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Empress Theatre Presents…
Written by David Ireland | directed by anna houston
May 15 - June 8, Old fitz theatre, woolloomooloo
“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.”
The Guardian (UK)
We are extremely excited to announce the stunning cast for Empress Theatre’s production of Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland. Our wonderful cast includes (pictured here from L-R) Amanda McGregor (Belvoir's The Maids, MTC's The Crucible), Branden Christine (Dance Academy: The Movie, Remembering Agatha) Jude Gibson (Angels in America, The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant), Lloyd Allison-Young (New Theatre’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Nell Gwynn & Stupid F*cking Bird ) and Roy Barker (The Dressmaker, Utopia, PopUp Globe).
Empress Theatre is thrilled to be a 2019 recipient of MATCH Lab. MATCH Lab supports artists to build fundraising skills, increase knowledge of philanthropy and arts partnerships, develop broader arts business knowledge and create sustainable sources of revenue for their work into the future.
Creative Partnerships Australia received 118 applications and we are thrilled to be recipients of this wonderful initiative. We are developing a fundraising campaign to raise money for our production of Cyprus Avenue at the Old Fitz Theatre. Money raised during the campaign will be matched dollar for dollar, by Creative Partnerships.