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, 20 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.

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.


'If Jacobean revenge tragedies were played as uproarious comedy, they’d look like this... a satire as timely as it is riotous.’
The Guardian

‘Gareth Nicholls directs a production that has the energy of a bullfight.’
The Times

‘Ferocious, raucous, more-is-more humour and furious, unstoppable energy.’
The Arts Desk

‘There are moments in this play that are so shockingly provocative, so laugh-out-loud funny while simultaneously curl-into-a-ball-and cringe-worrying that I found my mouth was actually open.’
What’s On Stage

‘Full of sharp satire and black humour ramped up to black hole levels of dark, it dares to actually shock.’
Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

Director’s Interview (Edinburgh) 


  • Cast: Darrell D’Silva
  • Cast: Robert Jack
  • Cast: 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: Sid Scott
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