Empress Theatre presents the Australian Premiere of
MAY 15 - JUNE 8
Written by David Ireland Directed by Anna Houston
CONTENT WARNING: This production contains extreme violence and content that some audience members may find confronting. Please feel free to contact our Box Office at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to booking to discuss the content of the piece.
ABOUT: “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.
“Compulsive viewing ... unmissable.” ★★★★ - The Telegraph
“The most shocking play on the London stage ... a subversive drama that has never been more relevant.” ★★★★ - The Guardian
Tickets: $35.00 - $55.00 [This production is suitable for ages 18+ only]
Creative Team: Written by David Ireland Directed by Anna Houston Produced by Empress Theatre Production Design: Ester Karuso-Thurn Lighting Design: Matt Cox Sound Design: Ben Pierpoint Production Manager: Genevieve Muratore Stage Manager : Christopher Starnawski Dialect Coach: Linda Nicholls-Gidley Combat Choreography: Tim Dashwood
Support Services: This production contains material that audience members may find confronting. The following services are available regarding this content: 1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732 www.1800respect.org.au Lifeline: 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au Men's Referral Services: 1300 766 491 www.ntv.org.au
Additional Information: Seating at the Old Fitz Theatre is unreserved. There is a lockout policy in place for all shows at the Old Fitz Theatre. Unfortunately latecomers can not be permitted and reentry to the theatre is not possible during the performance. Please visit our info page for more information.