Plays by David Ireland

Cyprus Avenue

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Eric Miller is a Belfast Loyalist. He believes his five-week old granddaughter is Gerry Adams, the noted Irish Republican politician who is the president of Sinn Féin.

Eric’s 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.

David Ireland’s black comedy takes one man’s identity crisis to the limits as he uncovers the modern day complexity of Ulster Loyalism.

Cyprus Avenue was first performed at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on 11 February 2016, before transferring to the Royal Court Theatre, London, in April 2016.

Everything Between Us  

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

A searing and darkly funny two-hander for women which looks at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Northern Ireland, written by the playwright of Cyprus Avenue, David Ireland.

It is day one of the newly formed Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Northern Ireland at Stormont.

As Sandra Richardson prepares to take her seat on the commission, her long-lost sister Teeni explodes into the chamber and attacks the South African chairwoman, Dikeledi Mashiane. Is this part of a terrorist plot or just her sister's way of announcing her return to Belfast?

Deep in the heart of the Northern Irish Parliament, overshadowed by the legacy of hurt, Sandra and Teeni must fight through decades of violence, anger and denial to discover if reconciliation is possible on the pathway to peace.

A taut and fast paced two-woman showdown, Everything Between Us is a dramatic, dark, unflinching comedy written by Northern Ireland's boldest contemporary writer.  

David Ireland trained as an actor at the RSAMD (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) in Glasgow. He has worked as an actor with many theatre companies across the UK including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Manchester Royal Exchange, Glasgow Citizens Theatre and the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. He was Playwright-in-Residence at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast from 2011-12.

His first play What the Animals Say was produced at Òran Mór in Glasgow and transferred to the Belfast Festival. This was followed by Everything Between Us (Tinderbox Theatre Company/Solas Nua), which won the Meyer-Whitworth Award and the Stewart Parker BBC Award, The End of Hope, The End of Desire (Òran Mór), Half a Glass of Water (Field Day) Yes So I Said Yes (Ransom Productions), Can't Forget About You (Lyric, Belfast), Most Favoured (Traverse/ Òran Mór), The Hen Night (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), Summertime (Tinderbox), I Promise You Sex and Violence (Northern Stage), Blood Wedding (Dundee Rep Ensemble/Graeae) and Cyprus Avenue (Royal Court/Abbey Theatre, Dublin).

For radio, he adapted Everything Between Us for BBC Radio 3 and wrote an original work, Trouble and Shame for BBC Radio Scotland. Can't Forget About You and Cyprus Avenue are published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.