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Provocative Irish Theater Online from Abbey and Druid

Corrib Theatre’s production of KISSING THE WITCH by Emma Donoghue would have opened this last weekend. We’ll miss seeing all of you at the theatre! While the coronavirus has unfortunately impacted our production, we don’t want you to miss out entirely on seeing some Irish Theatre.
Read below about two award-winning shows that you can watch for free online, from the Abbey Theatre (in collaboration with the Royal Court Theatre) and the Druid, two of the top theatres in Ireland which we attend on our annual Irish Theatre Tour.

We hope that you are staying safe and healthy and can gather around the monitor or TV to take in a night of Irish theatre.

Stay tuned for details about our 2020-21 season and more! In the meantime, your generosity, at any level, will help us through this rough time so that we can start the next season strong.

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– Gemma Whelan, Artistic Director
– Adam Liberman, Managing Director

Abbey Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre

Cyprus Avenue

by David Ireland, Directed by Vicky Featherstone

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Commissioned by The Space, this film of CYPRUS AVENUE, by David Ireland, mixes live capture of performance from the iconic stage production with location shooting in Belfast. It was first broadcast on Sunday 15 September 2019 on BBC Four.

Starring Stephen Rea and directed by Vicky Featherstone, the award-winning Cyprus Avenue was originally coproduced by the Royal Court Theatre, London and Abbey Theatre, Dublin before touring to The MAC in Belfast and the Public Theater in New York.

Eric Miller (Stephen Rea) is a Belfast Loyalist. He is experiencing a psychotic episode and mistakes his five-week old granddaughter for Gerry Adams. Generations of sectarian trauma convince him that his cultural heritage is under siege. He must act.

This hard hitting black comedy Cyprus Avenue tells the story of a man struggling with the past and terrified of the future. It was awarded Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards and the James Tait Black Prize for Drama in 2017. For his portrayal of Eric, Stephen Rea won Best Actor at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2017.

Content Warning: Cyprus Avenue contains strong language, discussion of sectarian themes, and scenes of extreme violence that some viewers may find disturbing.

The Abbey Theatre was founded as a national theatre for Ireland by W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory in 1904.

The Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square, London, “is at the forefront of creating restless, alert, provocative theatre about now.”

The Playboy of the
Western World

by JM Synge, Directed by Garry Hynes

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In 2005, Druid presented the first ever staging of all John Millington Synge’s entire theatrical canon including THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD. Directed by Garry Hynes, starring Aaron Monaghan, Marie Mullen and Catherine Walsh, this project was filmed live by Wildfire during production.

Synge’s great comic masterpiece tells the story of Christy Mahon, who stumbles into a public house in County Mayo claiming he has killed his father and so capturing the romantic attention of the daughter of the house, Pegeen Mike.

Druid was founded in Galway in 1975 by Garry Hynes, Marie Mullen, and Mick Lally and was the first professional Irish theatre company outside of Dublin.

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Season sponsored by Ronni Lacroute
Our season is made possible by generous individual donors and the following foundations and corporate sponsors: