Ulster American returns to the Traverse in Spring 2019

18 October 2018 ← return to listing

Ulster American returns to the Traverse in Spring 2019

Following a sold-out world premiere run at Traverse Festival 2018, we are delighted that Ulster American - a Traverse Theatre Company production - is set to return for a limited run of 11 performances from 20 February to 2 March 2019 ahead of an international tour.

David Ireland's explosive black comedy explores abuses of power, cultural identity and gender politics in a confrontational and brutally funny way that's definitely - and defiantly - not for the faint of heart.

The return of this much-praised triple-hander will see the original cast reprise their roles. Jay (Darrell D'Silva) is the Oscar-winning actor taking the lead in a new play that connects with his Irish roots. Leigh (Robert Jack) is the ambitious director who will do anything to get noticed. And Ruth (Lucianne McEvoy) is the Northern Irish playwright whose voice must be heard. The stage is set for great success, but when the three meet to discuss the play's challenges and provocations a line is crossed, and the heated discussion quickly escalates to a violent climax. Directed by Traverse Associate Director Gareth Nicholls (How to Disappear, Arctic Oil, Letters to Morrissey).

The production received a swathe of five-star reviews and incited lively debate amongst critics, with The Guardian calling it an 'immaculately paced production' that 'brilliantly captures the bewilderment of a generation that knows the rules of social engagement have changed', while The Times praised it as having 'the energy of a bullfight' and The List hailed it as 'a timely reminder that the expiry date for showbiz misogyny passed a long time ago'.

David Ireland, writer, says:
'When I first wrote Ulster American I didn't think anyone would produce it, let alone come and see it. I'm surprised and delighted that the response to it was so positive at the Traverse Festival 2018. It's largely thanks to the terrific work done by Director Gareth Nicholls and our fantastic cast, as well as everyone at the Traverse Theatre who had the courage and the foresight to embrace this troubling, unnerving, disgraceful burlesque.'

Gareth Nicholls, director (and Traverse Associate Director), says:
'I'm delighted that Ulster American is coming back to the Traverse Theatre before travelling further afield. The reception it got during its sell-out run at the Traverse Festival 2018 was quite remarkable, as audiences and critics alike responded overwhelmingly positively to its brutal and satirical take on the abuse of power in the entertainment industry.'

Ulster American
Wed 20 Feb - Sat 2 Mar 2019

Image: Sid Scott


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