May 15 - June 8, 2019
Old Fitz Theatre, 129 Dowling St (Cnr of Cathedral St), Woolloomooloo
Description“Gerry Adams has disguised himself as a new-born baby and successfully infiltrated my family home.”
Eric Miller is a Belfast Loyalist. Proudly, steadfastly British. He believes his five-week old granddaughter is Irish republican 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.
Traumas of the past collide with a terrifying future in David Ireland\'s brilliant new play Cyprus Avenue.
“Without prejudice we’re nothing! If we don’t discriminate, we don’t survive!”
Following acclaimed productions at the Royal Court Theatre in London and the Public Theatre in New York, the award-winning Cyprus Avenue comes to Australia for the first time. Written by playwright and actor David Ireland and staged by Empress Theatre in association with Redline Productions at the Old Fitz Theatre, Cyprus Avenue unravels the threads of sectarian violence against a darkly comic – and shocking – background.
Actor and playwright Anna Houston (Belvoir, Griffin, Bell Shakespeare) directs Roy Barker, Amanda McGregor, Branden Christine, Lloyd Allison-Young and Jude Gibson in a play that speaks to the heart of political and cultural anxieties about who and what we are in a rapidly shifting world. Wonderfully imaginative and savagely funny, Cyprus Avenue throws a grenade at the politics of identity and the madness of bigotry.
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“David Ireland’s new play combines horror and humour in bone-shaking proportions.”
The Observer (UK)
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“Compulsive viewing... unmissable.”
The Daily Telegraph (UK)
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“The most shocking play on the London stage ... a subversive drama that has never been more relevant.”