Spring-Summer Season 2017 | April - July 2017
The English premiere
“I bit into your heart and I chewed on it slowly like a connoisseur. I swallowed it. I remember thinking it was an especially small heart and easy to digest. But no matter what I did you wouldn’t die”
It is Day One of the newly formed Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Northern Ireland at Stormont.
As Sandra Richardson prepares to take her seat on the Commission, her long lost sister Teeni explodes into the chamber and attacks the South African chairwoman, Dikeledi Mashiane. Deep in the heart of the Northern Irish Parliament, overshadowed by the legacy of hurt, Sandra and Teeni must fight through decades of violence, anger and denial to discover if reconciliation is possible on the pathway to peace.
Everything Between Us is a dramatic, dark, unflinching comedy written by Northern Ireland’s boldest contemporary writer.
Everything Between Us, first produced by by Solas Nua and Tinderbox Theatre, premiered in Washington DC, Belfast and Scotland in 2010. It won playwright David Ireland the Stewart Parker Trust Award, BBC Radio Drama Award and the Meyer Whitworth Award for Best New Play. It now receives its long overdue London premiere.
Playwright David Ireland was born in Belfast and trained and worked as an actor. He is the former Playwright-in-Residence at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, and is currently working on new plays for Dundee Rep, the National Theatre of Scotland and the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. David’s first play What The Animals Want was produced at Òran Mór in Glasgow in May 2009 and transferred to the Belfast Festival. This was followed by Everything Between Us (Tinderbox Theatre Company and Solas Nua), The End of Hope, The End of Desire (Òran Mór, Glasgow), Half A Glass Of Water (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), Yes, So I Said Yes (Ransom Productions, Belfast), Can’t Forget About You (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Trouble And Shame (Òran Mór, Glasgow), Most Favoured (Òran Mór, Glasgow), The Hen Night (Northern Stage, Newcastle), Summertime (Tinderbox Theatre Company) and Cyprus Avenue (Abbey Theatre, Dublin, and Royal Court Theatre) which was nominated for the Evening Standard Most Promising New Playwright Award.
Director Neil Bull originally trained and worked as an actor throughout the industry, before retraining as a Director on the Young Vic Directors Programme and Living Pictures. Direction includes Hope (Mountview Academy), What Flows Passed The Baltic (Arcola Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse), Peripheral (Theatre503), Made In ‘Salem (Theatre503), Bassett (Mountview Academy) and The Jasmine Terrace (Soho Theatre). Assistant Direction includes assisting Jessica Swale on Far From The Madding Crowd, Paul Hart on Journey’s End, Caroline Leslie on A Bunch Of Amateurs (Watermill Theatre, Newbury), Giles Croft on Charlie Peace: His Amazing Life and Astounding Legend and Andrew Breakwell on Jack (Nottingham Playhouse / Belgrade Coventry).
“Bleakly funny, powerful and emotionally violent” Culture NI
“David Ireland’s writing is an assault on our state of denial. Humour is dark and controlled, language is vulgar and silence is deafening” Irish Theatre Magazine
“For its courage in exploring some of the dark forces that oppose the peace process, this play deserves all the praise it has won…70 compelling minutes.” The Scotsman
“Combines horror and humour and thought in bone-shaking proportions” ★★★★★ Susannah Clapp,The Observer
“This is caustic, audience-rattling writing, theatre that shakes you up.” ★★★★ Natasha Tripney, The Stage
“The laughs stick in your throat, the serious questions lodge in your head.” ★★★★ Ian Shuttleworth, The Financial Times
Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm. Tuesday matinees at 2.00pm.
Performance Length: Approximately 70 minutes with no interval.
Tickets £18, £16 concessions