A new production of David Ireland’s Ulster American plays London's Riverside Studios beginning December 4 with an official opening scheduled for December 13. Performances will continue through January 28, 2024.
Directed by Jeremy Herrin (A Mirror and Best of Enemies), the cast features Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson (True Detective, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) as American actor Jay Conway, BAFTA and Emmy winner Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Batman) as English director Leigh Carver, and Louisa Harland (Derry Girls, Dancing at Lughnasa) as Northern Irish playwright Ruth Davenport.
In the play, an Oscar-winning American actor, an English director, and a Northern Irish playwright are about to begin rehearsals for a new play—one that could transform each of their careers. But when it turns out that they’re not on the same page, the night threatens to spiral out of control.
Director Herrin said in an earlier statement, “I’m delighted that this rollercoaster of a play has summoned such a stellar roster of talent to join us for this pitch black comedy at the beautifully refurbished Riverside Studios. I’ve always admired David Ireland’s fearlessness and the way he manages to skewer pretension in its many guises."
Ireland’s acclaimed play received its world premiere in 2018 at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. It is the recipient of the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award and the Scotsman Fringe First Award.
Second Half Productions produces.