Review: Cyprus Avenue, Royal Court - David Ireland's absurdist, existential comedy packs a grim bite
It is a superb play and one that can be cogitated over and debated but which in a perverse, bloody way is also highly entertaining.
Cyprus Avenue at the Royal Court has long finished its run but it's such an extraordinary play that I wanted to get some thoughts down as I didn't get a chance to review it at the time.
It's not an easy piece to describe but if I was pinned down I'd say it is an absurdist, surreal, existential drama and pitch black comedy set in Northern Ireland.
Unionist Eric (Stephen Rea) thinks his baby granddaughter looks like Gerry Adams which sparks an intense internal debate about who he is.
Therapy session and flashbacks
The story and the nature of his inner turmoil unfold during a therapy session with a black psychologist Bridget (Ronkę Adékoluęjo) with 'flashbacks' to key events.
Eric begins to unravel questioning his beliefs, his Britishness and history, his unionism and much more besides.