It’s been announced that David Ireland’s hit play CYPRUS AVENUE is to be screened on BBC Four on 15th September.
The acclaimed black-comedy follows a grandfather who believes his five-week-old granddaughter is the reincarnation of controversial politician Gerry Adams. The production premiered at London’s Royal Court in April 2016 and has since enjoyed acclaimed runs at New York’s Public Theatre, Dublin’s Abbey Theatre and The MAC in Belfast. CYPRUS AVENUE recently enjoyed a sold-out return to the Royal Court earlier this year. The play was awarded Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards and the James Tait Black Prize for Drama in 2017.
Stephen Rea’s lauded performance as Belfast loyalist Eric Miller has been preserved on the BBC broadcast, commissioned by The Space. The screening will mix the live capture of performance at London’s Royal Court alongside on-location shooting in Belfast. Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo, Chris Corrigan, Andrea Irvine and Amy Molloy round out the full cast of the piece.
The stage production is directed by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone, with set and costume design by Lizzie Clachan, lighting design by Paul Keogan and sound design by David McSeveney.
Speaking on the broadcast, director Featherstone said: “This is such an extraordinary opportunity granted to us by The Space for more people to see this exceptional play – all of us involved feel strongly that it communicates vital messages about intolerance, systemic hatred and violence and examines the consequences of long term division and national trauma.”
CYPRUS AVENUE will be broadcast on BBC Four on 15th September at 10pm.