national theatre, by W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory in 1904 “to bring upon the stage the deeper emotions of Ireland”. Although written more than a hundred years ago, this is still the kernel of what constitutes the artistic imperative for the Abbey Theatre today. The Abbey produces an annual programme of diverse, engaging, innovative Irish and international theatre and invests in and promotes new Irish writers and artists. They do this by placing the writer and theatre-maker at the heart of all they do, commissioning and producing exciting new work and creating discourse and debate on the political, cultural and social issues of the day. Abbey Theatre’s aim is to present great theatre art in a national context so that the stories told on stage have a resonance with artists and audiences alike.

www.royalcourttheatre.com


REVIEWS

At the Abbey Theatre

★★★★
Stephen Rea delivers a masterful performance.

Caustically funny.
The Irish Times | Peter Crawley
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★★★★
This is compelling psychological terrain.

A production that is unafraid of risk, delving headlong into difficult questions about the relationship between violent language and shockingly violent acts.
The Guardian | Helen Meany
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The plot is expertly spun and completely unpredictable.
The Irish Independent | Kathy Hayes
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$17.95
ISBN: 9781474298216
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - March 3rd, 2016