Abbey Theatre presents Traverse Theatre Company

Ulster American

9 - 20 April 2019

Booking Information

Dates: 9 – 20 April
On the Abbey Stage

Times: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Sat Matinees 2pm

Tickets: €13 – €45 / Conc. €13 – €30

Running Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes without an interval

Age Guidance: 18+

Early Bird tickets available until 28 February.

To book for a group of 6+ call (01) 87 97 212

Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 18 April, 7:30pm

A brutal new comedy from David Ireland, the award-winning writer of Cyprus Avenue.

WINNER Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award
WINNER Scotsman Fringe First Award

One of the most talked-about shows of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 arrives fresh from a sold-out festival run.

Jay is the American Oscar-winning actor leading a new play that connects with his Irish roots. Leigh is the English 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 success but when they meet to discuss the play’s challenges and provocations a line is crossed, and their heated discussion quickly escalates into violence.

Exploring abuses of power, the confusion of cultural identity and the silencing of the female voice, Ulster American is confrontational and brutally funny – not for the faint of heart, and not to be missed.


Contains very strong language, graphic violence and references to sexual assault.

Supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council. With additional support from The JMK Trust.


‘a satire as timely as it is riotous’
The Guardian

‘a production [with] the energy of a bullfight’
The Times

‘ferocious, raucous, more-is-more humour’
The Arts Desk

‘laugh-out-loud funny’
What’s On Stage

‘wildly, disgustingly funny’
Sunday Independent

‘a terrific, fun night out’
Irish Independent

‘blisteringly funny’
Irish Mail on Sunday

‘an outstanding cast’
Sunday Times


Director’s Interview (Edinburgh 2018) 

Irish Sign Language Interpreted Performance 

Production Images 

Photography by Sid Scott


  • Jay Conway: Darrell D’Silva
  • Leigh Carver: Robert Jack
  • Ruth Davenport: Lucianne McEvoy

  • Writer: David Ireland
  • Director: Gareth Nicholls
  • Design: Becky Minto
  • Lighting Design: Kate Bonney
  • Composition & Sound Design: Michael John McCarthy
  • Assistant Director: Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir
  • Fight Director: EmmaClaire Brightlyn
  • Production Photography: Mihaela Bodlovic

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