Ulster American

Ulster American
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Combines horror and humour and thought in bone-shaking proportions.
The Guardian on Cyprus Avenue


    Written byDavid Ireland
    Start date28 Jul 2018
    End date26 Aug 2018
  • TicketsFull price £20.50 / Standard concession £15.50 / U30s & Students £15 / Other concession £9.50
    Genre Festival, Theatre,

World Premiere
Traverse Theatre Company

When someone treats me like a piece of shit…
I bring out my Academy Award.
It has something to say. It’s saying I’m right.

Jay is the Oscar-winning actor taking the lead in a new play that connects with his Irish roots. Leigh is the ambitious director who will do anything to get noticed. And Ruth 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.

Exploring consent, abuses of power and the confusions of cultural identity, Ulster American is confrontational, brutally funny and not for the faint of heart.

Written by David Ireland, whose most recent play Cyprus Avenue won the James Tait Black Award 2017 and Best Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2017, and directed by Traverse Associate Director Gareth Nicholls (How to DisappearLetters to MorrisseyTrainspotting).

@traversetheatre / #UlsterAmerican

Sat 28 Jul, 7.30pm
Thu 2 Aug, 11am

Preview Tickets
Full price £13
Concession £9

Fri 3 – Sun 26 Aug
(No Mon Performances)

Note: Click on 'Book Now' for dates and times. 

Full price £20.50
Standard concession £15.50
U30s / Students £15
Other concession £9.50

See our Box Office page for full pricing and booking information.

Access Performances
Audio Described: Sun 19 Aug
British Sign Language: Sun 19 Aug


Running Time
1h 20min

Age Recommendation 

Note: Strictly no latecomers. Contains very strong language and graphic violence.

Supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.

Image by Michael Cranston

  • Gareth Nicholls

  • Becky Minto

  • Kate Bonney

    Lighting Designer
  • MJ McCarthy

    Composer / Sound Designer
  • Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir

    Assistant Director (Supported by The JMK Trust. Leverhulme Arts Scholar and recipient of the JMK regional bursary funded by the Leverhulme Trust Arts Scholarships Fund)
  • Combines horror and humour and thought in bone-shaking proportions.
    The Guardian on Cyprus Avenue
  • An unsettling but compelling piece of theatre, under the sure hand of Gareth Nicholls’ direction.
    Edinburgh Guide on How to Disappear

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