The award-winning playwright, David Ireland, known for his wickedly dark humour and biting satire, will be joining Dr Michelle Paull for a discussion on his work. The evening will also feature a live performance from the cast of Not Now, Ireland’s play running in November at The Finborough Theatre.
“Cyprus Avenue was commissioned by the Abbey Theatre Dublin. I was aware I was being commissioned as an Irish writer – but I’ve always felt British. I’ve always identified as British. And yet, I’m undeniably influenced by so much of the Irish canon – especially O’Casey, Wilde, Beckett and Joyce. In some ways, I was trying to write a traditionally Irish play from an Ulster loyalist perspective. To try to encapsulate all the rage and frustration, fear and defiance of the Planter experience in Ireland- but with the epic sweep of O’Casey and the existentialist absurdism of Beckett. I didn’t quite get to that level of genius but I did ok with my limited talent.”